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The National Fair in Koprivshtitsa has been entered in the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices of UNESCO

2015 - 1The year 2016 will be remembered by the specialists from IEFSEM - BAS with one of their biggest achievements in protecting cultural heritage on a global level. The National Fair of Bulgarian Folklore in Koprivshtitsa was entered in the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices for the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
This happened during the eleventh session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), which took place on 1 December 2016. So, after the Bistritsa Grannies, fire-dancing, the tradition of weaving carpets from Chiprovtsi and the Surova Festival in Pernik, this is the fifth entry in the lists of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO, prepared as an application by the specialists from IEFSEM - BAS.

The team of scientists at IEFSEM - BAS who worked on the nomination of Koprivshtitsa includes Prof. Dr. Lozanka Peicheva, Assoc. Prof. Nikolay Vukov and Ch. Assist. Dr. Lina Gergova. Their work was supported by the people of Koprivshtitsa, experts at the Ministry of Culture and other national institutions. Of course the main merit is to all participants in the National Fair in Koprivshtitsa and especially of the carriers of the tradition.


The National Fair of Bulgarian Folklore in Koprivshtitsa has been held from 1965. Since then, every five years, the meadows of the area "Voyvodenets" gather together performers of folk songs and instrumental melodies, dances and customs from around the country, who present their skills in recreating elements of the intangible cultural heritage of their local culture. The traditional crafts of Bulgaria are also promoted.