Museum-ethnological collection in Kupusina
Kupusina itself has very interesting customs. In addition to a specific Hungarian national costume, the events “Faršang” (which symbolizes the end of winter and the beginning of spring, when masked participants coupled with brass band orchestra parade along the village streets) and “Kupusina Wedding Party” (promoting national costumes of Kupusina and customs of local residents), the visitors can learn more about traditional assets preserved in the ethnological museum collection with numerous exhibits from everyday lives of Hungarian people in the 19th and 20th century. Mr. Pal Balog on his own initiative, together with his students, started collecting objects from everyday lives of Hungarian people in the 19th and 20th century (such as furniture with renaissance decorations in the famous Kupusina blue colour, costumes of Kupusina).
Museum area covers three premises in the village centre, symbolically representing rooms in an old colonial house, which used to be village school. In the clean (a young woman's) room, one can see an outstanding painted furniture with traditional Hungarian as well as renaissance decorations in the famous Kupusina blue colour. Visitors can even peek into a young woman's trunk (dating back to 1817) and see what was part of a young woman's dowry chest. In the second room, there is an outstanding example of a built-up village stove, and in the third, there is furniture with kitchenware.
Preservation of the tradition and cultural heritage of this area as well as the way of living (meaning customs, folk costume, traditional architecture of houses, furniture, crafts…) of Hungarians, Serbs, Šokci and other nations that inhabited this area.
Tourism Organisation of Vojvodina and Apatin promote traditional cultural values of Hungarian population and other tourism values of the municipality of Apatin and Vojvodina in general.
Kupusina local community promote its settlement, way of living and culture of its population. The involvement of the population that deals with old and traditional crafts can also create some additional economic benefits.
Cultural and Artistic Society “Petefi Šandor” from Kupusina – engagement of this cultural and artistic society on different celebrations in the surrounding area makes broader audience familiar with music, dance and costumes of Hungarian population.
WHY is the best practice considered as good
Mr. Balog Pal on his own initiative, opened this ethnographic collection to save from oblivion and decay old clothes, shoes, furniture. So far there are not many visitors, but this setting deserves to be found in travel agencies offer. Wider opening to the public is creating the opportunity for additional earnings of the local population (organisation of visits to Museum-ethnological collection, informing visitor about traditional way of living, organisation of workshops for tourists - making of simple parts of national costumes, organisation of the programmes of tourism animation and tasting of traditional gastronomic products).
WHAT are the measurable results
Number of tourists that visit the collection in one year registered by Museum-ethnological collection and Tourism Organisation of Apatin.
New opportunities created on the local level
Development of tourism, inclusion of local population: rural tourism development, sale of local products (Kupusinski strudels, local food) for organized groups.
Financial resources required to implement best practices, are divided into:
1. Financial resources necessary to maintain ethno collection (collection moved into a larger and more adequate space, which will be able to receive more visitors at the same time; the labels on the exhibits written in Serbian, Hungarian and English; make a special space for souvenirs, which would be made by the local population; put road signs to ethno collection (from the entrance to the settlement of Kupusina), to set the board with the inscription on the house where the collection is)
2. Financial resources to promote good practice (to make a web site Museum ethnological collection, booklets in Serbian, Hungarian and English, it is necessary that the description of the Museum is located at sites of Tourism Organization of Apatin and Vojvodina).
Possibility of tansferring the best practice
Museum-ethnological collection in Kupusina represent the traditional way of living of Hungarian population in this area.
The creation of ethnological collection in an area and its presentation to tourists can be easily transferred to other territories.
Once observed, the local cultural value to valorise (for example mobile cultural heritage – furniture, folk costume, carpets.... which will be collected from locals and gathered in an ethnological collection), the most important local stakeholders must be involved (with meetings and clear delivered information) by showing in detail all the advantages coming from these kinds of actions for them and the whole territory (local community development, promotion, tourism development..); a plan (steps that must be taken) needs to be drafted and shared with all involved actors. For this kind of best practice economic investments are minimal or no investments needed at the beginning, as local population will collect objects and create an ethnological collection, that could be exhibited in a building that is property of local community.