On September 25, 2023, representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Romania, the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Kingdom of Norway and the Program Operator under the program “Cultural Entrepreneurship, Heritage and Cooperation” (Ministry of Culture) visited the National Library “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” within the project “Unity in difference”.
Within the framework of the working meeting, the results so far on activities carried out by the beneficiary and partners, as well as the actions taken to implement the remaining activities of the project, were presented. The meeting with the management team took place in the “History of the Book” room and its adjoining Classroom, where the “Class Hour” practical activities will be held. They will aim to acquaint children from minority ethnic groups in Bulgarian society with additional knowledge about the different cultures, traditions and histories of other ethnic and cultural communities in Bulgaria. Last but not least, Class Hour will introduce them to the cultural heritage housed in the National Library and its role as a unifier of cultures.
The guests got a close look at iconic manuscripts and old printed books, as well as the museum exposition, which presents the main traces of the path of the book – from the earliest written signs through the revolutionary invention of movable type printing by Johannes Gutenberg and the development of printing and publishing. to the endless possibilities of modern technologies of the XXI century.
Mrs. Kerstin Agneta Wahlberg, Counselor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Romania, expressed her satisfaction with the visit and the active work of the project team. She left her impressions and thanks in the Library’s special guest book, which has been in existence since 1953.
The project has a value of BGN 145,671.93 and is financed with funds from the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2014-2021 under Program PA14 “Cultural entrepreneurship, heritage and cooperation”, Result 3 “Improved awareness of arts and culture of ethnic and cultural minorities (focus on Roma).