Bulgaria Foreign Cultural Policy

In Bulgaria the Ministry of Culture is charged with responsibility for foreign cultural policy; in addition, its Department for European Integration is responsible for bilateral cultural cooperation activities and for institutes of Bulgarian culture abroad.
Cooperation with UNESCO falls under the jurisdiction of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The State Institute of Culture is also subject to the authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and it is charged with managing and maintaining the corpus of Bulgarian cultural goods and works of art that are to be found both within the country and abroad in its embassies.
In addition, Bulgaria has "National Centres" (in Bulgarian, nationalnicentrove). These independent organisations have their own budgets and run international programmes and events with the permission of the Ministry of Culture. Among them are the National Centre for Film (nacionalenfilmovcentar), the National Centre for Museums, Galleries and the Performing Arts (nacionalnijatcentarzamusei, galerii i izobrazitelniizkustva), and the National Centre for Music and Dance (nacionalencentarzamusika i tanci).
The most important non-governmental cultural organisation in Bulgaria is the Euro-Bulgarian Cultural Centre in Sofia. It was established in 1999 with the support of the European Union and under the aegis of the Bulgarian Minister of Culture. The institute is intended to support the development of cultural life in Bulgaria in accordance with the principles of the European Union.
The home page of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture contains information on the principles underlying cultural cooperation with foreign countries and on the missions of the Bulgarian cultural institutes.

Basic information on Bulgaria's foreign cultural policy


governmental authorities

Cultural Institutions in Bulgarien

Bulgarian Cultural Institutes Abroad