General Assembly 2015

General Assembly 2015

The fourth session of the General Assembly of the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO took place on March 10, 2015 in Central Park Hotel in Sofia (Bulgaria). Taking part in the meeting was an international group of representatives of all Member States of South-Eastern Europe.

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New elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage

New elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage

New elements inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in November 2014.

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Greeting by the Executive Director

Greeting by the Executive Director

To the representatives of all Member States of Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO

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Upcoming Conference

Upcoming Conference

The Conference on ‘Intellectual Property, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Traditional Medicine in the context of policies for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in the countries of South-Eastern Europe’ will take place on April 23-24, 2015 in Grand Hotel Sofia.

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Introducing Regional Centre Sofia

The Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO in brief:


 
The Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe came into being in 2008 as it was registered as a non-profit organization in accordance with the Bulgarian legislation.
With Resolution adopted on the 35th session of UNESCO General Conference on October 2009, the Regional Centre is recognized as a regional centre (category 2) under the auspices of UNESCO.

  • AGREEMENT
The Agreement between UNESCO and the Government of Republic of Bulgaria regarding the establishment in Sofia of a Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under auspices of UNESCO (Category 2) was signed on October 25, 2010 in Paris (France).
On March 16, 2011 Bulgarian Parliament adopted the Law on ratification of the Agreement and then it enters into force.

  • INAUGURATION
UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, together with the former Foreign Minister, Mr Nikolay Mladenov, former Culture Minister, Mr Vezhdi Rashidov and the former President of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, acad. Nikola Sabotinov, officially inaugurated in Sofia the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO.

  • THE ORGANIZATION
Cofounders of the Sofia Centre are Ministry of Culture of Republic of Bulgaria, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Bulgaria and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
The necessary funds for the running costs of the Sofia Centre are provided by the Bulgarian Government. For this purpose a specific article in the Bulgarian Cultural Heritage Act is amended.

Scope: On the last session of the General Assembly, two new member states from South-Eastern Europe were unanimously and enthusiastically welcomed as part of the Centre. Until today, their number is 14 member states: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey. The scope of the Regional Centre is expected to expand in the forthcoming years.

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International contest on theme “The best traditional thing which I can represent” “BISTRITSA BABI” AT UNESCOUNESCO Global Strategy"Balkan Cuisine" culinary demonstration