“Wealth of Colour and Tradition” exhibition opens at National Library of Bulgaria
On 9 November 2022, The St. Cyril and Methodius National Library of the Republic of Bulgaria hosted the opening of Wealth of Colour and Tradition, an exhibition that the Bulgarian national library prepared with the support of The Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) as part of a homonymous project and in cooperation with the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK), National Parliamentary Library of Georgia, Đurđe Crnojević National Library of Montenegro, National Library of Serbia and National Library of Romania. The exhibition features the partner libraries’ digital heritage revealing the rich national folklores and traditions of their respective peoples.
Each of the participating libraries contributed between three and five digital copies of photographs, sketches or illustrations in its collections presenting the national costumes and related traditional embroidery and other material featuring their respective national heritage. The National and University Library in Zagreb singled out five items preserved in its Print Collection – the two drawings and three lithographs, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, vividly representing rich national costumes from various Croatian regions. The costumes’ descriptions were prepared by Senior Curator at the Ethnographic Museum Zagreb Aida Brenko.
The project activities include the preparation of the physical exhibition’s virtual counterpart, which apart from the works originally displayed at the exhibition will feature items that will subsequently be added to it not only from the collections of the six partner libraries but by all interested in contributing national folklore-related content. Ultimately, the aim of the National Library of Bulgaria is to use all contributed resources to create a multinational exhibition spotlighting the immeasurable wealth of global ethnographic heritage.
The poster for the “Wealth of Colour and Tradition” exhibition, prepared by The St. Cyril and Methodius National Library of the Republic of Bulgaria in cooperation with the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK), National Parliamentary Library of Georgia, Đurđe Crnojević National Library of Montenegro, National Library of Serbia and National Library of Romania.