There are civil society organisations in the field of music, dance and theatre with which the Ministry of Culture interacts regularly, exchanges information and has joint discussion about all matters and issues in the field of performing arts. Regular interaction and attention to communication coming from creative arts organisations and the non-governmental sector plays an important role in defining the performing arts policies. The Ministry of Culture keeps these relations alive and discusses any issues related to the development of its network and the funding of performance arts institutes. There are programmes run by the Ministry of Culture to support creative projects in the field of performing arts produced by private organisations. For the 2016-2019 period, a total of 178 festivals and 180 creative projects in the field of theatre, music and dance were supported. International film festivals have also been supported.
With these programmes, the Ministry of Culture plays an active part in developing the national scene and supports the professional development of public figures and artists in the fields of performing arts and cinema. The annual support given by the Ministry of Culture to creative theatrical and music projects of independent organisations is a major contribution, on the one hand, for the advancement of modern stage forms and, on the other, for the development of professional young generation in the fields of theatre, music and dance. Financial contributions for theatre, music, dance arts, and cinema festivals support the diversity of cultural forms and expands the audience's access to an ever more highly artistic cultural products.
In 2018, with vast participation of nationally represented organisations in the field of visual arts, and a specially designed working group, a draft Statute for the National Participation of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Venice "Biennale Arte" was developed. In 2019, Bulgaria participated in the 58th international art exhibition of the Venice "Biennale Arte". The overall organisation was conducted by the Bulgarian National Gallery.
In 2019, with vast participation of nationally represented organisations in the field of architecture, a draft Statute for the National Participation in the Venice "Biennale of Architecture" was developed.
With the Bulgarian Writers Union (BWU)
The Ministry of Culture signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Developing and Promoting Bulgarian Literature. With the Memorandum, the two institutions share the common goal to work for improving the conditions and opportunities for promoting literary achievements in contemporary literary life, literary memory and great names in Bulgarian verbal expression, and for the promotion of all generations of talented literary artists. The Ministry supports literary festivals and contests organised by the Union. One BWU project is supported annually under the Rules for targeted financial support for activities in the field of museum and fine arts, performing arts, regional cultural activities, recreational creativity events, literary, printed and intangible cultural heritage.
With the Public Community Centres Union (PCCU)
The Ministry of Culture collaborates actively with PCCU by supporting their initiatives and projects for trainings and seminars, as well as such related to community centres operation.
A Cooperation Agreement with the PCCU for information exchange and sharing good practices is under way.
Dialogue with CSOs in drafting strategic documents in the field of culture
In the 2016-2018 period, working groups were formed with the participation of non-governmental sector representatives in order to prepare a draft National Strategy on Culture 2019-2029.
Regular interaction and attention to communication coming from creative arts organisations and the non-governmental sector plays an important role in setting the Ministry of Culture's policies. It contributes to promote interaction between the public sector and CSOs involved in promoting the diversity of cultural expression forms.
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Union of Bulgarian Actors, Bulgarian Writers Union, Public Community Centres Union, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Union of Architects in Bulgaria, etc.
Civil Society Organization (CSO)