Pro Rodopi Foundation (PRF) is one of the most prominent independent Bulgarian cultural organizations. It is an NGO – a private foundation for public benefit, according to Bulgarian law. It has been established in 2000 with the aim to break through the existing mainstream state infrastructure and to create new model of producing cultural projects in Bulgaria.
In 2004 PRF has launched Pro Rodopi Art Centre (PRAC) in the village of Bostina in rural Central Rhodopes mountain. PRAC is the only Bulgarian member of Trans Europe Halles, www.teh.net. Productions created in PRAC have been touring over 25 countries in 4 continents and they have received various prestigious national and international awards.
Since 2012 the foundation organizes the annual Adults Forbidden International Performing Arts Festival for Children and Young people in Smolyan and the 10 other places in Central Rhodopes in South Bulgaria. PRF is a co-organizer of biannual Aquarius Era Festival of Dance, Visual and Physival Theatre in Bourgas.
PRF has been working with many partners, donors and sponsors so far incl. Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, National Culture Fund of Bulgaria, Municipality of Smolyan, Municipality of Bourgas, European Cultural Foundation, Goethe Institut Sofia, Pro Helvetia, KulturKontakt, Trust for Mutual Understanding New York, Asia-Europe Foundation a.o.
PRF has produced and maintained over 40 artistic and socio-cultural projects of local, national and international importance so far. PRF has received grants as a co-organizer in 4 projects funded by EU programs.