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Jul-Nov 14 | Sofia Municipality, Bulgaria


Two RIG meetings were held during the final months of the project in Sofia. Their main objectives consisted of presentation of the InCompass best practices and discussion about the RIP’s structure and content. The debate was highly influential for the preparation of the first few drafts of the RIP. The final version is expected to be presented at the final regional conference that will take place on 18.12.2014.
Image - PictureThe 4th RIG meeting, held on 30.07.2014, was organized in order to clear out the profile of a potential creative business incubator (CBI) in Sofia. A progress report, some best practices, and survey results were presented during the meeting in order to identify the opinions regarding the need for and the focus of a CBI. The participants were divided into three focus groups and were invited to discuss the profile of the potential CBI.

The predominant opinion, expressed during the discussions, pointed out a serious need for similar structure or at least alternative tools to facilitate the development of more benign environment for cultural entrepreneurship in the city. According to this opinion, the main objective of such structure is to provide trainings and services to start-ups to improve their managerial capacity. This could seriously affect their survival chances once the incubation period is over and consequently, the resulting sustainability of the business could have a larger impact on the cultural sphere in the city.

The 5th RIG meeting was held on 07.11.2014. The main debate concerned the potential for implementation of some of the best practices and the first RIP’s draft. Its structure and content were presented to RIG’s members, who gave additional support for the idea to connect CBI with the academic institutions and clusters functioning within the city.

The RIP contains RIG’s proposals. The document reached approx. 140 pages proposing 3 different models of support to the creative entrepreneurships in Sofia:

  • Small grant scheme for organizations managing CBI or similar structures as well as for creative entrepreneurs.
  • In-kind support / preferential concessions for organizations managing CBI or similar structures.
  • CBI development by Sofia Municipality itself or by one of its structures which could give new life to already existing building block of the municipal cultural infrastructure.
The RIP’s final version is planned to be presented at the final regional InCompass conference in Sofia on 18.12.2014.

In the meantime, the discussion concerning the potential of some old industrial buildings to become alternative art spaces with significant impact on the development of the local creative industries is growing. One interesting report written by Miglena Gerasimova is trying to combine the findings of one of the work groups during the IETM Autumn Plenary Meeting in Sofia (16-19 Oct) - “Your Own Space: Seize it. Run it. Sustain it”. The report focuses the attention on 3 abandoned structures in the city (the Heating plant of NDK – National Palace of Culture (Toplofikacia), Undergara (the place in front of the Sofia Central Railway Station) and the old Tram Depot) and their potential as interdisciplinary art spaces.
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InCompass Project is funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme