The Red House - Centre for Culture and Debate is a multifunctional cultural and socio-political centre. It is designed as a space where artistic experiment and public debate on "hot" socio-political issues meet, the meeting point being the openness of perception, the lack of prejudices, the tolerance to the different. After the reconstruction of the building, the Centre for Culture and Debate will be located in the house-atelier of the great Bulgarian sculptor of the first half of the 20th century Andrej Nikolov. The building - work of the great architect of the time Ivan Vassiljov, and a cultural monument of a national significance - has been abandoned in the last decades. Our aim is to bring life again in this unique space.
The centre will be equipped with multifunctional spaces, suitable for the whole range of activities planned (performances, exhibitions, public debates, public lectures, film screenings, etc.). It will also host a permanent exhibition of Andrej Nikolov’s work, a resource library, an artist-in-residence facility, and a café-restaurant.
Former use: sculptor Andrej Nikolov’s house and studio; studio for other sculptors.
Surface of the site: 1270 sq. m.
Architect of the rehabilitation: Tzvetan Tzinzev and Ljuben Bojadjiev
Foundation year: opening just after renovation
Type of occupation: free-lending contract
Owner of the building: Bulgarian Ministry of Culture
Artistic and social disciplines
Contemporary Theatre : Residencies/ Diffusion / Training Workshop / Spaces rental / Debates / Lecture / Conferences / festivals
Music : Residencies / concerts / Spaces rental / Debates / Lecture / Conferences / festivals
Contemporary Dance : Residencies / Diffusion / Training / Workshop / Spaces rental / Debates/ Lecture/ Conferences / festivals
Heritage/Architecture : Debates / Lecture / Conferences / festivals
Visual Art : Residencies / Diffusion / Training / Workshop / Spaces rental / Debates / Lecture / Conferences / festivals
Multimedia : Residencies / Diffusion / Training / Workshop / Spaces rental / Debates / Lecture / Conferences / festivals
Cinema / Audiovisual : Residencies / Diffusion / Training / Workshop / Spaces rental / Debates / Lecture /Conferences / festivals
Radio/Television : Spaces rental / Debates / Lecture / Conferences / festivals
Solidarity / Citizenship : Debates / Lecture / Conferences
Literature / Poetry : Residencies / Spaces rental / Debates / book premiers
Press : Debates / Lecture
MATRA program of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Prins Bernhard Fonds,
UNDP - Beautiful Sofia Program,
Open Society Foundation,
The Suitcase Fund of the US, and others.