The National Palace of Culture is situated in the center of Sofia City. It is a multifunctional complex, a synthesis of modern architecture and plastic arts. It was established in 1981. The wonderful spaces are spiritualized by more than one hundred works of the monumental painting, sculpture, woodcarving, tapestry, metal plastics and other genres.
The NPC contains 15 multifunctional halls, 55 premises for meetings, with total capacity of more than 8,000 seats and more than 15,000 square meters of exhibition area. Among them, Hall 1 is the largest one and the most representative hall in the complex. Its area is 11,000 square meters and is equipped with stationary arm-chairs. Its total capacity is 3,692 seats.
The halls of the NPC have received multiple famous artists, such as Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Alexis Weissenberg, José Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Nicolay Gyaurov, Riccardo Muti, Montserrat Caballe, Katia Ricciarelli, Mirela Freni, Veselina Katsarova, Darina Takova, Anna Tomova – Sintova, Gena Dimitrova, Emil Chakarov, Emil Tabakov, Yuri Bashmet, Nigel Kennedy, Emir Kusturica, etc.
The New Year music festival, established by maestro Emil Chakarov in 1986 is conducted in the NPC. Wonderful Bulgarian voices, such as Veselina Katsarova, Kaludi Kaludov, Krasimira Stoyanova, Tsvetelina Vasileva, etc. can be heard during the festival.
One of the largest cultural projects of the NPC is the Arts Saloon. In 2011 it is celebrated in a special way the 25th anniversary of the Palace. For the eleventh time in a row the Music Festival attracted its multiple fans in the foyers of the National Palace of Culture. The special surprise is: Andrea Bocelli, Darina Takova, Stefano Sekko and Franco Vassallo.
In the multiple halls of the Palace everyone can get close to various genres in art. A series of fairs are also conducted here during the whole year. The most popular of them are: “Made in Bulgaria” (in November), “Book Fair” (in December) and “Vacation and SPA EXPO” (in February).
Contacts with the National Palace of Culture, Sofia
1 Bulgaria Square, 1414 Sofia
IP of the NPC - Sofia:
Tel: +359 2 9166048;
Tel: +359 2 916 6300;
Tel: +359 2 916 6400
Tel: +359 2 916 63 69;
Tel: +359 2 916 6368
Tel: +359 2 916 6830;
Tel: +359 2 916 6560
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