The International May Choir Competition was established in 1975 in Varna, Bulgaria.
In 1982 the competition was named after the famous Bulgarian composer Georgi Dimitrov – founder of the contemporary Bulgarian choir school. Since 1989, the International Choir Competition is a member of the Organizing Committee of the European Choral Contest for Large Horoscopes held in Arezzo (Italy) Debrecen (Hungary), Tours (France), Maribor (Slovenia), Varna Tolosa (Spain) . The six choral competitions are among the most prestigious in Europe and they have gained recognition thanks to long-standing traditions, good organization and high artistic level.
The competition in Varna is held annually in accordance with the Regulations, which is updated for each edition and is accepted by the Municipal Council. The competition has the following main objectives:
– Promotion of Bulgarian choral art and vocal works. In accordance with the Regulations one compulsory Bulgarian song for each category is included in the competitive programme. There is also a special prize for best performance of Bulgarian song by a foreign choir.
– Promotion of European choral heritage from different epochs and styles among children and young people.
– Exchange of scores, exchange of information, contacts between Bulgarian and foreign conductors, singers and choral figures.
– Acquaintance of foreign participants with the rich Bulgarian culture, hospitality and natural landmarks of Bulgaria.