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ОБЩИНА ВАРНА - КУЛТУРА И ИЗКУСТВО
 
Община Варна - култура и изкуство
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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.

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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.

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Cultural Calendar of the Varna Municipality 2016

 

6 January
EPIPHANY
168th ANNIVERSARY OF HRISTO BOTEV

As a tradition on this day wreaths are laid at the monument of Hristo Botev in the Sea Garden. It is followed by the ritual on the beach where a cross is cast into the water of the Varna Bay.
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

19 February
143 YEARS FROM THE DEATH OF VASIL LEVSKI

Laying wreaths at the monument of Vasil Levski in the Sea Garden.
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

1 March
DAY OF AMATEUR ART

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Zhasmina Vasileva – mob. 0889 919 414; office@varnafolk.org

3 March
BULGARIAN NATIONAL HOLIDAY
138 YEARS FROM THE LIBERATION OF BULGARIA FROM OTTOMAN RULE

Liturgy at the Cathedral "St. Assumption", official celebration at the Square "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" and a commemoration ceremony at the Monument of Russian Soldiers in the Sea Garden, festive events
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

March
SPRING MASQUERADE FEASTS

Masquerade games and fancy-dress ball
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Yordan Gadzhev – mob. 0889 919 424, jordangadjev@abv.bg

March
INTERNATIONAL SOFIA FILM FEST – VARNA 2016

The festival was founded in 2010 under the film company "Aleksandar Nikolov – Artin" OOD and "Art Fest" EOOD. The programme presents the newest trends of the world, European and Bulgarian film art.
Organizer: "Aleksandar Nikolov – Artin" OOD and "Art Fest" EOOD
For contact: Aleksandar Nikolov – mob. 0899 393 342; www.artinvision.bg

24 March
815 years from the liberation of Varna from the Byzantine rule

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Valentin Pletnyov – mob. 0899 801 236

March
NATIONAL COMPETITION FOR ILLUSTRATION OF CZECH AND SLOVAK TALES

Organizer: Society for Bulgarian-Czech and Slovak Friendship
For contact: Ass. Prof. Konstantin Troshev - mob. 0887 823 972

April – May
13th EUROPEAN MUSIC FESTIVAL – VARNA

This festival was established in 2004 under the initiative of Elite Music Agency in partnership with Cantus Firmus. Its programme presents symphony, chamber concerts and recitals.
Organizer: Elite Music Agency and Cantus Firmus
For contacts: Maria Kondova, Elite Music tel. 052 390 801; 0888 322 398
е-mail: office@elitemusic.bg, http://www.elitemusic.bg

20 April
140th ANNIVERSARY OF THE APRIL UPRISING

A commemoration ceremony at the Monument of Georgi Benkovski in the Sea Garden.
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

April
CITY-WIDE FEAST OF DANCE ART

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Zhasmina Vasileva – mob. 0889 919 414; office@varnafolk.org

April
CONTEMPO – 8th International Festival of Contemporary Art

The International Festival of Contemporary Art contempo was established upon the idea of the artist Raya Georgieva / 1978-2009 / in 2009 and is organized by the Raya Georgieva Foundation with the partnership and support of Varna private galleries, state and municipal cultural institutions, business entities with interests in the field of creative industries, cultural activists, journalists and public figures. contempo is a non-commercial platform for stimulation, presenting and popularizing the work of young artists; it is made of two parts: contempo - festival of contemporary art, which is held in the spring and educational panel contempo.lab – an autumn school of art menagement for young artists and cultural officers. Module Collectors is an annual forum, which is held within the contempo and aims to promote and develop collectors attitudes in the field of contemporary art, work of young artists. It has been organized by Raya Georgieva Foundation in Varna since 2011.
Organizer: Raya Georgieva Foundation
For contact: Dora Doncheva, mob. 0887 244 882; http://www.contempovarna.org; tel. 052 75 88 21

27 April
150th Anniversary of Pencho Slaveykov

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate; Pencho Slaveykov Public Library
For contact: Emilia Milkova – 052 659 132, 052 659 136

1 May
EASTER

Concerts and out door events
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Kristin Spasov, mob. 0888 374 796; kristinspasov@abv.bg

9 May
DAY OF VICTORY OVER HITLER'S FASCISM, EUROPE DAY

A commemoration ceremony at the Gate-Monument of Osmi Promorski Polk with laying wreaths with a military ritual and ceremonial raising the EU flag in front of the Varna Municipality
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

May
MAY SALON OF ARTS

Literary evenings, concerts, exhibitions
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Georgi Venin, mob. 0882 590 970; g.venin@gmail.bg

12 - 15 May
27th INTERNATIONAL MAY CHOIR COMPETITION PROF. GEORGI DIMITROV and EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX FOR CHORAL SINGING

The competition is an important international event glorifying our city all over the world. Founded in Varna, 1967, originally as a festival, since 1975 it has been held as an International Choir Competition. In 1982 the competition was named after the eminent Bulgarian composer Georgi Dimitrov – founder of the contemporary Bulgarian school of choral conducting. Since 1989 the International May Choir Competition has been a member of the Organizing Committee of the European Grand Prix Competition for Choral Singing, which is held in Arezzo (Italy), Debrecen (Hungary), Tours (France), Varna (Bulgaria), Maribor (Slovenia) and Tolosa (Spain). It is organized by the Varna Municipality with the support and assistance of Ministry of Culture, Bulgarian Choral Union, Union of Music and Dance Promoters, Union of Bulgarian Composers. It is held annually, in accordance with rules updated by the Organizing Committee for each edition. The International May Choir Competition popularizes Bulgarian choral art and vocal work, European choral heritage of different ages and styles, exchanges information, music scores, contacts between Bulgarian and foreign conductors, singers and choral figures.
Venues: Festival and Congress Center – Varna and outdoor stages
Organizer: – Varna Municipality
For contact: Gancho Ganchev, Chief Expert – tel. 052/ 820 667, mob. 0889 91 94 26, office@choircomp.org

May
SEA AND MEMORIES INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Festival was founded in 1998 under the initiative of Yordan Popov – outstanding conductor and pedagogue of Varna. It is held annually within three days in the middle of May on a competitive basis. Originally the Festival was national, but after 1999 it developed into an international one. The main purpose of the organizers is to present the best pieces of Bulgarian and foreign pop music and to promote the composition and popularization of new songs dedicated to the sea. The children's radio competition I love you, Sea is a parallel event - co-production of the Sea and Memories IMF. Bulgarian National Radio and Radio Varna.
With the prize for the best performance of the song on a sea theme, the festival has a strongly maritime character, which makes it unique for our city. The forthcoming 17th edition of this music event will be held in the Aula Hall of the Economic University of Varna.
Organizer: Vasil Levski1945 Public Cultural Center
For contact: Dobrinka Dobreva - tel./fax 052/ 303 091; mob. 0888 828 122; e-mail: n4levski@mail.bg
Yordan Popov – mob. 0888 349 800; info@morefest.com; http://www.morefest.com

17 – 22 May
INTERNATIONAL POP MUSIC FESTIVAL – DISCOVERY

The Festival has been held annually since 1992. It includes two international competitions – International contest for a song by young composer and International contest for pop performers with a parallel program of projects of various musical genres
Venue: Theater and Music Production Center, Radio Varna and other indoor venues
Organizer: Discovery Foundation
For contacts: Dono Tsvetkov – tel. 052/ 300 201; mob. 0888 212 414
e-mail: festival@discoveryfest.com

22/23 May
VARNA PRIZE AWARDING CEREMONY

As a tradition on the eve of the Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavic Script Day according to the resolution of the Municipal Council – Varna, the Mayor awards the Varna Prize to artists, scientists, teachers, head teachers and distinguished students for high achievements in the field of culture, education and science. A Honorary Sign with a Ribbon of Mayor is also awarded both as a individual and collective prizes.
Venue: Plenary Hall of Varna Municipality
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

24 May
BULGARIAN EDUCATION AND CULTURE, AND SLAVIC SCRIPT DAY

Festive procession and open-air concerts.
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Yordan Gadzhev – mob. 0889 919 424, jordangadjev@abv.bg

20 – 25 May
SLAVIC EMBRACE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF POETRY

It is an international project which pilot edition was set in Varna in 2007. In the same year the Slavic Literary and Artistic Academy was established as well. Today it has branches in all 11 Slavic countries as well as in 5 other European states. The main purpose of this forum is to bring closer the cultural values on the basis of the common proto-language and cultural heritage of Slavs. The two international prizes Flying Feather and Slavonic Atlas are awarded in Varna. Such festivals are organized not only in Varna but in Warsaw, Moscow, Riga, Belgrade and other cities. Their programmes include round tables, concerts, authors readings, chamber theater performances, exhibitions of translated and published books, exchange of leading art-editions in the Slavic world. The international festival of poetry is held annually featuring authors from most of Slavic countries – Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia.
Venue: Radio Varna, City Art Gallery
Organizer – Slavic Literary and Artistic Academy
For contact: Elka Nyagolova – tel. 052 602 014; mob. 0888 840 106; e-mail cavaletvarna@gmail.bg

May – June
INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPH SALON

Established in 2003 as a national photograph salon, in 2007 it turned into an international event held annually, featuring professional and amateur photographers from all over the world.
Venue: City Art Gallery
Organizer: Civic Society International Photograph Salon
For contact: Ivan Germanov – mob. 0882 123 477

May – September
CONCERTS ON THE RAKOVINA OPEN-AIR STAGE

Performances by choral, folk, instrumental, pop and jazz ensembles and bands.
Venue: Rakovina Open-air stage, Sea Garden
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

1 June
CHILDREN'S DAY

Venue: out-door venues in the city
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

1-12 June
24th VARNA SUMMER INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL

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.
Venues: Drama Theater, State Puppet Theater – Varna, City Art Gallery, Archeological Museum
Organizers: Varna Summer ITF Foundation, Ministry of Culture – Sofia, Bulgarian Theater Association – Sofia and Varna Municipality
Bulgarian Theater Association – tel. 02/988 44 82; email: bat@omega.bg;
http://www.theatrefest-varna.org

2 June
DAY OF HRISTO BOTEV AND HEROES DIED FOR THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF BULGARIA

A commemoration ceremony at the Monument of Hristo Botev in the Sea Garden and official military ceremony
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

June 18 – August 10
VARNA SUMMER INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

As a precursor of Varna Summer IMF are considered the First Public Music Celebrations in Varna, 1926. The idea originated from Varna culture promoters Ghertcho Ghertchev, Ivan Kamburov, Vassil Stavrev, Naiden Naidenov, Yordan Todorov, warmly supported by the composers Dobri Hristov, Pantcho Vladigerov, Maestro Georgi Atanasov. After a break of 3 years (1932 - 1935) the celebrations are resumed and last until 1939 (in 1938 it was first attempted to make the celebrations international) and are stopped again with the beginning of World War II. In 1957 the Varna Summer Music Celebrations were resumed under the name of "Varna Summer". Gradually they have attracted the best Bulgarian performers and ensembles as well as world-famous foreign performers.
In 1966 the Varna Summer International Music Festival was established as an annual. In 1987 it became a member of the European Festivals Association with a seat in Geneva. The overall image of the festival is characterized by the presentation of masterpieces of Bulgarian and world music with a diversity of genres and performance by renowned musicians. Varna Music Institutions and renowned Bulgarian performers and ensembles traditionally perform here. Foreign soloists, conductors, symphony and chamber orchestras, choirs, ballet ensembles of world value impress with their yearly presence. Many premieres are presented on the festival stage. The cycles "Days of the Young Chamber Performer" and "Early Music" are also met with great interest. Since 1984 the Varna Summer Academy has been included in the festival. The Master classes are led by pedagogues and performers of international authority and fame. Since 1993 Varna Summer has been enriched by the Scientific Meetings.
Venues: Festival and Congress Center, Drama Theater, City Art Gallery, Open-air Theater, Graffiti Gallery
Organizers: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contacts: Plamena Tsoneva – tel 052 820 669; mob. 0888630092;
e-mail: tsoneva@varnasummerfest.org

June
FUTURO FESTIVAL OF DIGITAL ARTS

The festival presents and promotes the work of artists working in the field of digital arts with creative training modules for young artists.
Venues: Different urban spaces
Organizer: Public cultural club Prosveta 1927 – Asparuhovo District
For contact: Zhivko Donchev, mob. 0878 935 298, zhivkodonchev@gmail.com

12 – 16 June
21 – 24 August
16th TALE for YOU CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

Venue: Youth Center
Organizer: Public cultural club Vazrozhdenie
For contact: Radost Lilyanova – mob. 0889 764 086

13 -15 June
TRADITIONAL FEAST ASPARUHOVO SINGS AND DANCES

It is held annually on the first Saturday and Sunday of June. Its first edition was in 1966. The programme features ensembles from Prosveta Public Cultural Center, from the schools of the district, pensioners’ clubs and from the whole Asparuhovo district. There are different stages – for rock, pop and folk performances presented by guest amateurs from the whole country. The feast ends with a big concert by professional Bulgarian pop singers. This year we celebrate 110th anniversary of the district's establishment.
Venue: Asparuhovo Park
Organizers: Public Cultural Center Prosveta and Asparuhovo District
For contact: Lyubka Todorova, Secretary, tel.: 052/370 934, mob. 0899 950 506; e-mail: prochi@abv.bg

17 – 30 June
16th SLAVONIC WREATH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

The competition involves children, youth groups and individual performers aged from 7 to 18 years in the following categories: vocal singing, choreography, instrumental and drama art. The festival is held under the patronage of the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Varna, Consul General of Ukraine in Varna and under the patronage of the Varna Municipality.
Guests in 2016 were the Kiev Ballet School of Alla Duhova - TODES.
Venue: International children's camp Albatross in St. St. Konstantin and Elena Resort
Organizer: TO Tural Management
For contact: 052 605 978, 052 699 250; office@tural.bg

25 June
DAY OF THE SAILOR

Venue: Open-air Theater
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Georgi Venin, mob. 0882 590 970; g.venin@gmail.bg

26 – 29 June
4th EUROPEAN COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN'S SONG GOLDEN SPARKS

Venue: University of Economics, TC Kamchia, Radio Varna
Organizer: Discovery Foundation
For contact: Dono Tsvetkov - tel.52 / 300 201; mob. 0888 212 414; e-mail: festival@discoveryfest.com

28 – 29 June
FESTIVAL OF ETHNIC COMMUNITIES

Forum presenting the performing mastery of representatives from different ethnic groups.
Venue: Open-air Theater
Organizers: Ministry of Culture, Public Cultural Center Hr. Botev; co-organizer: Varna Municipality
For contact: Frantsiska Yordanova - tel. 052/613 144; mob. 0898 231 201; e-mail: h.botev.varna@gbg.bg

4 – 6 July
SEA STARS INTERNATIONAL VOCAL COMPETITION

Venue: Public cultural club "P.R. Slaveykov"
Organizer: Public cultural club "P.R. Slaveykov"
For contact: Maya Drumeva - tel 052 510 306; slaveikov@abv.bg

15 – 30 July
27th INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION

This is the world first professional international ballet competition. It began on the stage of the Open-air Theater, and for half a century the competition has been determining the city's role as a global summer capital of the ballet. The main objective of the competition is to discover and promote young ballet talents from around the world in the classical and contemporary dance.
The very first edition was a meeting point of the world ballet elite here, by the Varna coast. Members of the jury have been Galina Ulanova, Alicia Alonso, Arnold Haskell, Serge Lifar, Fyodor Lopuhov, Tatiana Vecheslova, Elizabeth Kennedy and others. Even then Vladimir Vasiliev became the only winner of Varna Grand Prix and still remained until today. The magic continues at present when under the heaven, on the romantic stage of the Open-air Theatre rising ballet stars meet each other on the way towards their great future.
Venue: Open-air Theatre
Organizers: International Ballet Competition - Varna Foundation
For contact: Dimitar Dimitrov, Sofia 1303, 67, Hristo Botev Blvd., vh.1, 2nd floor, office 13
Tel. 02 988 33 77; fax 02 986 19 01; e-mail: varnaibc@gmail.com

1 – 15 July
5th INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY SLAVONIC WREATH FOR LITERARY HERITAGE

Venue: International children's camp Albatross in St. St. Konstantin and Elena Resort
Organizer: TO Tural Management
For contact: 052 605 978, 052 699 250; office@tural.bg

18 July
179th ANNIVERSARY OF VASIL LEVSKI

Commemoration ceremony at the monuments of Vasil Levski in the Sea Garden.
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

27 – 29 July
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Established in 1992, it is held annually featuring world famous musicians from Bulgaria and abroad. Besides the joint international projects the programme includes performances of young Bulgarian jazz musicians.
Venue: Courtyard of the Archeological Museum
Organizer: Varna Jazz Society
For contact: Anatoly Vapirov –tel. 052/ 820 745; mob. 0888 303 381; e-mail: vapirov@telecoms.bg

27 July
138 YEARS FROM THE LIBERATION OF VARNA FROM OTTOMAN RULE

Official ceremony and a concert
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

31 July – 9 August
BOOK FAIR

Within this period the center of the city turns into a fabulous book quarter with 15 little houses full of books and a literary corner where in the evenings people gather together, talking with some of the most popular Bulgarian writers.
Venue: walking alley on Slivnitsa Blvd. between Sevastopol Sq. and Festival and Congress Center
Organizer: Varna Municipality and Bulgarian Book Association
For contact: Georgi Venin, mob. 0882 590 970; g.venin@gmail.bg

1 – 7 August
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL WORLD FORUM OF ARTS – TOWARDS THE STARS

A forum of mono-drama, which presents the best achievements of the world chamber theater art.
Venue: Courtyard of the Archeological Museum
Organizer: Foundation World Forum of Arts – Towards the Stars; co-organizer: Varna Municipality
For contact: Marius Donkin – mob. 0898 668 808; e-mail: mdonkin@abv.bg

1 – 21 August
20th INTERNATIONAL FAIR OF CRAFTS AND ARTS

The International Fair of Arts and Crafts is the largest art exhibition in Bulgaria. It is held annually in August in Varna. Combining traditions and contemporary trends in art, today the Fair is a place for expression of some of the best artists in the field of fine and applied arts. The demonstration of artistic skills enables the visitors to see the live creation of unique works.
Venue: Sea Garden
Organizer: Bulgarika Association; co-organizer Varna Municipality
For contact: Veselina Savova – tel. 052 605 430; mob. 0898 522 133; e-mail: vsavova@bulgarika.eu

3 – 7 August
VARNA SUMMER INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL

Established in 1992 under the initiative of the Varna Municipality, it is held every year in the first week of August. According to the festival regulations youth and adult ensembles from all over the world as well as groups for authentic folklore art are admitted to participation.
Venues: Open-air Theater, Rakovina Stage and open-air stages in the city
Organizer: Varna Municipality
For contacts: Zhasmina Vasileva –tel. 052/ 820 667; Mob. 0889 919 414 www.varnafolk.org

August 15
DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS (USPENIE BOGORODITSCHNO) – DAY OF VARNA

Divine liturgy in the Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral (Katedralen Hram Uspenie Bogoroditschno) and icon procession. All the day round different ensembles and performers present their art on the Rakovina Stage in the Sea Garden. In the evening an official concert takes place in the Open-air Theater where is held the ceremony bestowing the title Honorary Citizen of Varna on Bulgarian and foreign persons for their contributions and merits to the development of the municipality. Late in the evening a rock and pop concert is organized in the area of Marine Station.
Venues: Open-air Theater, Rakovina Stage, area of Marine Station and out-door stages in the city
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

4 – 18 August
5th SLAVONIC WREATH INTERNATIONAL DANCE MARATHON

Venue: International children's camp Albatross in St. St. Konstantin and Elena Resort
Organizer: TO Tural Management
For contact: 052 605 978, 052 699 250; office@tural.bg

23 – 27 August

"JOURNEY TO THE PAST" YOUTH FESTIVAL OF ARTS

The festival combines many art genres such as music, dance, theater, visual arts and educational documentary films. It is an annual event having its sixth edition in 2016. The programme featuring youth art formations from the city of Varna is not a competitive one.

Organizer – Journey to the Past Foundation, together with Palace Studio
and the Museum of Contemporary History of Varna
For contacts: Krasimir Yanev, tel. 088 8 60 61 68
E-mail: fondaciapatuvane@abv.bg ; palasbg@abv.bg
Web: festivalpatuvane.alle.bg

August
RADAR FESTIVAL

The festival aims to expand the boundaries of cultural life in Varna, to present musical projects, in which a variety of artistic forms meet in a coherent way, such as film, video art, poetry, contemporary theater and dance, and perhaps the most creative sector in our modern life - technologies.
Venue: Various urban spaces in Varna
Organizer: Sidea Foundation; radar-festival@mail.com, tel: 883 34 13 27
Address: Varna, 42, F. G. Curie Str.

August
LOVE IS FOLLY INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST

The festival was established in 1993. The programme is a competitive one and features selected films produced the last two years dealing with the subject of love. It is open every year on the last Friday of August.
Venue: Festival and Congress Center
Organizer: Festival and Congress Center; co-organizer: Varna Municipality
For contacts: Rumyana Popova – tel. 608 446; mob. 0885 545 482; e-mail: fk@mail.orbitel.bg

August
INTERNATIONAL EX LIBRIS COMPETITION - VARNA

The competition is held every two years and is intended for all artists who work in the field of miniature graphics.
Venue: Largo Gallery
Organizer: Largo Art
Contact Person: Nely Valcheva – mob. 0888 853 499, office@largogallery.com

September 6
131 YEARS OF THE UNIFICATION OF BULGARIA

Commemoration ceremony at the monument of the soldiers died in the Serbo-Bulgarian War and at the memorial tablet where Knyaz Alexander of Battenberg proclaimed the unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia.
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

22 September
108 YEARS OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF BULGARIA

National flag rising ceremony and an official concert on Nezavisimost Sq.
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

6 – 22 September
DAYS OF BULGARIA – FROM THE UNIFICATION TO THE INDEPENDENCE

Venue: Nezavisimost Sq., Drama Theater, Varna Municipality, Rakovina Stage, entrance of the Sea Garden, Radio Varna
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Yordan Gadzhev – mob. 0889 919 424, jordangadjev@abv.bg

10 – 14 September
12th INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL

Founded in 1979 under the initiative of the International Animated Film Association and after 1981 was under the auspices of Lyudmila Zhivkova International Foundation. The General Direction Film Festivals, TSO Bulgarian Cinematography, Union of Bulgarian Film Makers, Committee of Television and Radio, TSK Bulgarian Video and Zname na Mira Center were involved into the organization of the festival. The motto is Humanism, Motion, Beauty. The Grand Prix is Zlaten Kuker.
Like the most film festivals at that time it was also a biennial one, taking place in October every other year. Six editions of the festival were implemented, the last one – in 1989. Since 2011 the festival was again restored in Varna. It is expected to be held in September.
Venue: Festival and Congress Center
Organizer: World Animated Film Festival Union
For contact: Anri Kulev – tel. 0888 614 884, e-mail: fk@mail.orbitel.bg; www.fcc-varna.com

22 September
95 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF THE PATRIARCH OF BULGARIAN LITERATURE IVAN VAZOV

Venue: Monument of Ivan Vazov
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Literary Society Association - Varna
For contac: Georgi Venin – mob. 0882 599 970; g.venin@gmail.bg; Stanislav Penev -
mob. 0879 632 266, stanpenev@abv.bg

September
17th FESTIVAL OF RED CROSS AND HEALTH FILMS

Venue: Kamchia SHC
Organizer: Festival of Red Cross and Health Films Union
For contacts: Ilko Raev – mob. 0884111234

October
34th GOLDEN ROSE BULGARIAN FEATURE FILM FESTIVAL

The festival was established in 1961. Until 1974, except 1965 (when the Balkan Film Fest had its single edition), it was held every year. The first edition presented feature films, documentaries, popular science and animated films. A selected jury awarded prizes for the best film on contemporary subject, for the best screenplay, best directing, best cameraman, best actress and actor, etc. In 1990 the festival had a single edition in Sofia, but in 1994 it returned again in Varna. Up to 1971 the Golden Rose was an annual festival.
Venue: Festival and Congress Center
Main organizers: Ministry of Culture, National Film Center, BNT
Organizer: Festival and Congress Center
With the assistance of Varna Municipality
For contact: Irina Kanusheva – mob. 0899 94 30 04; e-mail: nfc@nfc.bg

1 October
DAY OF MUSIC AND POETRY

Venue: Home of the Writer
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Varna Association of Writers
For contact: Georgi Venin - mob 0882 599 970; g.venin@gmail.bg; Ivan Ovcharov -
GSM 0882 126 339, kil2009@abv.bg

1 October
100 YEARS FROM THE ENTRY OF BULGARIA IN THE World War I

Venue: Monument of the perished in the Serbian-Bulgarian War
Organizer: Varna Municipality
For Contact: Yordan Gadzhev – mob. 0889 919 424, jordangadjev@abv.bg; Nikolay Savov – mob. 0887 690 954, savovniki@gmail.com

2 October
100 YEARS FROM THE DEATH OF DIMCHO DEBELYANOV

Venue: Plenary Hall of the Varna Municipality
Organizer: Association of Writers - Varna; Slavic Literary and Artistic Academy
For contact: Ivan Ovcharov – mob. 0882 126 339, kil2009@abv.bg; Elka Nyagolova – mob. 0888 840 106 kavalet@abv.bg

18 October
DAY OF THE ARTIST

Exhibition by Varna Artists
Venue: City Art Gallery
Organizer: Varna Artists Society; co-organizer: Varna Municipality
For contact: Ventsislav Markov – mob. 0 988 366 992; venci_markov@abv.bg

25 – 26 October
18th NATIONAL MODERN BALLET FESTIVAL-COMPETITION

A forum, which aim is to discover and promote young talents in the field of modern ballet. It is held in two rounds: for children and teenagers.
Venue: Palace of Culture and Sports
Organizer: Public Cultural Center Hristo Botev; co-organizer: Varna Municipality
For contact: Frantsiska Yordanova - mob. 0898 231 201; e-mail: h.botev.varna@gbg.bg

October
FALL OF MEMORIES NATIONAL FESTIVAL (LISTOPAD NA SPOMENITE)

Established in 1997, the festival presents pensioners’ amateur ensembles performing Bulgarian folklore, urban songs and ever-greens.
Venue: Palace of Culture and Sports
Organizers: Union of Pensioners, Listopad na spomenite Foundation
For contacts: Georgi Kovachev – mob. 0889 660 340, Penka Karbova mob. 0887 516 139

1 November
DAY OF BULGARIAN ENLIGHTENERS

Commemoration ceremony at the Monument of Otets Paisiy in the Sea Garden
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

November
Vertigo - INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND ALTERNATIVE PERFORMING ARTS

In its first edition in 2014 the festival presented the most interesting of Bulgarian alternative arts, following the principle - alternative performances in alternative spaces.
Organizer: Kinesthetic Project
info@vertigo-festival.com, http://www.vertigo-festival.com
Address: Varna, Graffit Gallery, 65, Knyaz Boris I Blvd., Petra Dimitrova
mob. 088 855 63 93

18 November
125th ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGI VELCHEV

Venue: Georgi Velchev Museum
Organizer: Boris Georgiev Art Gallery, Varna Municipality
Contact person: Plamena Dimitrova-Racheva - tel. 052 613 263, 052 620 446, artgalleryvarna@abv.bg; Nikolay Savov, mob. 0887 690 954, savovniki@gmail.com

21 November
THE ENTRY OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE. THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY DAY

Venue: Spiritual and education center St. Archangel Michael, Boris Georgiev Art Gallery
Organizer: Spiritual and education center St. Archangel Michael
For contact: Georgi Manolov – mob. 0889 419 418

6 December
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Ceremony and children's concert on Nezavisimost Square

December
CHRISTMAS SALON OF ARTS

Literary evenings, concerts, exhibitions
Venues: Radio Varna, City Art Gallery, Archaeological Museum
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Georgi Venin, mob. 0882 590 970; g.venin@gmail.bg

December
CITYWIDE CHRISTMAS FOLKLORE REVIEW DRYANOVITSA

Venue: Palace of Culture and Sports
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Directorate Cultural and Intellectual Development
For contact: Jasmina Vasileva – mob. 0889919414; office@varnafolk.org

13 – 14 December
DANCE SPORT FESTIVAL FOR THE CUP OF MAYOR

Venue: Palace of Culture and Sports
Organizer: Hristo Botev Public Cultural Club
For contact: Frantsiska Yordanova - tel. 052/613 144; mob. 0898 231 201; e-mail: h.botev.varna@gbg.bg

31 December
TOGETHER IN THE NEW YEAR's EVE

New Year concert on Nezavisimost Square featuring pop, rock performers and folk ensembles
Venue: Nezavisimost Square
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Kristin Spasov, mob. 0888 374 796; kristinspasov@abv.bg

 
 

 

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