Ninth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (9. COM)
General Assembly 2015

On 17 March 2015, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova inaugurated at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters the exhibition entitled The Balkans – A Shared Heritage, organized by the Permanent Delegation of Bulgaria to UNESCO, in cooperation with the Dutch Horizon Foundation. The Minister of Education of Bulgaria, H.E. Mr Todor Tanev and Deputy Minister Vania Krasteva participated in the inauguration.

The exhibition offers an insight into the diversity of the cultural heritage of the Balkans, brilliantly captured by the renowned Bulgarian photographer, Ivo Hadjimishev.

Photos of the finest historical monuments, archaeological sites, and artefacts from eleven Balkan countries are on display – from Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.
The exhibition includes images of sacred places, religious objects, and cultural heritage sites, namely, for instance, the Painted Mosque of Tetovo in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Prayer Book for Rosh Ashana from the synagogue in Bulgaria, the Sucevita Monastery in Romania.
The inauguration occurred in the presence of a wide range of Permanent Delegates to UNESCO, as well as intellectuals and public figures.

Address by Ms Irina Bokova on the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition “The Balkans – A Shared heritage”