“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
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

In 1987 the Festival became a member of the European Festival Association based in Geneva. Nowadays, EFA is one of the major non-governmental organizations working at European level in Brussels on the cultural policies of the old continent, which three times consecutively awarded the EFFE Label to "Varna Summer" IMF within the period 2015-2020.

The Artistic Director in 2019 and 2020 is 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

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