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Veliko Tarnovo takes the lead in the ‘European Capital of Culture 2019’ contest


lightThe old capital of Bulgaria is the only town that received credit for its innovatory approach in dealing with issues arising from its participation in the contest. The Ministry of Culture published on its site the report of the international jury which praises Veliko Tarnovo very high.

The choice of the themes of ‘happiness’ and ‘prosperity’ incorporated in Veliko Tarnovo’s slogan ‘We Create Happiness’ pleased the jury. The notions of ‘happiness’ and ‘prosperity’ are more and more present on Europe’s agenda. The jury also rated very high the clarity and enthusiasm of the town’s presentation on subjects such as the ever increasing number of tourists and different strategic aspects of the town’s development. The report said that dealing with issues that have to do with cultural aspects through change in the way of conduct is innovative and fresh attitude.

The judges appreciated the participation of foreign citizens, that are currently living in Veliko Tarnovo, as a sign of the European dimensions of the town. The future plans laid out in the applying form show Veliko Tarnovo’s depth of vision, said the report.

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