We are a motley bunch of researchers, foodies, integration experts, volunteers, chefs, lawyers and the occasional designer. We officially came together in late 2012 and took the name Multi Kulti Collective. We had, in fact, been active for two years prior to the formal establishment of the organization so going legit was a natural next step. Our young and enthusiastic team shares a passion for world cultures in the widest sense and is acutely aware of the need to help integrate all those who end up staying in Bulgaria, and to ensure they are accepted as bona fide members of the community. We educate local people through immersion in the customs, foods, crafts, songs and traditions of others. We also get into the nitty-gritty of migrant politics by conducting monitoring campaigns of national policies concerning migrants and refugees.
Our partners include:
Zvezda is a researcher, policy analyst, PhD candidate and consultant of European projects related to the topic of integration of immigrants and refugees. She was nominated for “Human of the Year” of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee in 2011.
Bistra is a community leader, social entrepreneur, innovator, integration expert, and researcher. Awarded 40 under 40 (Darik, 2014), Global Shaper (World Economic Forum, 2014-2015), Volunteer of the Year (Astika Foundation, 2011).
Kaloyan is a corporate and banking lawyer with wide-ranging experience, member of the Sofia Bar Association. He is convinced that if someone seeks reforms in certain field, he should actively work for them, and that civil society has the power to change the world for the better.
Olga is non-formal education facilitator with experience in Germany, Argentina and India who combines arts with established pedagogical approaches in her work on empowerment of refugee women.
Ivelina has over 12 years’ experience of refugee and migrant integration in UK and Bulgaria, including policy development and analysis, advocacy, and developing projects.
Casey is a writer, farmer and chef, originally from New York, now living in Kyustendil. She is a convivium leader in Slow Food, a TEDx speaker and shows young people the importance of an edible education.