The Bulgarian Institute of Culture in Moscow was established on 19.01.1988. It is located on 20, Leningradski Prospect. The building, designed by Architect D. P. Suhov, was erected in 1914. From 1946 till 1987 the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria was located in this building and since 1988 here functions BIC.
BIC has a concert hall with 80 seats, fireplace room with 20 seats, conference room with 40 seats, Art Gallery and library. BIC’s major activities include: information on the cultural, public and political life in Bulgaria; assistance to the cooperation and contacts between similar creative organisations and persons from the two countries, provision of information related to the Centre of Culture and the cultural events and festivals, organised in Bulgaria.
BIC’s activity can be presented in three aspects. The first one is the programme of events in its halls and foyers: concerts, regular jazz-club, authors’ and poetic evenings, meetings with popular Bulgarian actors and performers, exhibitions, book presentations, Bulgarian language courses. The second aspect of BIC’s work is to assist organising cultural events, held on the grounds of the traditionally good contacts between Bulgarian and Russian institutions, among which are the State Conservatoire “P. I. Tschaikovsky”, the Motion Pictures Museum, the Motion Pictures Home, the Russian Academy of Fine Arts, the Institute of the Science of Art under the Ministry of culture, the State Historical Museum, the Easter Festival of Music etc.
The third aspect of BIC’s work is related to rendering assistance for restoring the traditions in the cultural exchange: in 2003, under the auspices of the Ministries of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and of the Russian Federation «Days of the Russian culture in Bulgaria» and «Days of the Bulgarian culture in Russia» etc. were organised on reciprocal basis.
BIC is also a co-publisher the newspaper «Bulgarian news».