We are ONE Foundation for Arts and Culture – a platform for contemporary culture that produces the festivals ONE DESIGN WEEK, ONE ARCHITECTURE WEEK and ONE DANCE WEEK. They are among the largest and most recognizable events in the Balkans in the subjects design, dance and urban environment.
Our foundation is the successor of the platform for contemporary culture ONE, which published for ten years (until 2011) the eponymous magazine for cultural and social trends and at the same time organized dozens of events that helped to open up the Bulgarian cultural scene to the rest of the world. Today we organize three major events for design, architecture and dance, as well as many other projects with the common goal to develop the local scene and to give access of the Bulgarian audiences to high quality contemporary cultural content from all over the world. We are convinced that the meetings with the world’s best examples create an opportunity to discuss the cultural context, that they build aesthetic sense and are a good condition for the exchange of visionary ideas.
Our foundation is the successor of the platform for contemporary culture ONE, which published for ten years (until 2011) the eponymous magazine for cultural and social trends and at the same time organized dozens of events that helped to open up the Bulgarian cultural scene to the rest of the world. We believe that access to high-quality cultural content is important for the creation of aesthetic flair, for the understanding of the Bulgarian context as well as for the exchange of ideas and the stimulus for collaboration between people and organizations from different countries.
We work for the integration of Bulgaria to the European and global cultural scene as well as for the development of contemporary arts in the country. We strive to attract new audiences for high quality contemporary culture and to give social disadvantaged groups the opportunity to gain access to inspiring cultural content. We organize events that build bridges – between communities, generations and nationalities. Our long-term mission – through the high quality content that we produce or present – is to inspire new generations of cultural managers in Bulgaria and thus to be active participants in the reform process of the cultural sector.
The Foundation has partnered with artists, cultural organizations; independent, state and municipal institutions and worldwide foundations. From its establishment until now we have got as partners 79 organizations from 25 countries. 1,263 artists from 47 countries have been involved in our projects. Our main partners are the Foundation “America for Bulgaria”, Plovdiv municipality and the Programista; company. The organization has sustainable partnerships with worldwide cultural organizations.
For the 15 years of its existence, ONE organized festivals, dozens of exhibitions, competitions, musical events, actions and interventions in urban environment. Many of the Bulgarian artists discovered and presented by the magazine over the years, nowadays have brilliant international careers. Many of our former loyal readers now create successful cultural projects. This is our greatest achievement – an entire generation was inspired to seek and create contemporary culture and arts.
And in turn, inspires others to follow.