Respecting the principles and regulations of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms. Sang Mee Bak, a Member of the Cultural Heritage Committee at UNESCO and a Professor of Cultural Anthropology is visiting Bulgaria to perform monitoring of the activities of the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO. Ms. Bak had the opportunity to meet and hold constructive conversations with representatives of a number of organisations, with which the regional centre is in partnership for carrying out its activities.
On January 11, 2017, as part of her stay in Bulgaria, Ms. Sang Mee Bak visited the exhibition “The cultural heritage of Bulgaria – past, present and future” organized by Sozopol Foundation in partnership with the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO. The exhibition presents the Bulgarian tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
On site, the expert from UNESCO got acquainted with the exhibited models of prominent Bulgarian natural and cultural monuments, as well with the exhibited by Spiritual Mirror Association, a longtime partner of the Regional Centre, works of children, made in traditional techniques of papier-mâché and corn halm. Sozopol Foundation, Spiritual Mirror Association and prof. Dilyana Micheva from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts organized a folklore programme performed by students, who study in the high school, especially for Ms. Bak.
During her visit at the exhibition “The cultural heritage of Bulgaria – past, present, future”, Ms. Bak held constructive conversations with representatives of the partners of the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO. Ms. Bak met with Mr. Arnautski, Chairman of the international non-governmental organisation Sozopol Foundation, Ms. Tatyana Kostadinova, Chairperson of Spiritual Mirror Association and Mr. Emil Pavlov, Chairman of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts at UNESCO, National section Bulgaria.
Mr. Arnautski had the opportunity to acquaint Ms. Sang Mee Bak with the objectives and activities of Sozopol Foundation. He paid special attention to the active work of the international non-governmental organisation in the field of conservation of natural and cultural heritage, stressing the need for unity and cohesion of all stakeholders in order to achieve sustainable development worldwide. Mr. Arnautski reaffirmed the readiness of Sozopol Foundation to continue to assist UNESCO and to implement its activity, respecting the priorities and objectives of the international organisation.