Община Варна - култура и изкуство
Candidature of Varna for European Capital of Culture
It was launched on 13 June 1985 by the Greek minister of culture, the famous actress and singer, Melina Mercouri. Initially, the initiative was called European City of Culture in a special motion of the Council of Ministers of the Union.

The official document stated that the European City of Culture was to present a culture which in its historical roots and contemporary development was characterized both by common elements and a heritage which had been due to differences.


Bulgaria’s European Capital of Culture
In 2019, a Bulgarian city and a Italian city will be the European Capitals of Culture. The designation procedures are described in Decision No 1622 of 24 October 2006 by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

The applications are assessed by a special commission of 13 members. Seven of them are from European institutions and six are appointed by the applicant-country.



Festivals and Competitions

ХVІII International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films

September 2017

From 3 to 7 November 2014 Bulgaria will host the 15th International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films. The organizers and promoters of the event, Medical University-Varna and Bulgarian Red Cross, will restore one of the most prestigious film festivals held in our sea capital over than two decades ago.

Within the five festival days, in the following venues – Plenary Hall of Varna Municipality, MU-Varna, "St. Marina" University Hospital and Sanatorial and Healthcare Complex "Kamchia", the visitors will be able to watch in the afternoon free movies from countries across Europe - documentaries related to Red Cross activities, on medical and human subjects. The selection will include titles from Sofia Film Fest.

The official opening and closing ceremonies of the festival will be held on 3 and 7 November in "Kamchia" Complex.
The organizers provide free transportation to "Kamchia" Complex. Buses from Varna to "Kamchia" complex and back will leave every hour from "Antim I" Str. Tickets for free travel will be available every day in the house of the Red Cross at 3, "Bratya Shkorpil" Str.

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