Wishing for preservation of traditional values and way of life, protection and restoration of cultural heritage, the inhabitants of Gornja Lastva got organized in 1975 into the Association of Friends of Gornja Lastva, which in 1991 was renamed to Cultural Heritage Association “Napredak” Gornja Lastva. “Napredak” is a nongovernmental organization founded for the sake of preservation and improvement of cultural identity, preservation of traditional customs and architectural heritage.
Former Association of friends of Gornja Lastva, today Cultural Heritage Association NAPREDAK Gornja Lastva, was founded with the intention to preserve the original values and particularities of Gornja Lastva by preserving the cultural identity, the environment and architectural heritage. At the same time, the intention is to restore life in this settlement based upon these values. Aware of the fact that many circumstances and conditions of life have changed, NAPREDAK tries to find new motivation for present and future generations of Gornja Lastva inhabitants to restore life at the village, respecting traditional values. The intention is to find the right measure and ways of restoration of architectural heritage which will not destroy, through “modernization”, what has so far been only touched by the time and survived in its original beauty. Often only declarative and somewhat politicized ecological slogans are intended here to be transformed into the way of living which feeds on the sources of the past of Gornja Lastva. Striving for complete restoration of the place also means the preservation of its cultural life.
The objectives of Napredak:
• Preservation of cultural identity of Gornja Lastva by cherishing authentic folk customs and cultural heritage, music, folklore and other activities
• Preservation and protection of architectural heritage of Gornja Lastva
• Preservation of natural environment by stimulating olive growing, agriculture and fruit growing, bee keeping and other autochthonous activities
• Collecting, keeping and presenting documents and artifacts from the past of Gornja Lastva
• Stimulating the development of excursion, cultural and village tourism providing the appropriate offer in accordance with restoration program and project for Gornja Lastva
• Encouraging the inhabitants to reach agreements regarding land dispute settlements, and protection, restoration and proper use of their land
• Taking care of public buildings in the village
• Taking care of and encouraging the activities of inhabitants and local government on maintenance and improvement of public utilities in the village
• Raising the awareness for the need of environment protection and preventing pollution.
Thanks to the results of its work over many years, in 2004 the Association became a member of Pan-European Federation for Heritage EUROPA NOSTRA – www.europanostra.org
The following reconstruction projects, a prerequisite for restoration of life in the village, were realized:
Asphalting the road leading from the Adriatic Highway to Gornja Lastva in 1977. It was financed by the contributions of inhabitants and supported by local authorities
Regular maintenance and preservation of the olive mill. Major reconstruction was done in 1979. The adjoining building was reconstructed in 2004.
Modernization of the olive mill, in 1979
Construction of the water reservoir in 1981
Village plan aimed at revitalization of the ambience unit of Gornja Lastva in 1983
Planting 150 olive and 80 fig plants received from the Ministry of Agriculture
Restoration of the Centre for Culture in 2003/2004. It was financially supported by USAID and the Municipality of Tivat, while the inhabitants contributed with preparation of project documents and carrying out part of construction works. The project was implemented as part of the democratic restoration action done by International Relief and Development - IRD. The reconstruction works amounted to 58 944,35 €, out of which the USAID provided 37 917,35, the municipality of Tivat 13 600 €., and the Association 7 427 €. The works lasted six months (October 2003 – March 2004) and the restored centre was officially opened on April 2004.