About Us

ONE Foundation for Culture and Arts emerged as a successor to ONE, the platform for contemporary culture most notable for publishing the eponymous magazine for contemporary culture (2002 – 2011) and for organizing dozens of events with a meaningful contribution as the Bulgarian scene continues to open up to the rest of the world. ONE is behind three of the most influential events in Bulgaria in contemporary design, dance and architecture (ONE DESIGN WEEK, ONE ARCHITECTURE WEEK, ONE DANCE WEEK), as well as a number of other projects.


In 2024 One Dance Festival will have its 16th edition, and we have the ambition to turn it into a remarkable event which celebrates life, diversity, peace and inclusiveness. We continue our main goals to legitimate the contemporary dance genre on a national level, to strive to achieve its institutional recognition among the other arts in the country, to develop new audiences, and to turn Plovdiv into a stage for internationally acknowledged dance groups, choreographers, and artists.


Assen Assenov
Director (One Foundation for Culture & Arts)

Assen is the Director of ONE Foundation for Culture & Arts – the organisation behind ONE DANCE WEEK festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, ONE DESIGN WEEK festival, and ONE ARCHITECTURE WEEK festival. He has a background in journalism and is the co-curator of the artistic selection for ONE DANCE WEEK.

Elianna Lilova (Elia)
Director (One Dance Festival)

Elia graduated with a Bachelors degree in Cultural Studies (Sofia University) and Masters Degree in Arts Management (Universidad Complutense Madrid). As a member of the One Dance Week team since its first edition in 2008, Elia is responsible for co-curating the artistic selection and leading the technical production and realisation of the festival programme, in addition to overseeing operational, financial and technical elements of the organisation.

Mila Mihaylova

Mila has been part of the Communication Team of ONE Foundation of Culture and Arts and ONE DANCE WEEK since 2019. She has a degree in Lettres Modernes & Linguistics / French Literature and since has been working in the fields of contemporary arts & culture.

Stanislava Grueva
Partnerships & Applications
Tsvetana Georgieva
Andrea Popyordanova
Graphic design
Vanya Grozdanova
Victoria Todorova

Big Pulse

One Dance is part of Big Pulse Dance Alliance (BPDA) – a network of 12 European dance festivals/institutions brought together by their common aim of developing and strengthening the contemporary dance sector.

Led by Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Germany), the network partners Dance Umbrella (UK), Dublin Dance Festival (Ireland), Julidans (Netherlands), New Baltic Dance (Lithuania), ONE Dance (Bulgaria), Torinodanza Festival (Italy), Zodiak – Center for New Dance (Finland), Sismògraf Dance Festival (Spain), International Dance Festival TANEC PRAHA (Czech Republic), CODA Oslo International Dance Festival (Norway) and Danscentrum (Sweden) will collaborate in producing new work, scouting for talent and fostering leadership in dance.

Siguifin, Compagnie Amala Dianor, a Big Pulse Dance co-production, photo by Mihail Novakov


Plovdiv 2019 - European Capital of Culture