In 2004, Ivan Stoyanov-Bari , writer and programmer living in Amsterdam, together with Doris Alexandrova , docent and publicist, created the website www.nl-bg.com on a completely voluntary basis.
The aim is to reflect and promote the life and culture of Bulgarians living outside Bulgaria, and more precisely those who have emigrated to the Netherlands.
In 2005, the website was noticed by BTA (Bulgaria) and its creators were invited to the ” First World Meeting of Bulgarian Media “, which was held from May 23 to 25, 2005, at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, with 70 journalists from 55 media abroad and 200 journalists from Bulgaria.
After the active participation of the two Bulgarians in this historic meeting, they came up with the idea of making a similar site, but for all Bulgarians around the world.
They call it “Emigrant-BG” ( www.emigrant-bg.com ).
Over the years, the website has developed quite successfully, being at one time one of the leading sites, along with sites such as www.ide.li , www.zaedno.de
They come into contact with many former Bulgarian journalists living outside Bulgaria.
After explaining the vision of the website, most of them become correspondents of Emigrant BG.
Reflecting the events in the countries where they live, these correspondents contribute to the construction of the site and the distribution of news related to Bulgarians outside of Bulgaria.
The participation of Emigrant BG in almost all world meetings of the Bulgarian media is a sign of good work, both of the creators of this media and of its correspondents. Below we will
consider in more detail the participation of Emigrant BG in these meetings.
The first world meeting of Bulgarian media gathered from May 23 to 25, 2005 in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, 70 journalists from 55 media abroad and 200 colleagues from Bulgaria. “Bulgarian media and Bulgaria’s European responsibilities” was the main topic of the forum, whose honorary patron was Prime Minister Simeon of Saxe-Coburg. The Association of Bulgarian media around the world was established. Its activity expands the possibilities for exchanging information and experience and facilitates communication between Bulgarian journalists at home and abroad.
At the Second Meeting of the Bulgarian Mediarepresentatives of over 30 Bulgarian media from 14 countries participated in the event. The forum took place from 18 to 22 May 2006 in Chicago, USA. Honorary patron of the meeting was Georgi Parvanov, President of the Republic of Bulgaria, and the mayor of Chicago welcomed the participants. “National identity and the role of the media for the image of Bulgaria in the world” was the main topic of the forum. Among the official guests were the Minister of European Affairs Gergana Grancharova and the Ambassador of Bulgaria to the USA Elena Poptodorova.
The third meeting of the Bulgarian media around the worldgathered from May 19 to 23, 2007 in the Vatican and Rome, Italy, publishers, editors-in-chief and journalists from 30 Bulgarian and 50 foreign media. Honorary patron of the meeting was Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev, and the leading topic was “Cyrillic in Europe and the European mission of the Bulgarian media. View from Rome”. The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivaylo Kalfin and the Minister of State Administration and Administrative Reform Nikolay Vasilev.
The fourth meeting of the Bulgarian media around the worldwas held in Madrid, Spain from May 18 to 22, 2008. The Forum was opened by President Georgi Parvanov in the presence of the Mayor of Madrid Alberto Ruiz Gaillardón and official representatives of the Spanish and Bulgarian media, political, cultural and business elite. The main topic was “The media – the obligatory third party in the intercultural dialogue”. The rich accompanying cultural program of the forum included premieres of Bulgarian films, books, exhibitions of posters and photographs.
The Fifth World Meeting of the Bulgarian Mediatook place from May 17 to 21, 2009 and had the theme: “Somewhere in the real, virtual and information space: tourism, high technologies and the media – the Bulgarian arguments against the crisis”. The meeting was opened in the Auditorium of the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in the presence of President Georgi Parvanov, European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva and Deputy Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova. Among the guests at the official opening were the directors and chief editors of all national media. Within the framework of the meeting, a tourist forum was held on May 18 and 19 in Burgas, and on May 20 and 21 in Varna – a business forum dedicated to high technologies and the media. Representatives of over 60 media participated in the forum.
The sixth meeting of the Bulgarian media around the worldmarked a record number of participants with more than 210 registered journalists from 35 countries and the widest range of topics discussed. It took place in Vienna, Austria from May 16 to 20, 2010 and was officially opened in the Ceremonial Hall of the Austrian National Library in the Hofburg Imperial Complex by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the Mayors of Sofia and Vienna Yordanka Fandakova and Michael Heupl. The theme of the forum was “New East-West”.
The seventh world meeting of the Bulgarian media took place from May 25 to 29, 2011 in the Netherlands. The traditional forum brought together over 150 participants from Bulgarian print and electronic media in 30 countries. The theme in 2011 was “Media and Money”. The forum was opened by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in the Grote Kerk, The Hague, one of the most impressive medieval cathedrals in the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and continued in the Dutch city of Hilversum. Ministers, MPs, business representatives, media owners and editors-in-chief, experts took part in the journalists’ discussions.
After the entry of the giant “Facebook” into people’s lives, the number of visitors to the Emigrant BG website decreased.
After a thorough analysis of the needs of our readers, the activity of the media has been redirected from the coverage of static news related to Bulgarians abroad to the creation of a structured depiction of video news and, above all, the construction of biographical profiles of famous Bulgarians abroad.
The so-called “Internet TV” of Emigrant BG is shaping up to take the place of the previous media, which only covered the news and published it on the website.
The technique with which “Television” was made is based on video materials that have been posted on Youtube by Emigrant BG, but also on films – reports, posted by Bulgarians abroad.