Mission & History

The mission of the  Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center (BMNECC) is to preserve, present and promote the cultural values and rich traditions of the Bulgarian and Macedonian people; offer a comprehensive source of Bulgarian and Macedonian historic and educational information; and contribute to the cultural landscape by presenting unique artistic events and performances.

Founded in 1930, we are the the oldest, largest, and most active Bulgarian-Macedonian organization in the U.S. We offer programs in language, music, dance, and history for children and adults, and provide customized seminars for visiting groups, such as teachers, musicians, students, urban developers, tourists, historians, and government leaders. For over 80 years we’ve been offering the local and regional community a host of activities – from live music and dance events, to art exhibits, plays, film screenings, sporting events, and lectures. The Center’s Soup Sega kitchen, which offered 18 varieties of ethnic fare, was a Pittsburgh favorite during its 15 years of operation. And, our award-winning Otets Paissii Performing Folk Ensemble performs regularly at venues in the local region and beyond, keeping our rich musical history alive.

Our historic facility, built in 1935, houses the largest collection of Bulgarian art, audio recordings, film, video, costumes, jewelry, textiles, books, and artifacts in the United States.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and proud to be part of the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD).

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