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GENIUS LOCI was an EU co-funded project under the COSME-programme

Its purpose was to draw attention to the heritage of small-scale industrial enterprises, to (re)valuate their heritage significance and to increase understanding and appreciation by tourists and the general public.
Project partners were based in Italy, Spain, Hungary, Malta and Belgium, while E-FAITH (European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage) was offering its expertise and network to the project.


The following sectors had been identified as priorities for the test phase of the project:

  • the traditional fermented drinks industry (beer, wine, cider,…) and the process of distilling strong spirits from these;
  • clay processing industries (bricks, tiles, roof tiles – but also refractory bricks, pottery, drainage pipes, majolica,…);
  • traditional textile crafts (weaving,..) and the production of traditional European textile fibres (e.g. flax, hemp)

After the end of the Genius Loci project the test phase was closed
However, EFAITH took over the management of the Industriana label and enlarged its scope to other industrial sectors, while sites and initiatives from all member states of the Council of Europe are now accepted. The software has been updated and is now more powerfull, allowing the use of all European languages on five pages.



The original Genius Loci project was

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