The mission of the Off the Beaten Path Foundation is to support and encourage love of classical chamber music, to inspire philanthropy and volunteerism, and to organize a range of programs and initiatives, which include public performances, educational and community projects, and multidisciplinary artistic collaborations.
The Foundation's primary goal is to develop and expand its summer chamber music festival in the village of Kovachevitsa and the town of Gotse Delchev, as well as to ensure that world renowned classical musicians from Bulgaria and abroad have a forum for creativity and connection with Bulgarian audiences in a place where classical music is rarely performed.
Alongside this, the Foundation has a number of additional activities and initiatives in the region. These include a donor society established to raise funds for the renovation and maintenance of our main venue – the Svetlina Community Center in Kovachevitsa, as well as a program for new chamber music works by Bulgarian composers and a children’s educational program under the collective title "The Path Is Yours".
In 2022, the Foundation started contributing a portion of the ticket sales from all festival events to the organization Forest.bg – to help reforest Bulgaria.
Our aim is to establish a community of like-minded followers who wish to support other causes related to nature, culture, and the arts.
The Off the Beaten Path Foundation was founded by pianist Lora Tchekoratova in 2017, in Sofia.