Culture calender 2021

6 January 

Epiphany  

173rd  Anniversary of Hristo Botev 
As a tradition on this day wreaths are laid at the monument of Hristo Botev in the Sea Garden. It is followed by the ritual on the beach where a cross is cast into the water of the Varna Bay. 

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate 

18 (19) February 

148 Years from the Death of Vasil Levski 

Laying wreaths at the monument of Vasil Levski in the Sea Garden. 
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate


3 March     

Bulgarian National Holiday


143 years from the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule
Liturgy at the Cathedral "St. Assumption", official celebration at the Square "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" and a commemoration ceremony at the Monument of Russian and Ukrainian Soldiers in the Sea Garden, festive events
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate 

March – April 

Spring Art Salon

Venue: Radio Varna, City Art Gallery
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

March 

15th International Sofia Film Fest – Varna 2021

The festival was founded in 2010 under the iniatiative of the film company "Aleksandar Nikolov – Artin" OOD and "Art Fest" EOOD. The programme presents the newest trends of the world, European and Bulgarian film art. 

Organizer: "Aleksandar Nikolov – Artin" OOD and "Art Fest" EOOD 
For contact: Aleksandar Nikolov – mob. 0899393342; http://www.artinvision.bg/

March – May

18th EUROPEAN MUSIC FESTIVAL – VARNA 

The festival was established in 2004 under the initiative of Elite Music Agency in partnership with Cantus Firmus. The festival’s programme includes symphony, chamber concerts and recitals.

Organizer:  Elite Music Agency and Cantus Firmus
For contact: Maria Kondova, Elite Music tel. 052 390 801; 0888 322 398 
е-mail: office@elitemusic.bg; www.elitemusic.bg/

20 April 

145 YEARS OF THE APRIL UPRISING 

A commemoration ceremony at the Monument of Georgi Benkovski in the Sea Garden. 

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

17 April 
    
VARNA CITY CARNIVAL 

Venue: Sea Garden
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

April 

CITY-WIDE FEAST OF DANCE ART 

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Zhasmina Vasileva – mob. 0889 919 414; office@varnafolk.org


May

Cultural program for the opening of the tourist season


Organizer: Varna Municipality, Tourism Directorate 
For contact: 052 820 534, sdgeorgieva@varna.bg

9 May

DAY OF VICTORY OVER HITLER'S FASCISM, EUROPE DAY

A commemoration ceremony at the Gate-Monument of Osmi Promorski Polk, laying wreaths with a military ritual and ceremonial raising the EU flag in front of the Varna Municipality

Venue: Gate-Monument of Osmi Promorski Polk
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

May

NIGHT OF LITERATURE

Venue: “P. R. Slaveikov” Regional Library, bookstores, art cafes, schools and more.
Organizer: Varna Municipality, “Amorfa” Youth Foundation
Contact person: Maria Badzhakova, 0889 305 824, amorpha.youth.group@gmail.com

21 May 

VARNA PRIZE AWARDING CEREMONY 

As a tradition on the eve of the Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavic Script Day according to the resolution of the Municipal Council – Varna, the Mayor awards the Varna Prize to artists, scientists, teachers, head teachers and distinguished students for high achievements in the field of culture, education and science. A Honorary Sign with a Ribbon of Mayor is also awarded both as a individual and collective prizes. 

Venue: Plenary Hall of Varna Municipality 

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

24 May 

Day of the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius, of the Bulgarian alphabet, education and culture and of Slavic literature

Festive procession and open-air concerts.

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate


May

INTERNATIONAL POP MUSIC FESTIVAL “DISCOVERY”


Venue: Drama Theater 
Organizer: Discovery Foundation
For contact: Dono Tsvetkov - tel.52 / 300 201; mob. 0888 212 414; 
e-mail: festival@discoveryfest.com

May 

SLAVONIC EMBRACE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF POETRY

It is an international project which pilot edition was set in Varna in 2007. In the same year the Slavic Literary and Artistic Academy was established as well. Today it has branches in all 11 Slavic countries as well as in 5 other European states. The main purpose of this forum is to bring closer the cultural values on the basis of the common proto-language and cultural heritage of Slavs. The two international prizes Flying Feather and Slavonic Atlas are awarded in Varna. Such festivals are organized not only in Varna but in Warsaw, Moscow, Riga, Belgrade and other cities. Their programmes include round tables, concerts, authors readings, chamber theater performances, exhibitions of translated and published books, exchange of leading art-editions in the Slavic world. The international festival of poetry is held annually featuring authors from most of Slavic countries – Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia. 

Venue: Radio Varna, City Art Gallery
Organizer: Slavonic Literary and Artistic Academy
For contact: Elka Nyagolova – tel. 052 602 014; mob. 0888 840 106; 
e-mail cavaletvarna@gmail.bg 

May

“Varna Lit” International Literature Festival


"Varna Litt 2019" builds on the success of the literary forum as a memorable experience with an innovative spirit in the cultural life of Varna. The mission of the festival is to be a “stage” for discovering and developing the creative potential of children through meetings with big names in literature and art, performances, debates and attractive competitions. To attract the most famous artists from Bulgaria and abroad in the city, making them cultural ambassadors of Varna in the country and abroad.

For contact: Iskra Urumova, 0898976022, info@varnalit.com, www.varnalit.com


May – June 

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPH SALON 

Established in 2003 as a national photograph salon, in 2007 it turned into an international event held annually, featuring professional and amateur photographers from all over the world. 

Venue: City Art Gallery 
Organizer: Civic Society International Photograph Salon
For contact: Ivan Germanov – mob. 0882 123 477


June

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF RED CROSS AND HEALTH FILMS

Venue: Kamchia SHC     
Organizer: Festival of Red Cross and Health Films Union
For contacts: Ilia Raev – mob. 0884111234


May – September 

CONCERTS ON THE RAKOVINA OUTDOOR STAGE

Performances by choral, folk, instrumental, pop and jazz ensembles and bands, as well as individual performances.

Venue: Rakovina Open-air stage, Sea Garden
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate 
For contact: Zhivko Kozhuharov– 052/820 672; 0889 919 428, art_kojuharov@outlook.com

1-11 June 

VARNA SUMMER INTERNATIONAL THEATER FESTIVAL 
    
The Varna Summer International Theater Festival is the theater event of largest international dimensions in Bulgaria. It is held every year between 1 and 11 June in Varna within the framework of the Varna Summer Festival of Arts. Its main purpose is to present the leading trends of Bulgarian and international stage practice and to create a space for intercultural dialogue, exchange and to be a showcase. The program is structures as a mosaic of modules. "Selected Bulgarian Performances" is focused on the achievements of Bulgarian scene during the current season. The international selection presents a variety of stage forms and leading trends from Europe and the world. The Showcase program focuses on innovative productions of contemporary theater, dance and performance presented to international theater managers. The parallel program is open to a variety of partner initiatives, discussions, workshops, theoretical conferences, lectures, book presentations, exhibitions and concerts.

Venues: Drama Theater, State Puppet Theater – Varna, City Art Gallery, Archeological Museum and others 
Organizers: Via Fest Foundation - Varna Summer International Theater Festival
Partners: Ministry of Culture, Varna Municipality
For contact:  tel. 02/988 44 82; email: bat@omega.bg; www.viafest.org 

2 June 

DAY OF HRISTO BOTEV AND HEROES DIED FOR THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF BULGARIA

A commemoration ceremony at the Monument of Hristo Botev in the Sea Garden and official military ceremony

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

June

DAYS OF RUSSIAN CULTURE IN VARNA


Venue: Open-air Theater, City Art Gallery
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

June 

NATIONAL CHILDREN AND YOUTH COMPETITION "DANCING PLANET"

Competition of ballet companies for the awards of Delta Planet Mall - Varna. 
Contest for classical ballet, modern and tipical dances

Venue: Grand Mall – Varna
Organizers: Grand Mall – Varna, Public Cultural Center “Hr. Botev 1928” 
For contact: Frantsiska Yordanova - tel. 052/613 144; mob. 0898 231 201; e-mail: h.botev.varna@gbg.bg 

June 

NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ETHNIC COMMUNITIES “BULGARIA FOR ALL”


Forum presenting the performing mastery of representatives from different ethnic groups.

Venue: Open-air Theater
Organizers: Ministry of Culture, Varna Municipality,PCS-Varna, Grand Mall, Public Cultural Center “Hr. Botev 1928” 
For contact: Frantsiska Yordanova - tel. 052/613 144; mob. 0898 231 201; 
e-mail: h.botev.varna@gbg.bg 

June 

FESTIVAL OF BULGARIAN NATIONAL DANCES

The festival is a competitive one. Amateur clubs, schools and dance groups involved in Bulgarian folklore dance, both from home and abroad, can take part.
Venue: Open-air Theater
Organizers: Varna Folk Music & Dance Company, Varna Folk Dance Ensemble - Public Cultural Center “Hr. Botev 1928”  under the patronage of the Mayor of Varna, Mr. Ivan Portnih with the support of Varna Municipality, Palace of Culture and Sports and the Association of Choreographers in Bulgaria 
For contact: Frantsiska Yordanova – 052 613 144;  0898 231 201;  h.botev.varna@gbg.bg

June

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SLAVONIC WREATH

Music Around Us

The festiva involves children’s, youth groups and soloists from the countries of CIS and Europe. The goal is to show their skills and to get acquainted with the work of other teams.
To share experiences and find many new friends - these are the main goals of the festival’s organizers. Children with disabilities are also invited to the festival to stimulate the development of artistic creativity as a means of their rehabilitation and social adaptation.

Venue: Albatross International Children's Camp in St. St. Konstantin and Elena Resort 
Organizer: TO Tural Management
For contact: +359  605 978, +359 8933531136, e-mail: info@tural.bg 


26 June – October

95 YEARS “VARNA SUMMER” INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 

The “Varna Summer” International Music Festival is the first music festival in Bulgaria, founded in 1926 in the city of Varna.

Almost 100 years ago, just after the official opening of the Varna’s Sea Baths in 1926 - the first SPA center in the sea town, emblematic personalities of Varna society at that time, among them the composers Pancho Vladigerov and Dobri Hristov, set the beginning of the first in the country music celebrations, which later became the biggest International Music Festival in Bulgaria. 

Having received national and international recognition, today the Festival is a representative forum of Bulgarian and world music and music performing art.

The Festival has multi-genre character and includes the following modules:
Core Program – symphony and chamber music 
International Summer Music Academy
Music Lab – Varna 
Renaissance and Baroque Music
Opera and Ballet
Crossover 
Intermezzo – in partnership with the “Varna Summer” International Theater Festival  
“Varna Summer for Kids” - series of educational concerts 
Parallel Program – exhibitions, films, conferences and others

The Artistic Director in 2019 and 2020 was Prof. Mario Hossen.   

Venues: Festival and Congress Center, City Art Gallery, Open-air Theater, Aula of the University of Economic, courtyard of the Archaeological Museum  
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture Directorate 
For contact: Plamena Tsoneva – tel. 052 820 669; mob. 0888630092;
e-mail: tsoneva@varnasummerfest.org http://varnasummerfest.org     

9 – 13 June
18– 21 August 

TALE for YOU CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL 

Venue: Youth Center
Organizer: Public cultural club “Vazrozhdenie 1870”
For contact: Radost Lilyanova – mob. 0889 764 086

11 -13 June 

TRADITIONAL FEAST ASPARUHOVO SINGS AND DANCES

It is held annually on the first Saturday and Sunday of June. Its first edition was in 1966. The programme features ensembles from Prosveta Public Cultural Center, from the schools of the district, pensioners’ clubs and from the whole Asparuhovo district. There are different stages – for rock, pop and folk performances presented by guest amateurs from the whole country. The feast ends with a big concert by professional Bulgarian pop singers. This year we celebrate 110th anniversary of the district's establishment. 

Venue: Asparuhovo Park
Organizers: “Prosveta 1927” Public Cultural Center and Asparuhovo District 
For contact: Lyubka Todorova, Secretary of Public Cultural Center, tel.: 052/370 934, mob. 0899 950 506; e-mail: prochi@abv.bg 

25 June 

DAY OF THE SAILOR  

Venue: Courtyard of the Archaeological Museum  
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate, Labor Union of Mariners


18 July 

184th  ANNIVERSARY OF VASIL LEVSKI  

Commemoration ceremony at the monuments of Vasil Levski in the Sea Garden.

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate, Labor Union of Mariners

27 July  

143 YEARS FROM THE LIBERATION OF VARNA FROM OTTOMAN RULE

Official ceremony and concert
Venue: Spiritual and educational center "St. Archangel Michael
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate 

July 

30th INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 

Established in 1992, it is held annually featuring world famous musicians from Bulgaria and abroad. Besides the joint international projects the festival includes a programme of young jazz musicians from Bulgaria.

Venue: Courtyard of the Archeological Museum
Organizer: Varna Jazz Society 
For contact: Anatoly Vapirov – tel. 052/ 820 745; mob. 0888 303 381; e-mail: vapirov@telecoms.bg 

July - December 

Seventh National Literary Short Story Competition "Atanas Lipchev" 


Organizer: Writers' Association - Varna 
For contact: Angel Dyulgerov, 052639374, 0897947004, sdrujeniepisatelivarna.bg

31 July – 9 August 

12th BOOK FAIR 

Within this period the center of the city turns into a fabulous book quarter with 15 little houses full of books and a literary corner where in the evenings people gather together, talking with some of the most popular Bulgarian writers.

Venue: walking alley of Slivnitsa Blvd. between Sevastopol Sq. and Festival and Congress Center
Organizer: Varna Municipality and Bulgarian Book Association 
For contact: Georgi Venin, mob. 0882 590 970; g.venin@gmail.bg; 

June – August

12th EDITION OF THE OPERA IN THE OPEN-AIR THEATER 

Venue: Open-air Theater
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Varna State Opera
For contact: 052 665 020, 052 650 666;
e-mail: tickets@operavarna.bg; http://www.operavarna.com

1 – 5 August 

30th VARNA SUMMER INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL 

Established in 1992 under the initiative of the Varna Municipality, it is held every year in the first week of August. According to the festival regulations youth and adult ensembles from all over the world as well as groups for authentic folklore art are admitted to participation. 

Venues: Open-air Theater, Rakovina Stage and outdoor stages in the city 
Organizer: Varna Municipality 
For contact: Zhasmina Vasileva –tel. 052/ 820 667; Mob. 0889 919 414; e-mail:office@varnafolk.org www.varnafolk.org

August

FUTURO DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL 

The festival presents and promotes the work of artists working in the field of digital arts with creative training modules for young artists.

Venues: different urban spaces
Organizer: Public cultural club Prosveta 1927 – Asparuhovo District 
For contact: Zhivko Donchev – mob. 0878 935 298; 
zhivkodonchev@gmail.com, www.futurovarna.com

1 – 21 August 

25th  INTERNATIONAL FAIR OF CRAFTS AND ARTS 

The International Fair of Arts and Crafts is the largest art exhibition in Bulgaria. It is held annually in August in Varna. 

Venue: Sea Garden
Organizer: Bulgarika Association
For contact: Veselina Savova – tel. 052 605 430; GSM 0898 522 133; e-mail: vsavova@bulgarika.eu

August 15 

DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS (USPENIE BOGORODITSCHNO) – DAY OF VARNA 

Divine liturgy in the Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral (Katedralen Hram Uspenie Bogoroditschno) and icon procession. All the day round different ensembles and performers present their art on the Rakovina Stage in the Sea Garden. In the evening an official concert takes place in the Open-air Theater where is held the ceremony bestowing the title Honorary Citizen of Varna on Bulgarian and foreign persons for their contributions and merits to the development of the municipality. Late in the evening a rock and pop concert is organized in the area of Marine Station featuring well known pop and rock singers.

Venues: Open-air Theater, Rakovina Stage, area of Marine Station and out-door stages in the city 
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate


August

BEST FEST 2021

We invite children and young people, groups and soloists from the Slavic republics, CIS countries and Europe to participate in the international festival - competition. Showing their skills and learning about other kids' work, exchanging creative experiences and finding many new friends are the main goals of the festival organizers. Children with disabilities are also invited to the festival in order to promote the development of art as a means of rehabilitation and social adaptation. The hospitable Bulgarian land invites everyone to the arts festival.Children and teenagers will not only be actively involved in the festival process, but will also have the opportunity to rest on the beautiful Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. And those who come to support their teams at the “Slavonic Wreath” Festival will remain with a vivid and colorful memory for a unique summer!

Venue: Albatross International Children's Camp, St. St. Konstantin and Elena Resorts 
Organizer: TO Tural Management
For contact: 052 605 978, +359 8933531136, e-mail: info@tural.bg


August

YOUTH FESTIVAL OF ARTS "JOURNEY TO THE PAST"

The festival has a multi-genres character  including music, dance, theater, visual arts, educational documentaries. Annual event and which is held for the sixth time. It features creative youth formations from the city of Varna. Non-competitive.

Organizer:  Palas Studio in partnership with Balgaran Theater and Historical Museum of Varna.
Venues: museums in the city of Varna
For contact: Krasimir Yanev, tel. 088 8 60 61 68.
E-mail: palasbg@abv.bg
Web: www.festivalpatuvane.alle.bghttp://varnaculture.bg/calendar_bg_1.php - #


August

8th RADAR FESTIVAL 

The festival aims to expand the boundaries of cultural life in Varna, to present musical projects, in which a variety of artistic forms meet in a coherent way, such as film, video art, poetry, contemporary theater and dance, and perhaps the most creative sector in our modern life - technologies.

Venue: various urban spaces in Varna
Organizer: Sidea Foundation; radar-festival@mail.com, tel: 883 34 13 27, 
address: Varna, 42, F. G. Curie Str, https://radar-festival.eu

August

9th NATIONAL FAIR OF AUTHENTIC FOLKLORE 

Venue: Outdoor stage in the village of Topoli
Organizer: Public cultural club “St. St. Cyril and Methodius 1927” Topoli village 

 August  

29th LOVE IS FOLLY INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST

The festival was established in 1993. The programme is a competitive one and features selected films produced the last two years dealing with the subject of love. It is open every year on the last Friday of August. 

Venue: Festival and Congress Center
Organizer: Festival and Congress Center; co-organizer: Varna Municipality
For contact: http://loveisfolly.com.  e-mail:fk@mail.orbitel.bg


August 

7th  The Quarantine International Film Festival 


The Quarantine International Film Festival is held annually in front of the Quarantine fishers’ village. The name of the "Quarantine" area comes from the history of Varna and the isolation of the arriving crews coming from the sea with suspicions of disease. By analogy with the present, young filmmakers are still in such isolation today. They are in a state of quarantine, isolated from the cinema environment. For 6 years now it has been a place for creative performances and cultural exchange, meets representatives of different cultures, ethnic groups, religions, encouraging and promoting the creative views of authors from all over the world. It also supports the preservation of the authenticity of cultural and historical heritage of Varna.
Venue: Asparuhovo District, Quarantine fishers’ village
For contact: Darin Sotirov, 0888 240605, dedalgroup@mail.bg, www.thequarantine.org

August 

International Kite Festival - "Air Wonders" 

Kite festivals have been a popular pastime for children and adults for hundreds of years around the world. They are an excellent opportunity to encourage creativity and imagination, to publicize socially significant causes, to strengthen family ties and to have fun.
With its international character, this innovative and attractive cultural event contributes a lot to the further building of the specific city image. Hence the mission of the festival - to contribute to building the identity of the city and the sense of belonging to the local community, as well as to encourage creativity, imagination and social inclusion of various groups and to instill in participants a love for flying, birds and freedom and responsibility for environmental protection.
Venue: Asparuhovo Park
For contact: Yuriy Ivanov Georgiev – manager, 0889705479, asto@abv.bg, http://kitesfest.com/

August 

8th  "Open-air Cinema in the Residental District" 


City festival of cinema, music and performing arts.
Venue: Different out-door locations in the neighborhoods of Varna, Roman baths, Archaeological Museum, Varna beach Organizer: B2B Ltd.
For contact: Nikolay Todorov, 0876573797, info@liatnokino.com, www.liatnokino.com


September

41st INTERNATIONAL MAY CHOIR COMPETITION PROF. GEORGI DIMITROV and 4th  National Festival of Children’s and Youth Choirs 

In 1982 the competition was named after the prominent Bulgarian composer Georgi Dimitrov - the founder of the contemporary Bulgarian choral school.
Since 1989 the International May Choir Competition has been a member of the Organizing Committee of the Grand Prix Europe International Contest, held consecutively in Arezzo (Italy), Debrecen (Hungary), Tour (France), Maribor (Slovenia), Varna ) and Tolosa (Spain).
The six above mentioned choir competitions are among the most prestigious in Europe and have gained recognition due to their long tradition, good organization and high artistic level.

Venues: Festival and Congress Center-Varna and outdoor stages
Organizer: Varna Municipality 
For contact: Gancho Ganchev, Chief Expert – tel. 052/ 820 667, mob. 0889 91 94 26; 
e-mail:office@choircomp.org, http://choircomp.org

5 September 

THE LONGEST DINNER ON THE BEACH 


Venue: Asparuhovo District
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Asparuhovo District


6 September 

Unification Day of Bulgaria 


Venue: The building of the State Archives, Nezavisimost Sq., 
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

6 – 22 September 

DAYS OF BULGARIA: FROM THE UNIFICATION TO THE INDEPENDENCE

Venue: Nezavisimost Sq., Drama Theater, Varna Municipality, Rakovina Stage, entrance of the Sea Garden, Radio Varna 
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate


September

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF VOCAL ART “SEA STARS”


Venue: Public Cultural Club “P.R. Slaveykov”
Organizer: Public Cultural Club “P.R. Slaveykov 1928”
For contact: Maya Drumeva – тел 052 510 306; slaveikov@abv.bg, http://slaveikov1928.org

September 

WORLD ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL

In October 1979 the First World Animated Film Festival "Varna” ’79 took place. Six editions were organized, the last of which in 1989. Since 2011 the festival has been re-established in Varna. 

Venue: Festival and Congress Center
Organizer: World Animated Film Festival Union 
For contact: Anri Kulev – tel. 0888 614 884, e-mail: fk@mail.orbitel.bg; http://www.varnafest.org

October

GOLDEN DOLPHIN INTERNATIONAL PUPPET FESTIVAL

Venue: State Puppet Theater-Varna, Drama Theater, City Art Gallery, Puppet Museum

Organizers: Ministry of Culture, Varna Municipality, Union of Bulgarian Actors, NGO Golden Dolphin, State Puppet Theater-Varna 
For contact: Ani Aleksandrova, tel.: 052/607 841; 052/608 172             
е-mail: office@vnpuppet.com, mailto:office@vnpuppet.comwww.vnpuppet.com

October 

39th  GOLDEN ROSE BULGARIAN FEATURE FILM FESTIVAL

The festival was established in 1961. Until 1974, except 1965 (when the Balkan Film Fest had its single edition), it was held every year. A selected jury awarded prizes for the best film on contemporary subject, for the best screenplay, best directing, best cameraman, best actress and actor, etc. 

Venue: Festival and Congress Center
Main organizers: Ministry of Culture, National Film Center, BNT
Organizer: Festival and Congress Center with the support of Varna Municipality 
For contact: Irina Kanusheva – mob. 0899 94 30 04; e-mail: nfc@nfc.bg; www.zlatnaroza.bg


24 – 25 October

20th  NATIONAL MODERN BALLET FESTIVAL-COMPETITION 

A forum, which aim is to discover and promote young talents in the field of modern ballet. It is held in two rounds: for children and teenagers.   

Venue: Palace of Culture and Sports
Organizer: Public Cultural Center Hristo Botev 1928; co-organizer: Varna Municipality
For contact: Frantsiska Yordanova - mob. 0898 231 201; e-mail: h.botev.varna@gbg.bg 


October  

Festival – Contest Fall of Memories (LISTOPAD NA SPOMENITE)

Established in 1997, the festival presents pensioners’ amateur ensembles performing Bulgarian folklore, urban songs and ever-greens. The contest is held in 5 categories.
Venue: Palace of Culture and Sports
Organizers: Listopad na spomenite Foundation with the support of Varna Municipality,  Regional and Municipal Councils of Pensioners-2004-Varna and Pensioner Newspaper 
For contacts: Genoveva Georgieva, Stefka Delina – mob. 0878 906978

October

INTERNATIONAL FLUTE COMPETITION 


The competition has been held since 2016. It was founded under the initiative of the European Music Academy Foundation. Parallel to the competition days, the participants, the guests and the citizens of Varna will see two concerts. The first one – by the jury members to open the event and the second one by the laureates after the award ceremony. The program also includes lectures, creative meetings of participants and jury, as well as presentation of Tomaso Flutes (Vienna).
Organizer: European Music Academy Foundation
For contact: Teodora Dimitrova +359 898 208498 
www.ema.foundation    www.facebook.com/emavarna2015

October

VARNA JAZZ DAYS FESTIVAL 


The mission of VARNA JAZZ DAYS FESTIVAL is to enrich the musical cultural environment in Varna in the field of jazz music, connecting the traditional and the modern. The main goal is to develop a young generation of audiences, as well as those who want to study contemporary musical styles, accepting music as a universal language with common roots.
Organizer: Tune Up EOOD
For contact: Neyko Bodurov, 0894396166, neykobodurov@gmail.com, www.varnajazzdays.com

October 

National Piano Competition "Mila Mihailova" Biennale (held every even year)

Venue: The National School of Arts "D. Hristov ”- Varna, Concert Studio of the BNR - Radio Varna 
Organizer: Association "School Board at NSI" Dobri Hristov "
For contact: Stanislav Evstatiev, Rumyana Petrova, 0897900970, 052620725, 0876747607, info@artschool-varna.com

October - November 

Cinelibri International Film and Literature Festival Varna


Cinelibri is a result of the love for great literature, the magic of cinema and their interaction. The festival relies on the symbiosis cinema - literature - education in order to present completed projects of high artistic value.
Organizer: Cinelibri EOOD
For contact: Zhaklin Vagenshtayn, Yulia Petkova, 0899330444, julia.petkova@colibri.bg

November

AUTUMN SALON OF ART 

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

1 November  

DAY OF BULGARIAN ENLIGHTENERS
Commemoration ceremony at the Monument of Otets Paisiy in the Sea Garden and concert in the Palace of Culture and Sports

Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

November 
MOVING BODY - festival for contemporary dance and performance / sixth edition /


Festival platform in the field of contemporary dance and performance, which encourages the career path of young choreographers, dancers and visual artists from Bulgaria and the world and makes access to contemporary dance and performance classes possible for professionals and a wide range of amateurs. The mission is to present dance as a practice that provokes imagination and emotionality and cultivates curiosity and a creative attitude to life.
Venue: State Puppet Theater Varna, Contemporary Space Gallery
Organizer: Performance Room EOOD
For contact: Iskra Prodanova, Artistic Director, 0893430289, www.movingbodyfest.com

November

 “FEAST OF DANCE"NATIONAL COMPETITION, CLASICAL BALLET, CONTEMPORARY DANCES 


Categories: solo, duet, trio, group, formation

Pre-Christmas dance festival of dance schools and ballet companies from Varna and the country.

Venue: Palace of Culture and Sports
Organizers: Varna Municipality, Public Cultural Center “Hristo Botev 1928”; 

21 November 

THE ENTRY OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE. THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY DAY

Venue: Spiritual and educational center St. Archangel Michael, City Art Gallery
Organizer: Spiritual and educational center St. Archangel Michael 
For contact: Georgi Manolov – mob. 0889 419 418

6 December 

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 

Children's concert on Nezavisimost Square
Venue: Nezavisimost Square 
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate


December 

CITYWIDE CHRISTMAS FOLKLORE EVENT "DRYANOVITSA"

Venue: Palace of Culture and Sports 
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate
For contact: Zhasmina Vasileva – mob. 0889 919 414; office@varnafolk.org


31 December  

TOGETHER IN THE NEW YEAR's EVE  

New Year concert on Nezavisimost Square featuring pop, rock performers and folk ensembles

Venue: Nezavisimost Square
Organizer: Varna Municipality, Culture and Intellectual Development Directorate

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