The European Commission has chosen Foundation Plovdiv 2019 to represent Bulgaria sharing the experience of the Capital of Culture Initiative 

This is yet another recognition by the European Union for the success of the implementation and the approach of Plovdiv 2019.

In 2020, a meeting of 35 organizations from all over Europe will take place in Brussels, which will tackle on the importance of culture in the framework of European Union policies. Plovdiv 2019 Foundation is part of the selected organizations from all over the continent to represent Bulgaria at the prestigious forum "The Role Of Culture in Non-Urban Areas European Union." The topic is set by the Voices of Culture programme of the European Commission and will take the form of a structured dialogue.

The criteria for selecting candidates was based on expertise, experience and foresight. This is yet another recognition for Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture, received by the European Union, which evaluates the successful commitments in the implementation of the European Capital of Culture project. The participation is a sign of confidence in the ambitions for sustainability and work in perspective, which the team of the Foundation has consistently declared as part of its activities.

The meetings will take place on 4 and 5 February 2020 in Alfeld, Germany and in April in Brussels, Belgium. Along with Bulgaria, the forum will include non-governmental organizations from Germany, Spain, Poland, Italy, Romania, Portugal, Ireland, the Czech Republic, as well as the future capital of culture from Lithuania - Kaunas 2022. Among the participants are ASTRA National Museum Complex, Creative Scotland, European Historic Houses, Museum of Central Finland, Teatr Brama, ITEM, Trans Europe Halles and others. The European Commission's partners are the Goethe-Institut Brüssel and the Creative Europe programme.

"Voices of Culture" is a programme that fulfills one of the three strategic goals of the European Commission to promote cultural diversity, namely the promotion of "Structured Dialogue with Civil Society". During the meetings, key ideas and messages are collected, which are then included in the working panels of the European Commission. Such meetings are held on a regular basis ears since 2007, providing a framework for the exchange of views and information and ensuring that the voice of civil society organizations is heard.

More about the project:
What can the EU do to promote culture in the suburbs, suburbs and urban periphery? More info on the FB page of Creative Europe -



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