In 2017 the urban culture festival Sofia Breathes will take place in June and August

In 2017, the urban festival Sofia Breathes, which for the eighth consecutive year will close some of the central streets in the city for vehicles to open space for art and culture, will have a new model of conducting.

Traditionally, the festival was held every Sunday in August, and last year it covered green areas and park areas around its locations. This year, the organizers – Sofia Breathes Foundation and Sofia Municipality offer the summer festival to be held on the last Saturdays and Sundays in June and August – June 24 and 25 and August 26 and 27. The idea is to broaden and diversify the scope of the festival in order to include it in the active cultural program for the preparation of the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe in 2018.

Sofia Breathes Foundation also announces an open invitation to all Bulgarian and foreign artists who would like to join the festival at This year’s festival will once again focuses on the support and performance of young Bulgarian artists in the field of applied, visual arts, music and cinema. During Sofia Breathes 2017, the locations will be divided into thematic areas, which has become a successful model since last year. “The Art Zone” will host the planned concerts, exhibitions and screenings of the festival program, in support of the creative talents of Bulgaria. The Children’s Zone will host all the active events that educate, train and entertain our small visitors and their parents and will support the cause against child abuse. “The Sports Zone” will have a variety of sports facilities and sports items, as well as demonstrations and outdoor trainings on different sports in support of the healthy lifestyle. “The Bargain Zone” will presents Bulgarian hand-made artists and designers, as well as exhibitions of the participating artists. The new “Bulgaria Zone” will presents traditional Bulgarian crafts, music and dances.

A press conference will be held in the beginning of June, where the locations, participants and overall program of the festival will be announced.

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