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

Sea and Memories International Music Festival

May 2017

Sea and Memories International Music Festival was founded in 1998 under the initiative of Presto Music House managed by Yordan Popov and Vasil Levski Cultural Club with the support of Varna Municipality. It is held annually within three days in the middle of May.
Originally the Festival was national, but after 1999 it developed into an international one. The main purpose of the organizers is to promote the pop music created between 1940 and 1980. The festival programme is in two parts – competition between Bulgarian amateur ensembles and recitals of foreign participants. Since 2006 the participants from abroad also have had the right to take part in the competition programme. In the beginning the Festival took place in Stoyan Bachvarov Drama Theater and Filial Stage, and since 2007 – in the Festival and Congress Center-Varna.

For contacts:
9010 Varna
3, Loza Str.
Vasil Levski Cultural Club
Yordan Popov – Art Director
Dobrinka Dobreva – Secretary  
тел. + 359 52/ 303 091; +359 888/349 800; +359 878/349 800
e-mail: info@morefest.com

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