First Festival for Contemporary Art 'Sofia Contemporary' Launched
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Sofia Contemporary – the first international festival for contemporary art in Bulgaria, is to offer to the citizens of Sofia diverse artistic experiences, traditional and new media, urban and interior art spaces.
The festival that is supported by Societe Generale Expressbank continues till 11th November 2012 and will "discusses various attitudes to the problems of our time, territory, gender, social and political frustrations as well as affiliations". The topic of the first issue of the festival is Present Unlimited.
The main goal of the event is to shorten the distance between the contemporary art and the Bulgarian audience. The festival is to present artistic works which are a part of the daily life of the big city, which speak to the audience and provoke the reaction of the passers-by. For a period of three weeks the citizens and guests of Sofia will be provoked to experience the city as a collective space that can be reorganized and on which one can influence.
The program of the festival is divided into 5 main sections: On the Move, Parallel, Kids, Video and City. Some of the art-pieces and installations the audience can see are: „Park View" of Lachezar Boyadjiev (the garden in front of the National Library "St.St. Kiril and Methodius), „Who wants to live forever" of Vikenti Komitski (in front of the ticket center of NPC), „Restart Praga Caf?" on 145 Rakovski Str., the joint exhibition with Societe Generale Expressbank „Your art on Contemporary Card" in the underpass of Serdika metro station, the video of Nedko Solakov "Silent" in Fabrika 126, the kids workshop "Kids, make noise!" in Montfiz, 31 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., fl.2 on 2nd, 3rd and 4th November, "Community cinema for a quite intersection" of Rirkrit Tiravanija (the garden in front of Akademia gallery), "Bright Future" of Raicho Stanev and Nagledna (the fa?ade of NPC), "Exchange" of Kiril Prashkov (the fence of NAA), "Interior" of Destructive Creation (the corner of Partiarh Evtimii and Agnel Kanchev).
See the complete program of the festival with description of all projects at the following link: http://edno.bg/sofia-contemporary-2012/programa
Societe Generale Expressbank Group is one of the top ten leading financial institutions in Bulgaria. It is composed by the bank Societe Generale Expressbank and its subsidiary companies - Sogelease Bulgaria, Societe Generale Factoring and its associate life insurance company Sogelife Bulgaria.
Together with its 1500 employees, Societe Generale Expressbank aims to offer customers comprehensive, flexible, high quality, innovative products and services on advantageous price conditions.
The bank has received various prestigious awards amongst which "Best Bank in Bulgaria" for 2012 by the international financial magazine Euromoney. Societe Generale Expressbank received also confirmation from Fitch Ratings - 'BBB+' with positive outlook, which is the highest rating, given from Fitch to a financial institution in Bulgaria.
_ 99,74% of the capital is property of Societe Generale Group;
_ BGN 52 M Net profit of Societe Generale Expressbank as for 2011;
_ BGN 173.2 M Net banking income as for 2011;
_ BGN 3.5 B Total assets as for 2011
_ 150 sales points;
_ More than 360 000 clients.
SOFIA CONTEMPORARY is a new festival for contemporary art created within the frameworks of a project of Sofia Municipality “Festivals for art in the public space: SOFIA CONTEMPORARY and Open-Air Festival in Western Park”, financed by OP “Regional Development” 2007-2013. The parts of the festival program “In Motion”, “Forum”, “For Children”, “Video” are organized by the financial support of Societe Generale Expressbank, Samsung Electronics, Renault.
The first edition starts on 19th October and is to continue until 9th November. The main goal of the event is to shorten the distance between the contemporary art and the Bulgarian audience. The topic of the first edition is Contemporary Unlimited. The festival is going to present art works that are a part of the daily life of the big city, that communicate with the audience and provoke the reaction of the chance people who pass by. For 3 weeks the citizens and guests of Sofia will be provoked to experience the city as a collective space which has to be reorganized and on which they can influence.
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