Institutions, organizations, contacts

National institutions

Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Bulgaria to UNESCO
Maison de l’UNESCO
Bureaux M5.44/45/46
1, rue Miollis
75732 PARIS Cedex 15

National Commission of the Republic of Bulgaria for UNESCO
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
B. P. 386
BG - 1040 SOFIA

Designated authority for the use of the emblem:

This country did not designate yet any national authority in charge of the use of the emblem of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

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UNESCO’s contacts

UNESCO Office in Venice
Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe
Palazzo Zorzi, Castello 4930
30122 Venice
Culture Program officer:
Véronique Dauge; Sinisa Sesum (Project Officer Culture, Sarajevo Antenna); Matteo Rosati (programme officer); Laura de Stefani (Secretary CLT) (;;;

UNESCO headquarters (ICH Section)
Regional officer:
Samadov, Rasul (

Category 2 center(s)

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe
The functions of the centre are: (a) instigate and coordinate research into practices of safeguarding ICH elements present in the South-Eastern European countries, as referred to in Articles 11, 12, 13 and 14 of the 2003 Convention; 182 EX/20 Part VIII – page 2; (b) organize training courses on the following subjects: (i) The 2003 Convention and its Operational Directives; (ii) Different examples of policies including legal, administrative, technical and financial measures fostering the safeguarding of ICH; (iii) Introduction to UNESCO publications on identification and documentation of ICH and their application in the field; (iv) Safeguarding ICH through formal and non-formal education; (c) enhance international and regional cooperation through networking with institutions active in the domain of ICH, notably those established under the auspices of UNESCO (category 2), in order to coordinate activities, exchange information and knowledge concerning the safeguarding of ICH, and promote good practices. The centre’s activities and programmes shall be carried out in conformity with the 2003 Convention and, in particular, its purposes and objectives and definitions (Articles 1 and 2).
7, Lachezar Stanchev Street
BG1000 Sofia
Participating countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro

Accredited NGOs located in this country

Name, address and sourceActivities related to ICH
CIOFF България
CIOFF Bulgaria
CIOFF Bulgarie [fr]
PRONO, fl.14, office 12-15
1 Bulgaria Sqr. NDK
1463 Sofia
Tel.: +359 2 963 4178, 865 0137, 916 65 48

Accreditation request No. 90060: English
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 2002

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- other
- Folklore dancing, music and singing

Safeguarding measures:

- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization
- Cultural exchange

Main countries where active:


National section of CIOFF Bulgaria works for the safeguarding and dissemination of traditional culture. Through its activities the organization aims for the following main objectives:
- Development of the cultural exchange between the nations and popularization of the Bulgarian folklore in our country and abroad
- Co-operation in organizing international folklore festivals in our country and abroad
- support the activities of its members and those of non-governmental organizations, working in the areas of folklore and cultural heritage
- promote the intangible heritage from all over the world, through forms of expression such as dance, music, games, rituals, customs and other arts
- enrich the knowledge of the nations for the folklore wealth
- support and create conditions for active cultural exchange
- serve the cause of peace and non-violence through the implementation of the above objectives
- serve the objectives of UNESCO
The enumerated in point 5 objectives of the organization are realized by:
- Placing invitations for participating in International Folklore Festivals to different Bulgarian folklore ensembles. The invitations are on CIOFF’s side or from other organizations;
- Investigation of possibilities for Bulgarian ensembles to visit countries preferred by them;
- Insurance of possibilities for mutual visiting of Bulgarian collectives and foreign groups;
- Regular organization of national reviews where the presentation and the artistic qualities of the ensembles from the country are evaluated. In the reviews participate more than 200 ensembles, the best of which are specified as “Representative ensembles of the National section of CIOFF”;
- Popularization of the Bulgarian folklore art by all legally permitted forms and resources;
- Providing of information about organized festivals of CIOFF, symposiums, conferences, seminars and other activities related with folklore and traditional arts;
- Formation of own informational data base concerning the professional and unprofessional folklore formations in Bulgaria;
- Realization of partnership, organizational and methodical co-operation to the Folklore festivals in Bulgaria. NS CIOFF Bulgaria organizes the International Folklore Festivals in Veliko Tarnovo and Sofia, co-operates in the organizing of the CIOFF festivals in Varna, Plovdiv, Dorkovo
- Maintenance of a web page on Internet
- Organization of annual meetings of the choreographers in Bulgaria. At those meetings the award “Golden yoke” is bestowed for entire contribution to the development of Bulgarian folklore and its popularization;
- Participating in the celebrations of national feast with different projects.
All our work is related with different folklore ensembles, choreographers, musicologists and people who make efforts to revive Bulgarian traditions and folklore which nowadays are put aside.
At the National reviews our jury of specialists meets more than 200 collectives, evaluates their qualities and their art. The Section communicates with those groups as to organize participation for them in different Festivals and Folklore events all over the world. We assist concerts and presentations of those ensembles.
For better communication with all those collectives from different parts in Bulgaria the section collaborates with 24 choreographers who are responsible for particular regions of the country. Meetings with those coordinators are organized frequently and any needed and important information is given to them.
More than 150 choreographers from the country take part in the annually organized seminars of the choreographers in Bulgaria. At those events are discussed different problems related with the folklore and its popularization.
In many of our activities we co-operate with the Ministry of Culture, with the Union of the cultural clubs in Bulgaria, and with different organizations working in the cultural domain. During the organization of the Festivals in Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo we co-operate with a lot of people who have experience in the folklore sphere in order to choose groups of a great quality fot the Festivals and to present them our traditions in best way.