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 Love is Folly International Film Fest

25 August - 3 September 2017

Love is Folly International Film Fest was established in 1993. It is held every year within six days beginning the last Friday of August. The main organizer is the Festival and Congress Center – Varna. The programme is a competitive one and usually features 13 selected films produced the last two years dealing with the subject of love. Besides the competition programme special film panoramas, retrospection of film makers and works by young authors are also presented. Venues of the festival events are: Festival and Congress Center – Hall 1(1000 seats), Europe Hall (250 seats), Press center Hall (120 seats), Café-Theater (100 seats).

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