National song contest “Burgas and the Sea”

It was organized for the first time in 1973 under the name “Songs for Burgas, the sea and its working people” by Burgas orchestra in Open Air Theatre. After 13 editions, it made a short break. The contest was restored by Hot Sand in 1996 under the name “Burgas and the Sea” and since then it has been held every year. The contest inherited traditions of “Songs for Burgas, the sea and its working people” and it helped many Bulgarian composers, lyricists and performers get a break and create iconic Bulgarian songs.

The Festival of Sand Sculptors, Burgas Sea Garden

In 2008, the first of its kind Festival of Sand Sculptures in Bulgaria welcomed its first visitors, and in a short time became a favourite event not only for Burgas residents, but also for guests of the city during the summer season. The venue has always been the same – the Lake Park, next to the Horse Base, but all the resources the festival builds up each year have gotten bigger and bigger over the years. The preparation process itself begins much earlier than the traditional opening in early July.

Slaveevi Noshti National Folklore Festival (Nightingale Nights), Aytos

It is held annually under the patronage of the Mayor of the town of Aytos in the Slaveeva Reka park. Performers and ensembles from all folklore regions take part. They show their talents for the awards of the Municipality of Aytos. The special awards are also traditional: For the brightest young talent of "Nightingale Nights 2022", for Best performing collective from Aytos, for the youngest performer of "Nightingale Nights 2022" and for Opening of the Festivities.

Nestinar dance (Dance barefoot on the coals), village of Balgare, Municipality of Tsarevo

On the 3rd of June, old style, in the Strandzha village of Bulgare, the feast of St. Constantine and St. Helena is celebrated. Since 2009, the ritual, in which nestinaris dance barefoot on the embers, has been included in the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. It is a preserved centuries-old tradition and is unique to our country. It has pagan elements, but the essence of the ritual is respect for the saints Constantine and Helena.

Spirit of Burgas Festival

The Spirit of Burgas was conceived by the Municipality of Burgas with a planned start in 2009, but thanks to an offer of media support from MTV it came to fruition a year earlier - in 2008. The Spirit of Burgas became the first event of its kind in the country, offering a variety of stages with diverse artists and musical genres.

International Folklore Festival of Burgas

Held annually in July. The program in the five days of the festival is rich and full of emotions and colours. It begins with an attractive procession of all visiting ensembles, which pass from the Troika square to the Atanas Sirekov square /in front of the Burgas Townhall/ and the Sea Garden. To date, in the biography of the festival the names of more than 607 ensembles with more than 19 thousand participants are listed.