Sofia Music Weeks International Festival
- Milena Bozhikova
Bulgarian music festival held annually from May to June. The first festival took place on 24 May 1970. Co-organizers of the festival are the Metropolitan Municipality, the Ministry of Culture, and the National Palace of Culture, with the active cooperation of various national and international cultural and media institutions, foreign embassies, and foundations. The main objective of the festival is to present to Bulgarian audiences high quality performances of the most significant music from Bulgaria and around the globe. Establishing its reputation as the most significant festival in Sofia, the Festival became in 1982 a member of the European Festivals Association for music, theatre, and ballet.
The festival is held in the concert halls throughout Sofia, including Bulgaria Hall, the halls of the National Palace of Culture, and the National Gallery of Art, among others. The festival brings together various activities, including concerts, opera and ballet performances, conferences (round tables) in musicology, photo exhibitions, presentations of new releases of books and CDs, showings of filmed operas, and masterclasses for young musicians and singers. Other events at the festival include the concert series Young Artist Podium, celebrations of anniversaries of Bulgarian and foreign composers, and first performances of important musical works....