The Red House - Centre for culture and debate - Sofia


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Name of the centre: The Red House - Centre for Culture and Debate
Type of structure: NGO - Foundation registered under BG law
Profile of the initiators of the project: individuals with various experience and professional background (art managers, artists, political analysts)
Continent: Europe
Country: Bulgaria
Postal address: “Graf Ignatiev” Str. 53-A,
Sofia 1000
Tel/Fax: +359 2 981 7505
Mail : info@redhouse-sofia.org
Website : www.redhouse-sofia.org
Contact : Dessy Gavrilova dgavrilova@redhouse-sofia.org and Tzvetelina Iossifova tzviossifova@redhouse-sofia.org, directors


Description

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


Infrastructures

multifunctional spaces
exhibition hall
resource library
café-restaurant
artist-in-residence facility


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


Financial support

MATRA program of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Prins Bernhard Fonds,
UNDP - Beautiful Sofia Program,
Open Society Foundation,
Pro Helvetia,
American Center,
The Suitcase Fund of the US, and others.

Modified on Tuesday 25 November 2008