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
Areta Art Gallery

Varna, 4 Kapitan I Rang Dobrev Str.

 The Areta Center was established on 10 February 1995 by Valentina Antonova aiming to create a center for culturo-information exchange. Its purpose focuses on the understanding of new paradigm integration, on the adoption of all already existing and newly invented tools through which the man is able to gain knowledge, to change and to establish himself as well as the world where he lives.

The first symptoms of the changing view of life were manifested in the works of some original artists who started painting using nontraditional methods, led by their intuition. For this reason the Center opened a gallery for nontraditional art which was later renamed fractal art. Works by more than 80 academic and non-academic artists were presented, revealing their attempts to go beyond the conventional understanding of art.

On the background of these works, expressing the new thinking on subconscious level, a number of courses, seminars and lectures were organized aiming to unlock the hidden human potential.

For contacts:
4 Kapitan I Rang Dobrev Str.
tel. +359 52/ 606 204

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