River of tolerance

UNESCO is patron of youth art festival under the motto Shared Art in the Balkans - Traditions and Contemporaneity

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UNESCO is the patron of the youth art festival River of Tolerance, held under the motto Shared Art in the Balkans - Traditions and Contemporaneity, announced the organisers from 13 Centuries of Bulgaria National Endowment Fund (NEF).

The event will take place between 13 and 17 September and will bring together lecturers and students from the Balkan countries in inclusive educational initiatives in the field of visual arts. In the framework of this creative event, well-known artists and young talents will have the opportunity to share their ideas, views and practices in art as well as to build a common vision on the values ​​that unite them.

The festival was previously held in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Over the years, the following artists took part in it while being students at the time: Vasil Kolev - Vassilio, Tsvetan Ignatovski, Cem Kara, Bogdan Stefanoic, Florina Oprescu, Daniela Vasiliu, Dimosthenis Bogiatzis and others, now being recognised artists in their fields.

This year for the first time, the festival will be held online. A free “space” for sharing and exchange will be organised on the NEF website, where artists in the fields of black and white drawing, photography and digital arts from the Balkans and Croatia will “meet” each other. The main topic, Shared Art in the Balkans - Traditions and Contemporaneity, reflects the goals and objectives of the event and corresponds to the current priorities of UNESCO.

Working panels in the festival's programme are provided in two main forms - lectures and workshops. Special time will be devoted for conversations and discussions.

During the lectures, well-known and established authorities in their respective fields in Bulgaria will share their experience, knowledge and views. The workshops on black and white drawing, photography and digital arts will give an opportunity to share and practically master technological knowledge and methods of artistic expression.

The realisation of the festival will stimulate and enrich the cultural exchange between the higher education art schools from the Balkan countries and Croatia, the NEF specialists point out. Through the art they create, young artists and their lecturers will express and transfer their messages on important topics and values ​​in the changing world in which we live.

The artworks created during the festival and donated to the National Endowment Fund will be included in a final exposition, which will be exhibited in a prestigious Sofia gallery as well as in an accompanying catalogue. In 2022, the exhibition will be proposed for presentation at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

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