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Center for young talents

The major project for the “Chance for the Children and the Nature of Bulgaria” Foundation for 2011 is opening a Center for Young Talents in Bourgas. The Center’s lofty aim is to implement creative projects of respected teachers with acclaimed and talented students for supplementing their school education and to invest in advanced tuition and intellectual development in accordance with the European requirements and the students’ personal interests and gifts in all fields of science, technology and art.

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After the end of the successful initiatives for sending drawings on the subject "Everything will be fine" and the magical "Box of dreams and desires", which brought together the deepest longings of children and adults for life after covid-19, the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation and the Center for Young Talents continue their campaign "Together for a better TOMORROW" with a new positive challenge.

On the occasion of World Book Day, the Little Prince Literary Reading Club and the Center for Young Talents call on everyone to share the book that gave them hope and optimism during the pandemic.

"We are aware of the great importance of books in human life, especially in difficult times like those of a global pandemic. We know that books are not only a faithful friend, but also manage to inspire courage, faith and optimism. With this yet another initiative we want not only to give hope through literature, but also to stimulate reading again ... which we cant do without. ", shares Liliana Slavova, President of the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation.

The organizers invite everyone without age restrictions to join by sending a photo of them with the book, which has positively affected them during the state of emergency, in a personal message to the Facebook page of the Center for Young Talents, Burgas: https: // www. or as an attachment to no later than 11.05.2020.

"There is no book from which one cannot learn anything."

Today we are talking with Liliana Slavova - President of the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation and the Center for Young Talents. And to get a deeper insight into what she does, we'll tell you a little more about her.

Liliana Slavova is a film critic and media expert by profession, television producer and program director with international experience. She graduated in film criticism, theater studies, journalism, German studies and novel studies in Germany, and speaks five languages. She returned to Bulgaria in 2005 and started working at BTV. This is just a short part of the beginning of Lily's professional biography, as all her close friends and colleagues call her. However, the project that changed her life was the realization of a talent foundation dream! As a co-founder and chairman of the Chance for the Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation, Lily created in her hometown of Burgas the only Bulgarian European certified Center for Work with Young Talents. She is proud of the first free Literary Club-Reading Room "The Little Prince", which has been stimulating reading in Burgas for three years now, with the premiere of the film about Burgas talents based on her idea - "Stories of Chance and Talent", with the prestigious National Literary Competition, as well as with the establishment of the first for Burgas and the region Mathematical Tournament for preschool children. With the books "My Letter to Bulgaria" by Bulgarian talented children and with the numerous achievements of the Bulgarian hopes the talented children, part of the Foundation and the Center. Dreamer and benefactor, incorrigible optimist, believer in the good.

When was your center founded?

Center for young talents in the city of Burgas, opened in 2011 as a pilot project of the Foundation "Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria". The main mission of the Foundation and the Center is to help and support the talent of Bulgarian children. After a very serious procedure in 2016, the talent center was approved and accepted by ECHA (European Council for High Ability) and thus became an officially certified European Talent Center. We are the first Bulgarian organization among 47 other countries, accepted in the prestigious ECHA - the European non-governmental organization, which has been working for 32 years in the field of talent development and is the most important in this field. We achieved it with our history, with the achievements of our talents and with a lot of work!

How do you contribute to the development of children's talents during the state of emergency?

We are in a very difficult period and at the moment the most important thing is that we are all responsible and stay healthy! As soon as the state of emergency was declared on March 13, our team came together and developed distance learning programs for our children. Along with training, we try to stimulate creativity in children and teach them endurance and patience! We are proud to create the campaign for the fight against the virus with art: Young talents give hope "Together for a better morning", this includes various initiatives of young talents from all over Bulgaria, including: a virtual exhibition under the same title, "Box of dreams and desires" for the longings of all of us for life after the pandemic, sewing original protective masks from our talents in the fashion design project "Debut" at the Center, we recorded two songs about HOPE with our vocal group "Sea Blue" and our folk group "Zelenika" . We give BEAUTY and HOPE and we do not lose our optimism!

What talents have you had so far at your center?

For these nine years we can call ourselves lucky, because some of us are children with talents from all fields of art and science with world-renowned successes musicians, artists, singers, artists, mathematicians, young writers, computer scientists, physicists, astronomers, chess players and many others.

Do you think that the situation we are in will have a negative impact on all talented children?

No, I don't think the "virus" can affect TALENT. On the contrary - I believe that difficulties stimulate even more the development of true talent and it will always find a way to develop and express itself!

Do you organize various participations for children?

Yes, all the time. In addition to the events listed above, for years we have been organizing many prestigious and successful national competitions, regional Olympiads and tournaments, contests and various forums for the manifestation of children's gifts! A few days ago, our National Comic Book Competition on "Bulgaria in the World" ended, and now our most important annual project to support the development of talent, the "Scholarships, Awards and Prizes 2020" program, is forthcoming. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2020.

Do you think that all people have talent, and that it is just hidden and waiting to be discovered?

Here I will respond with a quote from Stephen King: "Talent is cheaper than salt. The difference between the talented and the successful is in perseverance." I think that the most important thing for a talent is not only to be discovered, but also to be developed, and this is done with a lot of work.

What impact do you think art has on people?

It inspires them, makes them better, makes them think about the really important things in life.

Complete the sentence: "Art makes the world ..."

Art makes the world more beautiful and meaningful!

We are thankful for this interview with Liliana Slavova! We wish her good health and many more dreams to come true, as well as many more newly discovered talents!

Awards and scholarships for gifted Bulgarian children

The works from the first comics competition "Bulgaria in the World", organized by the Center for talented children in Burgas, will be judged by talented young people with professional experience and many successes gained in the field of art.

Art teacher Nikolay Petrov is the chairman of the animation and comics project at the center. Mr. Petrov is a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Pedagogy. He has completed a one-year specialization as a Comenius Trainee Teaching Assistant at Hammarskolan, Surahammar, Sweden. As a teaching assistant at Kernow Education Co. UK, Cornwall, England has worked extensively in graphics and painting, sculpture and plastic anatomy. His graduates have been featured in numerous competitions in the field of fine arts.

Sylvia Indjova, Master of Fine Arts (Graphics) and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Pedagogy, will also give her marks for the participating works. She is also the head of the art studio for graphics and painting at the Center for Young Talents, Burgas. She has participated many times and with success in various workshops, project developments and implementations; in trainings, seminars, courses and other forms at school and out-of-school level; she has organized exhibitions, biennials and competitions. She is also creating illustrations in adolescent literature.

"We are very pleased that our talent, Daniela Karaivanova, responded to our invitation for a jury member. She is a former graduate of our Burgas Youth Talent Center and winner of the First Grand Prize Chance for Talent from the Chance for the Children and the Nature of Bulgaria Foundation. Daniela has many distinctions in the field of fine arts, design and animation, and has presented her works in solo exhibitions as well as in various publications in the field of comics, illustrations and animations. She graduated in Audiovisual Media at the Media University in Stuttgart, Germany, and one of her major projects is application of a game for the Mercedes-Benz Museum. She is currently working on concept, UI and UX design in Stuttgart. In her work she combines good visual design with a unique and impactful consumer experience. ", Said Liliana Slavova, President of Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation and creator of the Center for Talented Children.

The organizers invite all children and young people aged 11 to 17 to express and show their creativity by sending their works by Apr 3, 2020 as an attachment to or as a personal message on the official Facebook page of the Center for Young Talents, Burgas. The finalists will be announced on April 8, 2020, and all comics will be included in an exhibition on "Bulgaria in the World".

The full terms of the competition can be found here.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation has organized the prestigious literary contest "And Children Conquer Worlds. Show That You Can!". New to this year's edition of the competition was that for the first time in Bulgaria participants were Bulgarian youths born and / or living all over the world.

The most active participants were young Bulgarians from the following countries - Spain, Italy, Turkey, Germany, France, Norway and Slovakia. The jury, chaired by the famous Bulgarian writer Radoslav Gizgindjiev, selected the work of Yumyugul Chavdarova at the first place, 18, from Tekirdag, Turkey; second place was taken by Bogoslav Petrov at the age of 17 from Mllenbeck Land, Germany; the honorary third place went to Alexander Krumov, 15, from Bremen, Germany.

The works of all participants are extremely strong and the organizers decided to publish them in a book: "The stories and essays of the children deeply touched us and made us think about the future of our country.The book "Letter to Bulgaria from Young Bulgarians around the World" is the second in our series about the "voice", thoughts and feelings of children towards our country. Apart from a reverent confession of Bulgarians abroad, it will also be an interesting and valuable juxtaposition of the first book "My Letter to Bulgaria" published last year with the works of all young Bulgarians living in the country. "- said Liliana Slavova, President of Chance for Children and Nature of Bulgaria Foundation.

This project was interesting because it reflects the moods of young people abroad. The palette is rich - at one end the young say goodbye to their country, as if forever. And the rest promises to do everything they can to return when they can. The good thing is that children already know that a person discovers their identity when they have eyes to look at other cultures. Following these texts, we realize that Bulgaria is like the old, dilapidated home of our grandparents in a village of refuge, to which they return less frequently. Again, the question remains for our society: what are we doing to change this?" jury chairman Radoslav Gizgindjiev summed up after the final.

The book is expected to be presented in May, when it is also the annual holiday of the organizers.

The cover will once again be the work of the Foundation's most talented alumni and of the arts projects at the Center for Young Talents.