Bulgaria Opens Cultural Institute in London, Strikes Louvre Deal

Culture | September 29, 2011, Thursday // 17:29|  views

Bulgaria's Culture Minister Rashidov (middle) is pictured at the opening of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London. Photo by Culture Ministry

Bulgaria's Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov has opened a Bulgarian Cultural Institute in the British capital London.

"Bulgaria's culture is unique. Our country rests on Rome, Thrace, and Byzantium," Rashidov stated at the opening, as cited by the press center of the Culture Ministry.

"I am convinced that this great event will pave Bulgaria's road towards the great British stage, the large British public. I believe that soon there will be much talk about Bulgarian culture, and that brilliant Bulgarian talents will become known in the UK," the Bulgarian Culture Minister added.

In his words, the opening of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London marks a new way in which the Culture Ministry will operate internationally. The event was attended by representatives of all 80 cultural institutes of different nations in the British capital, among other distinguished guests.

The opening ceremony featured an exhibit of over 100 artworks by Bulgarian authors, including both paintings and sculptures.

Cllr Julie Mills, acting Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where the brand-new Bulgarian Cultural Institute is located, has suggested that Bulgarian and English artists should put together a joint exhibit for the 2012 London Olympics.

Before arriving to London, Bulgaria's Culture Minister Rashidov was in Paris, France, where he made a cooperation agreement with his French counterpart and with the head of the Louvre, which will allow "for the first time in Bulgaria's history" to present Bulgaria in the prestigious top museum.

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