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International Theater Festival VARNA SUMMER

Activity Active
Founded 1993
Location Varna
First edition in Varna 1993
Last edition in Varna 2020
Frequency of occurrence every year
Month June
Usual duration 11-20 days
Type theater
Regulations representative
Audience for all
Content experimental
Range international
Organizer a non-profit organization
Type of participants professionals
Places prevailingly indoors
Access paid
Official website

The festival was founded after the initiative of the Bulgarian Association for Theater, jointly with the Varna Municipality and the Ministry of Culture. In 2004, specially for the needs of the Festival, there was created the Foundation “VIA FEST – International Theater Festival Varna Summer”. The board of trustees of the Foundation includes the actress Tsvetana Maneva, and the drama specialists Nikolay Yordanov and Asen Terziev. Initially its range was national, but after 1995 it acquired an international character.

 

The Festival consists of a main program and accompanying spectacles /fringe/, as well as the modules “Showcase”, workshops, students’ spectacles, spectacles for children, street theater, concerts, seminars, conferences, discussions of spectacles etc. 

 

Since 2007 jointly with the Sofia Municipality there has been a replica of the Festival in the capital city – “World Theater in Sofia”. Gradually its program has widened its range and has aspired to form a specific profile by programming spectacles workshops, conferences, specially invited to happen only in the capital city. 

 

Since 2011, in partnership with the British Council – Bulgaria it has broadcast live in cinemas spectacles of the Royal National Theater in London (NT Live). In 2014 together with the Foundation “America for Bulgaria” it realized the project Metropolitan Opera Live from New York” (Met Live). 

 

The Festival is held in the halls of the Drama Theater, Stage ”Filial”, Festival and Congress Center, the City Art Gallery “Boris Georgiev”, the Puppet Theater – Varna, the English Yard of the Archeological Museum, the Navy Club, open-air spaces in the central city part.


Editions in Varna 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

1993 – 20 – 30 June

26 July, First Private Theater “La Strada”: The Street

1994 – 1 – 11 June

1996 – 1 – 11 June

1997 – 1 – 11 June

1998 – 29 May – 9 June

1999 – 1 – 11 - June

3 June. Theater Sofia: “Three Sisters” by Chekhov. Television Varna Cable.

4 June. Theater Laboratory “Sfumato”: “Quartet” by Heinrich Muller. Conversation with Yavor Gardev. Television Varna Cable.

11 June. Foundation “Conception of a Theater: “The Innermost Man” Andrei Platonov. Conversation with Marius Kurkinski. Television Varna Cable

2000 – 1 - 11 June

2001 – 1 – 11 June

2002 – 1 – 11 June

2014 – 1 – 11 June

2016 – 1 – 11 June

2020 – 25 November – 6 December /digital edition/

Nikolay Yordanov: Theater Laboratory “Sfumato”. Archive of the organizers

Georgi Toshev: Vazkresiya Viharova.

Kameliya Nikolova: Galin Stovev. Archive of the Organizers.

Asen Terziev: Yavor Gardev. Archive of the organizers.

Albena Tagareva: Venelin Shurelov. Archive of the organizers.