SOME FAMOUS FESTIVALS IN BULGARIA:
THE ROSE FESTIVAL - Kazanlak
The festival of the roses is one of the most spectacular fairs in Bulgaria, dedicated to beauty and flowers, spring and, most of all, to the scent of the precious rose from Kazanlak. The Rose Festival is traditionally held during the first weekend of June in the town of Kazanlak and the Queen of Roses is crowned.
FESTIVAL OF THE YOUNG WINE - Plovdiv
The "Festival of the young wine" is held annually in Old Plovdiv during the month of November. For the first time it was organized in 2008 by the association Alliance Française - Plovdiv and was called "Chansons and young wine", but from the next year its organizer is the Council of Tourism in the city. The festival gathers wine-makers from all regions of Bulgaria, who present their new production. The Guests of the event have the opportunity to taste and vote to choose the best young Bulgarian wine in three categories - red, white and rosé.
PESPONEDELNIK – SHIROKA LUKKA - Rhodopoe mountains
On the first Sunday of March, the village hosts one of the best known kukeri (specific Bulgarian type of carnival) celebrations in the country, Pesponedelnik as it is called. On that day, people dressed as folklore monsters, carrying wooden swords and painted red, dance around the village to drive the evil spirits out of the homes and the peoples' souls. Their costumes are decorated with bulbs of garlic, beans and peppers and they wear a belt with characteristic Rhodope bells attached to it.
SOFIA MUSIC WEEKS - Sofia
This is the most significant international music event in the country. The festival is held in one of the best concert halls in Sofia – Bulgaria Hall, the halls of the National Palace of Culture, etc. There are a number of concerts, opera and ballet shows, the festival includes lectures on musical theory, photo exhibition, and films on operas, and the Young Performer Stage series is an important forum for talented young Bulgarian and Foreign artists.
INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL - Bansko
Established in 1998 and held in the beautiful mountains of Bansko, the Festival is the first of its kind in the Balkan region. The event is a unique platform for film-makers from around the globe, featuring new and exciting works on mountains, mountain peoples, mountain and extreme sports and adventures. It is a competitive Festival that brings together films and film-makers from all over the world in an enjoyable gathering to appreciate each other’s works and discuss ideas and issues related to highland dwellers, cultures and the environment.
SAND SCULPTURES FESTIVAL - Burgas
The Sand Sculptures Festival is held annually from 2008 in city of Burgas. It begins in July and the sculptures remain open for visiting throughout the summer. The sand shapes are located in the Burgas Park "Ezeroto" ("The Lake") in the Sea Garden park. Though it is young, the festival attracts many Bulgarian and world-renowned international artists. Among the sculptures can be seen castles, towers, marine animals, mermaids, pirates, fairy creatures and more. Some of sculptures reach a height above 8 meters. For the models is used about 2500 tons a special-resistant rain sand.
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN FESTIVAL "SUN-JOY-BEAUTY” - Nessebar
The festival takes place in Nessebar, as a peculiar blend of history and modernity. The XV International children festival “Sun, Joy, Beauty” is held with the participation of creative teams and performers from Bulgaria and other countries. Тhe organizers of the contest are Nessebar and Municipal Children's Complex - Nessebar under the patronage of The Mayor of the municipality of Nessebar. The aim of the organizers is to promote the development of youth creative work through communication between leaders and youths from different teams, to enrich their repertoire of classic and contemporary works. The festival helps the participants to show their talents and increase their performing mastery.
One of the main tasks of the festival is the integration of adolescents and young people from Bulgaria and abroad in a creative union, and the familiarization with cultural-historical and natural landmarks of Bulgaria.
INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL "CONSTELLATIONS IN NESSEBAR” - Nessebar
The festival takes place in Nessebar, as a peculiar blend of history and modernity. The International Art Festival “Constellations in Nessebar” is organized for the first time in August 2016 in Nessebar - Bulgaria. It is held with the participation of creative teams and performers from Bulgaria and other countries. Organizers of the contest are - Nessebar and Municipal Children's Complex - Nessebar under the patronage of The Mayor of the municipality of Nessebar.
The aim of the organizers is to promote the development of youth creative work through communication between leaders and youths from different teams, to enrich their repertoire of classic and contemporary works. The festival helps participants to show their talents and increase their performing mastery.
One of the main tasks of the festival is the integration of adolescents and young people from Bulgaria and abroad in a creative union, and familiarization with cultural-historical and natural landmarks of Bulgaria.
APOLLONIA FESTIVAL - Sozopol
The Apollonia Arts Festival is a major Bulgarian event held every year at the end of the summer in the seaside city of Sozopol. The festival’s major sponsor is the Apollonia Art Foundation.
The festival was first held in 1984. It lasts for 10 days, during which time visitors may enjoy over 70 events – plays, open-air concerts, chamber music and jazz concerts, and films. The art gallery in Sozopol’s Old Town organizes exhibits and literary evenings as part of the festival. There are also master classes in various disciplines – singing, piano, jazz improvisation, and acting. There are activities and performances for children at all of the events.
Performers at the festival are both Bulgarian and international, and include world-famous individuals and groups. The schedule of dramatic performances affords visitors the opportunity to see a selection of contemporary and classical plays. The artists who exhibit at Apollonia are among Bulgaria’s most highly acclaimed painters and photographers, and dozens of Bulgarian poets and writers of all ages take part in the festival’s literary evenings. Every year the festival includes a panorama of Bulgarian film, including documentary films. Many of these films are premiered at the festival.
THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL VARNA SUMMER is the oldest music festival in Bulgaria, it is also one of the long-lived festivals in Europe Held annually in June-July, it is considered a prestigious event o both national and international level, nowadays it is a forum for local and foreign music and performing art in classical music.
THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL THE FOLLY OF LOVE takes place every year end of August in Vana and is the place where the newest fils are run. Festival of Arts APOLONIA is one of the most important events in Bulgaria, organized every autumn in the town of Sozopol in September. With its very first issue Apolonia laid the foundations of its unique style – a summer cultural fiesta where different arts are blending into one festival. In the beginning of September on five stages by the seaside premiers of Bulgarian films and documentaries, theatre exhibitions and books meet their audience for their premiers.