Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Arts
The overall objectives of the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 are to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the EEA and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States and the Beneficiary State. The EEA Grants contribute, inter alia, to protecting and revitalizing cultural heritage and to promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, fostering minority cultures and cultural exchange by providing more than €200 million support in beneficiary countries. In Bulgaria a total of €16,470,588 is available in the period 2009-2014 for the Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Arts programme of which €2,935,000 in this call for proposals.
In order to ensure the implementation of the EEA Financial Mechanism, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Donor States (Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway) and the Beneficiary State (the Republic of Bulgaria) on the implementation of the EEA Financial Mechanism for the 2009-2014 was signed on 29th of June 2011.
The Programme area “Conservation and revitalization of cultural and natural heritage” (PA16) and programme area “Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage” (PA17)
have been set as a priorities in Bulgaria for receiving financial support from the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. In this context the Programme BG08 “Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Arts” has been developed and approved for implementation.
Recognizing the importance of culture for fostering innovation and growth, the Programme main objective is to achieve larger institutional and public participation in the revitalization, digitalization and popularization of tangible and intangible Bulgarian cultural heritage in the European context of cultural and creative industries, cultural exchange, diversity and tourism.
The digitalization of cultural heritage objects is a base for enhancement of possibilities for better presentation of the Bulgarian culture, facilitating access, widely sharing cultural information and enhancing knowledge in the world of multicultural dialog.
The measure 2 “Cultural history documented” of the programme BG08 was developed in order to contribute to addressing some of the recent needs for enhancement of recording and digitalization of cultural heritage objects/items and establishment of digital centers in cultural institutes and universities.
Programme Operator is the Ministry of Culture.