Home Page
17 Jan 13

Bulgaria Music Grant Hits Discordant Note

Sofia is in hot water over plans to give a large regional development grant to a broadcaster best known for its use of raunchy images to promote pop music. 

Bgnes, Euroaktiv, BBC
Plans by Bulgaria to give a flourishing pop music broadcaster an EU regional development grant worth 1 million euro have drawn the wrath of leading figures in the arts community.
Payner Media, which owns three pop-folk music TV channels, uses often sexually explicit images to promote a form of pop music known as chalga.
It has yet to receive the cash, but news of the award has already drawn protests from musicians and theatre directors. 
Payner promotes a form of pop music called chalga, known for its gangster image and often featuring scantily clad women. The style has been popular since the 1990s.
Mitko Dimitrov, head of Payner, was quoted on local television as saying that the grant would be used to create “new jobs for highly qualified experts, mostly young people”.
But leading arts figures in Bulgaria are far from impressed. Theatre director Alexander Morfov told BGNES news website: “This is monstrous.
“Is this the only culture we can show to the world in this idiotic country of ours?” he asked. 
Jazz pianist Antony Dontchev said the decision to give Payner EU money that was designed to help small businesses was “totally absurd”.
Brussels has said it will check to see whether grant scheme rules had been followed. 
Shirin Wheeler, spokesperson for EU Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn, said the choice of the recipient was up to Bulgaria's economy ministry.
But the Commission took the job of safeguarding taxpayers’ money “very seriously”, she told the BBC. 
“If we have any concerns, we will of course ask the national authorities - in the first instance - to look more deeply,” she added.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Culture Policy Focus

belgrade-s-bookbinders-symbol-of-a-bygone-era-11-04-2016
22 Nov 16

Belgrade’s Bookbinders, Symbol of a Bygone Era

While there were once more than 60 journeymen bookbinders working in Belgrade, only a handful remain to cautiously guard the craft.

24 Oct 16

Traces of Empire: Serbia’s Roman Heritage

29 Aug 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Kalemegdan

26 Aug 16

Belgrade’s Ancient Crafts Guardians

02 Aug 16

Albania Opera Chief Quits Over Tiny Budget

05 Apr 16

Serbian Film Industry Needs Resources to Grow

02 Feb 16

Briton’s Long Walk into Serbia’s Heart

25 Dec 15

Spirit of Christmas

Blog

/en/file/show//Images/Images.New/Bloggers/Sasa Dragojlo photo blog.jpg
26 Oct 15

Five Books to Seek Out at the Belgrade Fair

This year the International Belgrade Book Fair will present 1,500 titles, but there are five books from prominent Serbian writers translated into English that readers should not miss.

Latest News

08 Dec 16

Belgrade to Host Annual Queer Film Festival

10 Nov 16

Free Zone Kicks Off Across Serbia

26 Oct 16

Belgrade's Festival Offers Trip to Planet Jazz

18 Aug 16

Serbia to Choose 2017 Oscars Candidate

10 Aug 16

Kosovo’s Dua Lipa Set to Sing in Albania

09 Aug 16

Robert De Niro to Open Sarajevo Film Festival

Reviews

08 Jan 14

Retracing Edith Durham’s steps

22 Apr 13

Cheap and Cheery Beers in the Office

18 Mar 13

Diagnosing Kosovo