On the occasion of Europe Day, May 9, a public literary event will be held in the Czech Center in Sofia under the name "Europe Reads". In the form of a poetry reading, writers from several European countries will take part. The main organizer of this initiative is the Czech Center, in cooperation with cultural institutes - Spanish Institute "Cervantes", Portuguese Institute "Camois", Hungarian Institute "Liszt", Polish Institute, the embassies of Ukraine, Slovakia, Greece, Romania, as well as with the participation of the State Institute for Culture and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria - all members of the EUNIC cluster network in Sofia. In coordination with...

Activation of Partnership With National Endowment Fund "13 Centuries Bulgaria"


  In the town of Samokov, in one of the sites of the National Endowment Fund "13 Centuries Bulgaria" - the Sarafska House, a contract was signed for the continuation of cooperation between the State Institute for Culture under the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Fund. The two directors Snezhana Joveva and Bisera Yosifova confidently reaffirmed the need to activate this fruitful cooperation. In the next three years, the two institutions will continue to cooperate on significant initiatives in the field of culture and on projects that bring together and promote the cultural and historical heritage on a European and regional scale. "Today we are re-signing a cooperation agreement...

A Documentary Phototype Exhibition About The Writer From Bosnia And Herzegovina Isak Samokovlia Opened At The History Museum In Samokov


On the occasion of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews, a phototype exhibition about Isak Samokovlia - one of the most famous Bosnian writers - was arranged in the Historical Museum - town of Samokov. The exhibition is presented for the first time in Bulgaria and illustrates the curious life path of this great writer, creating a cultural bridge between the two countries. It is the work of the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is carried out with the active support of the State Institute for Culture under the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Bosnia and Herzegovina, at...

The Mission Gallery Presented an Ecologically Themed Exhibition by The Artist Valentin Bakardjiev


On April 20, the "Indigo" exhibition of the Bulgarian artist Valentin Bakardjiev, who has been living and working in the Netherlands for years, was opened at the "Mission" gallery of the State Institute for Culture under the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The exposition was created as a result of the author's creative searches related to the theme of the blue indigo color, which he used to visualize the idea of the interrelationship between the Blue Planet and us, its inhabitants. The opening was attended by diplomats, artists and critics, as well as journalists and art lovers. The director of the State Institute for Culture, Snezhana Joveva-Dimitrova, opened the event as the host. Deputy...



On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the inclusion of the Rila Monastery in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, from April 21 to 27, 2023, the photo documentary exhibition "Heart of Bulgaria. Masterpieces from the Rila Holy Monastery". It was prepared by a team of the Institute of Balkan Studies with the Center for Tracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in implementation of the National Scientific Program "Development of Bulgarian Studies Abroad", funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture.The exhibition takes place under the patronage of the National Commission of the Republic of Bulgaria for UNESCO with the courtesy of the Rila Monastery, the...

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The State Institute for Culture will Take Part in the The European Night of Museums
The State Institute for Culture joins the celebration of the European Night of Museums with a virtual story about the creator, writer, public figure and the first director of the Bulgarian National Radio Sirak Skitnik. 2023 marks...

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Minister Ivan Kondov Opened the Exhibition "Fragments of Modern Art in Montenegro from the Collection of the National Museum" at the Mission Gallery

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Kondov opened the exhibition "Fragments of modern art in Montenegro from the collection of the National Museum", which is visiting Bulgaria for the first time on the initiative of the State Institute for Culture under the Minister of Foreign Affairs and with the assistance of the Bulgarian Embassy in Podgorica. In his welcoming remarks, Minister Kondov defined the implementation of this initiative as proof of the strong cultural-historical ties between Bulgaria and Montenegro, and their importance for building friendly... read more

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