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

XXVI International Pop Music Festival – Discovery

Мay 2017

The International Pop Music Festival – Discovery was established in 1991 under the initiative of Dono Tsvetkov and his Music Studio Da. Its first edition was in the beginning of 1992. Since then it has been held every year in the period January – March within three days and since 2003 – in May.
Until 1997 the festival features promotion of music projects, theater performances, books and national competition for pop performers. Since 1998 an international competition for pop performers has been held as well and since 1999 the programme has been enriched with an international pop song contest. Initially the festival took place in the Festival and Congress Center and since 1998 – in the Drama Theater.

For contacts:
Discovery Foundation
Dono Tsvetkov, Director
tel. +359 52/ 612 829; 052/ 300 201
e-mail: office@discoveryfest.com

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