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8. Creativity and Culture

8.7 Fostering the creative use of new technologies

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  1. New technologies in support of creativity and innovation
  2. Facilitating access to culture through new technologies

New technologies in support of creativity and innovation

The Ministry of Education and Science implements a program for innovations in the field of secondary education called Innovative Schools (Иновативни училища). Every year non-specialised schools may submit projects to apply for innovative school. The program for innovations in the field of secondary education is aimed at creating a network of innovative schools in Bulgaria. Innovative schools are a model of modern school where students improve their education performance and enhance their ability for critical thinking and creativity through innovative education processes, teaching techniques, school leadership and curricula. The list of innovative schools for every academic year is subject to approval by the Council of Ministers by proposal of the Minister of Education and Science. The innovative elements may be embedded in the teaching methodology, the organization, school environment, quality of education, academic content, and/or in 10% of the curricula and programs for the respective stage of education.

Facilitating access to culture through new technologies

The National Culture Fund (Национален фонд „Култура“) implements a Cultural Heritage Program (програма „Културно наследство“).

The program is implemented in two modules.

Cultural Industries and Cultural Tourism Module supports projects for promotion of Bulgarian cultural heritage through cultural tourism and development of cultural organisations’ capacity via establishment of cross-sectoral partnerships, sustainable practices and development of business models for successful cultural industries at local level. 

Some of the objectives of this module are:

  • to support the preservation of crafts and to stimulate industries being developed on the basis of cultural heritage and values
  • to stimulate cultural organisations to use cultural tourism as an entrepreneurship tool;
  • to establish multisectoral partnerships and exchange of experience and good practices;
  • to stimulate innovative and ethnical practices in the development of cultural tourism, etc.

The priority projects funded under this module are as follows:

    • projects that actively involve educational institutions through children, school and student audiences in the process and ensure their engagement through communication of new knowledge about the value of cultural heritage.
    • projects establishing cross-sectoral partnerships between organisations in the field of culture and tourist industry, local organisations and institutions and/or representatives of local community, voluntary civil associations, private sector, and media, etc.

Available funding for this module is up to BGN 10 000 (about EUR 5000) per project.

Preservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage Module supports projects for preservation, research and promotion of intangible cultural heritage of Bulgaria and development of means for improved access to cultural heritage through digital technologies and delivery of cultural content. This module is aimed at highlighting the contribution of cultural heritage to cultural diversity, identity and significant historic processes in Bulgaria and Europe.

Some of the objectives of this module are:

    • to create innovative projects (including researches) presenting cultural values in an accessible way;
    • to encourage better understanding of vivid cultural heritage and the specificity of its transfer between generations, etc.  

The priority projects funded under this module are as follows:

    • projects for development of means for improved access and promotion of cultural heritage through digital technologies;
    • projects that study and promote local cultural heritage, etc.

Available funding for this module is up to BGN 20 000 (about EUR 10 000) per project.

The program is annual and the annual budget of the whole program is BGN 180 000 (about EUR 90 000).