No peace
without dialogue


respect and mutual understanding among members of different religions traditions.

Bring together

people from different religious experience and ethnic background to help understand diversity.

Eastern European Forum for Dialogue - BRIDGES

Create contacts

with men and women of different religious communities in Bulgaria and in Eastern European countries.

Promote tolerance

and equality between men and women in the professional domain, especially in the Theological domain – Teaching and Research.


We are
an NGO that brings together people of faith
from different religious traditions.

Angelina Vladikova

Chair of BRIDGES.
Angelina is Eastern Orthodox Christian, with Master degree in Ecumenical Theology from Geneva University and Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland. She is actively involved in practical dialogue among people from different faiths in Bulgaria. Her interests are working with youth, art, ecology and women issues. Currently Angelina serves as URI Europe CC Liaison Officer.

Diana Hussein

Board of Trustees of BRIDGES.
Diana was born and raised in a mixed Palestinian Bulgarian family. Expert and consultant in the field of PR and communications, and has organized many cultural events. Responsible for the positive image of the association as well as for promoting the organization's activities, contacts with institutions and partners. Diana believes that coordination in the implementation of each event is crucial to its success.

Asen Minkov

Member of BRIDGES.
Asen is a Bulgarian Muslim with a background in Arabic Linguistics and Theology. Graduated from universities in Jordan and Bulgaria. Currently holding an MA in Modern Bulgarian Linguistics and aspires to pursue a PhD in the same field. Participated in multiple scientific and cultural conferences. On the side, he is a successful director of a private company specialized in agriculture.

Angel Filipov

Co-founder Bridge-Inter-Cultures camp.
Angel is a Christian, with 2 Masters in economy and French language and culture in Paul Valerie University, France. Works and lives in Brussels. Angel believes that there is good in every person and that every person is God, according to him faith comes from the inside out, not the other way around. He loves art in all its forms as long as it has a message and a metaphor and more actions than long words.

Petar Gramatikoff

Vice President of BRIDGES. 
Mr. Gramatikoff is a hierodeacon of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and Doctor of the Universal Orthodox Church. He is currently the Chief Expert in religious questions in the municipality of Plovdiv. He has been working for years in the field of human rights, defending the traditional view of Orthodox church in terms of respect for all beliefs, beside all theological conceptions.

Kalina and Boris

Professional photographers, members of BRIDGES.
Kalina is an Eastern Orthodox Christian and Boris is a Roman Catholic. Isn't it magical to capture an emotion within a four-sided frame? It is even more exciting when your shot makes others ponder, ask questions, search, dream... And it's a rewarding experience when you see your photos' ability to bring out the good in people. That's us - ordinary storytellers, using pictures.

Silvia Trifonova

Member of BRIDGES - youth formation.
Silvia is an Eastern Orthodox Christian, studying Public Relations in Sofia University. Involved in environmental activities and president of the Youth Parliament for Water in Bulgaria since 2018. Silvia believes that the young generation must help solve our planet-related problems and prevent them from happening in the future.

Milka Baramova

Co-founder of BRIDGES
Milka is an Eastern Orthodox Christian, with Master degree in Theology from Sofia University and The Institute of Postgraduate Studies of Chambésy, Switzerland, in cooperation with the Universities of Geneva and Fribourg. She obtained her PhD on “New Religious Movements” at the University of Fribourg. She is interested in interreligious dialogue and is an expert on new religious movements.

Svetlana Karadzhova

Board of Trustees of BRIDGES.
Svetlana is a Roman Catholic. Linguist by education, loves writing and overcoming great challenges. Lives by the principle "Think globally, act locally", full of enthusiasm to realize interesting ideas in the communities she belongs to. Skilled in transforming public response into good PR, thus creating opportunities for future initiatives.

Laura Sani

BRIDGES - Youth leader.
I consider myself a Muslim, born in Bulgaria. Studied Islamic theology, but that does not depict the full spectrum of my interests. I am fond of topics related to discrimination, religious dialogue, psychology and social inclusion. We should act as the change we would like to see around us. Simply being the change is not enough. Taking bold steps to inspire others and navigate them throughout the process is what counts.

Snezhana Pavlova

Member of BRIDGES.
Snezhana is an Eastern Orthodox Christian, who dreams big and vigorously looks for challenges in life. Special events are the most important part of her brand "My party" - Event Agency. The key element in her work is conveying specific messages to different target audiences. Every process of creating, communicating and organizing of events is a surge of energy and inspiration for her.

Elena Mustakova

Member of BRIDGES.
Elena is a social, clinical, and adult developmental psychologist and social scientist, with deep roots in Bahá'í spiritual understanding. She has been hosting and facilitating cross-cultural and interspiritual forums for dialogue for over three decades in the US and Bulgaria. Dr. Mustakova brings to these forums integral skills for personal and collective transformation, based on a lifetime of scholarship, publications, and service.


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