On Saturday, 19 September 2020, at 5 p.m. we are opening the Village House Pakleštica on Stara planina.

By transforming a dilapidated and unused facility of a former dairy house, a new place was created for organizing meetups and various activities important for the village's life. Refurbishing of facilities and opening of the Village House are the result of joint work of Pakleštica residents, Civic Association Vladikine Ploče-Pakleštica, Defend the Rivers of Stara Planina movement and students of the Faculty of Architecture of the Belgrade University, Trag Foundation, Centre for Promotion of Science, Ministry of Space, National Coalition for Decentralization and a number of individual donors.

 

We will take the opportunity, at the Village House opening ceremony, to introduce the participants in the process, to show what we did and how we did it, but we will also tackle the prospects and plans for the future. The students of the Faculty of Architecture will present their projects for Pakleštica featured as exhibits in the Village house and also staged will be a photo exhibition of Milan Simonović, a nature photographer from Niš whose photos depict the amazing beauties of Stara planina, contributing in that manner to the preservation of its natural and cultural landscapes. This project is yet another instance of cooperation between the residents of Stara planina villages, DRSP movement and students of architecture, launched last year, when we refurbished the Community Centre in Dojkinci. We carry on, with our diverse know-hows, skills and capacities, yet gathered around the same goal – to protect the nature of Stara planina, to improve the quality of life of villages on Stara planina and to promote their sustainable development, observing along the way its natural and cultural values. The event is organized by local community Pakleštica, in compliance with the safety measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, as prescribed by Serbian Government and the City of Pirot, which implies an outdoor venue and adherence to the recommendations on physical distance and the use of facemasks.

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