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

XXV Varna Summer International Theater Festival

1 - 11 June 2017

The Varna Summer International Theater Festival is the theater event of largest international dimensions in Bulgaria. It is held every year between 1 and 12 June in Varna within the framework of the Varna Summer Festival of Arts. Its main purpose is to present leading trends of Bulgarian and international stage practice and to create a space for intercultural dialogue, exchange and to be a showcase. The programme is framed as a mosaic of modules. Selected Bulgarian Performances focuses on the trends of Bulgarian theater stage and emphasizes the significant and innovative achievements of the current season. The international programme presents leading artists and trends of different theaters. The parallel programme is open to various common initiatives, discussions, working ateliers, conferences and lectures, promotions of books, exhibition and concerts.

Organizer of the festival is the Varna Summer International Theater Festival Foundation with co-organizers Bulgarian Theater Association, Varna Municipality and Ministry of Culture. Hosts of the festivals events are Theater & Music Producer Center – Varna, State Puppet Theater – Varna, City Art Gallery, Festival and Congress Center, Archeological Museum – Varna…

For contacts:
Varna Municipality – 43, Osmi Primorski Polk Blvd.
Desislava Georgieva – Chief Expert - tel. +359 52/ 659 172
email: dessyslavageorgieva@abv.bg

Varna Summer International Theater Festival Foundation
Sofia 1000, 12, Narodno Sabranie, pl.
Tsvetana Maneva  - Art Director
Nikolay Yordanov – Executive Director
Asen Terziev – Chief Coordinator - tel. +359 2/ 987 71 96
Bulgarian Theater Association
Sofia 1000, 12, Narodno Sabranie, pl.
Iriney Konstantinov – Chairman, tel. +359 2/ 988 44 82
email: bat@omega.bg

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