03.01.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice/ODG

Irina Bokova launches Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre in South-Eastern Europe

© Preslav - St. George Rotunda in Sofia, Bulgaria

On 20 February, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova is going on an official visit to Bulgaria where she will inaugurate a Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO (Category 2 Centre). Irina Bokova has underlined the importance of centers and institutes set up under the auspices of UNESCO, pointing to their role in advancing the Organization’s strategic objectives and priorities.

“These are centres of excellence with unique expertise. They amplify UNESCO’s messages in societies and regions across the world and promote networking and exchange of relevant technical information. These centres play a key role in reinforcing UNESCO’s impact on education, science, culture and communication in the world,” said the Director-General.

The centre to be opened in Sofia is one of six around the world that focus on Intangible cultural heritage. This particular center is the only one in Europe and, therefore, plays a crucially important role. “Bulgaria has every reason to be proud to host it”, said Irina Bokova.

During her official visit, the Director-General will hold meetings with the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov, Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov, Mayor of Sofia Jordanka Fandakova, as well as prominent Bulgarian intellectuals.

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