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.


The Festival and Congress Centre – Varna is created in 1986. Since its inception, it has become the center of the most prestigious events in the field of art, culture and congress industry. Along with artistic events and festivals, here are held congresses, traditional conferences with international participation, scientific meetings, seminars, various companies celebrate their annual celebrations. The FCC is the face of Bulgaria in such prestigious international congress organizations as ICCA, EFCT, AIPC and the only pan-European cinema hall chain EUROPA CINEMAS to the European Union. One of the most prestigious events, which the FCC is co-organizing, are: Varna Summer International Music Festival, International May Choir Competition, Festival of the Bulgarian “Golden Globe” Film Festival, International Film Festival, Sofia International Film Festival, International Ballet Competition – Varna, International Music Festival and others.