Policies and Programmes for promoting cultural diversity

Where
Bulgaria
When
2020
Who
Ministry of Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Tender-based project funding of cultural institutes at national and municipal level.
Expanding the financial resource range to support performing arts, including private stage art organisations via calls for proposals.

Intending to stimulate the diversity of cultural performance art products and to reach new audience, the Ministry of Culture conducts open tenders, a targeted program and sessions to support theatre, music and dance arts festivals.

The main goal of performing arts is to create highly artistic products and to provide the audience with ever wider access to Bulgarian works of art. The special focus of the Ministry of Culture's actions is funding the state performance arts institutes whose production is disseminated throughout the country.

A key priority is to increase financial resources not only for the state performance arts institutes, but also for project funding in the independent sector, which is working ever more actively to develop new stage forms and language. Supporting international theatre, music and dance arts festivals enables the general public to access contemporary achievements in theatre and music. The performances and concerts included in their programmes present a selection of the best works of national and international stages.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

With these programmes, the Ministry of Culture plays an active part in developing the national scene and supports the professional development of public figures and artists in the fields of performing arts and cinema by promoting cultural diversity. The annual support given by the Ministry of Culture to creative theatrical and music projects of independent organisations is a major contribution, on the one hand, for the advancement of modern stage forms and, on the other, for the development of professional young generation in the fields of theatre, music and dance. Financial contributions for theatre, music, dance arts, and cinema festivals support the diversity of cultural forms and expands the audience's access to an ever more highly artistic cultural products.

Over the past period, major theatrical, music and dance festival forums were funded annually as a matter of priority. In the period from 2016 to April 2019, 178 festivals and contests were funded within a session for supporting theatrical, musical and dance arts festivals. The tender bids session for performance and concert production supported 179 projects from the performance and concert production session. 19 projects were funded during production sessions for performances by independent professional organizations in the field of modern dance. Apart from that, 75 projects in the field of performing arts have been supported under the Programme for targeted financial support for activities in the field of museum and fine arts, performing arts, regional cultural activities, non-professional artworks, literary, printed and intangible cultural heritage.

A number of organisations are also implementing their own programmes to attract children and young people. Many performance art institutes work with youngsters and young people in specially designated schools within their own structure.
A major success in this regard is the signed agreement between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Science on cooperation and collaboration of schools and cultural institutes in the field of performing arts.
With these programmes, the Ministry of Culture provides its support and participates in the developing the audience and attracting new audience in the field of performing arts. Financial contributions for theatre, music and dance art festivals support performance art forms diversity and expand the audience's access to an increasingly higher artistic stage product.

By implementing the Ministry of Culture's funding programmes, conditions are created to harness the full potential of culture and creative industries for sustainable development of the Bulgarian economy by opening new jobs, expanding the internal market with quality goods and services, soaring exports, increasing tax revenues, as well as by promoting Bulgarian culture and cultural diversity.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

The financial resources allocated for implementing this measure amount to USD 2,279,786, of which USD 1,225,743 was spent on music and dance arts and USD 1,054,045 was spent on funding theatrical art and cinema projects.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
CSOs and State cultural institutes in the field of performing arts institutes. Some of the programmes focus exclusively on CSOs.
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
YES
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Annual reports present the benefits and contributions to developing this sector as a result of the support provided.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Music
Performing Arts
Transversal Priority(ies)
Youth