Arts Festivals Summit 2019

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Varna Summer - opening

23 June 2017

Varna Summer International Music Festival is the oldest music festival in Bulgaria and one of the festivals with the longest tradition in Europe. It is an important and prestigious forum of Bulgarian and world music and performing art in the field of classical music.

Last year edition of “Varna Summer” celebrated the 90th anniversary of the festival, which has been faithful to the legacy of the founders in 1926: "To present to the citizens of Varna the best of Bulgarian and world music scene." Over the years, tradition and modernity complement each other to present and highlight the achievements of Bulgarian and Varna musicians in the context of European music art. This year the festival pays special attention to youth projects as part of the overall atmosphere of Varna – European Youth Capital 2017.

The rich multi-genre program is structured in six modules:

CORE PROGRAM  - SYMPHONY AND CHAMBER MUSIC (25 June - 7 July)

INTERNATIONAL SUMMER MUSIC ACADEMY (1–14 July)

VARNA SUMMER MUSIC LAB (16 – 26 July)

CROSSOVER (10 – 12 August)

OPEN-AIR OPERA, MUSICAL AND BALLET (29 June – 9 August)

EARLY AND BAROQUE MUSIC (17 – 21 September)

Modules are complemented by a varied parallel program with joint projects in collaboration with the International Theatre Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, the Bulgarian author and conductor Plamen Dzhurov and the Mastretta Ensemble from Spain.

Concert programs feature music ranging from fifteenth to twenty-first century. This year again the festival pays special attention to Bulgarian music with first performances of  works by Emil Tabakov, Anatoly Vapirov and other Bulgarian composers. Musicians from Austria, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey, Hungary, France, Canada, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, etc are guests at the festival.

On June 25 the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra will give the opening concert.

More about the program here. Read the full press release here.