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Thursday 17 January 2019
14 January 2019 - 20 January 2019
January 2019
01.01.2019

NEW YEAR’S MUSIC FESTIVAL – CLOSING FESTIVE NEW YEAR’S CONCERT

The traditional finale of the New Year’s Music Festival will feature festive New Year’s concert – The Magic of Dance.
Dance extravaganza with music by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Ponchielli, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Ginastera, Marquez, Dvorak, Grieg and others will bewitch the audience in the first hours of the new year. The event will feature Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Emil Tabakov and the soloist of the evening will be the world famous flute player Patrick Gallois.
Festivals
02.01.2019

OFFICIAL CHANGE OF THE GUARD IN FRONT OF THE PRESIDENCY

The ceremonial change of the guard in front of the Presidency marks the national and official holidays in Bulgaria. The official change of the guard takes place every first Wednesday of the month.
Festivals
04.01.2019

141 years since the Liberation of Sofia from Ottoman Rule

On January 4, 2019 the Bulgarian capital celebrated 141 years since the Liberation of Sofia from Ottoman Rule. Even though on this day the weather is always cold and freezing the arrival of General Gurko in Sofia is celebrate by everybody. On January 4, at 10 o’clock there was a thanksgiving prayer at St. Nedelya Church. The temple is historically linked to this event as here is the icon carried by the soldiers of General Gurko on their way from Russia to Sofia. It is a copy of the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary - Joy to All who Grieve, which comforts all believers. In the temple was also held the first memorial service in memory of those who died in the presence of General Gurko during the liberation of the country. At 10:30 there was a procession to the Monument of General Gurko, the Monument to the Tsar Liberator and the Monument of the Bulgarian Volunteer and a festive ringing of the bells of the central temples along the way. Wreaths were laid in front of the monuments. At 11:15 o’clock literary and musical events were held, and the guardsmen laid wreaths at the Monument of the Bulgarian Volunteer
Festivals
05.01.2019

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
05.01.2019
Music and Dance Events
06.01.2019

Holy Theophany (Yordanovden)

On January 6, Christians celebrate Holy Theophany (Yordanovden). This day commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, and is one of the great feats of the Church. It is also regarded as Day of Light and Enlightenment. It is celebrated by the Orthodox Church with a festive ceremony. After the symbolic christening of water, the priest throws a cross in a river or in the sea and men race to grab it. It is believed that if the cross freezes in the water the year will be fertile and the people – healthy. In Sofia the cross is thrown in the lake in Druzhba quarter. Yordan, Yordana, Yordanka, Bistra, Bogdan, Bogolyuba, Bogomil, Bozhana, Borislava, Boyan and others celebrate their name day on this date.
Religious Holidays
06.01.2019
Music and Dance Events
07.01.2019

Ivanovden - St. John the Baptist

On January 7 we honor St. John the Baptist (Ivanovden). On this day, the Orthodox Church honors St. John the Baptist - the greatest prophet who foretold the coming of Christ. He is the patron saint of baptism and brotherhood. On this day people perform ritual cleansing with water as they believe in the healing power of water. Brides and grooms that got married this winter bathe as well as all people named after the saint and all engaged couples. On this day the newlywed couples visit the best man and the maid of honor giving them a bun, millet, brandy and wine and stay to eat. The couple also visits the husband’s brother. Ivan, Ivana, Ivanka, Vanyo, Vanya, Enyo, Encho, Ivelina, Iveta, Ivo, Yoan, Yovka, Yoncho, Yoto and Kaloyan celebrate their name day on this date. In January there are a lot of feasts that you can read about at https://www.visitsofia.bg/images/calendar/events_december-january-february-2019.pdf.
Religious Holidays
10.01.2019

THE HUMAN VOICE CYCLE

Johann Strauss – “Die Blindekuh”
Conductor: Dario Salv
Music and Dance Events
12.01.2019

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
12.01.2019

PREMIERE – DON PASQUALE

Opera by Gaetano Donizetti
Stage: Big stage
Entrance: 1 Vrabcha Str
Music and Dance Events
13.01.2019

DON PASQUALE – OPERA

Opera by Gaetano Donizetti
Stage: Big stage
Entrance: 1 Vrabcha Str.
Music and Dance Events
17.01.2019

THE FOURTH – CYCLE

Beethoven – Leonora Overture No.3
Franz Liszt – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2;
Johannes Brahms – Symphony No 4;
Conductor: Stilyan Kirov
Soloist: Petra Pogadi, piano
Music and Dance Events
17.01.2019

THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE

The Illusionists – the world's best-selling magic show, will present the best illusions on the planet.
Millions of people all over the world have already seen their performances and their incredible talent. People of all ages have witnessed their amazing tricks and illusions, levitation, mind reading, and disappearing acts, and were left speechless.
Music and Dance Events
18.01.2019

BULGARIAN NATIONAL RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SEASON 2018/2019 SUBSCRIPTION CYCLE I THREE EPOCHS

Dimitar Nenov – Ivan Staykov – Tokata
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Concerto No. 5
For Violin and Orchestra;
Cesar Franck – Symphony;
Soloist – Lia Petrova;
Conductor: Plamen Dzhurov
Music and Dance Events
18.01.2019

THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE

The Illusionists – the world's best-selling magic show, will present the best illusions on the planet.
Millions of people all over the world have already seen their performances and their incredible talent. People of all ages have witnessed their amazing tricks and illusions, levitation, mind reading, and disappearing acts, and were left speechless.
Music and Dance Events
19.01.2019

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
19.01.2019

IV VITOSHA WINTER FEST – WORLD SNOW DAY

The celebration of winter sports marks the World Snow Day under the motto “Explore, Enjoy, Experience!” The Festival includes competitions in parallel slalom, ski-mountaineering, and crosscountry skiing; contest for snow figures and most attractive look; tug of war, carnival costume show and mountain songs; quizzes and a lot of gifts.
The ski teachers will present a colorful snow carnival with costumes of cartoon characters.
Sports Events
19.01.2019
Music and Dance Events
19.01.2019

CARMEN, RHAPSODY IN BLUE

Ballets to music by Bizet – Shchedrin and George Gershwin
Stage: Big stage
Entrance: 1 Vrabcha Street
Duration: 2h 20min
Intermissions: 1
Music and Dance Events
19.01.2019

THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE

The Illusionists – the world's best-selling magic show, will present the best illusions on the planet.
Millions of people all over the world have already seen their performances and their incredible talent. People of all ages have witnessed their amazing tricks and illusions, levitation, mind reading, and disappearing acts, and were left speechless.
Music and Dance Events
20.01.2019
Music and Dance Events
20.01.2019

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN BULGARIA – MAMMA MIA – BENNY ANDERSSON, BJÖRN ULVAEUS

Director: Plamen Kartalov
Stage: Big stage
Entrance: 1 Vrabcha Street
Music and Dance Events
20.01.2019
Music and Dance Events
20.01.2019

THE ILLUSIONISTS LIVE

The Illusionists – the world's best-selling magic show, will present the best illusions on the planet.
Millions of people all over the world have already seen their performances and their incredible talent. People of all ages have witnessed their amazing tricks and illusions, levitation, mind reading, and disappearing acts, and were left speechless.
Music and Dance Events
23.01.2019 - 27.01.2019
Business Events
23.01.2019

AMORPHIS + SOILWORK – CONCERT

AMORPHIS and SOILWORK will take part in the concert dedicated to the 13th anniversary of Radio TANGRA MEGA ROCK.
The show will take place in Universiada Hall and will feature 4 bands – with JINJER and NAILED TO OBSCURITY as special guests.
Music and Dance Events
23.01.2019
Music and Dance Events
23.01.2019 - 27.01.2019
Business Events
24.01.2019

CONCERT OF SOFIA SOLOISTS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

Guest conductor – Ivan Stoyanov;
Soloists:
Valchan Valchanov – oboe
Yordan Dimitrov – violin, Ognyan
Konstantinov – viola;
Program:
Peteris Vasks – Cantabile: 8 min and 10 sec.
Kurt Atterberg – Suite for violin, viola & string orchestra: 11 min.
Arvo Pärt – Silouans Song: 6 min.
Sibelius: Valse triste (Sad Waltz) – string orchestra version: 5 min.
Vaughan Williams – Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra: 18 min.
Grieg – Nordic melodies op 63: 12 min and 20 sec.
Music and Dance Events
24.01.2019

RUSSIAN FAIRY TALES CYCLE – CONCERT

Alexander
Borodin – Polovtsian Dances;
Alexander Glazunov – Violin Concerto;
Igor Stravinsky – The Firebird;
Conductor: CARLO TENAN;
With the participation of Svetoslav Obretenov
National Philharmonic Choir
Conductor: Slavil Dimitrov
Music and Dance Events
23.01.2019 - 27.01.2019
Business Events
25.01.2019 - 27.01.2019

THE 28th EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL SURVA 2019

If you want to experience the feeling and magic of the Kukeri’s games, feel and see the masks of the participants, immerse yourself in the festive procession along with over 6000 Kukeri and Survakari and send a wish for health and luck come to the International Festival of the Masquerade Games in the town of Pernik. Here you will see the preserved masquerade traditions of the region. More than 100 masquerade groups from all ethnographic regions of Bulgaria as well as international guests from Europe, Africa and Asia will take part in the festival. In 2019 in Pernik will be held the 28th edition of the festival with more than 50 years of history. During Surva 2019 people will have the opportunity to see some very interesting works of art in the exhibition halls of the town. You will be able to buy original souvenirs at bazars especially constructed for the event in the center of the town.

Pernik is a member of the Federation of European Carnival Cities and is situated 42.6 km from Sofia and every hour there are buses and trains that you can catch from the Central Railway and Bus Stations.

Festivals
26.01.2019

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
23.01.2019 - 27.01.2019
Business Events
25.01.2019 - 27.01.2019

THE 28th EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL SURVA 2019

If you want to experience the feeling and magic of the Kukeri’s games, feel and see the masks of the participants, immerse yourself in the festive procession along with over 6000 Kukeri and Survakari and send a wish for health and luck come to the International Festival of the Masquerade Games in the town of Pernik. Here you will see the preserved masquerade traditions of the region. More than 100 masquerade groups from all ethnographic regions of Bulgaria as well as international guests from Europe, Africa and Asia will take part in the festival. In 2019 in Pernik will be held the 28th edition of the festival with more than 50 years of history. During Surva 2019 people will have the opportunity to see some very interesting works of art in the exhibition halls of the town. You will be able to buy original souvenirs at bazars especially constructed for the event in the center of the town.

Pernik is a member of the Federation of European Carnival Cities and is situated 42.6 km from Sofia and every hour there are buses and trains that you can catch from the Central Railway and Bus Stations.

Festivals
23.01.2019 - 27.01.2019
Business Events
25.01.2019 - 27.01.2019

THE 28th EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL SURVA 2019

If you want to experience the feeling and magic of the Kukeri’s games, feel and see the masks of the participants, immerse yourself in the festive procession along with over 6000 Kukeri and Survakari and send a wish for health and luck come to the International Festival of the Masquerade Games in the town of Pernik. Here you will see the preserved masquerade traditions of the region. More than 100 masquerade groups from all ethnographic regions of Bulgaria as well as international guests from Europe, Africa and Asia will take part in the festival. In 2019 in Pernik will be held the 28th edition of the festival with more than 50 years of history. During Surva 2019 people will have the opportunity to see some very interesting works of art in the exhibition halls of the town. You will be able to buy original souvenirs at bazars especially constructed for the event in the center of the town.

Pernik is a member of the Federation of European Carnival Cities and is situated 42.6 km from Sofia and every hour there are buses and trains that you can catch from the Central Railway and Bus Stations.

Festivals
27.01.2019

FORTISSIMO – CONCERT

A tale about Krali Marko.
Music and Dance Events
30.01.2019

PARSIFAL – OPERA

Opera by Richard Wagner
Stage: Big stage
Entrance: 1 Vrabcha Str.
Music and Dance Events
31.01.2019

THE PIANISTS CYCLE

Alwyn – The Magic Island;
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467;
Lyadov – The Enchanted Lake;
Borodin – Symphony No. 2 “The Bogatyrs”;
Conductor: Leo Hussain;
Soloist: Elena Bashkirova, piano;
Music and Dance Events