The European project CINEMA, in which, together with 16 other partners from 8 countries, we are looking for solutions for the transformation and revitalisation of abandoned central urban areas through the power of the creative industries, is entering its last and most active stage. Together with the Municipality of Gabrovo we are working on the development of the District 6. This is the oldest neighbourhood of the city, which has been at the heart of Gabrovo for centuries. The place has a huge potential to become a vibrant and valuable spot for all locals and visitors.

An important step forward in the implementation of the project is the recently announced by Gabrovo Municipalityopen call for the lease of four sites in District 6 through a public-private partnership. The initiative is in support of business and creative activities. Each location has its own distinctive look – two of them bear the marks of authentic Revival architecture, and the others are clean and with generous facades. Their biggest advantage is the opportunity to be part of a transformation of the city centre and turn them into active and lively spots.

The open call aims to select proposals for sustainable use of the four sites in District 6 for a period of two years. Applicants are invited to use the premises for small business, retail, creative activities, creating services and products specific to the creative industries, studios, offices, galleries and more. The requirement for them is to fill in a participation form in which to present their business, to sign a lease agreement and to start operations no later than September 30, 2022. The winners will be signing partnership agreements with the Municipality of Gabrovo, through which they will receive free consultations of choice on marketing activities and advertising, website and online store development, interior design or window layout.

One-year incentives are provided for all start-ups. These include free parking in the paid area of District 6, free internet, membership in the Gabrovo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a one-time service of up to BGN 100, distribution of advertising materials from the Tourist Information Center, promotion of business through the channels of the Municipality of Gabrovo.

Applications for the call are accepted until January 31, 2022 by e-mail projects@gabrovo.bg. See full information about the four locations and download the application documents here. Let’s transform District 6 together!