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How did Gabrovo, as a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts, respond to Covid-19?

The Bulgarian municipality has activated its museums and provided digital access to various art collections, archives and original exhibitions

  • May 24, 2020 15:00
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
Medium etar

The Creative Cities Network of UNESCO has published information on its website about the initiatives of its members in the context of a global coronavirus pandemic. Out of all 246 member cities, 13 are included in its bulletin, including the Bulgarian Municipality of Gabrovo.

The article entitled "The Network of Creative Cities Response to Covid-19" summarizes the activities of various institutions for the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. Gabrovo is presented in the bulletin with the regional open-air ethnographic museum "Etar", the National Museum of Education and the Regional History Museum.

Free online access to arts, crafts and architecture

During the state of emergency, Gabrovo's museums went digital, thus providing residents with online access to various art collections, archives and original exhibitions. Through these initiatives, local institutions have contributed to a better appreciation of the city's cultural heritage in this difficult period.

The ethnographic open-air museum "Etar" is world-famous for the promotion of crafts in Gabrovo. One of its most anticipated events every year is the Crafts Fair, which encourages craftsmen from all over Bulgaria and abroad to show their works and exchange traditional craft practices.

To give people access to the culture stored in the museum during the coronavirus period, “Etar” broadcasts virtual visits with 360-degree images. They present old facilities powered by hydropower, as well as other architectural sites.

The National Museum of Education, located in the centre of Gabrovo, also provided free access to more than 200,000 photos. Among them can be found documents and materials from its digital archives, related to educational works dating from the X century to nowadays.

The Regional History Museum also provided virtual access for anyone. Users can view numerous research materials and receive valuable information about past events and initiatives.

In this difficult time, the Municipality of Gabrovo, through its initiatives, reaffirms its support for the cultural and creative industries. By using their potential, it seeks to improve local and regional competitiveness and sustainable development.



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