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

XXХVIII International May Choir Competition Prof. Georgi Dimitrov

11 - 14 May 2017

Since 1967 the Competition was held under the name May Choir Festival. The main organizers were the Center for Amateur Art and the Regional Council for Culture. After 1989 the main organizer is the Varna Municipality in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Bulgarian Choral Union, Union of Bulgarian Composers. In 1973 after a resolution of the Secretariat of the Bulgarian Communist Party it was decided that “an International Choir Competition will be held in May every other year in the city of Varna”. In 1975 the first international competition was held. The Competition is a member of the Organizing Committee of the International Association awarding the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing – a competition which is held in Arezzo (Italy), Debrecen (Hungary), Tours (France), Varna (Bulgaria), Tolosa (Spain) and Maribor (Slovenia). Until 2007 it was held every other year and after that the Competition became annually one. The concerts are the Festival and Congress Center (Hall 1 – 800 seats)

For contacts:
9000 Varna, Varna Municipality
110, Osmi Primoski Polk Blvd.
Gancho Ganchev – Art Secretary 
тел.   +359 52/659 159
е-mail: office@choircomp.org

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