NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ presents the 2024 award for Bulgarian-language media abroad

The ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund award for contributions to the dissemination of Bulgarian culture by Bulgarian-language media abroad was presented on 21 June 2024, at the Nineteenth World Meeting of Bulgarian Media. This year, the forum, traditionally organised by BTA [the Bulgarian News Agency], was held from 18 to 21 June—in praesentia in the Ukrainian cities of Odesa, Bolhrad and Izmail, and virtually, for those participants who joined online.


This year’s theme, ‘Media and Community’, focused on informational awareness about Bulgaria on the part of Bulgarian minorities abroad, as well as about them by the people of Bulgaria. The biggest historical Bulgarian community outside the country is located in the Odesa region. With over 150 thousand Bulgarians living there, it is the third-largest diaspora in Ukraine, according to the official 2001 census.


The prize is awarded annually by a jury chaired by Kiril Valchev, Director General of BTA, with Bisera Yosifova, Executive Director of NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’, and Assoc. Prof. Georgi Lozanov, Head of LIK: Culture, Science Education Directorate, as supporting members.


This year’s winner was Svetlana Dragneva, a correspondent of the Bulgarian News Agency in Odesa, who is involved in the cultural and educational activities of the Bulgarian community in Ukraine.


The NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ award was set up in 2013 in recognition of the efforts of working Bulgarian journalists abroad to preserve and promote their national culture.



Photographs courtesy of the BTA / Bulgarian News Agency archives.

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