Fondazione Aida




“National Children’s Book Festival”

The Research and Development Centre

Centre for development studies “PRISMA”


The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation


Fondazione Aida /VERONA, ITALY/


Aida was established in Verona in 1983 by a group of theatre artists and professionals who decided to join forces to promote children’s theatre. From the very beginning, it was set up as an open space where artists with different backgrounds can examine ideas, work together and produce new artistic creations. In 1987 the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities approved the association as an innovative permanent children’s theatre. In 1996 the association became a private foundation: the Fondazione Aida.

Many artists have worked with Aida and each one has contributed his or her own insight, in turn receiving stimulation and inspiration. Consequently, each cultural project is the result of the fortunate encounter of people, opportunities and energies that are always new and different. The activities of the Fondazione Aida inevitably expanded in different directions, but the foundation has maintained its original scope of children’s theatre. Thus, theatre has merged with the visual arts and computer graphics, with classical and contemporary music, and with the great tradition of the Commedia dell’Arte and the theatrical languages of the 20th century.

However, the Fondazione Aida does more than produce shows. It also promotes the culture of theatre through its reviews in which it hosts the main Italian children’s theatre companies and important figures in contemporary theatre. The Fondazione Aida organizes theatre courses and workshops for children of all ages, teachers and educators, and for all other theatre enthusiasts. It has also undertaken a special project – the University Theatre Workshop – through an agreement with the University of Verona in order to teach students about the languages and history of contemporary theatre. In 2003 the Fondazione Aida also became a professional training center accredited by the Veneto Region, and it organizes courses for technical, artistic and organizational personnel in the field of live performances. The Fondazione Aida often goes beyond the bounds of theatre to conduct various types of cultural happenings, some of which have now become regularly planned events.

In 2000 the Fondazione Aida began to work closely with the Teatrino dei Fondi of San Miniato (Pisa), and together they have relaunched Titivillus, a publishing house specializing in theatre.

Lastly, the rapport with other Italian and foreign theatrical and cultural associations has always been essential to Aida. Consequently, the Foundation participates in European and international festivals (also with productions in local languages), collaborates on international projects and is a member of the main European networks in this field, such as EUnetART and Assitej.


Since 2002, Fondazione Aida has implemented three literary marathons with the citizens of Verona, in co-operation with the University of Verona: the reading of the Dante’s “Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy)” (2002), Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso” (2003), and Homer’s “Iliad” (2004).


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“Sava Dobroplodni” Regional Library has been built up as a Public library in 1955 by the decision of the Council of ministers. It became a depository library for scientific, scientific-popular and children literature in 1995, in it’s book-stock it keep by one copy of all children’s books. On the 1st of July 2000 by the decision of the Council of the ministers she gained the statute of a Regional library - a main culture, scientific and informational centre in the Sliven and Jambol regions.

At the beginning of the 20th century Sava Dobroplodni” Regional Library in its daily activities combines traditional methods of work with the new ones – more dynamic and constructional changed. It supplies citizens of Sliven and the region with an unique multiple fund of monographies, reference books, periodicals, music and graphic issues, pictures, gramophone records, cassette records, CD’s, slides, film strips, videos and other materials, numbering more than 280 000 library items. Especially valuable is the fund of early printed books. All the books have been printed in the period of 1806-1878. The Library is an archive of local press and a centre of reference-bibliographical and informational activity and bibliography of homeland, a regional centre for interlibrary services. It is also a methodical and a co-ordianting centre for all types of libraries in the Sliven and Jambol regions, develop and participate in programs and projects related to continuing education, cultural integration and civil participation, realize a long-term program for work with children

Providing free Internet access for library users and the new informational technologies the library becomes a part of the informational society without borders. The Library sets at its readers disposal an Internet reading-room / 6 computers/ and also a local automated network /21 computers/ for a free access of library specialist and readers to the library data. A Regional Eurodesk Centre, sponsored by the “Youth” program of EU, serves readers in the Centre for Foreign Languages /at the Library / since December 2004, supplying them with any information about work, education and projects, concerning young people in EU.

Modern management works in “Sava Dobroplodni” Regional Library. Modern management is implemented just in some cultural institutes of that kind. The Library works on the methods of delegate budget and develops numerous subsidiary activities and paid services, which supplies it money for developing its main activity.

The especially and the differently, is that distinguish Regional Library “Sava Dobroplodni”- Sliven from other big libraries in the country, is it’s purposeful work with children. “Sava Dobroplodni” Regional Library is the main organizer of the only one in Bulgaria Children’s Book National Festival.


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The National Children’s Book  Festival took place each year in May since 1999. It is organized by “Sava Dobroplodni” Regional Library – Sliven with special support of the Ministry of Culture, Sliven municipality, Regional administration – Sliven, the Agency for Bulgarians Abroad, Rotary Club – Sliven, publishing houses etc. For a third year The Festival is organized under the aegis of the First Lady of Bulgaria – Mrs Zorka Parvanova.

Guests of the Festival are writers, publishers, distributors of books, library specialists from Bulgaria and abroad, pedagogues, psychologists, representatives of Bulgarian societies abroad and many children.

The Children’s Book National Festival is an unique event in the country’s culture life. The main objective of the organizers is to give an opportunity to all Bulgarian and foreign participants in the process of creating and distributing children books to meet each other every year and to discuss the present state and future state of children books publishing, to outline problems, which concern it, to trace out directions for increasing children interest in books and reading, coming into a competition with the new mulitimedia products, as well as to provoke children’s imagination for creating.

  The programme of the festival includes every year: book bazaars, presentations of writers and publishing houses, discussions on problems of creating, distributing and reading of books for children, competitions, exhibitions, performances, concerts, carnival processions etc.

  Literature competitions and competitions for best drawing take place every year during the Children’s Book National Festival. Children and teenagers 6-16 years of age take part in these competitions-they are separated in three groups: 6-9 years old, 10-12 years old, 13-16 years old.

National award “Konstantin Konstantinov” has been rewarded yearly since 2004 during the Festival for contributions to book-publishing for children in the previous year. The reward consists of a plastic art sculpture, a diploma and money and it is awarded in four groups: great prize for entire contribution to the writing and awards for a publishing house, an author and an illustrator. First winner of the award was the poet Valery Petrov. Winners of the National award “Konstantin Konstanstinov” for 2005 are: for entirely contribution- the poet George Konstantinov, for author – the poet Victor Samuilov, for publishing – the publishing houses Fiut, “Hermes” and “Janet 45”.

The organizers of the Children’s Book National Festival work in co-operation with the International Festival of Children Arts “Zmeieve deche igre” /Novi Sad – Serbia/ since 2002, and with the Andersen Festival /Sestri Levante, Italy/, Berlin Fairy Tale Festival /Germany/ and International Festival “Bibliobraz” /Moscow, Russia/ since 2005.

“Sava Dobroplodni” Regional Library - Sliven has been awarded “Hristo Danov – 2000” prize in June 2000 for its organization and carrying out the Second Children’s Book National Festival and contribution to the Bulgarian literary culture, in the section “Presenting Bulgarian books” for the organizing and carrying out the Children’s Book National Festival. “Sava Dobroplodni“ Regional Library – Sliven has been awarded a medal and a diploma at the 47th International Festival of Children Arts “Zmeieve deche igre” /Novi Sad – Serbia/ in May 2001 for its work with children for creating interest in reading the books for children and for the organization and carrying out the Children’s Book National Festival.


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v     The Research and Development Centre (CID) is a non profit European consultancy is born with the objetive to collaborate in the definition, development and consolidation of social and cultural project whose initiative belongs to the extensive associative structure to public local, regional and european administrations.


v     The CID is located in Cartagena, in the Region of Murcia.


v     The CID in coordination with the associative structure, tries to advance in the definition and beginning of projects and initiatives that contribute to the improvement of the quality of cultural and educative policies, as well as for the social interventions. Our company offers its local and regional services to associations without profit spirit, administrations, for the search, planning, management of projects, and establishment of partnerships within the framework of projects promoted by the European Union, the autonomic delegations, and other institutions of international scope.


v     The CID develops its action towards the culture areas, education, use, equality of opportunities, formation, dedicating our experience and resources to the social organizations so that their activities and projects of social and cultural development are a success.


v     It is backed by its participation in many social and cultural projects.

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Company Profile

PRISMA is an independent consultancy specialising in the areas of local and regional development, the labour market and the SMEs, public and social sector management planning and research, as well as in the evaluation and management of development programmes and projects. Its research work covers the areas of human resources, social policy and culture.
PRISMA was set up in 1989 by two experienced social scientists, Fouli Papageorgiou and Nikos Varelidis with cross-national European experience who are its partners and directors.
PRISMA is now one of the leading Greek consultancies in its field. It undertakes research and consulting in Greece and also has strong links with other consultancies and research institutions throughout Europe with whom it undertakes joint development projects, comparative studies and evaluation work at European level.

 Approach and Staff

PRISMA's approach to studies and consulting puts particular emphasis on policy recommendations and management implications and is targeted towards concrete and practical objectives.
PRISMA's clients come chiefly from the public and social sector. They include government departments and agencies, the social partners, local authorities and local development agencies and private enterprises in Greece, the Commission of the European Union and international organisations such as the OECD or the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.
PRISMA's staff has diverse academic backgrounds which include local and regional planning, engineering, economics, sociology, political science, business administration, public management, marketing, computing and operational research. At present PRISMA has a staff of 18, which includes:

  • 11 permanent members of scientific staff

  • 4 scientific associates and

  • 3 administrative staff

in its two offices in Athens. In addition to its resident staff, PRISMA has a very wide network of external consultants and organisations in Greece and abroad, with which it collaborates on a project basis.

 Project Experience


- LIVING CASTLES, with the participation of 3 countries (Greece, Italy, Spain), RAPHAEL Programme (European Commission, DGX, 1999-2001).
- OIKOS II: Every day Life in 16th-20th Century Europe, with the participation of 3 countries (Greece, Portugal, England), RAPHAELProgramme (European Commission, DGX, 1999-2000)
- EURIPIDES: European Summer Academy Promoting Innovation in Drama and the Performing Arts, with the participation of theater organizations from 7 countries (Greece, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, England), CULTURE 2000 Programme (European Commission, DGX, 2000).
- Research and Documentation of Traditional Greek Costumes Using Advanced Information and Communication Technologies, CSF I (Secretariat General for Research and Technology, Ministry of Industry, 1995-1996).
- Research of leisure patterns and use of local recreation facilities in Argiroupoli, Kalamata, Chalkida, Ilioupoli, Korydallos, Kilkis, Lavrion and the Province of Seteia (Secretariat General of Youth, Hellenic Agency of Local Development and Local Government, 1990-1993).
- Research Programme on Local Government and Quality of Life
(Secretariat General for Research and Technology, Ministry of Industry, 1990).


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History of organization:

On November 1st 1928 - the Radio-Telephone Broadcasting aired the first


1929 - the National Radio Orchestra is founded. The first radio-theater program is aired. First live transmission from the National Opera;

1933 - the first live transmission of a soccer game;

1943 - starts the development of a network of short-waves transmitters;

1952 - opens the Radio building, the present headquarters of Radio Romania; 1954 - Radio Program 2 and the first territorial stations in Cluj and Craiova start

1973 - Radio Program 3, addressed to youngsters start broadcasting.

December 1989- Radio Romania broadcasted live the Romanian Revolution. The events in 1989 lead to a fundamental restructuring of Radio Romania's programs. Since 1993 Radio Romania is a full member of the European Radio and Television

1997 - the station Radio Romania Musical "George Enescu" starts broadcasting;

1998 - was created “Casa Radio" publishing house in order to make available to

the public documents from the "Golden Archive" of Radio Romania (books, audio-records etc.).

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Main activities

The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation is providing its expertise in informing and educating the public at large, its professional capacity and experience, as well as its technical capacity at the national level. Moreover, the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation, following the 41-1994 Law (re-published in the Romanian Official Gazette, part I, no. 636-27 XII. 1999) has obligations concerning the promotion of democratic, civic, moral values - art4-(X), Art, 15 in the same law states that the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation's task is to carry out radio broadcasts for the purpose of informing, cultivating and educating the audience, cooperating with public and private organizations.

The main activities include:

• Producing and broadcasting radio programs of news and current affairs; educational, cultural, musical and entertainment programs; radio programs for children and youth

• Concerts and live shows;

• Editing and publishing literary and audio materials


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Twin marathons organised by associated partners will take place simoultaneoulsy in:

Ø Cracovia (PL),

Ø Järvepää (FI),

Ø Belgrado (Serbia-Montenegro),

Ø York (UK).