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 Varna Summer International Jazz Festival

27 - 30 July 2017

The Varna Summer International Jazz Festival was established in 1992. It is held annually under the initiative of the saxophone player Anatoly Vapirov within 3 days at the end of July and beginning of August. Main organizer is the Municipality of Varna in partnership with the Varna Jazz Society.

The programme includes three-four concerts featuring usually 8-10 bands from Bulgaria and abroad. Musicians such as Albert Mangelsdorff, Dominique Pifarely, Mal Waldron, Luis Sclavis, John Surman and many others have been among the guest performers. Almost all Bulgarian jazzmen have performed on the festival stage – White, Green, Red Band, Acoustic Version, Borisov Big Band, Lyudmil Georgiev, Simeon Shterev, Teodosy Spasov, Stoyan Yankulov… Until 2000 it was held in the Festival and Congress Center – Hall 1 and after than in the courtyard of the Archeological Museum.

For contacts:
Varna 9000
110 Osmi Primorski Polk Blvd.
Varna Municipality Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
Anatoly Vapirov – Chief Expert 
тел. +359 52/ 659 167, факс: +359 52/ 659 123
e-mail: vapirov@varnaculture.bg

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