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„Софийски музикални седмици” и Европейската асоциация на музикалните фестивали
Sofia Music Weeks and the European Festivals Association: several records

Author(s): Diana Danova-Damianova, Diana Danova-Damyanova
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music, History of Art
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with several records at the Archives State Agency referring to the 1982 accession of Sofia Music Weeks (the major and most prestigious international music event in Bulgaria’s capital at the time) to the European Festivals Association (EFA; until 1991, Association of European Music Festivals). The real advantages of this accession and the opening up of Bulgarian art through collaboration with other European festivals were presciently foreseen by Bulgarian composer Peter Stupel, the then director of Sofia Music Weeks. In 1988 he joined the managing body of the European Association and made every effort for the earliest Bulgarian music festival, Varna Summer, to join the European festival family, an endeavour which came to fruition in 1987. In that period the Association unfailingly held Sofia Music Weeks in high esteem: the latter was placed among the most intriguing events across Europe in terms of repertoire on a par with festivals enjoying much better funding and organizational capacities. Revealing facts about the rich history of this many-sided Sofia event shed new light on its international representativeness and great renown in the years following the collapse of the Iron Curtain.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 95-114
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English, Bulgarian