“Sustainable practices in design and fashion” is a series of discussions and presentations in five Bulgarian cities – Ruse (May 28), Burgas (June 7), Gabrovo (June 25), Varna (September 24) and Plovdiv (November 22). The events are on the initiative of the Liszt Institute – Hungarian Cultural Institute in Sofia, in partnership with Komplekt as curators and hosts of the discussions.

The discussions introduces the audience to a variety of practices that articulate an important change in the industry for responsible consumption and production. Combining science, design, technology and media, they offer new, closer to nature models for the use of raw materials.

Each of the selected Bulgarian cities hosts a discussion on sustainability with two guest speakers from Europe, as well as an exhibition with 24 representations of sustainable fashion and design brands from the Visegrád Group.

Responsible attitudes and environmental practices are even more urgently needed in the context of major climate change. The selected participants have a significant role in this change. Although with different approaches, they are united by their serious efforts to reduce their negative environmental impact and to establish a trend towards more ethical and sustainable lifestyle through design.

Partners of the edition in Ruse:

– Embassy of Slovakia in Bulgaria
– Italian Cultural Institute of Sofia
– Visegrad Fund
– EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture– Visegrad Fund
– Canetti House, Ruse

 

Sustainable practices in design and fashion: Ruse

Speakers at the event in Ruse were Alessia Tu from Lampoon magazine and Catarina Hutirova from the sustainable brand NOSENE.
© Momchil Mihaylov

 

Partners of the edition in Burgas:
– Polish Institute in Sofia
– Visegrad Fund
– EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture
– Cultural and Educational Centre for Contemporary Art and Library, Burgas

 

Sustainable practices in design and fashion: Burgas

With a presentation and discussion in Burgas participated Reka Szentesi – project manager at the Hungarian Fashion and Design Association, and Monika Pawlowska – communications manager of the Polish brand pioneer of reuse (upcycling) in jewelry production ORSKA.
© Georgi Georgiev

 

Partners of the edition in Gabrovo:
– Czech Centre Sofia
– Visegrad Fund
– EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture
– Museum “House of Humour and Satire”, Gabrovo

 

Sustainable practices in design and fashion: Gabrovo

Gabrovo: Petra Svejdarova and Klara Vaculikova from the Czech art-design studio Prasklo and Katalin Huszar, Hungary: CMF designer applying a hybrid way of working (from left to right in the photo)
© Dragomir Minkov

 

Guest lecturers in Varna were the designer Darja Malesic (Slovenia), Maria Vytinidou and Evangelos Dimitrakopoulos (Greece), founders of the Athens Fashion Club Fashion School for young designers.

Partners of the edition in Varna:
– Embassy of Slovenia
– Embassy of Greece
– ReBonkers Varna

With a presentation and discussion in Plovdiv participated Paulo Sellmayer – product designer and creative director of the Portuguese studio Vicara, and João Bruno Videira – self-taught craftsman and furniture designer. © Mila Cherneva | TWO DOGS TWO CATS

 

Edition Plovdiv | 22. November 2022 © Mila Cherneva | TWO DOGS TWO CATS

Partners of the edition in Plovdiv:
– Embassy of Portugal in Bulgaria
– Camões Institute in Sofia
– Visegrad Fund
– EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture
– Kapana Gallery, Plovdiv

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SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES IN DESIGN AND FASHION is a project by EUNIC Bulgaria, Liszt Institute Sofia and Studio Komplekt. EUNIC — European Union National Institutes for Culture — is Europe’s network of national cultural institutes and organisations, with 36 members from all EU member states and associated countries. EUNIC Bulgaria brings to life European cultural collaboration in Bulgaria, drawing on the broad experience of our members from all EU member states and associate countries.