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7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 PARIS 07 SP, France


Nurturing the democratic debate.  
06-10-2004 10:45 am The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will meet the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Simeon Saxe Cobourg-Gotha who will carry out an official visit to the Organization on Thursday October 7. After bilateral talks, they will attend a concert of the Philip Koutev ensemble, (8 p.m. Room I).

During their meeting, the Director-General and Prime Minister will take stock of preparations for the Cultural Corridors Regional Forum scheduled to take place in 2005 in Varna (Bulgaria). The Cultural Corridors in Southeast Europe project, initiated by Bulgarian President, Georgi Paravanov, was adopted at the Ohrid Forum for Dialogue among Civlizations in August 2003, during which eight heads of state of Southeast Europe launched a series of joint projects.

The Prime Minister and the Director-General will also discuss the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2003, which has already been ratified by five countries. Bulgaria’s submission for the 2005 Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity will also be broached. This international distinction, created in 1998, numbers 47 oral manifestations and forms of cultural expressions from all regions of the world.

The evening concert, an illustration of Bulgaria’s intangible heritage, will be performed by a folk ensemble of 80 musicians, singers and dancers. Named after its founder, Philip Koutev (1903-1982), the ensemble has been keeping alive the country’s traditions since 1951.

Simeon Saxe Cobourg-Gotha reigned King Simeon II of Bulgaria from 1943 to 1946. Exiled by the communist regime in 1946, he returned to his country in 1996 and became Prime Minister in July 2001, after the victory of his National Movement Simeon II party in legislative elections.

Journalists wishing to cover the visit must be accredited by the Press Relations Section

Tél. 01 45 68 17 48 /fax 01 45 68 56 52

Source Media advisory No 2004 - 67


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