Conference “European Capital of Culture” Initiative and the Benefits for the Economical Development of the Cities and the Regions”
23.07.2011


Sofia Municipality and Sofia Development Association organized a conference “European Capital of Culture” Initiative and the Benefits for the Economical Development of the Cities and the Regions” at the Sofia Art Gallery on June 23th

The key note speakers of the conference were the Mayor of Sofia Municipality – Y. Fandakova, H.E. Stefano Benazzo, Ambassador of Italy to Bulgaria, the chairperson of the Committee for Culture and Education – M. Edreva, the deputy minister of culture T. Chobanov , the chief architect of Sofia – Peter Dikov, experts from Sofia Development Association, Municipal councilors, representatives of the Initiative Committee for Sofia – European Capital of Culture and citizens.

The main messages of the conference participants referred to the influence of the culture for the urban development. Discussed were also the steps that Sofia needs to take for its successful presentation as a candidate for European Capital of Culture.

Along with the review of what has been already achieved, were presented the forthcoming engagements. Priority for Sofia is to keep its citizens informed and included in discussion, management and implementation of the initiatives. In this regard was presented the survey “Sofia tête-à-tête”, financed by Program Europe of Sofia Municipality, which focuses on the personal relation of the inhabitants of Sofia with their city. Those personal liaisons cannot be measured with numbers, but provide starting point for preparation of the vision, message and ideas for cultural contents of Sofia’s candidature for European Capital of Culture.

Finally Mrs. Fandakova handed in the diploma to Boris Bonev -  the winner of the international contest for logosystem of Sofia’s candidature.

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