Text: Magdalena Gigova
The Executive Director of NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’, Slava Ivanova, and BTA General Director, Kiril Valchev, signed a cooperation agreement. The partnership between the two institutions is time-honoured and the new document only strengthens the long-established ties.
‘BTA has a long-standing cooperation with the Fund, but now we will confirm and expand it,’ commented Kiril Valchev and added: ‘It is especially important for us that the National Endowment Fund remains our partner at the world meetings of Bulgarian media.’
During the event, an award of BGN 2,000 for the contribution to the dissemination of Bulgarian culture by a Bulgarian media organisation abroad, which ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ provides, will once again be presented.
Mr Valchev confirmed that BTA, for its part, will be a media partner of the Second National Competition for Young Talent in Contemporary Arts and Science, announced on 2 August. The Telegraph Agency will promote NEF initiatives and projects with weekly publications in its Knowledge and Culture section.
‘A new, next, regular stage of the partnership between BTA and ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ is coming,’ said NEF Executive Director Slava Ivanova. According to her, the new agreement is a step forward in the cooperation between the two institutions. ‘I believe that the signing of specific clauses concerning our joint projects and activities will indeed contribute to the deepening of our effective partnership relationship, so far well-developed over the years.’ added Ms Ivanova.
She explained the essence and the main idea of the competition for the National Award for Young Talent in Contemporary Arts and Science: ‘It was launched two years ago by NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ and has already held one event. The topic is general, but the conditions are specific. Applicants must be Bulgarian citizens up to 35 years of age with a completed university degree and admitted for postgraduate qualification to an institution of higher education in Europe, excluding Bulgaria, i.e., to have a proven success and build their careers.’
Slava Ivanova’s speech:
Full recording of the press conference at BTA: