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Horo is in the Dance

Horo is in the Dance is the first ever festival of amateur folk groups, created and organized by the National Community Centre “Dimitar Dinev 1937.”

The first edition of the festival in 2007 gathered 21 dancing folk groups. The interest towards the forum is constantly increasing. In recent editions more than 84 dancing groups from across the country with over 2,400 participants are dancing in competition.

Organizers divide the groups small and large depending on the number of participants and award double prize money. The forum aims to preserve and promote the authentic Bulgarian folk dances.

Water Tower Art Festival (June)

The Water Tower Art Festival timidly started some years ago but has now become an important urban tradition. It always smells of magic, and shoots directly into the Wonderland for nonchalant fellows … in regard to reality.

In June, 2012, for the fifth consecutive year, the international art festival “Water Tower” presented selected works of artists in the field of contemporary art. In the days between the 24th and 30th June, 2012, installations and works of 150 artists from all over Europe, China, Israel, USA, exploring themes of quality of life in the urban environment, ecology, art, informal communication, socially engaged art were presented.

This year, the Municipal Council adopted the “Water Tower” Arts Festival to become part of the Cultural events calendar of the municipality.

DA Fest (September each year)

DA Fest is a festival organized by the National Art Academy in Sofia. It makes possible the meeting of the Bulgarian public with new trends and important developments in the field of digital art – digital video, interactive performance and installation art, sound art and all other manifestations of visual art .

RETRO SOFIA FEST (September each year)

RETRO SOFIA FEST – Guide to Forgotten Sofia is a multi-genre interactive cultural festival using the magic of the words, photography, graphic arts, dance, fashion design, production design and cinematography to dive us, present living people, in the romantic atmosphere of the forgotten era and also give us a chance to make the connection between time and discover mechanisms of eternal life, which will allow us to move forward boldly.

Sofia Breathes Festival (August each year)

Sofia Breathes Festival (August each year)

This multy-genre festival is part of the Sofia’s application for a European Cultural Capital 2019.

After last year’s success (2011) of the festival, this year the organizers developed a different thematic focus for the events that will happen each Sunday in August.

During the festival there will be a permanent program, including entertainment for children and adults – circus, tricks, Capoeira entertainment, darts, table football, music and more.

SOFIA DANCE WEEK (26 September – 02 October)

Sofia Dance Week is an international festival for contemporary dance – an infinitely amazing art that brings elements of theater, dance, music, circus, cinema, digital technology and everything coming from human body and mind.

Every autumn Sofia Dance Week presents one of the most inspiring and modern dance performances from the world scene. Critics often call them spectacular, conceptual, delicate, drama, experimental … For the organizers of Sofia Dance Week, they are just an emotion – pure and mind-breaking.

Аrt Fest (20 – 21 August)

The Art Fest is a truly extraordinary festival where a bunch of young writers willingly reveal the secrets of art …

There one could enjoy rag horses, animation of plasticine, figures from the polymer resin. Visitor could also see some drawings on the sand, earrings from cinnamon, roses from pulled… sugar. There are also paper cranes, blankets of pieces of cloth, funny handmade cards. Huge interest could be raised from the wool bars of soap, all the paper quirks, and knitted flowers. And a whole bunch of other exciting surprises …

Sofia Design Week (1 – 8 June)

Sofia Design Week 1 – 8 June is an international design and visual culture. It is held each year in June in Sofia. Its program includes a professional forum with distinguished names from all around the world and events with free access to the public – exhibitions, workshops, discussions, lectures, children’s program, movies, books, parties.

Sofia Design Week aims to serve as a platform that encourages and supports the development of design professionals in Bulgaria. However, the purpose of the event is to present and promote sustainable and valuable practices for better and meaningful visual environments around the world.

Sofia Architecture Week (November 26- December 2)

Sofia Architecture Week (November 26- December 2) is an annual international festival of architecture and in 2011 celebrated a fifth anniversary edition. It started as a two-day conference in September 2008, and became a week-long platform to meet and exchange ideas in architecture, interior, landscape and urban environment. The main purpose of the event is to bring together broad public for a professional debate on sharing, applying and initiating sustainable architectural and social practices. The intense and varied program includes presentations, exhibitions, discussions, workshops, screenings and interventions in urban areas, as well as creative workshops for the kids.

Each year Sofia Architecture Week presents trends in contemporary architecture with a focus on a specific topic – in 2012 it is the interaction between culture and architecture in the context of the application of Sofia for European Capital of Culture in 2019. Participants and audience of the festival will be invited to monitor, investigate and model the relationships between spaces for culture and their authors, users, managers, public and creative content.

International Folklore Festival in Sofia

Conducted by the Sofia Municipality, under the patronage of the President of Sofia Municipal Council, the International Folklore Festival in Sofia is one of the cultural events with international and national importance, particularly aiming at preserving the national image through Bulgarian folklore.

There are representatives of different cultures from around the world on this forum. Hundreds of dancers, musicians, singers become involved in this magical international force that unites them – the great love of the folklore, created over the centuries by their ancestors. Participants of the festival are from all over the world – Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

It is held annually in July in Sofia and lasts for at least 5 days.