Balkan Heritage Foundation (BHF) is a Bulgarian public, non-profit, non-governmental organization. It was established in 2008 in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, by three Bulgarian archaeologists: Ivan Vasilev, Nayden Prahov and Angela Pencheva who are the organization’s directors. Its head office is situated in Sofia, Bulgaria. Balkan Heritage Foundation’s mission is to support the study, protection, conservation, management and promotion of the cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible) of Southeastern Europe.

The Foundation has conducted and supported archaeological and heritage conservation projects as well as educational courses, public lectures, exhibitions, advocacy campaigns and publications. BHF collaborates with universities, museums, research institutes, municipalities, media, business companies and other organizations from the region and beyond.

We seek to:

Support the research, protection and conservation of the cultural heritage of Southeastern Europe
Enhance the utilization and management of cultural heritage as a source for local and regional sustainable development
Facilitate global “access”, both direct and virtual, to Balkan cultural heritage especially for international scholars, students, donors and tourists

Foster online publications in English of capital fundamental writings and summaries concerning Balkan archaeology, art, history and culture – especially those which concern civilizations, cultures, sites and artefacts that are globally less known
Raise the level of global cooperation and exchange of ideas, know-how, expertise and resources concerning Balkan heritage
Build and develop links among major Balkan heritage stakeholders.