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Viewing platform with a ramp for people with disabilities – view from the south panorama alley

The Sozopol Foundation started the development of a project: “Expansion of a viewing platform for observation of a fortress system, decorative flower gardens and a panorama alley – Second stage”.

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View from a viewing area to the fortress system of Sozopol

The project is a natural extension of projects already implemented by the Sozopol Foundation. This is an upgrade and sustainability in the provision of tourist services in the National Archaeological Reserve “The Ancient City of Apolonia”.

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The viewing platform for observation of a fortress system, decorative flower gardens and a panorama alley and the architectural and historical complex “South fortress wall and tower” are some of the most preferred places for visiting and recreation on the territory of the National Archaeological Reserve “The Ancient City of Apolonia”. Every year they are visited by almost all tourists and guests of the town of Sozopol.

The immediate proximity of the two destinations allows all visitors to the reserve to enjoy its unique natural and cultural-historical landmarks.

Developed under “Erasmus +”, Key Activity 2: “Innovation Collaboration and Good Practice Exchange”.

Partners on the project proposal with Ref. No 2019-1-BG01-KA204-062526 are: Sozopol Foundation, Bulgaria; Center for Intercultural Education and Work, Ahrnesburg, Germany; Institute for Educational Center – Adult Education (IDEC), Pireus, Greece; Center for Multicultural and Tyrolean Integration, Innsbruck, Austria; Creative ideas association, Latvia.

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The activities envisaged for implementation are: expanding the opportunities for open and accessible education and innovative practices of unemployed older people; New approaches to support competitiveness and employment in the partner countries’ target territories by creating a methodological framework for the effective implementation of social entrepreneurship in cultural tourism; Supporting good understanding and responsiveness to the social, ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity of the target groups.

This clear acknowledgment and confirmation of the active national and international activity of the Sozopol Foundation motivates us to continue working hard by observing the Unesco Directives concerning the preservation, preservation and presentation of the rich global tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

The project is being developed jointly by the Constanţa Regional Government, the Republic of Romania; Sozopol Foundation, Republic of Bulgaria; Ugeni District Government, Republic of Moldova; Municipality of Izmail, Republic of Ukraine;

The partners will jointly carry out activities related to the preservation and presentation of the natural and cultural heritage. Cultural events will be held on the territory of the partner countries. A seminar on “Entrepreneur in cultural tourism, part of the tourism industry” will be held in Sozopol. A cross-border digital infrastructure will be developed to support entrepreneurship in the tourism industry and link to a European digital market. Conservation, restoration and construction repairs will be carried out at the Architectural and Historic Complex “South Fortress and Tower” in Sozopol – an international tourist destination.

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The project is being developed in partnership with the Sozopol Foundation, the Republic of Bulgaria;

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“Ateni” Valley, Iliya State University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia;

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Municipality of Soufli, Greece.

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The project envisages the creation of a common tourist route between these destinations, conducting joint cultural events in the designated buildings: Cultural Centers, Museums and more. Wine Festivals, Conservation and Restoration of a Part of the Fortress System of the National Archaeological Reserve “The Ancient City of Apolonia”.

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Segment of the reserve system of the reserve, section foreseen for project interpolation

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The UNESCO building in Paris

On April 18, 2019, a consultative meeting of NGOs in partnership with UNESCO, accredited under the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was held. The main topic of the meeting was the role of non-governmental organizations under the Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, in particular the recognition of various consultative functions of NGOs and their consequences for the reform of the accreditation system.
The meeting was held under the leadership of Mr. Tim Curtis, Secretary of the Convention of 2003 and Head of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Sector.

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Mr. Tim Curtis, Secretary of the Convention

Discussions and debates were conducted in such a way as to contribute to more active participation of NGOs accredited under the Convention. It was discussed in detail that only participation in the meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee is insufficient for the active work and the full presence of NGOs. These comments made it clear that NGOs can contribute directly to the process of reforming the accreditation system.
In this prestigious forum, Ms. Petya Zelenski, permanent representative of Sozopol Foundation in UNESCO participated actively.

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Ms. Petya Zelenski, representative of Sozopol Foundation in UNESCO

She presented the good work of Sozopol Foundation for preservation and popularization of the rich intangible cultural heritage. The projects implemented by Sozopol Foundation under the UNESCO Participation Program, and the participation in international forums and events fully support and confirm the active work and commitment of Sozopol Foundation.

HE Mrs. Caridad Yamira Cueto Milián, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba visited Sozopol. During her stay in Sozopol she and her accompanying guests visited the created by Sozopol Foundation Architectural and historic complex Southern Fortress Wall and Tower. The complex presents the history of Sozopol from its creation to the present day. Mr. Kiril Arnautski – Chairman of Sozopol Foundation, welcomed the guests.

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Mr. Kiril Arnautski, HE Mrs. Caridad Yamira Cueto Milián And her accompanying guests

In a casual conversation, Mr. Arnautski introduced HE Mrs. Caridad Yamira Cueto Milián with the rich cultural and historical past of the ancient city of Apollonia. He presented to the guests the active international activities of Sozopol Foundation as a consultative partner of the United Nations and UNESCO.

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HE Mrs. Caridad Yamira Cueto Milián listens to Mr. Arnautski’s talk Guests from Cuba and Mr. Arnautski in one of the complex’s halls

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Her Excellency and Mr. Arnautski in the office of Sozopol Foundation The guests and Mr. Arnautski in the office of Sozopol Foundation

HE Mrs. Caridad Yamira Cueto Milián and her accompanying guests expressed their admiration for Sozopol Foundation’s vision and work for the preservation, restoration, adaptation and socialization of the complex. They emphasized with respect and consideration that they were highly impressed by the active work of Sozopol Foundation for restoration and conservation of our rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The guests wished success to Sozopol Foundation’s team in pursuit of the set goals for preservation of the natural and cultural heritage and provision of accessible environment for people with disabilities.
Mr. Arnautski received an official invitation to visit the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Sofia.

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The project: “Chiprovtsi carpets, world cultural heritage – fortune of the generations”, with Ref. № 9290118181РРЕ was approved for funding and implementation by the UNESCO 2018-2019 Participation Program. The two non-governmental organizations have pledged to implement a number of events, respecting the main goals and directives of UNESCO. Most of the events are planned to be implemented in the town of Chiprovtsi.

Nestled at the foot of Western Stara Planina Mountain, on the border with Serbia is the town of Chiprovtsi. There are few inhabitants in this city, but the glory of this ancient Thracian settlement is worn all over the world because of the world-famous, hand-woven Chiprovtsi carpets.

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The remoteness of the town of Chiprovtsi from the interior of the country has been and is at the core of creating, preserving and preserving the technology of workmanship and colors, and keeping the figures so original. The production of Chiprovtsi carpets, for centuries, skills and knowledge, were passed on by adults to the younger – children and grandchildren. Not only the skill of weaving, but also the previous dyeing of materials – the coloring through traditional and natural dyes, as it is today. It is a cultural phenomenon that fits in the cultural landscape in the natural landscape, with the participation of a larger part of the population, regardless of the gender difference.
Carpeting is a living example during the centuries of gender equality, one of the two global goals of the UNESCO World Organization. Men also participate, but only when providing the basic material – the wool and the dyeing materials. The weaving of old women’s carpets in Chiprovtsi has become a personal cause, a way of life. Many women now refer to this occupation as a very personal matter, and to their carpets – as family treasures. The same women diligently surrender their skills to younger women, to their grandchildren, but not to the idea of giving them knowledge of a profession, but rather to the feeling of dedicating them to a family secret, a sacrament that keeps the home and the good people around the world. The weaving of carpets, composed of complex geometric motifs and geometric shapes, is a symbolic world – the world of ornamentation.

Two types of waves were used and used in the production of Chiprovtsi carpets: “RUNOVA” obtained in the spring and “TABASHKA”, obtained after the treatment of the skins. Another material is the coat from which the base of the carpets is prepared.

Here is what Mrs. Savka Ivanova, one of the most famous craftsmen of making and weaving in Chiprovtsi carpets today, says: “We put a lot of love in the carpets, so when they look, they emit a light, a happiness. When you put them in the house, they shine like a sun, because everything is from living material. We have to keep the tradition and move it forward”.

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Chiprovtsi carpets fascinate with their beauty and grace, with perfection and simplicity, with the marvelous combination of colors and signs. Carpets reveal the world of their creators, a world of harmony, wisdom and kindness. The aesthetics of the Chiprovtsi carpets with their misaligned elements and compositions, the strong element of improvisation, the richness of symbolism and the emotional expression are the basis of the received worldly recognition.

The project ‘Cultural heritage of Apollonia-Sozopol, ages old and for the ages’ represents the preservation of an important buildings within the territory of the town of Sozopol, Bulgaria. The development of the Cultural Centre and the Ethnographic Museum in the old town contributes to the preservation and promotion of the culture and cultural heritage in the region.

The project ‘Cultural heritage of Apollonia-Sozopol, ages old and for the ages’ is crucial for the sustainable development of Sozopol and the cross border region.

Project objectives: preservation of the rich cultural heritage in Bulgaria; conservation, restoration, adaptation and socialization of a building of great importance; creation of an Ethnographic Museum of Sozopol; promotion of the objectives and results of the project; accessibility to renovated facility for all; achievement of a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Sozopol and the cross border region.

Results of the project implementation: restoration and preservation of cultural heritage for future generations; creation of an Ethnographic Museum in Sozopol; socialization of cultural sites of great importance; documentation of culture, cultural history and cultural heritage; presentation of contemporary arts and culture, and contribution to cultural diversity; achievement of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Sozopol and cross border region.

Project partners:
1. Sozopol Municipality as lead organization.

The Municipality has implemented a number of projects, significant for the region and area. Among them are:
– “Integration of cultural and historical values, and diversification of tourism products in the Municipality of Sozopol” implemented in the period 23.11.2011-06.04.2014 and funded under Operational Programme Regional Development 2007-2013.
– “Caring for the child,” implemented in the period 28.12.2011-28.12.2013 and funded under Operational Programme Regional Development 2007-2013.

2. Sozopol Foundation as project partner.

The Foundation is responsible for the management of the project, coordinates the activities of the participants, takes active participation in the development of proposals and plans for the restoration, and in the selections of evaluation criteria. In addition, it performs activities related to obtaining donations and charity. The Foundation also contributes through joint maintenance of the site with Sozopol Municipality, for its normal functioning after the project.

3. Cherno more-Strandzha Association as project partner.

As an NGO with extensive experience in the field of preservation and promotion of cultural heritage, as well as providing accessible environment for people with disabilities, it provides the lead partner consulting services at each stage of the project, through specialists and experts that it works with. This contributes for achieving the goals and realizing the expected results.

These organizational structures work in mutual understanding, guided by the common objective of preservation of cultural heritage, cultural tourism development and provision of accessible environment for people with disabilities. All of the set objectives and expected results were achieved. There haven’t been any budget constraints during the project implementation.

Phases of development: Project implementation has been fulfilled in a very good coordination between the partners. The beginning was set with the creation of an optimal organizational and management system for project activities. A two-tier system of organizing and management was selected, which has been used in the implementation of a number of projects and guarantees the success of this one. The work on preservation and renovation in the area of intervention was started after defining the responsibilities and tasks of each one involved in the project, in order to create an Ethnographic Museum with exhibitions both indoors and in Sozopol. Conservation activities and socialization of cultural heritage were also carried out. Innovative and proved methods were used for publicity and promotion of the project activities and results. The project was adequately presented to the public and all stakeholders, promoting the achieved results and realized goals. All were acquainted with the importance of the European and national cooperation, the financial contribution of EU and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria, as well the achieved added value. The strategy that was followed in the execution phase of the project development is based on a set of methods through inherent, specific, well positioned and identifiable measures that have been proven economical, innovative, efficient and effective.

Project implementation was funded by:
– Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area with leading participation of the Kingdom of Norway and the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria as a Programme Operator;
The value of all project activities amounts to € 552 029.00.

The project is of great importance both national and international. In carrying out conservation and restoration works the authenticity of site was preserved at its maximum. The functionality of renewed building has been amended and improved. Thus, was made another step towards the transformation of Bulgaria’s cultural heritage into more accessible and attractive for both Bulgarians and foreigners, including people with disabilities. The project ensures progress for local people and new opportunities to improve their competitiveness. It contributes to a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Sozopol and the cross border region.

Additional information:
The building “Thracian Inn”, where nowadays is housed the Ethnographic Museum of Sozopol, was in a serious emergency condition before the beginning of the project. After the activities were carried out – archaeological research, conservation, restoration, adaptation and socialization of the site – with the full preservation of the original substance in the interior and exterior, was created the Ethnographic Museum. The museum works with exposures indoors and outdoors. It contributes to a brighter expression and recognition in a contemporary modern world of cultural national identity in the region.

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Footage of the exhibits displayed in the Ethnographic Museum

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Execution period: 2016 ÷ 2019 years. Value of project activities – BGN 264 692.85. Funded by the Sozopol Foundation through donations from individuals and legal entities.
On the basis of a prepared and coordinated technical project with: Ministry of Culture; National Institute for Immovable Cultural Heritage, Regional Inspectorate for Environment and Water – Bourgas; Transnational energy company (EVN) – Burgas; “Water Supply and Sewerage” EAD – Bourgas; Sozopol Municipality and a building permit issued by the municipality of Sozopol is executed the central entrance of the complex from the main street of the National Archaeological Reserve “The Ancient City of Apollonia” – Apollonia Street, through a watch tower dated from IV – XII century, part of the fortress system the reservation.

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The enclosed drawings with input distribution and input space of a coherent technical design clearly show the significance of the object.

This is a unique solution that has no analogue in the European Union. Globally, there are several such solutions for approaches that combine history and present in a wonderful, functional way.

Complex architectural structures and artifacts from the 3rd century BC to the present day have been discovered and exhibited in the archaeological excavations. All of this is shaped appropriately so that the guests of the Cultural Center can touch and familiarize themselves with the centuries-old history of Apolonia – Sozopol.

Activities to be implemented under the project:

  • Conducting comprehensive research on symbolic cultural properties, combined with historiographic review
  • Setting up a permanent exhibition of models of symbolic cultural properties
  • Organizing a travelling exhibition of models of symbolic cultural properties
  • Designing paper models of the “Lego” and “puzzle” type, and presenting them at schools, bookstores and libraries
  • Visualizing symbolic cultural properties and showcase them for educational and cultural tourism purposes

Pursuant to project activities implementation, an exhibition entitled “Bulgaria’s cultural heritage – past, present and future” was opened on 26 October 2012 at the National Palace of Culture.

Opening of the exhibition: Mr. Rosen Plevneliev - President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mrs. Irina Bokova - Director General of UNESCO, Mr. Bozhidar Dimitrov - Director of the National History Museum, Mr. Kiril Arnautski - Chairman of Sozopol Foundation and Mrs. Slavka Bozukova - Editor in Chief and Executive Director of Standard News.Opening of the exhibition: Mr. Rosen Plevneliev – President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mrs. Irina Bokova – Director General of UNESCO, Mr. Bozhidar Dimitrov – Director of the National History Museum, Mr. Kiril Arnautski – Chairman of Sozopol Foundation and Mrs. Slavka Bozukova – Editor in Chief and Executive Director of Standard News.