The ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund award for contributions to the dissemination of Bulgarian culture by Bulgarian-language media abroad will be presented at the 17th World Meeting of Bulgarian Media. The forum, traditionally organised by BTA, will this year be held from 1 to 3 November in Israel.
The purpose of the award is to encourage Bulgarian-language media abroad that preserve and promote Bulgarian culture and spirit, in accordance with the ideas and principles of NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’.
The prize is awarded annually by a jury chaired by BTA’s Director General, with the Fund’s Executive Director and the head of the BTA Public Relations Department as supporting members.
To qualify for the prize, the media must have made a proven contribution to the dissemination of Bulgarian culture in the respective country and beyond; to be bilingual, with Bulgarian as one of those languages; to have presented sustainable and constructive topics in the field of Bulgarian culture within its programme output.
The ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund award was set up in 2013 in recognition of the efforts of working Bulgarian journalists abroad to preserve and promote their national culture.
So far, eight media organisations have received awards:
The first winner was Svetla Kyoseva of Hemus magazine, which is published in Hungary in Bulgarian and Hungarian.
At the Tenth World Meeting of Bulgarian Media, in Brussels in 2014, the award went to Maria Zaharieva from Bulgari magazine in Czechia.
Dora Kostova, publisher of the Roden Krai [Native Land] newspaper in Ukraine for 26 years, was the third prize holder.
A year later, at the Twelfth World Meeting of the Bulgarian Media in Prague, the status of the prize was subject to discussion and the criteria for awarding amended.
The 2016 prize was awarded to Dialogue magazine from the Netherlands in the person of its editor-in-chief, Daniela Gorcheva.
She was succeeded by journalist Maxim Bozhilov, who has published a Bulgarian newspaper in Toronto for 20 years, and broadcasts the Bulgarian Horizons radio programme.
In 2018, the prize went to Dimitar Ganchev on behalf of the Vatican Radio’s Bulgarian-language Programme.
The 2019 prize-winner was BG VOICE Chicago, USA, published by Yasen Darakov.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the World Meeting of Bulgarian Media did not take place, and so the NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ prize was not awarded.
The following year, Kamelia Ilieva deservedly received the prize on behalf of Roden Glas [Native Voice] magazine, published in Czechia.
Who will be the next winner of the award for Bulgarian-language media abroad? This will be announced in Tel Aviv.