The Director-General and the Minister of Culture of Bulgaria agree to establish a Category 2 centre in Sofia
On 25 October 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the Minister of Culture of Bulgaria Vezhdi Rashidov signed an agreement at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris to establish a UNESCO regional centre for the preservation of intangible cultural heritage.
The centre will be based in Sofia and will provide a venue for capacity-building and inventory-making across the whole of Southeast Europe.
Upon signing the agreement, Irina Bokova expressed her conviction that all countries of the region will benefit from increased opportunities to deepen cooperation and exchange expertise in the preservation of intangible cultural heritage.
In his turn, Minister Vezhdi Rashidov agreed that the establishment of the centre was an excellent opportunity. He added that it was also a great responsibility for Bulgaria and will strengthen the country’s pivotal role in Southeast Europe.