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

August in Art Biennial of Visual Arts

Фестивалът е основан през 2000 г. по инициатива на изкуствоведа Румен Серафимов като съвместна инициатива на общински и частни музеи и галерии във Варна. Провежда се през втората половина на август. От 2003 г. периодичността му се установява през година, когато не се провежда Международното биенале на графиката. Програмата на фестивала включва изложби, пърформанси, дискусии, театрални спектакли, концерти. Провежда се в залите на Археологически музей, Градска художествена галерия "Борис Георгиев", Къща-музей "Георги Велчев" и в повечето частни галерии във Варна.

The festival was established in 2000 under the initiative of the art expert Rumen Serafimov as a common initiative of municipal and private museums and galleries in Varna. It is held in the second half of August. Since 2003 it has alternated every other year with the International Print Biennial. The festival programme features exhibitions, performances, discussions, drama, concerts. Venues of the Biennial are – the Archeological Museum, City Art Gallery, Georgi Velchev Art Museum and most of the private galleries in Varna. 

For contacts:
Varna 9000
1, Lyuben Karavelov Str.
Boris Georgiev City Art Gallery
Rumen Serafimov
тел. +359 52 617 704; +359 52 611 928; 0887 829 914
е-mail: augustinart@abv.bg

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