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Chitalishte Nâzım Hikmet – 1922

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Chitalishte Nâzım Hikmet – 1922

About us:

Just a year after its establishment in 1922 the chitalishte stopped functioning due to the political situation in the country. It was revived in 1947 under the name Hazim Hikmet – the famous Turkish poet and author of a poem dedicated to the children of Hiroshima, victims of the atomic bomb:

I come and stand at every door

But none can hear my silent tread

I knock and yet remain unseen

For I am dead for I am dead

The center’s activities were relevant to its moment – there were meetings on current topics such as the culture of behaviour and speech, ethics in journalism, body language and the connection between Bulgarian fashion and Western trends. Considerable efforts were invested in preserving, maintaining and popularizing Bulgarian traditions, in fostering children’s and adolescents’ creativity, in ensuring access to information, enriching the cultural life of the neighbourhood, visits to cultural landmarks, exhibitions and lectures.

Nowadays the community cultural center has a large library and offers language courses; it has a music school and organizes readings and meetings with writers, lectures and exhibitions; it has established a creative forum for children with prizes, as well as competitions for school kids; it offers one-to-one tutorials for middle aged and elderly people in computer and internet literacy and takes part in projects at the local level.

If you would like to find out more, see Information card of the chitalishte in the Regional Expert Consultation and Information Centers (RECIC).

Director: Elena Kostadinova Ilieva

Secretary:  Ivanka Georgieva Angelova

Librarian: Irina Motarnikova

Address: 6 Mortagon Str.

Phone: +35932/516251

E-mail:     [email protected]



The chitalishte is housed in a one–storey building and includes a library (with a capacity of about 20 people), a book depository, an office where club meetings are held, which is also a study room (there is a piano and a study board). The corner of the library is also a reading room. During the summer season, the space in front of the chitalishte (garden) is used for activities.



  • Working hours
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  • How to get there
  • 6 Mortagon Str.

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