Varna International Summer Music Festival
- Milena Bozhikova
The oldest music festival in Bulgaria and one of the oldest still in existence in Europe. It is held every year from June to July. It was adopted as a member at the European Festivals Association in 1978.
The first Varna public music celebrations were held from 23 July to 1 August 1926 on the initiative of the Varna Cultural Reading Community Centre, among others, with the support of the composers Dobri Hristov and Pancho Vladigerov and the conductor Georgi Atanasov. Between 1926 and 1931, and 1935 and 1939, the nascent festival, then known as the Summer Music Celebrations, was a week-long event. The performers, conductors, and composers featured on the first concert programme were all Bulgarian (including Dobri Hristov, Angel Bukureshtliev, and Emmanuel Manolov).
The idea for an established music summer festival first emerged in 1949, but was carried out in 1957 under the name Varna Summer Festival. In ...