„Dance connected - establishing capacity for strengthening and diversifying the Bulgarian contemporary dance scene“ is а project by Sofia Foundation for Culture and Art that was approved for funding by the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation Programme, under the Block Grant Scheme of the Partnership Fund-"Partnership and Expert Fund" (TF PEF), at the beginning of 2014. In the framework of the Bulgarian-Swiss cooperation a consortium consisting of InnovaBridge Foundation Switzerland, Neosys Ltd. Switzerland, and Balkan Institute for Labour and Social Policy (BILSP) has been mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to act as the Swiss Intermediate Body (SIB) to manage the programme in Bulgaria. More information about the funding programme can be found online at http://www.swissbgcooperation.bg/. The project started in March 2014 (Activity Agreement № PF 013-016 / 10.03.2014), with total duration of 18 months and includes Foundation Cie Gilles Jobin, Geneve, Switzerland and Foundatio Cie Philipe Saire, Lausanne, Switzerland as project partners.
Dance Connected seeks to enhance and support the development of one aspect of the cultural environment in Bulgaria, namely the art of contemporary dance. Sofia Foundation for Culture and Art and its partners share the understanding that cultural engineering and management become ever more important for the economic growth of a country. Dance connected is part of the progressive effort to revive and enrich the cultural market in Bulgaria.
The overall objective(impact) of the project is to strengthen and diversify the Bulgarian contemporary dance scene so that it produces competitive and valuable products both locally and internationally and thus become a beneficial and driving factor for the Bulgarian cultural economy.
The specific project objectives (outcomes) are:
- To encourage the production of local contemporary dance performances by fostering exchange of professional know-how and expertise, and addressing policy making and funding opportunities;
- To promote the art of contemporary dance as enjoyable and preferable artistic or entertainment factor by presenting it to the general public as interesting, accessible, understandable, multifaceted and a lucrative and attractive career choice.
The total project amount equals BGN 160 780,00, and the total grant amount is BGN 144 702,00.