Mayor Fandakova discusses with EUNIC Sofia arts and culture

At a time when the strategy “Sofia – Creative Capital 2013 – 2023” is being evaluated and a new framework is being developed for the next ten years, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, Malina Edreva, chairperson of the Sofia Municipal Council Committee on Culture, Education and Diversity and Sofia Development Association met with representatives of EUNIC cluster in Bulgaria. Building on an open and transparent process that aims at developing guidelines that anchor art and culture as an important part of the overall development, the representatives of the EU National Institutes of Culture and the cultural strategy team discusses cultural policy priorities and opportunities for long-term collaboration.

A special focus of the discussion was the upcoming European Innovation Campus on June 8-9, 2023, which will be held in Sofia under the patronage of European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel and Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova.

Another important topic of discussion was to establish a national partnership for culture and creativity based on the new European policies – the New European Bauhaus, the New European Innovation Agenda, the Pact of Skills and more – to generate shared energy and commitment for active presence at European level, partnership with the newly established EIT Culture and Creativity, joint project development and pursuing other opportunities.