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Events Calendar


Thursday 26 April 2018
23 April 2018 - 29 April 2018
September 2018
30.03.2018 - 01.04.2018
Sports Events
01.04.2018

I ride my bicycle - Cycling procession and Sports Festival

The cycling procession will take place from Alexander Nevsky square to Yuzhen park.
Sports Events
30.03.2018 - 01.04.2018
Sports Events
30.03.2018 - 01.04.2018

Swimming tournament

Sport Palace Pool
Sports Events
01.04.2018

The Orthodox World Celebrates Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday (Tsvetnitsa/Flowers Day) falls on the Sunday before Easter. It is dedicated to Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem where he was greeted with olive and laurel twigs. Thus, everyone brings to church laurel twigs and flowers on this day. Everybody named after flowers celebrate their name day.

On this day, a Divine Liturgy is held in all Orthodox churches. On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening is conducted the so-called Bridegroom Service. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning a Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is held and on Maundy Thursday morning - a Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great and blessing of consecrated oil. In the evening reading of the 12 Gospels is conducted.

Religious Holidays
01.04.2018

LA BAYADЕ́RE

Ballet by Ludwig Minkus
Stage: Big stage
Duration: 3h15min
Intermissions: 1
Music and Dance Events
01.04.2018

Concert of Shungo Moriyama

Shungo Moriyama, conductor
Music and Dance Events
02.04.2018

The Harp - a Source of Inspiration - Multimedia concert

Souzana Klincharova, harp; Kohar Andoyan, harp; Vessela Trichkova, harp; Iliyana Selimska, harp and participants of the 7th Master Class on Harp organized New Bulgarian University.
Program: Masterpieces for harp by European composers from XVI-XXI century.
Music and Dance Events
02.04.2018

The Music of Europe - Ireland

Featuring JOHN FIELD'S MUSIC
Miceal O’ROURKE – piano;
With the participation of Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Dimitar Moskovski – clarinet
The Music of Europe is a project realized with the financial support of Cultural Program of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018 of the National Culture Fund.
Music and Dance Events
02.04.2018

This is Me - Multimedia concert of Alexandrina Pendatchanska

The world-famous Bulgarian soprano will perform a multimedia concert for all opera fans. The event will mark the 30th anniversary of her debut as a musician. Pendatchanksa will be accompanied by the Orchestra of Plovdiv State Opera conducted by Martin Panteleev. During the show, the audience will also have the opportunity to see photos of her most famous performances.
Music and Dance Events
03.04.2018

Krasno Selo Literary Saloon

Creative portrait of the poet Veselina Ivanova – 60th jubilee.
Festivals
03.04.2018

Concert of Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Tickets can be bought at the box office of the Advertising and Information Center of the BNR (4 Dragan Tsankov Blvd.) and at the box office of Cantus Firmus at Bulgaria Hall.
Music and Dance Events
04.04.2018

OFFICIAL CHANGE OF GUARD IN FRONT OF THE PRESIDENCY

In front of the Presidency
The ceremonial changing of the guard in front of the Presidency marks the national and public holidays in Bulgaria. The official changing of the guard takes place every first Wednesday of the month at 12:00 o’clock.


Festivals
04.04.2018
Music and Dance Events
05.04.2018

Faith and Truth

Resurrection. Easter. Values and Symbols of Christianity.
Festivals
05.04.2018

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, GIANNI SCHICCHI

Operas by Pietro Mascagni and Giacomo Puccini
Stage: Big stage
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
Duration: 1h
GIANNI SCHICCHI
Duration: 1h
Intermissions: 1
Music and Dance Events
05.04.2018

IV Concert from the The Human Voice Cycle

Easter concert - VERDI REQUIEM
Nayden Todorov, conductor
Alisa Zinovieva, soprano; Mario Malanin, tenor; Veselina Katsarova; mezzo-soprano; Siril Roveri, bass;
With the participation of Svetoslav Obretenov National Philharmonic Choir conducted by Slavil Dimitrov
Music and Dance Events
05.04.2018

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

The most successful musical of all times – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar, will entertain the Bulgarian audience. Before concluding its tour in Bulgaria, the rock opera will be performed in Italy and the Netherlands during Catholic and Protestant Easter.
Music and Dance Events
06.04.2018

Bonus Concert to the The Four Seasons Cycle

Students from Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music.
Music and Dance Events
06.04.2018

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

The most successful musical of all times – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar, will entertain the Bulgarian audience. Before concluding its tour in Bulgaria, the rock opera will be performed in Italy and the Netherlands during Catholic and Protestant Easter.
Music and Dance Events
07.04.2018

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

The most successful musical of all times – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar, will entertain the Bulgarian audience. Before concluding its tour in Bulgaria, the rock opera will be performed in Italy and the Netherlands during Catholic and Protestant Easter.
Music and Dance Events
08.04.2018

Easter (Resurrection Sunday)

In 2018, Catholics, Protestants and Armenians celebrate Easter on April 1, while the Orthodox Christians – on April 8.

On Easter Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day of his crucifixion. His empty tomb was found by the women myrrhbearers who had come to his grave. After that, Jesus Christ visited Mary Magdalene and the Apostles.

The preparations for this holiday start the week before Easter called Holly Week. This is the last week of Christ’s life - it begins with his triumphant entry into Jerusalem and ends with his Resurrection. Each day of this week is holy. It is also the last week of Lent and special church services are held every day. Easter is on the last day of the week.


Orthodox Easter

April 6 - Holy Friday; April 7 - Holy Saturday; April 8 - Resurrection Sunday (Pascha)

On Holy Friday morning a special ritual is held where people pass under a table in the middle of the church. In the evening a service called the Lamentations at the Tomb is held.

On Holy Saturday are held a Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great and in the evening at 11:30 pm – Vespers. Then Christians celebrate Holy Saturday - the Day of Silence and Prayer.

Every year, only on Orthodox Easter a miracle occurs - the descent of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem in a chapel at the place where Christ was buried. With special lanterns a fragment of the flame is transported and it illuminates a lot of Bulgarian churches – this year it will be brought once again on a government plane on Holy Saturday. On the first day of Easter at 11 am a church service is held where the Gospel is read in various languages while on the second and third day there are festive liturgies. All believers can join the prayers at church or write down their names so that they can be read during the services.

The tradition of dying eggs originates from the story of the first Easter egg: Mary Magdalene gave eggs to Emperor Tiberius and told him of the resurrection of Christ. The emperor told her that he would believe her as long as the egg she was holding turned red and it did. Because of this, red is the most popular color when dying eggs. Easter eggs are boiled and dyed on the Thursday or Saturday before Easter and they cannot be eaten before Easter. In Sofia and Bulgaria people also prepare tasty Easter bread (kozunak). 

According to old traditions, the Easter eggs are hidden for children to find on Easter morning.

They can be put into a basket covered with real or decorative straw which resembles a nest. The table on this day is covered with tasty dishes, salads and desserts.

Religious Holidays
08.04.2018

Show featuring Bulgarian and Romani Performers and Dedicated to the International Romani Day

The program includes: Music and dance performances as well as individual ones of Bulgarian and Romani performers.
Festivals
09.04.2018

The Music of Europe - Latvia

Nona Krastnikova - soprano; Maria Ruseva – piano;
Works by E. Dārziņš, Jānis Medins, Jāzeps Medins, J. Vītols, S. Mence, R. Kalsons, E. Melngailis, and A. Kalniņš.
The Music of Europe is a project realized with the financial support of Cultural Program of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018 of the National Culture Fund.
Music and Dance Events
11.04.2018

Concert of Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble

Guest-conductor – Georgi Patrikov; Soloists: Alex Vitkov, trumpet; Iva Lyubomirova, Evgeni Nikolov
Program:
Giya Kancheli - Valse Boston
Hristos Zumbos - Concerto for trumpet
Telemann - Concerto for Flute, Violin and Cello
Music and Dance Events
11.04.2018

Concert of Students from Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music

Concert of Students from Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music - Instrumental Faculty.
Music and Dance Events
11.04.2018

TANGO

Concert featuring music from Tango – Vesko Eshkenazy and Lyudmil Angelov’s latest album, which marks 20 years of their partnership. The album combines the magical music of the Argentine tango masters Astor Piazzola and Carlos Gardel with Angelov and Eshkenazy’s rendition on violin and piano.
Music and Dance Events
11.04.2018
Music and Dance Events
12.04.2018

II Concert from the The Great Symphonies II Cycle

70 years since the birth of Stefan Dragostinov.
Boryan Tsanev, conductor; Dino Imeri, piano;
DRAGOSTINOV Concerto for orchestra (world premiere)
Tchaikovsky - Concerto № 1 for Piano and orchestra
Beethoven - Symphony No. 1
Music and Dance Events
12.04.2018

LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES

This event in Sofia is part of the upcoming world tour which begins on November 1 in Moscow. There are 55 planned spectacles at present. The talented Michael Flatley will take part in some of the shows in London and on Broadway. Even though his last performance was on March 17, 2016 in Las Vegas the master of Irish dancing continues to manage the production as its creator, producer and choreographer.
Music and Dance Events
13.04.2018

Concert of Sofia Sinfonietta

Accompanied by Svetoslav Obretenov National Philharmonic Choir conducted by Sv. Simeonov
Mozart – Requiem
Music and Dance Events
13.04.2018

Goran Bregović

Three letters from Saraevo is Goran Bregović’s new project which he will present to the Bulgarian audience. In his new songs he asks for peace and harmony.
The album features numerous and versatile musicians with different musical and cultural backgrounds such as Bebe, Riff Cohen, Rachid Taha and Asaf Avidan.."
Music and Dance Events
14.04.2018

5 KM RUN

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 5 km running track is located in Sofia, South park (Yuzhen park). The start and finishing lines are located on the main alley in front of the monument with birds.
Sports Events
14.04.2018

Sirius Theatre – Morning Performance Switch off the lights, plant a tree

Largo
The show aims to educate, form a sense of responsibility and make children care for and love our planet.
Director: Alexander Stoilov
Starring: Aneta Taneva, Petya Kamenova and Iliyan Stoilov.
Free admission.
Theatres
14.04.2018

IV Concert from Epochs Cycle

Janeta Stegareva, soprano; Petya Petrova, mezzo-soprano; Ivaylo Donkov, tenor; Georgi Dimitrov, baritone; Galina Apostolova, piano; Slave Dinev, violoncello.
The program includes: Franz Schubert.
Music and Dance Events
14.04.2018

45 years of Tonika

Tonika Domini celebrates their jubilee with a spectacular concert. They will celebrate 45 years of Tonika and 35 years of Domino. The group will perform remixed versions of over 20 of their most popular songs and will be accompanied by the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Some of the most popular Bulgarian performers will also take part in the concert.
Music and Dance Events
14.04.2018

The Voices of Teatro alla Scala

The Voices of Teatro alla Scala KATIA RICCIARELLI, soprano & Francesco Zingariello, tenor will present With Music in the Heart.
Music and Dance Events
15.04.2018

Workout in Your City - Urban zone

near Vasil Levski National Stadium
www.sofia2018.bg
Sports Events
15.04.2018

Fortissimo Familia

Concert for the youngest ones.
Music and Dance Events
15.04.2018

ARTE Ensemble

Rositsa Chopeva, violin; Philip Philipov, violin; Kristina Hinova, violin; Stefania Yankova, viola; Maina Hinova, violoncello;
The program includes: Haydn, Beethoven, and Janáček.
Music and Dance Events
16.04.2018

The Music of Europe - Denmark

Electroacoustic performance with works by Ejnar Kanding, Morten Olsen, Line Tornhøj, Wayne Siegel, Bo Jaeger, Kim Helweg, Lars Graugaard, John Sund, Irina-Kalina Goudeva – voice and double bass, Ejnar Kanding - piano, multimedia
The Music of Europe is a project realized with the financial support of Cultural Program of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018 of the National Culture Fund.
Music and Dance Events
17.04.2018

In Memory Of the Word

Anniversary evenings of prominent representatives of Bulgarian literature.
Festivals
18.04.2018

Bulgaria Remembers

1300 years since Khan Tervel saved Europe from Arabic Invasion Academic Lecture.
Festivals
18.04.2018

Concert of Sofia Wind Orchestra

Largo
Works by George Gershwin.
Free admission
Music and Dance Events
18.04.2018
Music and Dance Events
21.04.2018

5 KM RUN

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 5 km running track is located in Sofia, South park (Yuzhen park). The start and finishing lines are located on the main alley in front of the monument with birds.
Sports Events
21.04.2018

Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra – Concert

Tickets can be bought at the box office of the Advertising and Information Center of the BNR (4 Dragan Tsankov Blvd.) and at the box office of Cantus Firmus at Bulgaria Hall.
Music and Dance Events
21.04.2018

FOREVER SYLVIE

Sylvie Vartan – the most successful performer of Bulgarian origin, returns to our country on the last tour of her career. She will perform two special concerts – on April 19, 2018 at the Palace of Culture and Sports in Varna, and on April 21, 2018 at Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture. They will be her goodbye to the Bulgarian audience. The farewell concerts will be spectacular and will include her most popular and beloved songs.
Music and Dance Events
21.04.2018

HIPODIL, CONTROL, REVIEW and NEW GENERATION - for the first time together

For the first time, these popular Bulgarian bands will come together to perform an unforgettable concert. Around 40 musicians will perform live some of their most popular songs. Curiously, in 2018 all these bands will celebrate 30 years on stage.
Music and Dance Events
22.04.2018

IV Concert from subscription The Four Seasons in Music Cycle

A concert dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Dobri Paliev.
Vasilena Serafimova, percussion; Hristo Yotsev, percussion;
Tupan Ensemble; The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices Choir
The program includes: St. Yankulov, D. Paliev, Minkin, G. Arnaudov, R. Boyadzhiev Junior, H. Yotsov.
Music and Dance Events
23.04.2018

The Music of Europe - Sweden

Annastina Malm – soprano, Anna Christensen – piano;
Works by Wilhelm Stenhammar, Hugo Alfven, Gösta Nystroem, Gunar de Frumerie.
The Music of Europe is a project realized with the financial support of Cultural program of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018 of the National Culture Fund.
Music and Dance Events
24.04.2018 - 28.04.2018

Technomebel

A specialized exhibition for professionals in the field of furniture production. The exhibition is one of the major regional business events. It offers five days of B2B meetings with domestic and international experts, hours of professional forums, demonstrations, and discussions.
Here you can find everything from the furniture industry - from machinery and equipment for furniture production, materials and accessories, to finished products.
Business Events
24.04.2018 - 28.04.2018

World of Furniture

Furniture, lighting, interior design 2018.
Business Events
24.04.2018

Concert of Brass Quintet of Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

Kremena Acheva, flute; Valentin Metodiev, oboe; Mihail Zhivkov, clarinet; Martin Stoyanov, bassoon; Krasimir Kostadinov, French horn;
With the special participation of Victoria Vasilenko, piano.
The program includes:
Sextets by Poulenc & Thuille.
Music and Dance Events
24.04.2018

Angel Zabersky Presents SYMPHONY – JAZZ

The upcoming music project of the composer and pianist Angel Zabersky will include symphonic jazz and folk plays. He will gather some of the most popular jazz performers on the same stage - Mihail Yosifov, Velislav Stoyanov, Martin Tashev, Stoyan Yankulov-Stundzhi, Todor Bakardzhiev, Boris Taslev, Mihail Mihaylov and Dimitar Uzunov, a 38-member string orchestra conducted by Grigor Palikarov, as well as interesting guest soloists.
Music and Dance Events
25.04.2018 - 31.08.2018

Sport in Ancient Thrace - Exhibition

On April 25, 2018 is the official opening of the exhibition Sport in Ancient Thrace which also celebrates Sofia being European Capital of Sport. It will be displayed at the Temporary Exhibitions Hall at NAIM until the end of August, 2018
Exhibitions
24.04.2018 - 28.04.2018

Technomebel

A specialized exhibition for professionals in the field of furniture production. The exhibition is one of the major regional business events. It offers five days of B2B meetings with domestic and international experts, hours of professional forums, demonstrations, and discussions.
Here you can find everything from the furniture industry - from machinery and equipment for furniture production, materials and accessories, to finished products.
Business Events
24.04.2018 - 28.04.2018

World of Furniture

Furniture, lighting, interior design 2018.
Business Events
25.04.2018

Acapella concert of Vassil Arnaudov Sofia Chamber Choir conducted by Prof. Teodora Pavlovich

St Sophia Church
The program includes: Church-Slavonic / Western / Chants by Dobri Hristov, Yoan Kukuzel, Peter Dinev, Alexander Tekeliev and others.
Music and Dance Events
25.04.2018

Concert of Students from Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music

Concert of Students from Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music – Theoretical Faculty.
Music and Dance Events
25.04.2018
Music and Dance Events
25.04.2018 - 31.08.2018

Sport in Ancient Thrace - Exhibition

On April 25, 2018 is the official opening of the exhibition Sport in Ancient Thrace which also celebrates Sofia being European Capital of Sport. It will be displayed at the Temporary Exhibitions Hall at NAIM until the end of August, 2018
Exhibitions
24.04.2018 - 28.04.2018

Technomebel

A specialized exhibition for professionals in the field of furniture production. The exhibition is one of the major regional business events. It offers five days of B2B meetings with domestic and international experts, hours of professional forums, demonstrations, and discussions.
Here you can find everything from the furniture industry - from machinery and equipment for furniture production, materials and accessories, to finished products.
Business Events
24.04.2018 - 28.04.2018

World of Furniture

Furniture, lighting, interior design 2018.
Business Events
26.04.2018

V. Concert from the Do you Love Brahms? Cycle

James Judd, conductor; Stanimir Todorov, violoncello Dvorak - Concerto for violoncello and orchestra; BRAHMS Symphony No. 2.
Music and Dance Events
25.04.2018 - 31.08.2018

Sport in Ancient Thrace - Exhibition

On April 25, 2018 is the official opening of the exhibition Sport in Ancient Thrace which also celebrates Sofia being European Capital of Sport. It will be displayed at the Temporary Exhibitions Hall at NAIM until the end of August, 2018
Exhibitions
24.04.2018 - 28.04.2018

Technomebel

A specialized exhibition for professionals in the field of furniture production. The exhibition is one of the major regional business events. It offers five days of B2B meetings with domestic and international experts, hours of professional forums, demonstrations, and discussions.
Here you can find everything from the furniture industry - from machinery and equipment for furniture production, materials and accessories, to finished products.
Business Events
24.04.2018 - 28.04.2018

World of Furniture

Furniture, lighting, interior design 2018.
Business Events
27.04.2018

XVI Festival of Vocal Art

With the participation of groups and solo performers from Sofia and all over the country.
Festivals
27.04.2018

Concert of the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Music Orchestra

Tickets can be bought at the box office of the Advertising and Information Center of the BNR (4 Dragan Tsankov Blvd.) and at the box office of Cantus Firmus at Bulgaria Hall.
Music and Dance Events
28.04.2018

5 KM RUN

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 5 km running track is located in Sofia, South park (Yuzhen park). The start and finishing lines are located on the main alley in front of the monument with birds.
Sports Events
25.04.2018 - 31.08.2018

Sport in Ancient Thrace - Exhibition

On April 25, 2018 is the official opening of the exhibition Sport in Ancient Thrace which also celebrates Sofia being European Capital of Sport. It will be displayed at the Temporary Exhibitions Hall at NAIM until the end of August, 2018
Exhibitions
28.04.2018 - 29.04.2018
Sports Events
24.04.2018 - 28.04.2018

Technomebel

A specialized exhibition for professionals in the field of furniture production. The exhibition is one of the major regional business events. It offers five days of B2B meetings with domestic and international experts, hours of professional forums, demonstrations, and discussions.
Here you can find everything from the furniture industry - from machinery and equipment for furniture production, materials and accessories, to finished products.
Business Events
24.04.2018 - 28.04.2018

World of Furniture

Furniture, lighting, interior design 2018.
Business Events
28.04.2018

XVI Festival of Vocal Art

With the participation of groups and solo performers from Sofia and all over the country.
Festivals
28.04.2018

I. Concert from the Tempi diversi Cycle

Tempi diversi Concert cycle
Eva Perchemlieva, soprano; Nikoleta Haytova, flute; Valentin Toshev, viola; Slave Dinev, violoncello; Galina Apostolova, piano and harpsichord.
The program includes: Bach, Telemann, Iv. Spasov, V. Zaimov.
Music and Dance Events
28.04.2018

SWAN LAKE

Ballet by P. I. Tchaikovsky
Stage: Big stage
Duration: 3h20min.
Intermissions: 3
Music and Dance Events
28.04.2018

A Nameless Band – The Musical

For the second time the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy the brilliant performance of the same cast. Together with the impressive set design and visuals they managed to conquer the hearts of everyone that attended the premiere.
Starring: Maria Ilieva, Georgi Mamalev, Katerina Evro, Valentin Tanev, Philip Avramov, Rumen Ugrinski, Gamov, Nedelyana Hristova as Reni, Nikolay Urumov, Stefan Denolyubov, and Dilyana Popov. Come and relive the strong emotions and the magic called A Nameless Band.
Music and Dance Events
25.04.2018 - 31.08.2018

Sport in Ancient Thrace - Exhibition

On April 25, 2018 is the official opening of the exhibition Sport in Ancient Thrace which also celebrates Sofia being European Capital of Sport. It will be displayed at the Temporary Exhibitions Hall at NAIM until the end of August, 2018
Exhibitions
28.04.2018 - 29.04.2018
Sports Events
29.04.2018

SWAN LAKE

Ballet by P. I. Tchaikovsky
Stage: Big stage
Duration: 3h20min.
Intermissions: 3
Music and Dance Events
29.04.2018

III Concert from The Soloists of Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra Cycle

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Grigor Palikarov, conductor; Pavel Zlatarov, violin; Milena Zlatarova, viola.
Mozart - The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra, Symphony No. 38.
Music and Dance Events
25.04.2018 - 31.08.2018

Sport in Ancient Thrace - Exhibition

On April 25, 2018 is the official opening of the exhibition Sport in Ancient Thrace which also celebrates Sofia being European Capital of Sport. It will be displayed at the Temporary Exhibitions Hall at NAIM until the end of August, 2018
Exhibitions
30.04.2018

The Music of Europe: Slovenia

Amael Piano Trio
Works by L. M. Škerjanec, Milko Lazar, Nenad Firšt, Rina Jež Brezavšek, Igor Krivokapič, Alojz Lebič.
The Music of Europe is a project realized with the financial support of Cultural program of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018 of the National Culture Fund.
Music and Dance Events