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

The Ethnographic Museum

Varna 9000, 22 Panagyurishte Str.

The Ethnographic museum was opened on 27 July 1974 in a restorated house from the National Revival period, built around 1860. The exposition gives an idea of the rich material and spiritual culture of the population in Varna region in the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th cc. The creation of the exposition was possible due to the initiative of Maria Nikolova - ethnographer, Assen Stoychev - artist and Kamen Goranov – architect.

The artifacts on the first floor illustrate the main occupations of the local population – agriculture, stock-breeding, sea and river fishing, vine-growing and wine-making and some typical crafts like cooperage, copper-smithery, leathet-working, tailoring and weaving. Many are the displayed old time tools, devices and appliances connected with these occupations.
A rich collection of national costumes is displayed on the second floor. They give an idea of the demographic variety in the Varna region, inhabited through the centuries with settlers from different parts of the country. The costumes of each major population in the region are displayed in their gradual developement. The exhibition also features ritual costumes for some important holidays - Christmas, Kamili(Camels), Petlyovden (Cock's day), Lazaruvane, wedding ceremony. As a natural accessory to the costumes goes a variety of jewelry: belt-clasps, belts, rings, bracelets, ear-rings, diadems and many others. The artistic mastery of the people is ullustareted through the decoration and ornamentation of cloths, copper and clay vessels, through the pieces of the folk plastic art – ritual bread loaves for the popular festivities at Christmas, New Year, Easter, St. George's Day and New Years' survachki.

On the third floor the Museum shows the interior of a rich urban house of the late 19th and the early 20th cc. : reception hall, drawing-room, bedroom and kitchen as well as urban costumes from that period. The business and trading activities in old-time Varna are also presented.

The exposition ends with a decorative work by the artist Assen Stoichev summarizing some if its key moments.

For contacts:
Varna 9000
22 Panagyurishte Str.
Lidiya Petrova
tel.: +359 52/ 630 588

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