Until the start of APOLONIA 2024








It is our pride and joy that in 2024 the Apollonia Festival of Arts will be held for the fortieth time in Sozopol. Back in 1984, when the first festival took place, none of us, the organizers, could have imagined that Apollonia will become the best forum of Bulgarian culture, where all arts are presented – theater, music, dance, literature, fine arts, cinema and architecture.

We have been asked many times why exactly Sozopols was chosen to be the venue. At that time, Sozopol was the most romantic, most artistic and hospitable city on the Southern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. And it was the favorite summer meeting point of The Bohema, where people from the world of art communicated, shared ideas and dreamed together…

The idea of the festival, a bold and unusual event at that time was launched by the prominant Bulgarian musician prof. Dimo Dimov and the circle of his colleagues and supporters – artists, musicians, poets and writers. In 1991 the Apollonia Foundation was established, which still organizes the Festival of Arts in Sozopol.

It is almost impossible to list all classical, jazz and pop concerts, theater performances, ballet and folklore performances, art exhibitions, book and magazine presentations, film screenings, master classes and thousands of participants in the festival’s program.

Today Sozopol is a different place, but in the days of the festival the city shines with the smiles of people who come from all over the world to experience the joy of the meeting with the great Bulgarian and foreign performers. And today, the true essence of Apollonia is freedom, innovation and the synthesis of arts.

We look forward to celebrating our exciting anniversary together!

Margarita Dimitrova

Executive Director of Apollonia Foundation

Tihomir Yanakiev

Mayor of Sozopol

It is a very emotional moment for me that the ancient town of Sozopol, bringing together the rich history of the past, the dynamic present and the optimistic future, will be the host of the Apollonia Festival of Arts’ fortieth anniversary.

I believe that Apollonia will, once again, prove the important role of culture for the quality of our life, as well as its fundamental importance in building the world view and progress of the younger generations.

Over the years, the festival has established itself as one of the symbols of Sozopol, which attracts connoisseurs of art from near and far. We’ll be happy to enjoy over and over again wonderful performances, we will immerse ourselves in the classiest Bulgarian creativity and we will feel the excitement of everyone who has been in touch with this magic.

I would like to thank Mrs. Margarita Dimitrova, prof. Dimo Dimov and the whole inexhaustible team of Apollonia Festival of Arts for the absolute dedication to art in all its forms and for the endless enthusiasm they devote to the Apollonia cause – the most prominent cultural forum in Bulgaria.

I am convinced that celebrating the 40th anniversary will infect all of us – residents and guests of Sozopol, with a lot of positive emotions and feelings.

Good luck!
Happy anniversary, Apollonia!

Apollonia Foundation

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Email: fest@apollonia.bg

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