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Bulgaria/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.1 Amateur arts and folk culture

Amateur arts are supported foremost by municipalities and partly by the Ministry of Culture and by sponsors - foundations and members of the public. The number of local cultural festivals of amateur arts is increasing.

Amateur arts in Bulgaria have been associated with the Chitalishte (culture clubs) ever since their genesis. There has been a drastic slump in the number of amateur art companies, performers and viewers (especially since 1990). The past three or four years have seen the beginning of stabilisation within the system, which is evidenced by the growing number of amateur art events: festivals, competitions, traditional feasts. The majority of those events are devoted to folk arts and crafts and authentic folklore.

Chapter published: 20-01-2011

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