Discussion I - Innovative cultural events: development prospects
23.10.2010


The main objective of the discussions is the inclusion of all stakeholders in the preparation of strategic guidelines for development of culture and creativity in the Metropolitan Municipality regarding the candidacy of Sofia as a European Capital of Culture in 2019

 

"Working in partnership and dialogue with all interested parties on the nomination of Sofia for European Capital of Culture in 2019" – that was the message of the mayor of Sofia Municipality Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova to the participants in the first of a series of four discussions on "innovative cultural events: development prospects”.

 

The main objective of the discussions is the inclusion of all stakeholders in the preparation of strategic guidelines for development of culture and creativity in the Metropolitan Municipality regarding the candidacy of Sofia as a European Capital of Culture in 2019

The discussion was attended by Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia; Mrs. Malina Edreva, Chairman of the Permanent Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Religion of the Sofia Municipal Council; Mr. Christo Angelichin, Deputy Mayor of Culture, Education, Sport and Prevention of Addictions; Mrs. Tzvetelina Yosifova, Director of the Red House- Center for Culture and Debate; Mrs. Svetlana Lomeva, Director of Sofia Development Association, and representatives of NGOs, academia and public institutions.

 

The main conclusions of the discussion on which the participants were united were:

- The need to develop cultural infrastructure by linking architecture and urban planning content;

- Creating and attracting new audiences cultural practices and common cultural spaces;

- Placement the events in the cultural calendar not only for the city of Sofia but also throughout the surrounding settlements;

- Animating the public spaces and creating alternative spaces for art;

- Effective understanding of the experience of other European cities and use of European cultural networks;

- Strong communication strategy of Sofia to attract the attention and the interest of the European Cultural Community.

The participants in the discussion agreed on the understanding that the process of preparation of Sofia as a candidate for European Capital of Culture 2019 is an opportunity to develop cultural policies and industries in the city and create an exciting cultural program.

 

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