The ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund was granted UNESCO’s patronage for the International Youth Art Festival, ‘River of Tolerance’, which will be held for the fourth time, in Samokov in 2021.
The decision of UNESCO’s Director General, Ms Audrey Azoulay, was communicated to us by her Assistant for Priority Africa and External Relations, Mr Firmin Edouard Matoko, who commended in his letter the role of the festival in intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, and wished success to the event.
Lecturers and students in the visual arts from the Balkan countries and Croatia are invited to take part in the 4th edition of the Festival. Over the course of 10 days, established artists and young talents will have the opportunity to work together, express their individual views through the universal language of art and build their vision of the values unifying them. They will become acquainted with the rich cultural and historical heritage of Bulgaria, with the complex interaction of different ethnocultural and religious traditions in the region.