Experts from Kyustendil Municipality, Troyan Municipality and Shumen Municipality visited Reykjavik for a series of meetings with local experts, organized by the Museum of Living Art, project partner

In the period 16-20 May a visit to Reykjavik took place, in which Elena Dimcheva - junior culture expert at Troyan Municipality, Teresa

The guests were welcomed in Reykjavik by Sunna Aporsdottir, Director of the Museum of Living Art and Maria Kristin Gilfadottir, General Manager of NORTH Consulting - the consulting company that assisted the museum in the implementation of the project. With their assistance, a number of meetings were organized and held in order to familiarize the Bulgarian experts with the work and objectives of the museum, with the principles of functioning and programs of the Cultural Council of the Municipality of Reykjavik, as well as with the priorities of the Municipality of Reykjavik in the field of art and culture.

During the visit, meetings were also held with the Culture Departments of the municipalities of Kopavogur and Hafnarfjordur, in order to acquaint the Bulgarian experts with the new cultural policy and the main cultural activities of these departments and municipalities.

The programme of the working visit also included visits to several galleries and museums in Reykjavik, as well as meetings with local artists and representatives of the NGO sector.

From the visit it became clear how many differences exist between municipal policies and instruments in Bulgaria and Iceland, but the experience and ideas that were discussed during the meetings between Bulgarian and Icelandic experts laid the foundations for fruitful cooperation and strengthening of bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Iceland, in particular the cooperation between the newly established cultural councils in the municipalities of Kyustendil, Troyan and Shumen and the cultural councils and departments "Culture" in the municipalities of Reykjavik, Kopavogur and Hafnarfjordur.

Ritual Gatherings: Traditional Rituals and Interactive Contemporary Art - Mechanisms for Building Communities and Achieving Sustainable Cultural Ecosystems” (Project BGCULTURE-2.001-0117-C01) is implemented with the financial support provided by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Financial Mechanism to the amount of EUR 199,984. The project is part of the OP “Cultural Entrepreneurship, Heritage and Cooperation” Result 2 “Improved access to arts and culture”.