About us

Pygmalion Foundation

Emil Stoyanov is the founder of Pygmalion Foundation

Emil Stoyanov was born in Plovdiv in 1959. He finished the German Language High School and graduated in literature from the universities in Plovdiv and Leipzig.He is author of 3 books and over 100 articles and translations from German.

In 1990 Emil Stoyanov founded the University Publishing House, and in 1992 – Pygmalion Publishering, specializing in publishing German language fiction.

Emil Stoyanov was Deputy Director General of the Bulgarian National Television in 1998. 

In 2001 he founded the first news television in Bulgaria – Evropa TV and is the co-chairman of its Board of Directors. Television Evropa has more than 1 000 000 spectators per day.

In 2002 Emil Stoyanov was awarded by the President of the Republic of Austria with the Honorary Cross for Science and Art for his exceptional contribution in making Austrian literature popular in our country.

In 2005 Emil Stoyanov was awarded with the Honorary Cross of merit to German culture for his long standing efforts to popularize it in Bulgaria.

In 2009 Emil Stoyanov was elected Member of the European Parliament and is Member of the Committee on Culture, education and media.


Pygmailion Foundation is created to support literature and arts in Plovdiv and Bulgaria. The most important initiatives of the Foundation until now are:

  • establishment of the annual scholarship for a student in literature, Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski"
  • establishing an annual award for contributions in the field of philology to a professor of the Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski"
  • participation in the project Europeana and the establishment of 10 scholarships for students from Plovdiv University to digitize the cultural heritage of Plovdiv;
  • participation in the European project "Halma";
  • participation in the literary project of art house "Edenkoben" in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.