19 June 2019     UNESCO 

European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF was one of the institutions included in the National workshop "Preparing nominations" which was held from 12 to 14 June 2019 in the Hall "Scena 17" in the Ministry of Culture (Sofia, Bulgaria). The event was organized by the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Bulgaria.

The 2003 Convention of UNESCO for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage was explained during the seminar. The focus of the training forum was the preparation of nominations (national and multinational applications) of elements for the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage that needs an emergency assistance. During the forum EAFF was presented by Ms. Mariana Nutsova - an ethnologist, program director of Euro Folk TV studio for folklore content, author of dozens of ethnographic and overview and documentary movies, program coordinator of folklore festivals under the auspices of the National Commission of UNESCO for Bulgaria, EAFF consultant.

In 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization accredited the EAFF to provide advisory services to the Intergovernmental Committee within the framework of the 2003 Convention of UNESCO on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The President of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - Kaloyan Nikolov is a member of the Executive Council of the Regional Center for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Southeast Europe (under category 2) under the aegis of UNESCO. The Association is a member of the General Assembly as an NGO.

Lecturers of the seminar were Sasa Sreckovic and Adina Ciubotariu from the European Network for Facilitators of UNESCO.

Sasa Sreckovic is an ethnologist and curator of the ethnographic museum in Belgrade. He has a special interest in the field of applied anthropology. He organizes numerous museum events, he is also the manager of the International Ethnology Film Festival and conducts training under the UNESCO auspices in the form of capacity-building activities in the field of intangible cultural heritage.

Dr Adina Ciubotariu is a senior researcher at the Department of Ethnography and Folklore. Areas of competence are: ethnography, ethnology, folklore, archiving, intangible cultural heritage and ethnographic didactics. As a member of the National Commission for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, she represents Romania at the UNESCO expert level meetings.

In addition to the European Association of Folklore Festivals, which includes 450 folklore festivals from all over the world, the following institutions also took part in the forum: Institute of Ethnology and Folklore with Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; National Commission of UNESCO - Bulgaria; Regional centre for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage; Ministry of Culture; New Bulgarian University; University of Library Studies and Information Technologies; Regional Historical Museum - Pernik; Regional Historical Museum - Burgas; Stoyu Shishkov Regional Historical Museum - Smolyan; Regional Historical Museum - Ruse; Museum of Folk Art Crafts and Applied Arts - Troyan; Boris Hristov Museum; Museum of the Historical and Architectural Reserve “Bozhentsi”; Regional Historical Museum - Plovdiv; Museum complex - Bansko; Open Air Ethnographic Museum "Etar".