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.


Twenty-five representatives of European cities and regions will learn from the experience of Sofia in the field of public-private partnerships in culture from 19 to 22 April 2016

The study visit is part of the Culture for Cities and Regions initiative, implemented by EUROCITIES, KEA and ERRIN, through which the Fund for Innovations in Culture was selected as one of the 15 European best practices for which study visits are being organized. The visit is hosted by Sofia Municipality through Sofia Development Association.

The objectives are:
• to identify the existing best practices in culture as a key element of urban development strategies;
• to promote the exchange of knowledge;
• to give visibility to the successful examples of investments in culture;
• to plan policies and ways for their implementation.

Representatives of more than 15 European cities and regions will get acquainted with the experience of Sofia and will assess which of the practices can be applied in their cities. The main topics of the working meetings are:

• Public-private Fund for Innovations in Culture;
• PPP in public funding for art and culture;
• PPP in increasing the capacity of cultural operators;
• PPP in renovation of spaces for art and culture;
• Private and public investments in culture and urban support for them.

More information about the participants: HERE.


Design thinking for solving urban challenges

Today, together with councilors from the Sofia Municipal Council and colleagues from the directorates for health, culture and education, we identified challenges in the fields of cultural-historical heritage, education and health in Sofia using the design thinking method.
Experts from Innovation Starter took us through the process of identifying challenges, inventing ideas and testing.

We will leave prototyping to the young people, whom we will invite to participate in a Sofia innovation hackathon.

Sofia Municipality, through Sofia Development Association and the Fund for Innovations, in partnership with Innovation Starter and the Innovation Academy, will organize a Sofia innovation hackathon on 9 and 10 June.

The innovative solution to concrete urban problems by organizing competitions is part of the Fund for Innovations' "Development of Philanthropy in the Local Community" project, supported by the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation.

The new academic year of the Cultural Management Academy began

The profile of the participants in the Cultural Management Academy 2016 – 2017, which started today, 4 April, is very diverse.

They range from translators to producers of a capella ensemble, from critics to contemporary art curators, from specialists in working with cultural minorities to human resource and finance experts of cultural organizations.

All of them are united by their common understanding that the sphere of art and culture is to be run professionally and bring revenues.

This year, the geographic scope of the Academy also expanded; besides Sofia and Plovdiv, there are managers from Stara Zagora, Dupnitza, Veliko Tarnovo, and Belgrade.

The Cultural Management Academy is a postgraduate programme by Goehte-Institute and Sofia Municipality through Sofia Development Association in cooperation with Sofia University and the cultural institutes of Austria, Great Britain, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

The program aims to increase the knowledge and skills of cultural managers of municipal and independent cultural institutions and organizations. The programme includes 23 participants from municipal cultural institutes in Sofia, from the independent cultural operators (NGOs) from the whole country, and from the cultural sector in Serbia.

The Cultural Management Academy is held for a third consecutive academic year.


Today, the most creative ideas of students from the capital city's schools in the sphere of sport and youth volunteering received support from Sofia Municipality. The Chairman of Sofia Development Association and Sofia Municipal Council, Elen Gerdjikov, awarded the prize of Sofia Development Association for "best project implementation and organization of school sports day" to 7th High School "Sv. Sedmochislenitsi".


The competition in information technologies "Big to Me", initiated by 134 Sofia High School "Dimcho Debelyanov", will be held in April 2016.
The competition is traditionally supported by Sofia Municipality and Sofia Development Association.
The event aims at developing the computer skills of children 5 – 7 grade; entering for the competition is free of charge for students from all Sofia high schools. Usually, a key element in the contest is the joint work between the student and a close person (parent, brother, sister, acquaintance).
This year's edition of "The Big to Me" will be held on 16 April. Participating teams can register on the competition's website in the period 1 – 13 April 2016.


Cultural management academy Bulgaria announces a call for participation in the training program 2016-17.

The program aims to increase the knowledge and skills of cultural managers of municipal and independent cultural institutions and organizations. The program will include 20 participants, of whom 5 from municipal cultural operators in Sofia, 10-12 from the independent cultural operators (non-governmental organizations) from the whole country, and up to 5 from neighboring countries like Greece, Romania and Serbia.

The lecturers and trainers come from the European countries of the participating cultural institutes and from Bulgaria. Please send your application until 20th March 2016, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


More information about the program you may find HERE.

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