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Yuriy Vulkovsky

Sofia, Bulgaria
Yuriy has 20+ years experience in the cultural sector, both in Bulgaria and the EU, including vast experience in project management, capacity building, training and education, advocacy, applied research and needs assessment, as well as building cooperation platforms between business and public authorities. As a member of the Strategy Group of the European Initiative “A Soul for Europe” (2006-2019), he provided training on cultural impact management and advocacy work for cultural organisations from various countries in Central and Southeast Europe, as well as in Eastern Partnership countries. On a local level, he worked in close cooperation with national and local public authorities in the development of grant-making programs for cultural NGOs and micro-enterprises, including as a member of the Advisory Board of the Sofia Innovation Fund (2015-2017) and Deputy Chair of the Board of the Sofia Municipality Fund of Culture and Creative Industries (2017-2019). Since 2014, he supports the European Commission (EACEA) in evaluating proposals submitted under the Creative Europe programme. He is a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow (2007) and a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2011). As an acknowledgement of his work, in 2014 he was listed as one of the 40 under 40 Young European Leaders. Between December 2021 and August 2022, he has been Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.




  • Artistic production/promotion
  • Community and civic activities
  • Art education and/or other educational activities
  • Project management
  • Evaluation (e.g. of projects, structures or other)
  • Training/Lifelong learning
  • Research/data collection
  • Information/awareness-raising
  • Revitalisation/activation of public spaces
  • Internationalisation and mobility
  • Consultancy (e.g. legal advice)
  • Advocacy/policy-related work

Artistic disciplines

  • Amateur arts
  • Development of alternative art practices

Topics covered

  • Interculturality and migration
  • Intergenerational relations and ageing
  • Participation and audience engagement
  • Intangible cultural heritage
  • Cultural rights
  • Working conditions of cultural professionals/labour rights/human resources
  • Non-urban culture
  • European citizenship and identity
  • European Capitals of Culture
  • Digitalisation