TOP 5 EVENTS IN SOFIA 23 FEB. – 1 MAR. 2015

Our proposal for “Top 5 events in Sofia” next week

23 Feb. .2015 – 1 Mar. 2015

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One of the most known ladies in the Bulgarian rock scene – Milena Slavova and her band will blow you away with her already rock classic songs. If you are into rock and want to see how Bulgarians rock then this is your place.

What:
1 Milena Slavova and Band

When:
25 Feb. / 9:00 pm

Location:
RockIT – Georgi Benkovski Str. 14

Entrance:
8 BGN on spot


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Photo: Club Stroeja

After two years absence two of the best and most beloved Bulgarian alternative rock bands are coming back on scene. Here is a video of Der Hunds and another one of Soundprophet.

What:
2 DER HUNDS & SOUNDPROPHET

When:
25 Feb. / 10:00 pm

Location:
Club Stroeja – Lege Str. 10

Entrance:
8 BGN online here


Photo: grabo.bg
Photo: grabo.bg

This night you will have the pleasure to experience the presentation of the new album “Go Fusion” of Hristo Yotsov Quintet. Hristo Yotsov will show you some of the new talented Bulgarian jazz musicians.

What:
3 Hristo Yotsov Quintet

When:
26 Feb. / 6:30 pm

Location:
Club Studio 5 – National Palace of Culture (entrance from Blvd. Vitosha side)

Entrance:
10 BGN on spot.


Photo: Sofia Live Club
Photo: Sofia Live Club

Preyah is one of the new and raising Bulgarian pop stars. She will be accompanied by one of the most successful Bulgarian club bands. Their music is considered as funky, groovy beats. Here is video of the artists together.

What:
4 Tri o Five & Preyah

When:
27.02 / 11:00 pm

Location:
Sofia Live Club – at the underground of the National Palace of Culture.

Entrance:
10 BGN on spot.


Photo: Club Yalta
Photo: Club Yalta

For the first time in Sofia you will be able to attend a concert with the best Djs in the last few years. Some of the biggest names like: Hardwell, Fedde le Grand, Sunnery James & Rayan Marciano will make the night unforgettable for you.

What:
5 Top 100 Djs world tour

When:
27 Feb. / 9:00 pm

Location:
Arena Armeec – bul. Asen Yordanov 1 / You can get there with trolley bus 4 and 11 and with bus 1,6,305,280,84

Entrance:
Tickets are available online here. If you are between the age of 16 and 18, you need to fill in this declaration.

TOP 5 EVENTS IN SOFIA 16 FEB. – 22 FEB. 2015

Our proposal for “Top 5 events in Sofia” next week

16 Feb. .2015 – 22 Feb. 2015

Photo: Brazzobrazzie.com
Photo: Brazzobrazzie.com

This is the 4th edition of the festival in Sofia. It is dedicated to the sweat craziness and the beauty of the brass music.  Brazzobrazzie 2015 has prepared an excellent international program with 6 bands, virtuosos in setting free the spirit of celebration and happiness of live.

What:
Brazobrazie festival

When:
19-22 Feb. / 9:00 pm

Location:
Sofia Live Club – at the underground of the National Palace of Culture

Entrance:
19.02 – 10 BGN
20.02 – 20 BGN
21.02 – 20 BGN
Festival ticket – 40 BGN (online here)


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Photo: eventyard.net

A unique musical program which comprises selected pieces from Lenard Burnstein’s musicals, dedicated to New York. Featuring the orchestra and choir of Classic FM Radio conducted by Rob Fisher.

What:
The Music of America

When:
18 feb. / 7:30 pm

Location:
Bulgaria Hall – Aksakov Str. 1

Entrance:
Tickets are available online only in Bulgarian here. Or you can buy upfront at the concert Hall Bulgaria.


Photo: Radiosense.bg
Photo: Radiosense.bg

Ruth Koleva and the Sofia Philharmonic are inviting you on a joint concert. For the first time in history one of the best symphony orchestra in the world presents a joint program with a Bulgarian modern artist.

What:
Ruth Koleva  and the Sofia Philharmonic

When:
21 Feb. / 7:30 pm

Location:
Bulgaria Hall – Aksakov Str. 1

Entrance:
You can buy online tickets here.


Photo: Smugglers Swing Club
Photo: Smugglers Swing Club

Again in MIXTAPE 5 you will enjoy an electrifying swing party organized by the Smugglers Swing club. It will feature Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and it will be a live tribute by Swing Revival Collective.

What:
Smugglers Swing club

When:
21 Feb. / 9:00 pm

Location:
Club MIXTAPE 5 – the underpass close to Hilton, under the “Lover’s bridge”

Entrance:
10 BGN presale at Smuggler’s Diner or on spot for 12 BGN


Photo: National Palace of Culture
Photo: National Palace of Culture

Fascinating exhibition of some of the most famous Bulgarian buildings made out of matchsticks. You will see the UNESCO World Heritage Monument of the Rila Monastery (made out of 6 million sticks for 17 years), St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and many other.

What:
Cultural Heritage of Bulgaria

When:
Mon-Fri from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location:
National palace of Culture – Hall 3.3, floor 7

Entrance:
3 BGN and 1 BGN for children under 18 and pensioners.

ST. VALENTINE’S DAY VS ST. TRYPHON ZAREZAN’S DAY

St. Valentine’s day

vs

St. Tryphon Zarezan’s day

14th of February

St. Valentine or St. Tryphon Zarezan? This is the question! In Bulgaria we are quite lucky, because depending on your status, e.g. engaged or not, you can decide which holiday you are going to celebrate on the 14th of February. Why is that so? I am sure most of you know, St. Valentine is a saint associated with the tradition of courtly love. The celebration of St. Valentine’s day became part of Bulgaria’s tradition through globalization. Before we heard of this lovely gentleman, here in Bulgaria we had and still have a long lasting tradition of celebrating St. Tryphon Zarezan on the 14th of February. He is well known as the saint of the vine growers and wine producers. Each year there is a tradition of choosing the king of the wine for the village. He is the one that has the best  harvest or produced the best wine in the village.

Photo: nglas.wordpress.com

King of the wine / Photo: nglas.wordpress.com

To sum up, if you are in a relationship you can celebrate St. Valentine’s day and embrace the warmth of your beloved one. But if you are not engaged, you can warm up and drawn your tears in wine together with St. Tryphon Zarezan and become the king of wine for the day.

 

We at The New Sofia Pub Crawl don’t want to go far from our Bulgarian traditions and roots and therefore invite you on a St. Tryphon Zarezan’s wine crawl. If it happens that you are currently in a relationship, we will do our best and make an exception and welcome you to the world of wine as well. During the event you will learn about the wine, participate in wine games, choose the king or queen of the wine and most importantly drink some good Bulgarian wine. The special wine crawl will start as usual at 9 pm from the Park Crystal and will cost 20 BGN. You can purchase it online here.

TOP 5 EVENTS IN SOFIA 9 FEB. – 15 FEB. 2015

Our proposal for “Top 5 events in Sofia” next week

9 Feb. .2015 – 15 Feb. 2015

Photo: Club Stroeja
Photo: Club Stroeja

This is something really worth visiting if you are into rock music and especially into indie rock music. Two from the new generation Bulgarian rock bands will make you feel the Bulgarian rock culture. Hayas & Y and Bears and Hunters will rock the scene for you this Wednesday. Have a look at the Facebook event.

What:
Hayas and Y, Bears and Hunters

When:
11 feb / 8:00 pm

Location:
Stroeja – Lege Str. 10

Entrance:
Tickets will cost 5 BGN online here and 7 BGN on spot.


Photo: Club Studio 5
Photo: Club Studio 5

Harlem Jazz is a sequence of concerts that brings back the atmosphere of the Jazz music from Harlem, New York in the 60’s of the last century. It will be an explosive combination of swing, jazz blues and bebop songs.

What:
Harlem Jazz

When:
12 feb / 9:00 pm

Location:
Club Studio 5 – National Palace of culture (entrance from Blvd. Vitosha side)

Entrance:
Tickets cost 7 BGN and are available online here.


Photo: Sofia Live Club
Photo: Sofia Live Club

DAYO plays beat, hip-hop and jazz music. And Metaformoza is an “explosive mixture of funk, jazz and free flight into the unknown”, as they describe themselves.

What:
DAYO & Metaformoza

When:
12 feb / 10:00 pm

Location:
Sofia Live Club – at the underground of the National Palace of Culture

Entrance:
 10 BGN


Photo: Club MIXTAPE 5
Photo: Club MIXTAPE 5

It’s 6 years since the first camp session again on Friday the 13th. And Ed Solo is once again here to accompany the other fellow from Camp Sessions Crew, Emil Prize, Bruhu, Sava, Crash, Kickon and Xonic. Here is also the Facebook event.

What:
6 Years Camp Sessions with Ed Solo

When:
13 Feb. / 10:00 pm

Location:
Club MIXTAPE 5 – the underpass close to Hilton, under the “Lover’s bridge”

Entrance:
10 BGN online here, or on spot 13 BGN


Photo: Eventyard.net
Photo: Eventyard.net

On February 14th, the hot spot in Sofia will be Rainbow Plaza and the unique “Love is in the Air Party” with DJ Doncho and Alex Raeva and a special dance show with the most well-recognized cinema dance performances.

What:
Love is in the air with DJ Doncho & Alex Raeva

When:
14 feb. / 11:00

Location:
Rainbow Plaza – Atanas Dukov Str. 29 (next to Tokuda Hospital)

Entrance:
Between 15 and 20 BGN online here

TOP 5 EVENTS IN SOFIA 2 FEB. – 8 FEB. 2015

Our proposal for “Top 5 events in Sofia” next week

02 Feb. .2015 – 08 Feb. 2015

Photo: Eventim.bg
Photo: Eventim.bg

As part of his Hard Believer Tour, the world famous FINK (watch in youtube) is visiting Sofia with a live concert in Sofia Live Club (in the underground of the National Palace of Culture). Despite the fact that the concert is on Monday, there are quite many interested according to the Facebook event.

What:
FINK

When:
2 Feb. / 10:00 pm

Location:
Sofia Live Club

Entrance:
Tickets online (edit 31.01.15) pre-sale is over, please go earlier, to buy tickets on spot!!!


Photo: LAWEEKLY
Photo: LAWEEKLY

The musician and underground phenomenon Mark de Clive Lowe will be in Sofia on the 5th of February. The modern jazz elements in his new album “Church”, brought him “only” 4 Grammy nominees. He will be featured by Ruth Koleva, a famous Bulgarian singer that is becoming also well known in the UK. The concert is worth while visiting, but be punctual because there is no entrance fee and a lot of interest.

What:
Mark de Clive Lowe feat. Ruth Koleva

When:
5 Feb. / 10:00 pm

Location:
Club Terminal 1 at Angel Kunchev Str.1.


Photo: Bar 4 Rooms
Photo: Bar 4 Rooms

Bob Marley Earthday

Did you know that a Bob Marley Earthday existed? Exactly! Well after wondering for a while here is what I found. Bob Marley’s birthday is next week, on the 6th of February and his followers world wide decided to make it a special day of celebration. The Rastafari movement doesn’t have the word “birthday” in its dictionary. They believe that the souls created by God Jah are eternal and therefore they don’t have a birthday. Hence they celebrate the “Earthday” of Bob Marley. And this year in Sofia it will be celebrated in lots of venues and we will show you three of them in case you are in the city for only one night.

The first Bob Marley party for this week will be in Bar 4 Rooms. The lineup for the night will be: SAVA – Dancehall & Ragga session, XONIC – Dancehall & Jungle Set and PRIZE – Jungle Drum & Bass, Dubwise. See the Facebook event.

What:
Bob Marley

When:
6th Feb. / 10:00 pm

Location:
Bar 4 Rooms – Angel Kunchev Str.1

Entrance:
5 BGN, with Bob Marley t-shirt for free.


Photo: Eventyard.net
Photo: Eventyard.net

The second Bob Marley Earthday for the week will be held at MIXTAPE 5. Main artists will be One Soul, Rock a Shock, Rebelites feat. NRG_D, Roots Rocket and Merudiya. You can check the official Facebook event for more details.

What:
Bob Marley Earthday

When:
6th Feb. / 9:00 pm

Location:
MIXTAPE 5 – the underpass close to Hilton, under the “Lover’s bridge”

Entrance:
online – 10 BGN, on spot till 11:00 pm 12 BGN and after 11:00 pm 15 BGN


Photo: Eventyard.net
Photo: Eventyard.net

Bar MAZE claims to be the original initiator of the Bob Marley Earthday in Sofia. They started this tradition in 2007 and are gaining now more and more followers of the Bob Marley Earthday among the clubs and bars in Sofia. The event will feature One Soul (live), Michael Fleming, Curtiz Melody, MC K “Kappa”  Irie and Zionlionz Selectors.

What:
Bob Marley Earthday

When:
8 Feb. / 10:00 pm

Location:
bar MAZE – Hristo Belchev Str.1

Entrance:
8 BGN

OUR PROPOSAL FOR “TOP 5 EVENTS IN SOFIA” NEXT WEEK

Our proposal for “Top 5 events in Sofia” next week

26th Jan. 2015 – 1st. Feb 2015

Photo: Free Sofia Tour
Photo: Free Sofia Tour

What:
Surva festival in Pernik

If you are around Sofia next weekend, there is no way you can miss the Surva festival. Surva is an International Festival of the Masquerade Games annually held in Pernik. It is the biggest event of this kind not only in Bulgaria, but also on the Balkans. Variations of ancient Bulgarian customs, such as Kukeri and Survakari, that are still alive today, are promoted during the event.

The traditional march starts at 10:00 am on the 31th of January and on the 1st of February and continues till 5:00 pm both days.

Here is a map of the festival march going through Pernik as well as the schedule here. It starts next to the City Hall.

P.S. If you went there, please make sure you send us some photos or videos, so that we can share them with more people.


Photo: iabilet.ro
Photo: iabilet.ro

Are you into rock music, then this is for you. The Swedish power metal band SABATON will visit Sofia as part of the event “HEROES on Tour”. They will be in Sofia on the 28th of January in “Zala Festivalna” Hall. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. You can find tickets here. You can get there with bus nr. 72. Bus stop Zala Festivalna.

What:
Sabaton concert


Photo: sousisstlye.com
Photo: sousisstlye.com

Do you prefer the club experience, then we’ve got something for you as well. The winner of 6 Grammy awards Skrillex is visiting Sofia on the 29.01.2015. You can enjoy some good level of dubstep and electro house during the event on Thursday starting at 11:00 pm. Tickets are available hereClub Yalta is located opposite to the Sofia University at Blvd. Tsar Osvoboditel 20.

What:
Skrillex concert


Photo: MIXTAPE5
Photo: MIXTAPE5

For the crazy Balkan dancers there also something interesting worth visiting next week in Sofia. The Serbian virtuoso KRISTIJAN AZIROVI? ORKESTRA will be accompanied by the legendary KARANDILA GIPSY BRASS ORCHESTRA. Similar to the last two events, we are sure the atmosphere will be typically Balkan crazy.

This will be the 3rd edition of this event in Sofia on the 30th of January starting at 9:00 pm in the popular club MIXTAPE 5. The club is located in one of the underground passes of the National Palace of Culture.

Tickets are available here.

What:
GUCA MADNESS


Photo: programata.bg
Photo: programata.bg

Acoustic Beatles Project are coming back in Studio 5 in Sofia. Four of the more famous Bulgarian musicians are going to play the roles of John, Ringo, Paul and George, only for this one night. The songs you are going to hear are definitely classics and will even be more remembering from their last event.

The event will be on 31st of January at 10:30 pm

Tickets will be available on spot for 12 lev or here.

You can also make a reservation on this phone number: +359 0887 934 335

Studio 5 is on the right side of the National Palace of Culture.

What:
Acoustic Beatles Project

INTERNATIONAL STREET AND PUPPET THEATRE FESTIVAL

8th International Street and Puppet Theatre Festival “Puppet Fair 2014”

If you still believe in magic and you are not the ‘puppets-and-clowns-are-only-for-kids’ type, you should visit the 8th International Street and Puppet Theatre Festival “Puppet Fair 2014”. From the 16th to the 22nd of September: Puppet theaters from over 10 countries, including Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Spain, France, and Italy will take part in the festival and will show how puppets will be both funny and magical for kids as well as open to share their wisdom with the adults.

 

Alongside the indoor theater performances during the festival, you will see street theatre, acrobatics, clown shows, pantomime, etc. These open air events will take place in the city center – in front of the National Palace of Culture close to the currently under renovation monument, as well as City Garden next to the National Theatre “Ivan Vazov” and in the Zaimov Park on Yanko Sakazov blvd, close to the Vasil Levski Monument. The entire programme of the festival is prepared very carefully for kids, adults and whole families which will not disappoint anyone of the attendees.

 

If you want to take part in a special biennial event which gives a unique feeling of something magical going on in the city for all Sofia guests and locals, this would be it.

For more detailed information including the performance schedule  in English please click on the link below: www.sofiapuppet.com

SOFIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

24.10 – 3.11.2013

 

The fourth edition of the festival for independent American cinema So Independent (Sofia Independent Film Festival) will be opened on October 24, 2013 in Sofia. Once again, the festival will offer you the best of films, documentaries and short independent American cinema.This year’s festival selection will introduce Bulgarian audience with 40 exclusive film premieres, which will be shown in the following cinemas: newly renovated and furnished with the most modern equipment Cinemateque cinema “Odeon”, “House of Cinema”, “Lumiere” “Euro Cinema” and the halls of “Cinema City”.

For more information visit: http://soindependentfilmfest.com/2013/en/

JESSIE J IN SOFIA

British pop singer Jessie J will perform at Arena Armeec (Арена Армеец) , Sofia on June 29, 2013 as part

of her European Tour. Her most well-known song is Price Tag. The event will be held on June 29, 2013,

and starts at 20:00.

Tickets can be purchased at prices from 70 to 130 leva from Tixgate and its partners.

 

 

Directions to the concert:

By public transit:

There is one bus stop in both directions of “Aleksander Iordanov boulevard. They are connected with a zebra crossing. There is also a traffic light regulating the pedestrian and car traffic.

Public transportation lines stopping on this bus stop:

Buses:1, 6

Trolleys:4, 11

Public transportation lines stopping in the proximity of the hall:

Buses:305, 280, 84

Trolleys: 5, 8

By taxi

From the center it shouldn’t cost more than 6-7lv (10lv tops) or less than 5 euro, so it is a convenient option for getting to Arena Armeec especially if there is more than one of you.

You can preorder a taxi online at: https://ebook.autocab.net/index.php

This is a reliable taxi company, Yellow. The only problem is their online reservation system is only in Bulgarian, but you could ask for help or just use Google Translate. If you prefer calling, their phone number is +359 291119.

On foot

Finally, if you choose to walk there, bear in mind that from the center it would be more than 1 hour walk (which is great if you have nothing else to do!). Here is what it looks like on a map: http://goo.gl/maps/uudZd

GOING TO JAMIROQUAI’S CONCERT ON JUNE 28TH?

Going to Jamiroquai’s concert on June 28th and you have no idea how to get there? Here are the options. Arena Armeec unfortunately is not in the center of Sofia, so you could get there either by public transit or taxi. Walking might be a bit of a challenge. 

Jamiroquai's concert

By public transit:

There is one bus stop in both directions of “Aleksander Iordanov boulevard. They are connected with a zebra crossing. There is also a traffic light regulating the pedestrian and car traffic.

Public transportation lines stopping on this bus stop:

Buses:1, 6

Trolleys:4, 11

Public transportation lines stopping in the proximity of the hall:

Buses:305, 280, 84

Trolleys: 5, 8

By taxi

From the center it shouldn’t cost more than 6-7lv (10lv tops) or less than 5 euro, so it is a convenient option for getting to Arena Armeec especially if there is more than one of you.

You can preorder a taxi online at: https://ebook.autocab.net/index.php

This is a reliable taxi company, Yellow. The only problem is their online reservation system is only in Bulgarian, but you could ask for help or just use Google Translate. If you prefer calling, their phone number is +359 291119.

On foot

Finally, if you choose to walk there, bear in mind that from the center it would be more than 1 hour walk (which is great if you have nothing else to do!). Here is what it looks like on a map: http://goo.gl/maps/uudZd