This year our country was represented in the award competition of the Forum of Slavic Cultures by the Vasil Levski National Museum

Vasil Levski National Museum participated this year in the “Ziva” Awards initiative of the Forum of Slavic Cultures. From Bulgaria, Ekaterina Djumalieva – Director of the Directorate “Cultural Heritage, Museums and Fine Arts” in the Ministry of Culture, member of the jury, and Prof. Svetla Dimitrova – Chair of the BNK of ICOM and Director of the Regional Ethnographic Open Air Museum took part in the forum. Ether” – winner of the cultural heritage site award for 2020. It is the “Ether” museum that will host the presentation of the “Ziva” awards in Bulgaria in 2024.

The competition promotes projects showcasing the unique values, traditions and heritage of the Slavic world. The purpose of the awards is to identify, reward, encourage and accelerate experiments, projects and practices in the museum sector within specific cultural and geographical frameworks. This year, the jury nominated 24 museums from 10 countries. With presentations and short films, each participant presented their application to the institution. The director of the museum, Dora Chausheva, and Nikolay Kolev, tour guide, took part from Karlovo. The museum received a special certificate for participation in the competition.

The Živa Award – 2023 for the best museum from a Slavic country was awarded to the National Museum in Leskovac, Serbia, and the best cultural heritage site was awarded to the DUBoak Maritime Heritage Interpretation Centre, Malinska, Croatia. Seven nominated museums from Ukraine were awarded a special title of “Cultural Heroes of Slavic Heritage” for their determination and drive to protect Ukrainian cultural heritage and national identity during the ravages of the current war.

The Živa Award was established in 2012 at the initiative of Dr. Andreja Richter, Director of the Forum of Slavic Cultures, an international foundation (founded in 2004) that looks at heritage in a dynamic way. The award is named after the Slavic goddess Ziva, personifying the principle of life, beauty, vitality and fertility. The award aims to identify and celebrate achievements by promoting the best practices of museums in Slavic countries and their cultural heritage. It is an important transnational cultural platform that promotes dialogue, communication and networking, the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience with a view to the protection of museums and the promotion of their collections and services, commitment to the needs of society, innovation, creativity, participation and turn on. These goals are also part of the criteria that are taken into account by the “Ziva” jury during their visits to the candidate museums. Source: Ministry of Culture

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