International Print Biennale
Initially the Biennale was announced to be a national exhibition of print artists with international participation. The basic initiators and organizers were the Committee for Culture, the Union of the Bulgarian Artists and the Regional Council for Culture – Varna. In 1987 the Council for Spiritual Development affirmed officially the event as the International Print Biennale.
The statute emphasizes that as an international forum for the meeting of artists from different countries, bearers of the wealth and diversity of the world print art, the Biennale is called upon to play an active role for the mutual enrichment of the print artists, for the spiritual and all-embracing union of the creators and peoples in their struggle for “peace, beauty and humanism”. The participants compete for the “Grand Prix – Varna”, the award of the jury and three equally valued prizes for achievement in the print art.
In the 90s of the 20th century the Ministry of Culture and the Union of the Bulgarian Artists withdraw their financial support. From 1981 to 1991 the Biennale was held from May to the end of August. In the period 1993 – 2001 it was held in autumn – October – December. Since 2003 it has been held again in the period May – August.
In 1981 the Biennale was held in the Palace of Culture and Sports. In 1983 – 1987 – in the Art Gallery at 65 Knyaz Boris I Blvd, the City Art Gallery “Boris Georgiev” (1989 and after 1995) and in the Varna Municipality hall (1991 – 1993)