SOFIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION was founded as non-profit organization with the decision 348
of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.


The Cultural Management Academy has now begun in Sofia, an initiative underway in Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo as well. On September 29 to 1 october, the network meeting and conference on the topic of Cultural Heritage will gather nearly 50 cultural managers from leading institutions and independent organizations.

For over four years Sofia Municipality, Sofia Development Association, and Goethe-Institut Bulgaria have successfully partnered to organize the Cultural Management Academy, whose purpose is to increase the competences of local cultural operators and to stimulate new approaches and innovative ideas. The Academy is an important step for the cooperation and dialogue between public institutions and the private sector, each year bringing together representatives of the most important museums, public and non-governmental organizations. Participants engage in trainings, workshops and conferences, and meet with leading specialists from all of Europe. The Academy aims to bridge theory and practice, and this year its program is certified by New Bulgarian University, a key partner for the event.

The Cultural Management Academy has expanded with the support of Goethe-Institut branches in Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo, and today the CMA has grown into an international project with a network of more than 150 cultural managers from South and Eastern Europe. In addition to its network the Academy offers direct opportunities for investment in new cultural projects.

Sofia remains the center of the growing network and this year the city will once again be the host of the Academy’s international conference on September 29, on the topic of “Cultural Heritage” in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The conference will address themes relevant to the region: modern art and cultural heritage, digital technologies, the legacy of socialism and intangible cultural heritage. Invited lectors include specialists from Bulgaria, Moldova and Poland – Lukasz Galusek (Director of the International Cultural Center in Krakow), Stefan Rusu (Architect), Margarita Dorovska (Director of the House of Humor and Satire Museum in Gabrovo), Asen Kanev (culturologist and game developer) and Dr. Vihra Baeva (ethnologist).

After the conference the participants will continue the dialogue in a more creative format, where they will develop ideas for new cultural projects to apply for funding from the CMA Project Fund. Last years’ edition financed 8 projects with up to 5000 EUR, one of which is still available in Sofia before it travels to Thessaloniki and Athens – the exhibition “Matter Over Matter” on display at the Goethe-Institut until October 5.

The Cultural Management Academy will continue in 2019, with registration open in the Spring.

Register to attend the Conference on September 28 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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