Derida Dance Center - Art Link Foundation is the first center for contemporary dance and training in Bulgaria, that was founded in 2010. The center has a wide spectrum of activities through which it executes the organization’s objectives, namely to be an instrument for accelerating the development of contemporary dance art in the country by supporting existing and emerging talents in the field and creating the conditions needed.
The main directions in which the center works are: independent dance productions, educational and training program for Contemporary dance, international partnerships, residency program, presentational and curatorial activity.
The organization was awarded IKAR 2017 for best performance in category “Contemporary dance and performance” as well as twice Sofia award for outstanding achievements in the field of culture.
Since 2012 Derida Dance Center, represented by Art Link Foundation has been an official representative of Bulgaria in the European platform Aerowaves and since 2015 has been performing the function of presenting partner. In March 2018 Derida Dance Center became the host of the annual festival of the platform - Aerowaves Spring Forward, which was a historical event for Bulgaria.
In 2018 the artistic director and co-founder of Derida Dance Center - Jivko Jeliazkov was selected from 637 applicants in total for one of TOP 20 choreographers in Europe by the Aerowaves platform.
As a natural continuation of the activity, the team of Derida Dance Center opened an independent theater stage - " DERIDA Stage" - on April 19, 2019, which is located at 32 Tsar Samuil Street, Sofia, Bulgaria.
The new “DERIDA Stage” is a space for presenting independent productions in the fields of dance, theater, circus and visual arts.