“BISTRA & GALINA” FOUNDATION - CHANGES AND PROGRESS

The “Bistra & Galina” Hotel proprietor Mr. Strashimir Burdarov will apply the pattern of sponsoring Rousse culture and young talents by yet another business investment. On October 1 2003 the first excavation works of the extension of the “Bistra & Galina” Hotel – 2 were made. The new hotel is to open up in a year. Mr. Burdarov, president of the Foundation, is intent on investing the hotel profits in the promotion of arts and talents in Rousse. The existing hotel complex follows the same pattern – after covering expenses, the remaining funds go to finance the Foundation activities.

The desire of the Burdarov family is to persevere in building their vision for the future and thus prove sceptics wrong that fewer and fewer people are willing to donate funds for the development of education, culture and arts.
The “Bistra & Galina” Foundation mission is to promote activities which can create conditions, beneficial to the formation of high-minded persons of a rich cultural background, encourage creativity and construction, contribute to the further enhancement of cultural communication among people. Consequently its aims focus on assistance for education, professional instruction and creative development of the talented children and gifted young people from Rousse and the region.
Only for the year 2003 the “Bistra & Galina” Foundation funded projects in the amount of 18 989 levs within the four programmes: “The Talented Children of Rousse”, “The Family of the Good People”, “Partnership” and “Open Programme”.
During the four years of its existence the Foundation provided over 333 327levs to help young talents in the field of arts, science and culture by organising summer academies for tuition, competitions, Christmas and Easter charity campaigns. The Foundation encourages the publication of children books and literary collections, books dedicated to Rousse architecture and history.
The three-year term of office of the first Board of Directors has expired. The new extented governing body of 10 experts in various creative fields was elected on February 19, 2003.
President of the Board of Directors is Mr. Strashimir Burdarov – founder and former president. Mrs. Diana Antonova was re-elected as Executive Manager. Alongside with the former members of the Board Mrs Yordanka Nenova – chairperson of School Association SAGE; Mrs. Liubov Draganova – director of the Eurointegration and Bilateral Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Education and Science; Mrs. Petya Trendafilova – notary. Till 2005 five more people will work on the Foundation programmes:


Mrs. Zdravka Burdarova was born in Rousse.
She graduated from the Primary Teachers School of Pedagogy.
She worked as a pedagogical consultant in the villages of Krasen and Svalenik.
From 1963 till 1967 she was storekeeper in the Meat Processing Plant of Rousse and in charge of the local public address system.
For 27 years she was in charge of administration in the Psychiatric Dispensary of Rousse.
She has been manager of the “Bistra & Galina” Hotel since it was built in 1998.
Her hobbies are tapestry, sewing and travelling.

Mrs. Iva Chavdarova – music specialist, chief expert in the “Culture” department of the Municipality of Rousse, director of the International Music Festival “March Music Days”.
She got her degree of Music Basics in the State Music Academy “Pancho Vladiguerov” – Sofia.
She specialised in culture governance and financing in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Croatia, Hungary and Bulgaria.
Member of the “Open Society Club” – Rousse, member of the Board of Directors of the International Society “Elias Kanetti”, member of the Board of Directors of the Society “March Music Days”, member of the Society “Prof. Vasil Arnaudov”.
She is author of publications on issues of culture and the art of music in specialised editions for art and culture; author of television documentaries for the Bulgarian National Television.
Awarded the Rousse Award for Arts and Culture in 1999.
Awarded a Certificate of Distinction of the Ministry of Culture for significant contribution to the development of Bulgarian culture /1999/.


Dr. Hristo Bosev was born in the town of Polski Trumbesh.
He got his degree of medicine in Sofia.
He started his career in the village of Drumevo, Shumen region, as chief of the Medical Service. From 1980 he worked as deputy chief doctor in charge of treatment in the District Hospital of Rousse. In 1991 – 1992 he worked in the Regional Hospital of the town of Nalut, Libya.
He specialised in Sofia, Veliko Turnovo and Varna – selected chapters of internal medicine, systemic course in cardiotraumatology, intense care in cardiology, pumping function of the heart, cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Member of the Writers Society in Rousse. Books published - “Circles”, “With English in the Medical Practice”, “A Nail in the Sky”, “My Bulgaria”, “Instead of a Prayer”, “Desert Murmur”, “Ailments”, “Kaleidoscope” and “Thyme and Thorn-apple”.
Author of innovations approved by INRA.
Hobby – painting, tourism, family tree.
Married with two children.


Mr. Plamen Minchev was born in Rousse.
He studied wood-carving at Technical school of Wood design. At the time he had 3 one-man fretwork exhibitions as well as participations in national art exhibitions. In 1989 he graduated from the “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” University – M.S. - Bulgarian philology. Up to 1997 he was a teacher and a vice headmaster of the English language school – Rousse.
In 1991 he founded “Grifon M” company for manufacturing stylish, hand-made furniture. Together with his team, carefully selected and practically trained, he made “Door of the Cognition” – an art fretwork showing scenes of the Bulgarian mythology. In 2000 his company made the iconostasis for the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Budapest. Since then he had designed and made up more than 100 interiors of private homes, offices, restaurants and hotels.
In 1998 Pl. Minchev published the medley “Tales for excommunicated jossers” awarded with the first prize of “Hr. G. Danov” publishing house. In 1998 he became a member of the Union of the Bulgarian writers in Rousse. Married, father of two daughters.


Ms. Yulka Yordanova was born in the town of Zlatograd.
She got a degree of Technology of Machinebuilding” from the “Angel Kunchev” University of Rousse and Pedagogical Qualification in Engineering Sciences from the “Kiril and Metodij” University of Veliko Turnovo.
She worked for five years as engineer in the Research Institute of Agricultural Machinebuilding. Since 1995 she has been employed as administrative organiser in the “Sasha Impex” Company.
Hobby - literature.

Coordinator of the Foundation Mrs. Velina Tsekova.
Experts – Katya Petrova – social policy, Mitko Kunchev – sciences, Teodor Todorov – media.