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

Boris Georgiev City Art Gallery

9000 Varna, 1, Lyuben Karavelov Str.

Boris Georgiev City Art Gallery is housed in the building of the former Boys’ High School and is one of the most remarkable architectural monuments of Varna. This romantic building is in Neo-Gothic style of the end of the 19th c.

The City Art Gallery was established by Protocol No 9 of 12 Jan. 1944 of the General meeting of the Society of Varna artists. Among its founders were K. Shivarov, K. Shtarkelov, M. Sheytanov, T. Berbatov, G. Gospodinov, A. Manolov, Arch. S. Popov, A. Dyakovich and others. It has been housed in the Boys’ High School since 1988 after reconstruction of the building. In 1999 after a resolution of the Municipal council it was named Boris Georgiev.

The second and third floors of the Gallery host a permanent exhibition of painting, sculpture and graphic works selected from the Gallery’s own fund. The collection traces chronologically the development of the Bulgarian art from the beginning of the 20th c up to the most recent art events: from the paintings and sculptures of the Academic Realism, Impressionism and Symbolism, through the “National Art Movement” and “The New Artists” of the 1920’s and 1930’s to the Figuratism, Neo-Expressionism, Abstractionism and Post-Modernism of the 1960’s to the 1990’s. The permanent exhibition includes also collections of the Bulgarian classics. Special place is dedicated to twelve paintings of Boris Georgiev donated by his daughter Virginia Giacometti. The Gallery hosts also unique works of the Dutch portrait painting of the 17th c, which have been donated to the Gallery.

Dedicated to its mission to cast a bridge connecting past and future and bringing together diverse trends and cultures, every month the Art Gallery organizes and opens in its 8 rooms (1000 sq.m. of display area) new exhibitions, which present the quests and results of our art through group- and individual, retrospective and thematic events. A strong accent in the activities of the Gallery makes the presentation of exhibitions in cooperation with international cultural institutions, embassies and galleries.

The Art Gallery is co-organizer and partner to important international projects in the field of contemporary art, which contribute to the exchange of exhibitions, plain-airs, symposia, art specializations and visits of groups and individual artists. The Gallery is host of the International Print Biennial, and co-organizer of the visual arts festival August in Arts.

The third floor is the traditional venue for the concerts of the Varna Summer International Music Festival and for the holding of performances, drama staging, musical concerts, fashion shows and many other.

For contacts:
Varna 9000
1, Lyuben Karavelov Str. 
Vanko Urumov, Director
tel. +359 52/ 612 363
e-mail: artgalleryvarna@abv.bg

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