National Palace of Culture Congress Centre, Sofia

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The National Palace of Culture, located in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is the largest, multifunctional conference and exhibition centre in south-eastern Europe. It was opened in 1981 in celebration of Bulgaria's 1300th anniversary.
The centre was initiated at the suggestion of Lyudmila Zhivkova, daughter of the communist leader of the former People's Republic of Bulgaria Todor Zhivkov. The project was designed by a team of Bulgarian and foreign architects led by Alexander Georgiev Barov along with Ivan Kanazirev. The landscaping of Bulgaria Square in front of the National Palace of Culture was designed by another team of architects and landscape engineers, led by Atanas Agura. Internally, the building exhibits a unified style, employing an octagonal motif and heavy, dark colours. Large bright murals depicting historical figures and events cover the main wall of many of the smaller halls.
During the '90s, immediately following the change of the political model in the country, the NDK lost a significant portion of its property, including infrastructure, commercial areas, and car parks. Since 2011, the NDK has been restructured into a commercial company, but it remains a state property. It is self-sustaining, receiving no subsidies. The first public financial report of the Palace was released in 2012. A substantial part of the revenues are invested annually in new projects and its own cultural events.
The Festival and Congress Centre is the Varna branch of the NDK. It was founded in 1986 and it is gradually becoming the center of some of the most prestigious events in the field of art and culture. FCC is host to artistic events and festivals, scientific meetings, seminars, and more. FCC is the face of Bulgaria when it comes to prestigious international congress organizations such as ICCA, EFCT, AIPC and it is included in the only pan-European network of cinemas, Europe Cinema, in the European Union .
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  • Seems to be a meeting place for Bulgarians although the palace itself is closed. Impressive soviet building and beautiful fountains. It was crazy busy last Saturday and there was a fantastic bbq... 
    Seems to be a meeting place for Bulgarians although the palace itself is closed. Impressive soviet building and beautiful fountains. It was crazy busy last Saturday and there was a fantastic bbq...  more »
  • Nice fountains, got a good picture of the kids, nice place to walk around - quite peaceful, nice lush gardens. The area by the fountains is a tad scruffy, not quite as nice as some of the pics. If... 
    Nice fountains, got a good picture of the kids, nice place to walk around - quite peaceful, nice lush gardens. The area by the fountains is a tad scruffy, not quite as nice as some of the pics. If...  more »
  • This seems to be a place for Sofia families and teenagers. Lovely in the daytime for the park and fountains and great at night for the cafes and evening stroll. Close to the Noise Microphone and... 
    This seems to be a place for Sofia families and teenagers. Lovely in the daytime for the park and fountains and great at night for the cafes and evening stroll. Close to the Noise Microphone and...  more »
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  • I've had the chance to actually enter NDK and visit all the floors. The inside is very clean, spacious, intimidating, and simply, beautiful. There are wonderful lamps and structures also, and most importantly, the view from every floor is... breathtaking. Should you have the opportunity to enter, don't miss it. The park around it is also wow.
  • The National Palace of Culture is a very large building that was opened in 1981. It's a large meeting and congress center which is also used as a major venue for concerts. The building's architecture is not atypical of that era. It uses size to impress. Where the building fails, the landscaping of the area in front of it is memorable because it makes the best of its wide open space and of the water fountains that adorn it. This open space is also used for temporary popular exhibitions.
  • A huge and impressive structure, next to the park full of seating areas along the avenue of water fountains. With cafes all around. Near Metro station and Vitosha Avenue...to walk around and just sitting and injoy it.. you sure must visit this site. In the underground floor a nice bar with a hall of pool tables and snooker.👌
  • Stunning place filled with life around. There was a small market nearby when I visit, people just chilling, reading, having a drink, skaters, tourists. It packs everything and it's super central. I would definitely recommend a visit to the area if you re in Sofia.
  • Great place for events. The organization is just a bit messy and all the workers seems quite confused and not very well informed about the conditions of their job.

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