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Saturday 20 July 2019
15 July 2019 - 21 July 2019
August 2019
15.07.2019 - 20.07.2019

VITOSHA INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL – 23 EDITION

Various locations
Vitosha IFF is held every year in July and is of great national importance. Representatives of different cultures from all over the world meet here. Hundreds of dancers, musicians and singers are united by a magical international force – their love towards folklore. The aim of the festival is to promote the dance art of various Bulgarian regions and to introduce the folklore of the visiting countries.
Music and Dance Events
15.07.2019 - 20.07.2019

VITOSHA INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL – 23 EDITION

Various locations
Vitosha IFF is held every year in July and is of great national importance. Representatives of different cultures from all over the world meet here. Hundreds of dancers, musicians and singers are united by a magical international force – their love towards folklore. The aim of the festival is to promote the dance art of various Bulgarian regions and to introduce the folklore of the visiting countries.
Music and Dance Events
20.07.2019 - 26.07.2019

180 DEGREES – LABORATORY FOR INNOVATIVE ART

Fabrica 126, Goethe-Institut, Borisova Gradina Park, outdoor locations
180 degrees is not only a festival but also a platform / laboratory for contemporary music, dance, theater, design and architecture. 180 degrees is an experiment that provokes art, people, artists and space. The mission of 180 degrees’ team is to provide young artists with the opportunity to develop their innovative and creative ideas and to present their art to more people. Since 2014, these events have diversified the cultural program of the capital and have provided more varied options during the summer season. The idea of the festival is an exchange of knowledge and creative techniques between foreign and Bulgarian professionals in the field of contemporary art!
Festivals
20.07.2019 - 31.07.2019
Sports Events
20.07.2019

PARADE OF VINTAGE CARS AND A RETRO CONCERT

Bankya
In the evening – a screening of the movie Bay Ganyo in the Public Bath. A scene from the film was shot at Bankya Public Bath.
Exhibitions
20.07.2019

July 20 - Feast of St Elijah the Prophet (Ilinden)

The biggest feast in July is Ilinden - dedicated to the great Old Testament prophet Elijah.
The Bulgarians worship the prophet Elijah as the master of the celestial elements – the hail, the thunder, and the lightning. It is believed that when he rides his horses in the sky, he causes thunder and fire. If people do not worship him and if they do not prepare a sacrifice, the saint can lock the celestial humidity and not let rain on earth for three years. Because of this, on this day, some big male animal is usually slaughtered - a bull, an ox, or a ram. The priest performs a ceremony and sanctifies the meal. He sprinkles holy water so that there are no periods of drought during the summer. Traditionally, people slaughter the oldest rooster.
Iliya (Elijah), Iliyan, Iliyana, etc. celebrate their name day on this date.
Notable Dates
21.06.2019 - 25.08.2019

SOCIETY OF SOUTH BULGARIAN ARTISTS – EXHIBITION

The Society of South Bulgarian Artists was founded in 1912 and it organized its first exhibition 105 years
ago uniting artists from the southern parts of the country. Some of the brightest Bulgarian artists have been members over the years. The exhibition presents a lot of unknown works as well as works of many forgotten or unnamed artists in the history of Bulgarian art. The project is realized in partnership with the team of City Art Gallery – Plovdiv and with the cooperation of the National Art Gallery, the National Academy of Arts, the art galleries in Burgas, Kazanlak, Kyustendil, Pazardzhik, Ruse, Silistra, Sliven, Stara Zagora, Yambol, Archives State Agency and Ivan Vazov National Library – Plovdiv.
Exhibitions
20.07.2019

CONCERT OF SOFIA JAZZ FORMATION AND YANA CHAKALSKA

In cooperation with Culture Directorate of Sofia Municipality
Music and Dance Events
20.07.2019

SOFIA WIND ORCHESTRA – CONCERT

Borisova Gradina Park
In cooperation with Culture Directorate of Sofia Municipality
Music and Dance Events