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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  • August 17, 2017
    Great place. A nice large park with Palace and fountains where people dip their feet. I advise you to go there.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Known as Endeca (EDK). It is a cultural center Bulgaria Communist rule under 1981 to commemorate the founding this year, was built. Area 1,700 square meters, such as theater, cinema & Conference Center, television Studio and restaurant there. Yuzhong Park built on the Endeca beautiful renovated with funding from the European Union and good location. It is recommended to rest between sightseeing trips on the first floor there is a café.
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  • August 12, 2017
    An enormous building in the end of Vitosha boulevard surrounded by open space with trees and fountains. Looks like the locals love to walk about here. Metro station 'NDK' is referring to this one.  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Currently there is a reconstruction, but next year there will be organized the Bulgarian representation of EU. So lots of concerts and events will be suspended due to security reasons.
  • May 16, 2017
    Iconic place in downtown Sofia. Nice park in front.
  • May 22, 2017
    A place, offering a wide variety of events all the year around.
  • June 16, 2017
    Its a great place to hang out with friends
  • March 7, 2017
    The Palace of culture. Built to celebrate the 1300 years since Bulgaria establishment. Now ongoing renovations for the EU chairmanship.

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