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Saturday 14 September 2019
09 September 2019 - 15 September 2019
May 2020

Holy Cross Day- The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

On September 14, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, also called Holy Cross Day. There are four different Feasts of the Cross in Orthodox Christianity– on the 3rd Sunday of the Great Lent (the Veneration of the Cross), on Good Friday, on August 1 and on September 14. Traditionally, the priests sprinkle the houses with holy water and thus bless them. According to church legend, Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, was a zealous Christian. She set off to the holy places in Palestine to look for the grave of the Lord, which was destroyed by the persecutors of Christians two centuries earlier. Her efforts were successful. The cave of the grave and three crosses were found. It was discovered which of them was the Cross of Christ when a recently deceased person was resurrected by being touched with one of them. Elena sent part of this life-giving cross to her son in Constantinople while the cross itself was put in the main Jerusalem church.

This feast is associated with the end of the summer and the beginning of the autumn agriculture season. From Holy Cross Day or Simeonov den (Simeon’s Day - September 1) the sowing of winter crops can begin. On Holy Cross Day, the seeds for sowing are blessed. In some regions the feast is called “Grape-harvest Day” because the harvest of grapes begins. Community gatherings, family and personal church services, and corban (a sacrificial offering) for wellness are organized.

Religious Holidays
11.09.2019 - 16.09.2019

Alley of the Book

Vitosha Blvd - Pedestrian zone between Gladstone Street and Patriarch Evtimiy Blvd.
The Alley of the Book is an event that “visits” some of the biggest cities in Bulgaria and its last stop is the heart of the capital - Vitosha Blvd. The aim of this format is to establish a closer relationship between people and books. The event brings together readers, authors and publishers.
It is organized by the Bulgarian Book Association with the support of Sofia Municipality. The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2019.
12.09.2019 - 16.02.2020

Words, Images, Places - 140 years since the proclamation of Sofia as Capital of Bulgaria

The exposition includes works presenting the city from the end of the 19th century to present day. In addition to the paintings, there will also be postcards, photos and texts where you can read the impressions of Bulgarian and foreign travelers, diplomats and intellectuals regarding the changes and development of the city over the years - architectural, social, political events and people's participation in them.
13.09.2019 - 15.09.2019

KvARTal Festival 2019 vol. 4

Stage in the yard of the Council of Ministers, Cinema House, Sofia High School of Mathematics
For three years now, the multi-genre KvARTal Festival (kvartal = neighbourhood) has been attracting a diverse audience in the area between Maria Louisa Blvd., Dondukov Blvd., Vasil Levski Blvd. and Slivnitsa Blvd. Created on the basis of existing businesses and on the interesting history of the neighborhood, in the span of a few days the festival wants to show a possible future in which this historical part of Sofia develops as a creative neighbourhood. The festival has become a cultural and leisure event for the residents and guests of the capital. The initiative is a good example of building a working model in which local businesses and organizations are united by the idea of preserving and enriching the urban environment, choosing by themselves how to contribute.
13.09.2019 - 18.09.2019

European Union Contest for Young Scientists

Organized by the Ministry of Education and Science in partnership with the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and with the financial support of the European Commission.
Scientific Events
Music and Dance Events
14.09.2019 - 15.09.2019


The biggest annual event for the fans of anime, cosplay, comics, superheroes series, Tv shows, movies, games and street art.
Organizer: Key Events & Communication
14.09.2019 - 15.09.2019

Sofia Monasteries - Running and Cycling (IV Edition)

Sofia Valley
For the fourth consecutive time, Sofia – European Capital of Sport organizes ultra mountain running and ultra mountain biking. The 73-kilometer-long route passes through 10 of the most emblematic of the capital and the region monasteries - Klisura Monastery of St Petka, Divotino Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Gornobanski Monastery of St. St. Cyril and Methodius, Vladaya Monastery of St Petka, Dragalevtsi Monastery of the Holy Mother of God of Vitosha, Bistritsa Monastery of St Petka, Bistritsa Monastery of Sts Joachim and Anna, Pancharevo Monastery of St Nicholas Letni, Kokalyane Monastery of St Michael the Archangel and Lozen Monastery of St. Spas. In this way, the sport has additional benefits – it introduces its participants to history and reminds them of the national Bulgarian values. Every year, the event encompasses more and more routes and destinations.
Sports Events


Yuzhen Park
Organized free 5 km run. Everyone can join regardless of gender and age (including disabled people, parents with strollers, as well as people with dogs on a leash).
*The main 5km running track is located in Sofia, Yuzhen park. The start and finish lines are located on the main alley in front of the monument with birds.
Sports Events

MAMMA MIA! - Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus

Director: Plamen Kartalov
Stage: Big stage
Entrance: 1 Vrabcha Street

Music and Dance Events


The numerous Bulgarian fans of Michael Bublé will have the unique opportunity to enjoy his phenomenal performance for the first time in Sofia.
Мichael Bublé is a Canadian singer, songwriter, composer, actor and producer. He’s had 5 successful world tours, has won 4 Grammy awards and has sold over 60 million albums all over the world.
The present world tour of the musician will consist of a series of 27 concerts in America - the first one was in Florida on February 13, 2019

Music and Dance Events

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