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Theodora Dragostinova: "Bulgarian Cultural Diplomacy in the West: Between Ideology and Universal Values"
Exploring small Bulgaria’s cultural diplomacy with Western Europe and the United States in the long 1970s, this talk shows how communist elites constantly adjusted their message, swinging between culture, ideology, and propaganda, to project a new image of Bulgaria as a cultural pioneer in a pan-European context. As they opened exhibitions, organized concerts, screened films, and led book discussions, Bulgarian cultural ambassadors skillfully built new partnerships and projected a positive image of their country. Cultural diplomacy emerged as a good strategy of a small state to become a European and global player.

Oct 18, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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