The FabriC has been established in 2005 as a Regional Cultural Resource centre. It is the first of its kind in Bulgaria (North Central Region). The FabriC has become an important instrument for diversifying regional cultural scene, for knowledge sharing and networking, cultural development cooperation, advocating on policy issues. The region in which the organization operates is characterized with high percentage of youth migration and lack of qualified labour force. At the same time it is emblematic territory with its traditional arts and crafts which are cultural assets and a living practice with a great cultural, social and economic potential.
They are still in high renown among local people and have great potential for development. Over the last five years “The FabriC” Association is actively involved in finding yet unrevealed opportunities for development and integration of traditional arts and crafts in the contemporary societal dynamics. The integration of traditional arts and crafts into contemporary life gives an opportunity to safeguard, socialize and depict the actual diversity of forms of cultural expression in this area. A model of learning the crafts and a good practice for their inclusion into the contemporary life are the National High schools of Applied Arts in Bulgaria (higher vocational schools).
The FabriC Association works in partnership with four arts schools located in different Bulgarian crafts regions.
For a period of 40 or 50 years the aim of the schools is to train students for a career in the area of craftwork. The schools educate professionals some of which go directly into the market. At the same time the tradition is being diversified and enriched with new material and technologies. The craftsmanship competences allow the passing of tradition from generation to generation while unlocking its potential to develop. Through its current activities the FabriC promotes the importance and the potential of these schools for safeguarding the traditional skills and knowledge at the same time inspiring the synergy between tradition and modern artistic interpretations. They follow the model of “unlocking through inclusion” through which the tradition is integrated in our contemporary society. Most of the projects draws the attention to a theme which is not that popular in Bulgaria. The incessant interaction of arts and crafts is part of the diversity of forms of expression and it is the role of young generation as craftsmanship followers to artistically interpret the tradition thus creatively to rethinking the role and significance of culture and tradition under the conditions of globalization and cultural diversity. One of our focus is to develop new training programmes that will correspond to the skills and needs of the heritage sector and will enhance existing programmes. Therefore, at a policy level, a Qualification Framework is necessary to be designed and developed in order to foster formal education for Cultural Heritage. Existing policies that specifically promote skills development for the heritage sector could serve as an example for other countries or settings. Moreover, new emerging spheres (street art, ICT, shared heritage, shared cultures) should be integrated in these new policies as well as skill training for developing soft skills which become more and more indispensable.
Another important point of The FabriC’s work is institutional capacity building and partnership. Programme at capacity-building of training and skills for cultural heritage could be initiated aiming at institutional leaders, local authorities and heads of training/educational institutions. Innovation and experimentation should be incorporated in course syllabi and curricula as well as new ways of knowledge transfer. With its work the FabriC addresses questions including how we can integrate traditional community skills and inherited knowledge into heritage training provisions and how we can mainstream entrepreneurial skills within heritage skills provision.
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