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The Bulgarian Community in Sydney

The Bulgarian Community and Culture Association "Rodina" is the focal point for Bulgarians and the Bulgarian culture in Sydney and New South Wales.  We organise regular BBQs, dances and social events as well as support the Bulgarian School in Sydney.  Our community includes people with Bulgarian heritage, partners of Bulgarians and people interested in the Bulgarian Culture.  As part of Multi-Cultural Australia we aim to contribute and enrich its diverse culture.  We also provide orientation and help for Bulgarians newly arrived in Sydney and New South Wales.

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3 Parties Certain to Make It into Bulgaria’s Next Parliament - Poll
Monday, 22nd September 2014

Three political parties are certain to enter Bulgaria’s next Parliament, including center-right party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB), the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), according to Gallup International.

According to a survey of Gallup International conducted on September 12-18 among 1010 Bulgarians aged 18+, thee other formations, namely populist party Bulgaria without Censorship, right-wing party The Reformist Bloc and the nationalist coalition The Patriotic Front, are also very likely to make it into Parliament after the early elections on October 5.

The Alternative for Bulgarian Revival Movement (ABV) and nationalist party Ataka have a smaller chance of passing the minimum threshold to enter Parliament, according to the survey.

According to the polling agency, GERB is to get 35.9% of the votes, BSP 18.3%, DPS 14.2%, Bulgaria without Censorship 5.8%, The Reformist Bloc 5.6%, the Patriotic Front 4.9%, ABV 3.6%, and Ataka 3.4%.

According to Gallup International, around 3.4 million people are expected to vote in the snap elections on October 5.

70% of the respondents are pessimistic about the development of the country.

54% of those polled believe that the results of the snap elections will not change anything, while 26% expect improvement and 7% expect a deterioration of the current situation.

For the first time after 1996-7, the majority of Bulgarians, 61%, share the belief that Bulgaria is in a state of financial catastrophe, according to Gallup International.

At the same time, only 15% of the respondents trust Bulgaria’s caretaker government, while 70% have no faith in it.

The majority of respondents say that the caretaker government is dependent on center-right party GERB, taking into account that it was appointed by President Rosen Plevneliev.

At the same time, 54% of those polled believe that President Rosen Plevneliev is not acting independently.



Filmmaker to Set Up Party on Bulgaria's Independence Day
Thursday, 18th September 2014

A new political party, the Movement 22 September, is to be founded on the same date next week, filmmaker Rosen Elezov.

Director Rosen Elezov has told the Bulgarian National Radio the decision to establish the party during the election campaign should be considered a sign that a new political force is ready to give a hand to those desiring change.

The Movement 22 September will not seek to run at the October 5 early elections, since it intentionally missed the deadline to do so.

"Out idea is...  to do politics with very clean hands, this state merely needs morals, lustration, a new constitution and we will stand up for this," Elezov has explained. 



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The Bulgarian Cultural and Social Association "Rodina" promotes Bulgarian culture, traditions and language among the Bulgarian community in NSW.  For over 30 years we have been fostering knowledge and understanding about the Bulgarian culture and history by organising social events, forums, exhibitions, performances and other public initiatives.  We seek to strengthen the social, economic, educational and cultural ties between Australia and Bulgaria.  Therefore, maintaining a close relationship with Australian organisations and institutions in Australia is of significant importance to us.  As part of Multi-Cultural Australia we aim to contribute and enrich its diverse culture.  Rodina collaborates and co-operates with other Bulgarian and cultural organisations in Australia.