What is Bulgarian network for civil dialogue?
Bulgarian Network for Civil Dialoge aims to contribute in the development of the Bulgarian public sphere via creating and developing places for open civil debate. Eight independent cultural organizations from seven Bulgarian cities joined the Network, to accomplish a series of civil debates and discussions. Our goal is to develop the capacity of the organizations to serve as effective places for enlightened/educated?, grounded/justified? and lively public debate, open to a variety of audiences and actors of the civil society. Within the project the organizations will accomplish – each in their respective city – public discussions open for all citizens, where to be discussed important for the local societies topics and heard a variety of stances and voices that are not on the television screens every day, but do important and significant things for the development of their local societies.
The participants in the network
Bulgarian Network for Civil Dialogue at the moment consists:
The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate 'Andrey Nikolov' – Sofia
International Elias Canetti Society – Ruse
VT EVENTS – Veliko Turnovo
The Fabric Accociation – Gabrovo
Bread Houses – Gabrovo
Association of contemporary Art and Culture – Different Vision – Stara Zagora
Creo Culture Fondation – Varna
Open arts Foundation - Plovdiv
All of them are independant cultural organizations, that are well familiar with the context of the local society in which they work, the active individuals in the institutions and the civil society, and also the important problems and interests of the local audiences and adequate methods for involving them in a civil dialogue.
Why is such a network needed?
Bulgarian Network for Civil Dialogue is created as a response to the widespread feeling in many Bulgarian citizens that the public sphere is corrupted and they alone are not presented in the public institutions, without a chance for participation in an open civil debate on the important social and political matters.
The partner organizations regard the open civil debate as a daily, democratic practice that can channel the energy, which the protests in the last two years revealed, in an effort for a real civil dialogue and change.
The network was created as an effort to meet the need of spaces, open for civil, not fully expert debate and discussion, where to be practiced debating on topics of key interest, that serve as inherent "laboratories for civil participation" and that address to the feeling of remoteness from the making of political decisions in some citizens.
The Bulgarian Networks for Civil Dialogue project is funded under the Programme to Support NGOs in Bulgaria by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014.
This document was created with financial support of the Programme to Support NGOs in Bulgaria by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014. The sole responsibility for the content of this document lies with Gulliver Clearing HouseFoundation and under no circumstances can be assumed that this document reflect the views of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014 and the Programme to Support NGOs in Bulgaria.