“Tolerance and Cultural Interactions in the Balkans” Workshop

“Tolerance and Cultural Interactions in the Balkans” Workshop Sofia, 8-9 July 2011

Sofia, Simeonovsko Chose 126 (Bus 67)
Hotel Jasmin
Hotel Jasmin

Organized by ”Balkan Forum” Journalist Association
Working languages: English and Bulgarian


1ST Day, 7th July, Thursday: Arrival of participants
20:30 Dinner and welcome evening (Hotel “Jasmin”)

2nd Day, 8th July, Friday, Hotel “Jasmin”
8:45 Registration

9:00 Opening

9:00-10:30 First Session: “Let’s have a Cup of Turkish Coffee!”

Moderator: Marius Drasovean, Romania

9:00-10:00 Screening of “Ark of Europe” documentary (HD 50 min. film for mixed couples with Turks in the Balkans)

10:00-10:30 Topical debate on the documentary: What’s the matter with the Turkish coffee in our countries? - Prejudices to Turks and Muslims in the Balkans. Recipes for Turkish coffee.

10:30-11:00 Second Session: “The Religious Covering (hidjab, headscarf and marama) Pro et Contra”

Moderator: Marius Drasovean, Romania

Reports by Aida Corovic, “Urban In”, Serbia, and Nihal Ozergan, Turkey

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:30 Third Session: “Cultural Interactions of the Small Muslim Communities in the Balkans: Gorani, Boshniaks, Torbeshi, Pomaks”

Moderator: Alexander Mishevski, Republic of Macedonia

Reports by Mustafa Balje, Refik Kasi, Serif Ajradinoski, Sead Biberovic, Zehrudin Dokle, Tanya Mangalakova

13:30-14:30 Lunch Break (Hotel “Jasmin”)

14:30-16:00 Fourth Session: “Drafting Concept for joint projects”

Working Group 1 “On the road of Gorani Burek” (Gorani community in 21st century, culinary and artistic workshop, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey)

Moderator: Tanya Mangalakova

Working Group 2 “Black Sea Cultural Ties” workshop (Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey), Moderator: Marius Drasovean

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break &Discussion

20:00 Dinner (Hotel “Jasmin”)

3rd DAY, 9th July, Saturday

09:00-11:00 First Session: “Social Networks, Internet Portals and Blogging. The Impact of pomak.eu Forum”

Moderator: Dinko Draganov, Bulgaria

Reports by Konstantin Pavlov Komitata, Viktor Kanzurov, Serif Ajradinoski, Dario Terzic, Doriana Gjuta, Alexander Mishevski

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 Second Session: “Dimensions of our Real Tolerance”

Status of the tolerance on the ground – the legal framework; the coverage by the local media of the cultural, ethnic and religious diversity

Moderator: Mustafa Balje, Kosovo

Reports by Erkin Erdogan, Ana Bulai, Emina Babovic, Aida Corovic, Viktor Kanzurov

12:30-13:30 Third Session: “Measures for Encouraging the Cultural Interactions” Moderator: Dario Terzic

Measures of the official institutions for the existing conflicts; The Role of the local NGOs; Drafting conclusions and recommendation for good practices of tolerance and cultural interaction for NGOs, policy makers, researchers and journalists

13:30-14:30 Lunch (Hotel “Jasmin”)

14:30-15:00Transfer to Sofia downtown

15:00-15:45 National Institute of Archeology and Museum (BG Academy of Sciences), “Saborna” 2

16:00-17:00 Screening of Tolerance” documentary (Turkey, by Nihal Ozergan and Semih Dindar) Euro-Bulgarian Cultural Center (Bld. Alexander Stamboliyski 17, Close to Ministry of Culture). The documentary is in English

17:00-17:30 Discussion

22:00 “Imagining the Balkans” party, Hotel “Jasmin”
The guests from the Balkans will play the role of DJ moderators presenting 2-3 songs from their countries.