The Plovdiv 2019 Foundation is the organization responsible, as its main goal, of preparing the Plovdiv application for the title European Capital of Culture 2019 and, after winning it, realizing the project for the first time in Bulgaria. Since its establishment in 2011, the Foundation has organized 12 open calls to enable more than 1 000 organizations from the country and abroad to share their ideas for the European Capital of Culture project. Its main role is, together with its partners, to support the development of sustainable initiatives and structures that contribute to the positioning of Plovdiv and its citizens in the European context. “Plovdiv 2019” Foundation creates a network of partnerships between the business community, the artistic sector and the official institutions to ensure a lasting change in the cultural climate in the country and its opening up to an even wider international scene.
The Gaudenz B. Ruf Award was set up in 2007 by a Swiss national who lived in Bulgaria from 1995 to 2000, during which time he became acquainted with the rich cultural life of the country and convinced of its artistic potential. The Award is financed through a fund established in Switzerland. The aim of the Award is to promote and propagate artistic expression in Bulgaria in the field of visual arts and to focus in particular on the younger generation. From 2007 until 2011 the Award was granted annually to one young and one advanced artist within the framework of a competition. During those five years more than 560 candidates competed for the prize and 79 artists were shortlisted. The works of the shortlisted artists were presented at the yearly Award exhibitions and published in catalogues (cf. Archive). From 2012 until 2018 the funds of the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award availed support to the creation of art works by Bulgarian artists and to events presenting contemporary Bulgarian art in Bulgaria and abroad. Finally, in 2019 the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award celebrates the last year of its existence by organizing once more a competition, for young artists aged not more than forty, and the subsequent exhibition “Finale”.
The National Culture Fund is the Bulgarian organization that supports at the national level the creation, development and dissemination of Bulgarian culture and art in the country and abroad. The National Culture Fund was established by the Law on Protection and Development of Culture and started functioning in November 2000. The main goal is to support the development of culture by raising, managing and spending funds intended for the implementation of the national policy in the field of culture, set in the Programs of the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria for the respective period and in the Law for protection and development of culture.
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