• Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    16 February 2020

    The curiosity between a young artist and her model - a girl posing for a portrait of her future husband - is the story in this late-18th-century costume drama, which won the Cannes Screenplay award. We are watching on February 16th as part of the Sofia Pride Film Fest 2020 program.
  • Historical Quiz + See It Be It Talks

    20 February 2020

    Two decent events on 20 February:

    HISTORICAL QUIZ
    The people behind the educational walks Po Stapkite and the Bulgarian History Association lead a quiz about the life and reign of Boris III at City Stage on February 20 at 20:00. Register a team of 3-8 people on 0898 543 369 and bring 5BGN per person for the entry fee. The best ones at the end get board games, concert tickets and more.

    SEE IT BE IT TALKS: WOMEN & KNOWLEDGE
    The program of the Cannes Lions advertising festival has introduced us to a lot of successful women in response to the worldwide gender imbalance on high business positions. On February 20 we meet Bilyana Savova (diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and now leading a foundation and the healing program Plan2be) and Evgenia Sarafova (co-founder of Geograf BG and part of programs related to Space). From 18:30 at Missia23 for free.
  • Hot - room for audiences

    21 February 2020

    Launched in 2019, the program is once again opening a conversation around contemporary dance, choreography and performance, meeting artists with their audiences in three different discussion and experiential formats. The whole info is here and if you want to meet Rosen Mihailov, Mladen Alexiev, Snejanka Mihailova and Stefania Georgieva on February 21-23, be sure to drop them an email until the 19th. It's free.
  • My Monologues

    17 February 2020

    "I choose to resurrect monologues of plays and performances by the independent […] theater, which, unfortunately, are no longer on any stage," is how Emona Ilieva outlines her plan for February 17th. You know her, for example, from Hi Ro Shi Ma and Narcissus and echo, and now she invites you to Mozei to watch her participate in the series in which actors recite favorite monologues. Hers will be accompanied by music, and the next day (again at 19:00 for 15BGN) we will listen to Ovanes Torosyan.
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival

    19 February 2020

    photo Surfer Dan

    From the Canadian town of Banff, where it takes place every November, the adventure film festival sends the best films of its program on a world tour that arrives here on February 19 and 20. With tickets for 11.60/13.60BGN from the box office and Cinema City Paradise website, starting at 20:00 in both days, we look at a dozen titles for everything from winter, water and land sports to wildlife, nature and culture from different points on the globe.
  • HMSU + Absolut parties

    15 February 2020

    Two decent events on 15 February:

    HMSU: DRAM AND BASS CARROUSEL
    "Exclusive selection of quality low-frequency music," reads the menu for the dark hours between February 15 and 16, when HMSU smashes the door of Terminal 1 and enters with seven Bulgarian artists behind its back. From 22:00 onwards, Ogonek, Mocks, Acidtrip, Faith, Konspirator, Monotype, E: lee and Techdown's drum'n'bass starts hitting the walls, joining them costs 5 or 8BGN depending on the hour of your arrival.

    ABSOLUT CULTURE SHOCK VOL.4
    You already know the rules: famous people become DJs for a night in an unnatural environment, so that we can all get shocked by something unfamiliar. Under these rules we already danced with Rushi, Desi Slava and Margarita Hranova, and this time things get even more interesting: on February 15 at 23:30 at Carrusel the next person behind the decks is politician Solomon Passy. We don't even know how to dress.
  • Between pain and tenderness

    12 February 2020

    At 63 Rakovski St there's a brand new cultural space - the Pregarni Me gallery which will host not only exhibitions, but everything from concerts to film screenings and drawing in the style of famous artists. On February 12 we are invited to a poetic reading - for 10BGN we join Sylvia Choleva, who presents the poets Beloslava Dimitrova and Radoslav Chichev and their latest poetry books (Meat and Birds + Lightning). Make sure to be there at 19:00.
  • Fuckup Nights + Plus Seven Hours

    11 February 2020

    Two decent events on February 11:

    FUCKUP NIGHTS
    Every month in 300+ cities around the world, there's one night like this where several people face the audience boldly sharing their professional failures, the price they paid for them and the lessons they learned. These are impactful stories of collapsed businesses, failed partnerships, missed opportunities and ideas that never saw the light of day. If it sounds kind of sad, actually the tone is different - the idea is for us all to agree that there is no up without 1-2 downs before that. On February 11 at 19:30 in the Student House the microphone is for three guests: businesswoman Gena Sabeva, actress Sylvia Petkova and Irena Ivanova, who used to be a mechanical engineer before becoming the person behind the cult restaurant Dedo Matso in Knyazhevo.

    PLUS SEVEN HOURS
    Japan leads us 7 hours according to Greenwich time, but the difference is not just the time, as shown by the fashion photography exhibition at Doza, a project shown at Ivan Asen 22. The main character in it is Irmena Chichikova, first shot by Japanese photographer Benjamin Hung in late night Tokyo in a kimono and traditional Bulgarian clothes, and then by Zlatimir Arakliev in a Sofia studio, in an unusual perspective. We watch the photo conversation from February 11 to February 28.
  • Valentines

    14 February 2020

    The end, they just booked the last table for February 14th, but there's something else to do.

    SHAME PARTY
    The shameful pop this time will be seasoned with bursting of balloons, at least that is how they end up, but they are unconventional in another way: the party series leaves the clubs and after 22:30 enters The park (the hall above Lumiere). Entrance is BGN 10, reservations are on 0899 57 44 81.

    OSTAVA
    If it's sweeter than chocolate, Ostava feels that way too. At Terminal 1 they start at 10pm, supported by Jin Monic, tickets are 16BGN in advance from eventim.bg, and being spontaneous will cost you 20BGN on the spot.

    SWINGING STORIES
    Clearly, if you have special dance shoes, the most tempting one is to invite them to shine. At Lindy Hop (at the National Palace of Culture), DESY & The Shiny Stockings are on the microphone, and the swing comes after 9:30 pm for 10BGN.

    LOVE YOURSELF
    If you are passionate about laughing, Comedy Club Sofia occupies Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture with its jokes about love and relationships. "No kidding" they promise us a funny evening, so it is unlikely that it will be bitter - it starts at 20:00, tickets from eventim.bg are 28BGN.

    AFRU PARTY
    "Scenery-provocation and animation" rhyme in KEVA. after 10:30 pm, when three DJs seduce afrobite, afro house and dancehall. There are guests from Nigeria and the Netherlands, the host is Harita Asumani, and at the entrance you will be stopped for 8BGN before midnight, 10BGN after.

    SMYAH
    It's not a proposal for a second stand, it's a 5-hour set, thought of as a genre trip: SMYAH will play at Amok everything from drumbeats to hip-hop and downtempo - listen to it on Spotify, then head to the bar after 9pm.

    PLAYBACK THEATER
    If you have the feeling that your life is written by a screenwriter, check out your Love Stories on this show that improvises with facts submitted by the audience. It begins at 7.30pm at Studentski Dom in front of just 50 people - say you are one of them on 0889949683.
  • Oscar Nominees

    9 February 2020

    By February 10th you still have a few more moments to catch up with the films that this year compete for the golden naked Academy man. Most of them are in theaters, so check here for the ones you've missed out: 1917, Joker, Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, Judy, Pain and Glory, Little Women...
  • Tsar B

    13 February 2020

    "Black. Eclectic." she says of her style - the Belgian R&B-pop-electro singer with inspirations such as Björk and Grimes and a royal nickname for her moments on stage. Otherwise called Justine – a musician, producer and ruler of the violin, whose entry into the Black Flamingo Bar on February 13 will be her first in this part of Europe. Warm up for her with the interview here and tear up a ticket for 15BGN from tickets.paysera.com .
  • Actors vs. Poets

    10 February 2020

    Planned as a one time thing a few years ago, this show turned out to be such a bomb that this is its 5th season as part of the program of Sfumato theater. The next opportunity for you to understand why that is is on February 10 at 19:00 with tickets for 12BGN when presenter Lily Geleva sings and teams of poets and actors compete in a series of poetry reciting duels. At the end, we are the ones who decide who performed better.
  • Small World + Ramsey Hercules

    8 February 2020

    photo Martin Parr

    Two nice events for February 8:

    THIS LITTLE WORLD
    Martin Parr is a British photographer with a sense of humor as you can tell by his series about tourism, on show at Synthesis Gallery from February 8, and probably by meeting him - he'll be here for the opening at 19:00. Get your elephant skin with you if you consider travelling to be your most important interest: the exhibition, as Geoff Dyer writes, consents to the verdict that tourism is a "march of stupidity." Well, you are entitled to yours.

    RAMSEY HERCULES
    He was not born as Ramsay nor as Hercules - in fact he is Jordan, and sometimes he is also called The Beer. Other important things for him are that he loves vinyls (he's got a shop), he owns a saxophone, selects tracks on Boogie.FM. On February 8th at FlipFlop we hope they've cleared the tables, because at 20:00 we enter with our dance steps.
  • Architecture night for everyone

    31 January 2020

    When was the last time you were at the Polytechnic Museum? Here is a nice reason to visit it: this event is in conjunction with Bulgarian Architectural Modernism (who have been exploring local soil for years and posting great pictures on their Facebook). However, what does "everyone" mean? That while children are building houses, we are discussing the aesthetics and ethics of architecture - on January 31 from 18:00 to 20:00, 2BGN for us, free for the kids.
  • FAZA x Erotomania

    30 January 2020

    Introducing themselves as an underground movement for electronic music, they now step out of the dungeon to move us - in the three halls of Micro 9 artists play music for 14 hours. You already have a formula for next Friday, February 7th, but warning - the entrance is only with an early ticket purchased for 26lv from bilet.bg. To avoid missing the "rising star" of Héctor Oaks, Errorbeauty and Erta Ale from Germany or IMOGEN from England, get your tickets now.
  • The undeground Rome

    5 February 2020

    For 40 years, Italian archaeologist, speleologist, photographer and writer Carlo Pavea has been exploring Ancient Rome and has so far published his discoveries about more than 500 monuments hidden under the present city. Just because all of Rome is in open ruins it does not mean that there is not more of the same underground, inaccessible to just anyone. On February 5, Carlo talks about this secret old world in Archeology museum at 17:00. The lecture is free for everyone, there will be a translator from Italian to Bulgarian.
  • Stand-up Emission

    6 February 2020

    The format is a regular one for Inside Joke Stand-Up Comedy - it's when comedians  give you their best jokes of the past month, and on February 6th, a 15 leva entry goes to support the fight of a young boy recently diagnosed with brain tumor. Beginning at 9:30 pm at Studio 5, event is in Bulgarian.
  • Ratio: Solar Orbiter

    5 February 2020

    photo ESA

    On February 7/8, ESA will launch its Solar Orbiter - a device equipped with measuring instruments that will help us understand the Sun better and one day we may be able to predict its eruptions and storms. Why they are dangerous to our health and technology, what the cosmic climate is and more burning questions are explained by three doctors from the Institute of Astronomy at BAS on February 5 at 19:00 at City Stage with free entrance.
  • All that musical: Cats

    4 February 2020

    Critics were full of poisonous commentary for Tom Hooper's movie (who otherwise gets Oscars for his musicals), but that's also a good reason to see a Broadway show with people-turned-cats and turn your own thumb up or down. This is the last movie from the mini-fest All that musical - on February 4 from 7pm in Lumiere Lidl.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    3 February 2020

    It's a cliché to say that a Shakespeare's play is perfect (even when it's not true), but his first big comedy is exactly that. We can see how director and teacher Elena Panayotova and student actors from NBU see this work of the bard at the Student House on February 3 at 19:00 with tickets for 6/8/10BGN from epaygo.bg and ticketportal.bg.