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.



Libraries, Museums and Galleries

Pencho Slaveykov Public Library – Varna

Varna 9000, 34 Slivnitsa Blvd.

The Pencho Slaveykov Public Library in Varna was founded in 1883 thanks to the generous donation of prominent public men. The library has been a depository of the Bulgarian national literature since and is the biggest library in the Northeastern Bulgaria.

The Library possesses more than 800 000 volumes of books, periodicals, rare and valuable books, music sheets, cartographic publications, Internet services and access to outside data.

The main building, situated at 34, Slivnitsa Blvd., houses the following departments:
- Loan Department, Reading Rooms, Rare and Valuable Collections, Interlibrary Loan Section;
- German Reading Room;
- Reference and Bibliographic Department, Regional History Department Information Center;
- Indexing and Cataloging Department.

At 3, Gen. Parensov Str. are:
- Art Department
- American Corner

At 110, Osmi Primorski Polk Blvd. is:
- Children's and Teen Department

The Pencho Slaveykov Public Library as a regional library and methodological center works actively with the libraries at the municipal cultural centers in the Varna region. It carries out educational seminars and conferences. The Library has established itself as a partner in various European projects – it is the first Bulgarian library which has given content to the European Digital Library – Europeana. 

For contacts:
Varna 9000, 34 Slivnitsa Blvd.
е-mail: office@libvar.bg
tel.: +359 52/659132
Director: Emiliya Milkova

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