The International Ballet Competition ? Varna was established in 1964. Its first edition was held from 2 to 13 July at the Open-Air Theatre in the same city ? the biggest sea reasort of Bulgaria. It is the first professional international ballet competition in the world. Already with its first edition the Competition registered an impressive success both as organization and artistic achievements.
By tradition the Competition is held every other year in the second half of July at the Open-Air Theatre of the city. Its romantic setting, its stage covered with verdancy have become a symbol of the Varna Olympiad.
After 1992 the Competition is being organized, financed and carried our by Foundation “International Ballet Competition ? Varna”. It raises funds only thanks to the noble donations of contributions from Bulgaria and abroad. The Foundation is a member of the Permanent Dance Committee of ITI ? UNESCO and member of the International Dance Council CID of UNESCO.
The 27th International Ballet Competition ? Varna was held by Foundation “International Ballet Competition ? Varna” with the kind cooperation of the Ministry of culture and Varna Municipality, from 15 through 30 July 2016. The competition is open to ballet dancers of all nationalities, provided they comply with the requirements of Regulations.