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
Cavalet Gallery

Varna, 8, St. Karadza Str.

Cavalet Gallery opened its doors in 1998. Its founder are the poetess Elka Nyagolova and the artist and curator Valeriy Poshtarov. The gallery is the successor of one the first private galleries in northeastern Bulgaria – Style Gallery (established 1993).

The gallery is housed in a stylish 100-year old house situated in the downtown of Varna. Its name comes from the Italian word cavaletto which means easel.

The exhibitions focus on the contemporary art processes and trends reflected in the traditions of Bulgarian and world art. The authors exhibited in the gallery are among the most established Bulgarian artists living in the country and abroad.
Once a year, on the gallery’s anniversary, one of the artists exhibited during the past 12 months, is awarded the Honorary Silver Cross Cavalet.

For contacts:
Varna 9000
8, Bacho Kiro Str.
Working time: 13:30-18:00
tel.: + 359 52/604 496

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