Text: Magdalena Gigova
Photographs: Prof. Ivan Shishmanov Bulgarian School, Vienna
The ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund supports scores of creative and patriotic organisations through its thematic sessions, frequently receiving letters of gratitude for its timely assistance.
‘We cordially thank you for the support by which you helped us and made the children at the Prof. Ivan Shishmanov Bulgarian School in Vienna happy,’ reads a letter to the Fund from Austria. ‘With the Northern Bulgarian costumes we purchased, our “Merry Suns” folklore ensemble took on the appearance of true artists. We have won prestigious awards and seen the incredible achievements of our performances at festivals and cultural events. We open the school year with a performance by the “Merry Suns” children.’
‘Thanks to the management and the team that made our children proud to be Bulgarians with the wonderful costumes, we won awards at The Muses International Festival in the town of Sozopol. We are sending you photographs of our pupils’ participation,’ concludes the letter of Salzitsa Groman from the Bulgarian school.
Thirteen projects were submitted to the thematic session, ‘Young Bulgarians Abroad with a Focus on Bulgarian Folklore’, and a commission of specialists chaired by Prof. Dzhenny Madzharov established that nine of them met the Eligibility Terms.
Here are the organisations that received funding from the NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ for this thematic session: