EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture)

On June 10, 2021, the State Institute of Culture under the Minister of Foreign Affairs was accepted as a full member of the EU National Institutes for Culture - EUNIC and thus stood next to the Ministry of Culture as a representative in the network on the Bulgarian side.  Membership was unanimously approved by EUNIC members at the General Assembly of the Network, held in Toledo, Spain in a hybrid format. The Sate Institute for Culture's membership in EUNIC expands the opportunities for better coordination of the participation of Bulgarian diplomatic and consular missions in joint projects with partners from the European Union and third countries. This will also mean increased opportunities for the inclusion of the Bulgarian cultural sector in the international cultural exchange. For the Institute, this is a new, important step in its work in the field of cultural diplomacy.
EUNIC: Founded in 2006, EUNIC, the Association of the National European Cultural Institutes, is a network of organizations developing international cultural relations. Together with its partners, EUNIC establishes European cultural cooperation in more than 100 countries around the world with a network of 132 clusters, in which Bulgarian cultural institutes abroad take an active part, drawing on the extensive experience of its members from all EU member states and associate countries ( EUNIC promotes the important role of culture in international relations and is a strategic partner of the EU, actively involved in the further implementation of European cultural policy. EUNIC is in an ever-increasing partnership with the European External Action Service (EEAS) as well as with EU Delegations in countries outside the Union. EUNIC is a platform for knowledge sharing and capacity building between its members and partners.


The exhibition "Landscape or Inner Space" presents works by Prof. Dimitre Pecić, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Arts - Belgrade and Prof. Svetozar Benchev, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the National...

The Mission Gallery


On February 16, 2023, the official opening of the exhibition "Landscape or Inner Space" took place in the crowded hall of the Mission Gallery at the State Cultural Institute of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Original and new works by two professors from the Art Academies in Sofia and Belgrade - Prof. Dimitre Pecić , Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Arts and Prof. Svetozar Benchev, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of the National Academy of Arts, fascinated the audience and filled the space with high aesthetics. Diplomats,... read more

The Mission Gallery was founded in 2009 as an unrestricted place for cultural diplomacy in Sofia. The gallery is a unique art space within the administrative structure, which changes the daily institutional rhythm, opening its doors to the public for a dynamic exchange of ideas, artistic concepts and messages.

The gallery complements and supports the activities of the State Institute for Culture, related to various forms of intercultural dialogue: project introductions and meetings with authors, exhibitions, conferences, literary readings, performances, charity events and workshops for children.

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