Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Sofia)

The Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe is a non-profit, non-governmental organization performing coordination functions for the countries in the region to promote the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) and the successful implementation of UNESCO’s programme initiatives relating to intangible cultural heritage.

The Centre, officially inaugurated in February 2012, is recognised as a regional centre (category 2) under the auspices of UNESCO. Its mission and main objectives include: promote the UNESCO 2003 Convention and contribute to its implementation in the South-Eastern European (SEE) sub-region; enhance capacities of South-Eastern European countries in safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage; and foster regional and international cooperation. Accordingly, the Centre’s functions are to: promote and coordinate research activities on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in SEE; organize training courses on related subjects; support networking between relevant institutions and practitioners in SEE to strengthen cooperation, exchange of knowledge and good practices; organise regional/international workshops, meetings and events; support awareness-raising and outreach activities.

Bulgaria provides the necessary funds for the running costs of the Centre, while the funds for accomplishing particular programmes are raised through different sources, including international cooperation.

Website :

Link : Text of the Convention - 2003
Page : Intangible Cultural Heritage

Photo credit :  © - Bulgaria - the masterpieces of world intangible cultural heritage