Cultural events in Southern Fortress Wall and Tower Architectural and Historic Complex


From the 5th till the 15th of July, on the territory of The Ancient Town of Apollonia National Archaeological Reserve, Sozopol took place the Fourteenth International Youth Festival of Arts “The Muses”.

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Photos from the opening of the festival

Sozopol Foundation contributed to the creative atmosphere of the festival and on July 12 – Friday, in the Southern Fortress Wall and Tower Architectural and Historic Complex, Sozopol, cultural events took place, organized by the Organizing Committee of “The Muses” Festival in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Bulgaria and Sozopol Foundation.

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During the significant world festival an exhibition of “Cuban Painting, Graphics and Applied Arts” was opened.


The works in the exhibition are owned by Mr. Boris Ivanov. He was born in 1946 in Sofia. He graduated in Bulgaria and worked for many years in the Republic of Cuba. He is an active member of the Bulgaria – Cuba Association of Friendship. A spiritually rich personality, who loves Bulgaria and Cuba, worthy presents the color and folklore of the two countries.


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A concert of representatives from the world-famous Bulgarian choir “Mountain Song” started in the complex at 17:00.


The representatives of the choir sang wonderful songs with inspiration in front of the local residents and guests of Sozopol. Following the appearance of the representatives of the “Mountain Song” Choir, the halls of the Southern Fortress Wall and Tower Architectural and Historic Complex were unveiled by Cuban rhythms.

The Cuban Folk Ensemble “La Cubania Original” was specially invited. Nelly Gomes, Francisco Gomez, Raul Torres, Nadya Toncheva, Mariel Torres, Nicoleta Kayto and Boris Varbanov – wonderful people, fully obsessed and dedicated to the Bulgarian-Cuban friendship, made for an hour and a half the participants and the guests to be involved, thus they spontaneously took part in the steps of salsa, meringue and samba.

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A special guest of Sozopol Foundation was Prof. Lidiya Varbanova PhD, a worthy Bulgarian woman of world importance. With the friendly atmosphere created, Mr. Kiril Arnautski – Chairperson of Sozopol Foundation, held talks with Prof. Lidiya Varbanova PhD and Mrs. Nelly Gomes, Chairman of the La Cubania Original Association. During the talks, the opportunities for joint projects and partnerships under international projects under the aegis of UNESCO, supported by the embassies of both countries and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, were discussed.

From left to right: Prof. Lidiya Varbanova PhD, Mr. Kiril Arnautski and Mrs. Nelly Gomes

After the performance of the beautiful couple – Nadia Toncheva and Raul Gomez, they were especially greeted by Mr. Kiril Arnautski. A photo was taken at the Southern Fortress Wall and Tower Architectural and Historic Complex – a world tourist destination.

From left to right: Raul Gomez, Kiril Arnautski and Nadia Toncheva