Update about FEDORA Education Prize 2021 Nominee - "We are musicians"

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24 March 2022

Stara Zagora / Bulgaria

FEDORA Prizes, Nominee


Stara Zagora State Opera (Bulgaria)

Nominee of the FEDORA Education Prize 2021    

“We are musicians”, the educational project led by Stara Zagora State Opera in Bulgaria, has grown well since the end of the Nominee phase, last June 2021, thanks to the generosity of our European philanthropic community.

The main idea of the project is to launch the first Bulgarian sensory-friendly interactive opera performance, suitable for children and youth with special educational needs. Moreover, it intends to provide inclusion opportunities for young people with developmental and behavioural challenges, who will be supported by young volunteers, psychologists, opera artists, and educational experts on their first opera experience. The endgame will be to provide a stage performance experience for the participants, where the young people with special educational needs will be able to feel and taste the magic of opera. 

Successes unlocked thanks to your generosity

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, during which the opera house raised over €8,000, they managed to launch a preparatory-scale implementation of the programme:

  • The psychologist of the artistic team started musical workshops this month for three groups of children with special needs. Some of the participants will have a chance to take part in a performance of the opera in June/July this year. Depending on how the results of this work, the team is considering developing a sensory-friendly performance.

  • Thanks to the donations collected on the FEDORA Platform last spring, they have been able to order musical instruments that will be used in the workshops. Moreover, they have been able to start the preparation of sets for the workshops.

The success of this crowdfunding campaign has been made possible thanks to the generous support of our Corporate Member Variations International and an anonymous donor, who doubled the first €4,000 donated to the project. 

In the Press

“Such cultural socialisation activities are not well developed in Bulgaria, but the need is great and the Stara Zagora Opera has the motivation to be a pioneer in this dimension […] The realisation of ‘We are Musicians’ will provide an opportunity for the inclusion of children and youth with developmental and behavioural problems. 

Kulturni novini - February 2022

"For two consecutive years, the ‘We are Musicians’ project has been selected as a Nominee in the European competition of the European Philanthropists Association for Opera and Ballet "FEDORA", the most prestigious European platform supporting innovation in opera and dance.”
Bulgarian News Agency - January 2022

"The initiation of 'We Are Musicians', one of the longest-running and most meaningful projects of the Stara Zagora State Opera, was prompted by the fact that classical music can positively impact young people with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Down syndrome and other sensory or emotional-behavioural difficulties."
Kafene - February 2022


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