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The Sozopol Foundation’s Active Activity Report for 2019 is ready to be submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Sector for Non-Governmental Organizations.

The first Bulgarian non-governmental organization in formal partnership with UNESCO – Sozopol Foundation submits its 2012 annual reports. Each year, following the priorities of UNESCO, the Foundation presents its active national and international activities through a Report to the World Organization. This activity of the Sozopol Foundation does not remain unnoticed by the leadership of UNESCO. Purposeful letters from:

•Mrs. Audrey Azule – General Manager

•Mr Ernesto Otone – Deputy Director-General for Culture

•Mr Firmin Edward Matoko – Deputy Director-General for Africa and external relations

•Mr Tim Curtis – Secretary of the 2003 Convention and Head of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Sector

confirmed the active national and international activities of the Sozopol Foundation.

In 2019, the activities of the Sozopol Foundation were fruitful and diverse. The bright ray that accompanied the Foundation team was the satisfaction with the implementation of the activities under the Project: Chiprovtsi Carpets, World Heritage – Generation Property ”. The project was funded by the World Organization’s 2018-2019 Participation Program and co-funded by the Sozopol Foundation. Thanks to the financial assistance and logistical support of UNESCO, this element of the world’s intangible cultural heritage has been promoted worldwide. For the correct and accurate implementation of the project activities, Sozopol Foundation submitted an evaluation report and a financial report to UNESCO.

The Sozopol Foundation, a non-governmental organization from Bulgaria and the Ring of the Balkans Foundation, a non-governmental organization from Serbia in partnership, have implemented the Project: “Chiprovtsi Carpets, World Heritage – Generation Property”. The evaluation report concerning the implementation of the project is ready and will be sent to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Sector for Non-Governmental Organizations (UNESCO). The project was funded by the World Organization’s 2018-2019 Participation Program and co-funded by the Sozopol Foundation.
Following closely the priorities of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the two partner organizations are working and will work extremely actively to preserve the intangible cultural heritage, promote it at national, regional and global level and to preserve it for the future. generations. The traditions of making Chiprovtsi carpets, the traditions of making Pirot carpets, their preservation and promotion, are of great importance for their preservation in the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Serbia.

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The project activities have been implemented in good quality and on time. All those involved in their performance have worked diligently and tirelessly. The project was supported by state institutions, local authorities, the non-governmental sector, civil society, media, etc., who, using their potential, contributed to the good implementation of all activities. The two non-governmental organizations, taking into account and in compliance with Article 1; 2; 11,12,13,14 of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of 2003, assist the governmental institutions in their activities for the preservation of the elements of the intangible cultural heritage .

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Chiprovtsi carpets – an element of the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage

Intangible cultural heritage is that eternal power that draws and heralds the spiritual bond of the past-present of humanity, since it existed for times to come.

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Bistritsa grandmothers – an element of the intangible
world UNESCO cultural heritage

An inherited tradition and culture that is constantly enriched with new achievements in modern times is the key to tomorrow’s sustainable development. So, just as the natural world is diverse, so is the intangible cultural heritage associated with the specific geological and geographical environment of its origin and development, with people of different races, tribes and peoples – its bearers.

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UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage

Their mutual understanding and understanding, generated by the centuries-old communication between them in their quest for survival, development and future for generations, encourages their respect for each other, contributes to their social cohesion and promotes cultural dialogue in the vast cultural diversity.

Intangible cultural heritage is a major source of identity – a sense of belonging to a particular human community or communities, and through them – to society as a whole. It is also a real indicator of the spiritual elevation of man and community, marked by intellect, the brightness of talents, with a foothold in the deep roots of culture, developed and enriched in time. Intelligence is a quality that contributes to tolerance and tolerance among people, to the receptivity of cultural values and to cultural diversity.

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Martenitsa – an element of the intangible cultural
world heritage of UNESCO

Before, during and after the implementation of the project, particular attention is paid to the contribution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to the achievement of the objectives and results achieved in the project.

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The project has contributed to raising public awareness at the national and international level, and to increasing the visibility of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), based on the active and transparent activities of the World Organization in Bulgaria, Serbia and Southeastern Europe and in the whole world. The activities carried out were in accordance with the adopted rules and ethical standards of UNESCO.

On 26 February 2020, an organizational-informational meeting of the Liaison Committee (Managing Authority) of the UNESCO NGO and the UNESCO NGO Sector was held at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, Fontenay 7. NGO representatives from all over the world attended the meeting.

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The hall in which the annual meeting is held
and the NGO representatives present

The Liaison Committee provided information on the activities carried out in 2019. It was pointed out that despite the tense situation around the world, the activity of the non-governmental sector was maintained at a good level. It was emphasized that greater activity and commitment was needed by all to meet the needs and emerging challenges.

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The Business Presidium at the Annual Meeting

The meeting was attended by Ms. Petya Zelensky, Permanent Representative of the Sozopol Foundation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). At the beginning of her speech, Ms. Zelensky congratulated all those present on behalf of Mr. Cyril Arnautski, President of the Sozopol Foundation. She introduced the audience to the focused and active work of Sozopol Foundation at national and international level.

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Ms. Petya Zelensky, Permanent Representative
of Sozopol Foundation to UNESCO

Ms. Petya Zelensky brought to the knowledge of all the good implementation of the Project: “Chiprovtsi Carpets – World Heritage, Generational Preserve”. He informed them that the project was implemented correctly and precisely in partnership between the Sozopol Foundation, Bulgaria and the Ring of the Balkans Foundation, Serbia. She emphasized that the project was implemented thanks to financial assistance provided by UNESCO through the Participation Program 2018-2019, and thanked the two non-governmental organizations and local communities for the World Organization.

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Mr. Blagovest Metodiev, Expert “Integration and socialization of people with disabilities“, Sozopol Foundation, and Mr. Kiril Arnautski, Chairperson of Sozopol Foundation

On February the 6th, Mr. Blagovest Metodiev received his diploma for higher education – bachelor’s degree. The exciting ceremony was held at the Technical University, Sofia, block 2, hall 2140.

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Eng. Blagovest Metodiev together with Eng. Merima Zlateva, PhD, Head of the Department of Heating and Refrigeration Engineering at the Technical University, Sofia and part of the graduates

Mr. Blagovest Metodiev, Expert “Integration and socialization of people with disabilities” is an official representative of Sozopol Foundation to the League for Historic and Accessible Cities, European Foundation Center, Brussels. He is in constant contact with the operations team of the ESSL Foundation, an international non-governmental organization, founder and lead partner of the Zero Project.

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Many NGOs from all over the world have joined the Zero Project.
Eng. Metodiev actively participates in the creation of a good organization for the implementation of an elevator for people with disabilities within the scope of the Cultural and Information Center, established by Sozopol Foundation on the territory of The Ancient Town of Apollonia National Archaeological Reserve, Sozopol.

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Cultural and Information Center in The Ancient Town of Apollonia National Archaeological Reserve, Sozopol

At the Troyan Stavropigial Monastery of the Assumption, His Holiness Bishop Sionius – Abbot of the monastery and Mr. Cyril Arnautsky, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sozopol Foundation signed a Memorandum of Cooperation.

Taking into account that the Troyan Stavropigial Monastery of the Assumption and the Sozopol Foundation are organizations involved in the restoration and preservation of cultural tangible and intangible heritage, the Memorandum provides for cooperation in the development of projects related to the conservation, conservation, restoration of sites cultural heritage, Bulgarian Orthodox temples and monasteries, joint participation in the promotion of activities envisaged for funding under national and international programs and, including the submission of a Project Proposal for securing funding through participation in the Operational Program “Regions for Growth 2014-2020″.

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On January 10, 2020, in Sozopol, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Municipality of Sozopol, represented by Mr. Tihomir Yanakiev, in his capacity as Mayor of the Municipality of Sozopol and Mr. Kiril Arnautski, Chairman of the Management Board of the Sozopol Foundation.

Considering that the Municipality of Sozopol and the Sozopol Foundation are active participants in activities related to the restoration and protection of the natural and cultural heritage, the provision of accessible environment for young children, the elderly and people with disabilities on the territory of the municipality, the Memorandum provides implementation of joint actions such as: adaptation, socialization, presentation, conservation, restoration of natural and cultural heritage, provision of accessible environment, in the development of projects envisaged for financing under the ionalni and international programs, including the submission of the project proposal to provide funding through participation under the “Regions in growth- 2014-2020.”

A national forum was held in the town of Shumen regarding the importance and development of art tourism in Bulgaria.

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From left to right: Mr. Nayden Kosev – Deputy. Mayor, Mrs. Irena Georgieva – Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Rositsa Antonova – Mayor

The forum is part of the thematic series “Bulgaria – the Hidden Art Destination” and was opened by Zam. Minister of Tourism – Mrs. Irena Georgieva.

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Mrs. Irena Georgieva – Deputy. Minister of Tourism

She congratulated all participants in the forum on behalf of the Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Nikolina Angelkova, and presented the Ministry’s policies for the development of cultural tourism. Representatives of the tourism sector spoke at the forum.

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Mrs. Maria Petkova

Leading Bulgarian architects in the field of cultural tourism

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Arch. Plamen Tsanev

International organizations actively involved in the preservation of cultural heritage and the development of all forms of tourism.

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Mr. Kirill Arnautski – Chairman of the Sozopol Foundation

Mr Kirill Arnautski stressed that civil society should be involved in cultural heritage conservation activities. This is a guarantee for achieving sustainability in the development of cultural tourism and tourism in general.
Many more representatives of regional museums has spoken, as well as representatives of the civil sector.

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At the Bachkovo Stavropigial Cloister “Assumption”, His Holiness Bishop Sionius, Abbot of the monastery and Mr. Kirill Arnautski, Chairman of the Board of the Sozopol Foundation signed a Memorandum of Cooperation.

The Memorandum provides:
– cooperation in the field of protection of the natural and cultural heritage, Bulgarian Orthodox temples and monasteries, as well as providing accessible environment for the elderly, children and people with disabilities;
– joint participation in the promotion of activities envisaged for funding under national and international programs, including the submission of a project proposal for financing through participation in Operational Program “Regions for Growth – 2014-2020″.

The Bachkovo Stavropigial Monastery of the Assumption and the Sozopol Foundation confirm that they will cooperate in the field and preservation of Bulgarian Orthodox temples and monasteries, based on joint projects.

On August 2, 2019, Sozopol Foundation received an invitation from Admiral Kiril Mihailov, Commander of the Naval Forces, to participate in the solemn celebration of the 140th anniversary of the establishment of the Naval Forces of the Republic of Bulgaria.

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HAPPY HOLIDAY, SAILERS, MAYORS, OFFICERS AND ADMIRALS!
HAPPY HOLIDAY, FRIENDS!

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Admiral Kiril Mihaylov, Commander of the Naval Forces, received the Bulgarian flag from Vice Admiral Mitko Petev

The long-standing cooperation between the Naval Forces and Sozopol Foundation is an example of how the partnership between a governmental institution and a non-governmental sector representative can contribute to the good image of the Republic of Bulgaria on a European and World scale.

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Vice Admiral Mitko Petev, Mr. Kiril Arnautski, Vice Admiral George Yakumakis and Commodore Malen Chubenkov

There is a seafarer’s corner created with the assistance of the naval forces in the Southern Fortress Wall and Tower Architectural and Historic Complex in the town of Sozopol.

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Seafarer’s corner in the Southern Fortress Wall and Tower Architectural and Historic Complex

The wonderful anniversary of the Naval Forces is accompanied by a smaller anniversary, but indicative for the good partnership and perseverance. On August 8, the 15th anniversary of the naming of the tanker-bunker ship “Akin” will be celebrated. In a special ritual in 2004, Ms. Nevena Arnautska – Member of the Management Board of Sozopol Foundation, became the godmother of the Akin ship.

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Godmother of the Akin ship – Ms. Nevena Arnautska

The crew of the Akin ship and Miss Arnautska are in contact. During celebration of the tenth anniversary of the baptism of the ship, she gave gifts to the crew, receiving a special plaque from the command of the ship.

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Ms. Nevena Arnautska with the commanders of the Akin ship

From 18th to 20th of July, in the National Archaeological Reserve “Ancient Town of Apolonia”, Sozopol, was held the Dionysian Days Wine Festival. All the wine-growing regions in Bulgaria were presented.

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A special guest at the fest was Maestro Mauricio Federidi. He presented the “Magic of the Tasting” in the representative of the Chitalishte “Father Paisii.

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The National Institute for the Study of Wine, Spirits and Essential Oils made a presentation on “Innovation in Laboratory Service and Producer Services”. Speaker was Ivana Murdjeva, lawyer, expert in wine-making legislation.

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During the festival a project of the Sozopol Foundation was presented: “Wine – a traditional product and a means of convergence of the peoples of Southeastern Europe and the Black Sea region”.

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The project was developed in partnership between NGOs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Greece, Turkey, with the special participation of a non-governmental organization from Cassis, France.

A project proposal applies for funding under the Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Program for Cross-Border Cooperation 2014-2020.

During the festival, Mr. Kiril Arnautski held fruitful and friendly conversations with some of the organizers and guests of the festival.

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and Mr. Kiril Arnautski
Mr. Stoyan Georgiev
and Mr. Kiril Arnautski

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Mr. Georgi Pinelov, Mrs. Sylvia Shatarova and Mr. Kiril Arnautski