Digital Catalogue of Festivals


International Folklore Festival – Varna

Activity Active
Founded 1992
Location Varna
First edition in Varna 1992
Last edition in Varna 2019
Frequency of occurrence every year
Month August
Usual duration 5-10 days
Type dance
Regulations representative
Audience for all
Content traditional
Range international
Organizer a public institution
Type of participants amateurs
Places in the open
Access free of charge
Official website

The Festival is after the initiative of the Varna Municipality and Association “Bulgar Folklore Fest”, and later in partnership with the Association of the Choreographers – Varna and the Palace of Culture and Sports. After 2000 the organizers were joined by the Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” and the Shumen University – Varna Faculties.


The participants are amateur children’s and youth ensembles, as well as groups for authentic folklore. In the period 1995 – 1999 there participated as a special guest-performer one Bulgarian professional ensemble. Accompanying events were also organized – discussions, practical scientific conferences and short courses for studying and practicing folklore dances and rituals. 


The core events are on the stage of the Summer Theater – Varna, while the accompanying ones – on open-air stages and platforms in Varna and the tourist complexes.

Editions in Varna 1992, 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