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 Folk Festival – Varna

30 July - 3 August 2017

The International Folk Festival was established in 1992. It is held every year in the first week of August. The first edition was organized by the Varna Municipality in partnership with the Society of Choreographers-Varna. According to the festival regulations youth and adult ensembles as well as groups for authentic folklore art are admitted to participation. In the period 1995 – 1999 one Bulgarian professional ensemble was a special guest. The festival events take place in the Open-air Theater, open stages and sites in Varna, neighbour towns and tourist resorts. 

For contacts:
Varna 9000
110 Osmi Primorski Polk Blvd.
Varna Municipality Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
Zhasmina Vasileva – Chief Expert
тел. +359 52/ 659 159
e-mail: office@varnafolk.com

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