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

Sofia film fest

Established in 1977 it is held every year within the period 15-31 March in Sofia. It is successor of the Rockfilm Fest and Musicfilm Fest. After several years of break the city of Varna in cooperation with Artin Vision will present again a part of the festival programme. The Festival aims to present a large-scale film programme. Famous names of the cinema world are regular guests of the festival. The festival events take place in Sofia – National Palace of Culture (Hall No.1 and Lumiere Cinema), Plovdiv – Europe Cinema, Varna – Fesival and Congress Center and some other cities.

For contacts:
1, Bulgaria Square, National Palace of Culture Administration building, fl. 16, Sofia 1463
Tel.: (+359 2) 9166 029, (+359 2) 9526 467; (+359 2) 8519 351
Fax: (+359 2) 9166 714

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