Welcome to Stara Zagora, Bulgaria – a city of 8000 years!
EVENTS FROM THE CULTURAL CALENDAR OF STARA ZAGORA MUNICIPALITY
OPERA OF THE STADION – TURBADUR FROM JUZEPE VERDI
Only in Stara Zagora the spectacles of the State Opera – Stara Zagora turn the football field at the Beroe stadium into the biggest opera scene. The event is held for the 4th consecutive year. This year’s performance is resolved with an impressive stage vision and relies on the selection of star solo composition, original directing and brilliant performance of soloists, choir and orchestra of the Stara Zagora Opera.
19, 25 and 27 July
SUMMER MUSIC EVENINGS OF THE ANTIQUE FORUM OF AUGUSTA TRAIANA
The Forum of the Ancient City of Augusta Trayana and an attractive musical sinking beneath the star-lit sky. Organizer and host of the event is State Opera – Stara Zagora.
NOTIFICATION OF 142 YEARS FROM STEEL WATCHES FOR THE RUSSIAN-TURKISH BREEDING WAR 1877-1878
Celebration, which is celebrated with many events in a few days. On July 31, the memorial complex “Defenders of Stara Zagora 1877” held a commemorative ritual dedicated to the memorable battle for the protection of Stara Zagora during the Russo-Turkish War of Liberation (1877-1878).
NATIONAL THRACIAN FOLKLOR COLLECTION BORROWING STEP
Thousands of fans of authentic Bulgarian folklore flock from all corners of the country to experience the unique magic of the Bulgarian traditions preserved over time, to immerse themselves in the unique nature and to touch the millennial history of the region. The festival is open-air and has a rich accompanying program – street of crafts, children’s playground, dance school, etc.
INTERNATIONAL PUPPET FESTIVAL FOR ADULTS “PIERROS”
The first edition of the festival was in 2000. Attending events at the festival days are exhibitions, street art, art market, seminars and workshops for participants and professionals in the field of puppet-theater art for adults.
BEERFEST IN STARA ZAGORA
The festival is a meeting of beer lovers and fine music, which takes place during the first week of September. In the atmosphere of the festival and completely free of charge, residents and guests of Stara Zagora meet live with some of the best Bulgarian rock bands.
NIGHT OF THE ARTS
Every year on the last Friday of September, Stara Zagora’s museums, galleries and other cultural scenes welcome thousands of visitors with numerous events and surprises. Late in the afternoon the poster of the event attracts visitors with free events – exhibitions, bazaars, shows, concerts, dances and demonstrations of different arts.
DAY OF STARA ZAGORA
On October 5, Stara Zagora officially celebrates its holiday. Date is related to laying the foundation stone for the restoration of the city after the devastation of the Russian-Turkish Liberation War (1877-1878). The event remains in the history of Stara Zagora and has been celebrated as an official celebration for 32 years. Rich is the palette of initiatives of this day – numerous processions, concerts, sports and cultural events, holiday illumination.
FESTIVAL OF WINE AND CULTURAL HERITAGE AUGUSTEAD
Augusta Trayana is one of the ancient names of Stara Zagora. The city boasts a magnificent mosaic depicting the Dionysius procession – a unique find in the glory of the God of Wine and Joy. Traditions related to wine have been erected in a cult since ancient times and Stara Zagora has preserved them until today. The festival is the occasion for a meeting of wine producers, representatives of the food industry, wine connoisseurs, good food and cultural heritage. It is held in mid-October.
22 November – 12 December
FESTIVAL OF THE OPERATIONAL AND BALLET ART
The festival is a unique event in the musical life of Bulgaria. On the stage of State Opera – Stara Zagora are presented the most significant and interesting musical-stage events in the past year. They host the best performances of the Bulgarian opera theaters, one of the biggest names of the European and world opera stage. Attractive, educating and exciting, the festival is the musical gem of Stara Zagora.
CHRISTMAS-NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS
On the eve of the brightest holidays Stara Zagora prepares a special poster with events. The festivities start with the Christmas tree lighting and the town’s Christmas lights in early December.