Intangible Cultural Heritage
In 2006, Bulgaria ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and commenced activities for its appliance. In 2002, a National Registry of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was created, and in 2008, the National System “Living Human Treasures – Bulgaria“* started.
In 2012, 31 settlements, preserving the Surva tradition in the Pernik region took part in the National system “Living human treasures – Bulgaria”. The Regional Historical Museum in Pernik prepared a common application for the Surva groups. As a result of the selections made on regional and national levels, the application was inscribed in the National Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
On 2 December 2015, during the meeting of UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Namibia capital Windhoek, the Bulgarian nomination “Surova Folk Feast in Pernik Region” was inscribed in the Representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO).
*Santova and co 2004: Anastasova, E., R. Bratanova, A. Georgieva, E. Grancharova, M. Ivanova, D. Kaufman, K. Krastanova, S. Lozanova, V. Mateeva, L. Peycheva, M. Santova, I. Stanoeva, A. Shtarbanova. Zhivi choveshki sakrovishta – Bulgaria. Living Human Treasures – Bulgaria. Sofia, AI „Marin Drinov”, 555 s. (in Bulgarian and in English);