The Golden Treasure, Sboryanovo

The famous winter sports resort - Bansko

The ancient Thracian gold treasure

The famous sea side resort - Sunny beach

The Bulgarian rose

The Alexander Nevsky cathedral, Sofia

Traditional Bulgarian Kukeri show

Nessebar, the sea side resort named 'the pearl of the Black Sea'

The Magura cave

The Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous monastery

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If you have already fallen in love with Bulgaria and its culture, or you're just curious and browsing, then this is the place to be! The home of the cultural scene for all things related to Bulgaria, you will find all the information you need on this website. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please do not hesitate to contact us, or see our FAQs.


The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London aims to promote, support and develop cultural relations between Bulgaria and the UK through various means:

  • Introduce Bulgarian culture to the UK’s international audience through exhibitions, performances, concerts, film screenings, theatrical productions, recitals, literary evenings, discussions and other events.

  • Organise a multitude of interesting courses and seminars, as well as Bulgarian traditions and crafts evenings and workshops.

  • Collaborate with, support and partner with other similar institutions, Anglo-Bulgarian associations and other cultural representatives.

  • Offer a library and reading room with a wide selection of Bulgarian and foreign literature, albums, films, dictionaries, guides and other materials.

  • Provide tourist information and materials for all those who wish to visit Bulgaria and experience its exquisite cultural monuments first-hand.

  • If these aims correspond with your interests and you would like to find out more, come and visit the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London today!

Мерсия Макдермот със “Златен век’’ – огърлие и грамота

По случай 24 май – Ден на българската просвета и култура и на славянската писменост, Министерство на културата удостои с най-високото си отличие „Златен век’’ - огърлие и грамота г-жа Мерсия Макдермот за изключителения й принос в популяризирането на българската история и култура. Отличието беше връчено лично от Директора на Българския културен институт... Read more

Exhibition Opening “Sofia, city at the foot of Vitosha”

Sofia Gallery, 7 pm, Exhibition by the renowned Bulgarian artist MILA MOUSSAKOVA Paintings Book your tickets HERE Mila Moussakova Artist Affiliated to La Maison des Artistes de l’Ile-de-France Associate member of Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France Associate member of Société des Artistes Indépendants, Paris, France Member of Union of Bulgarian Artists iconographic section 1976 Graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria 1973 Graduated from Bakalov high school in Sofia, Bulgaria 1972/1978... Read more

20 April , Thursday , 7 pm, Sofia Gallery     Book your tickets HERE This event is organized by British-Bulgarian Society with the support of BCI London         Presenting the Bulgarian writer Dimana Trankova and her new book The Empty Cave. Dimana Trankova is an archaeologist by education and a journalist by vocation. She is the editor of the only English language monthly... Read more

FILM SCREENING OF “HOLIDAY MAKERS”

Bulgarian Emabssy's Halls, Wednesday, 19th April 2017 Film Screening of 'Holiday Makers' (2016) and discussion with a glass of wine Special guests: Ivaylo Penchev (director) and Vassil Banov (actor) 121 min., Bulgaria, 2016, comedy Director: Ivaylo Penchev Cast: Aneta Sotirova, Kitodar Todorov, Stanimir Gamov, Anton Radichev, Philip Avramov, Malin Krastev With English subtitles A small seaside hotel brings together a group of accidental holiday makers looking forward to a crazy summer. A... Read more

Bulgarian Language Courses

Bulgarian Language Courses BCI London is delighted to announce that a Bulgarian language course for beginners will take place in our premises! You will have the chance to learn our wonderful language from the qualified professional and organiser of this course, Yordanka Velkova. Lessons will be held every Saturday from 2.00 for beginners and 3.30 for  intermediate. The duration of the course will be 10... Read more

31 March, Friday, 6 30 pm, Sofia Gallery Reserve your place HERE This event is organized by BBS with the support of BCI London Christopher Buxton will present his new book of translations of classical Bulgarian poetry Flowers do not Grow Singly and Annie Buxton will present the newly published The European Sultanas of the Ottoman Empire.... Read more

EXHIBITION OPENING

17 March, Friday, Sofia Gallery, 7 pm Polina Gerdjikova is an architect, designer and artist. She has had 20 individual paintings exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad. Her last exhibitions “THE LIGHT – A METAPHOR OF THE SPIRIT’’, dedicated to the International Year of Light of UNESCO, were shown at the COUNCIL OF EUROPE / Strasbourg, (03.03.2016) and at the State Cultural Institute of... Read more

Sofia Gallery, 7 o'clock Reserve your place HERE BCI London invites you to the presentation of the first volume of the collection of radio talks “ Five minutes with Petar Uvaliev “ and a conversation with Dr. Ognyan Kovachev. There will be also a film showing of Trial and Error (1962) 76 min, screenplay by Peter Uvaliev aka Pierre Rouve, starring Peter Sellers and Richard Attenborough Petar... Read more

English Language Courses

English Language Courses To book your place now, drop us an email on office@bcilondon.co.uk The course starts on Saturday 25th February Beginner levels: at 18:00h Intermediate levels: at 19:30h The courses will take place at the premises of BCI London’s library. The leader of the course will be a qualified teaching professional, Mrs Silvana Armstrong. If you are interested in this remarkable opportunity, please email as on office@bcilondon.co.uk as... Read more

Bulgarian Language Courses

Bulgarian Language Courses BCI London is delighted to announce that a Bulgarian language course for beginners will take place in our premises! You will have the chance to learn our wonderful language from the qualified professional and organiser of this course, Yordanka Velkova. Lessons will be held every Saturday from 2.00 for beginners and 3.30 for  intermediate. The duration of the course will be 10... Read more

Travels through Georgia and Armenia

24 February ,Friday. 6.30 pm , Sofia Gallery This event is organized by BBS with the support of BCI London Travels through Georgia and Armenia – Chris and Annie Buxton will show many pictures and tell the story of their trip, and their impressions from those rarely visited countries. The audience will learn more about these very early Christian states - their history and... Read more

Film Screening

Sofia Gallery , 7pm, Wednesday , 22 February , 2017
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The films will be introduced by Critics' Circle Member and BBC Broadcaster Phillip Bergson who will moderate a short discussion with the director  Jacky Stoev after the Screening over a glass of fine Bulgarian wine.
GOOD MORNING CAPTAIN
Director - Jacky Stoev
Script - Hristo Iliev-Charliе
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Exhibition Opening:Nikolay Yanakiev

Sofia Gallery,7pm Friday,27January,2017 Book your tickets HERE The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London presents an exhibition of paintings by the Bulgarian artist Nikolay Yanakiev. Special guest :Nikolay Yanakiev Nikolay Yanakiev 1954 Born on June 23 in Doupnitza, Bulgaria; 1973 Graduated from the Fine Arts High School in Sofia; 1981 Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts - painting, class of Prof. Svetlin Roussev. Nikolay Yanakiev lives and works in Sofia. The... Read more

FILM SCREENING , CAMBRIDGE

FILM SCREENING , CAMBRIDGE, Director:Eldora Traykova Script:Assen Vladimirov Genre : Documentary Bulgaria/2015/64 min. The Bulgarian village of Dolni Tsibar in northwestern Bulgaria – the poorest part of the European Union – is known as the ’Roma Cambridge’. This is because its predominantly Roma population enjoys a relatively high level of education. Cambridge is a year in the life of the local elementary school, where dedicated teachers try to... Read more

Christmas Music Special coming in December!

Bulagarian Embassy’s Halls 7:00 p.m Christmas Music Special coming in December! BCI London brings to you two of the most popular pop and jazz Bulgarian artists - Vassil Petrov "The Bulgarian Frank Sinatra" and the Bulgarian pop diva Kristina Dimitrova! Welcome to a very special evening of Art & Music & Wine, opening with Ivan Tenev's Photo Exhibition "Kaleidoscope" and enjoy some of... Read more

Christmas Storytelling Performance by “A Spell in Time”

Sofia Gallery, 7 pm Theatrical performance"The Bear's Son" Performance only in English language. Director: Monnie Sheehan and Ivor Davies Cast: Monnie Sheehan , Ivor Davies and The London Bulgarian Choir BCI London, for the sixth year running presents A Spell in Time's Christmas show, The Bear's Son, based on old Bulgarian fairytales translated into English. BCI's guests will be the troupe's founders, Monnie Sheehan and Ivor Davies,... Read more

Puppet Theatre “Tumba Lumba”, Puppet Theatre Bourgas in Cambridge

Puppet Theatre "Tumba Lumba",  Puppet Theatre Bourgas in Cambridge Cambridge Director: Christina Arsenova Scene: Emeliyana Andonova-Toteva Cast: Nedelina Roselinova, Dian Rusev, Rumyana Kraleva Georgi Minkov TUMBA-LUMBA is a word-picture of the rhythm and sound of the drum - the elder of the Bulgarian folk percussion instruments. It is a rhythm throbbing with the heart - beat which makes our blood vibrate to the beat of the music... Read more

Theatre Performance: Mrs. Natural Disaster

Bulagarian Embassy’s Halls 7:00 p.m PLEASE NOTE: this event is now fully booked! Author: Aldo Nikolai Cast: Stoyanka Mutafova, Iren Krivoshieva, Nikolay Atanasov – Shushi Stoyanka Mutafova is possibly the most loved, cherished and adored Bulgarian theater actress, who has been writing the story of the Bulgarian theater for the last 75 years. She is most well-known for the play “Mrs.Natural disaster”, which seems to be... Read more

Book presentation by Sevdalin Genov and disquisition about children’s writer Margarit Minkov

Sofia Gallery, 7 pm DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED! Special Guest: Sevdalin Genov The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London presents the book of Sevdalin Genov and disquisition about children’s writer Margarit Minkov. Sevdalin Genov is a Bulgarian poet, writer and gallerist. He graduated Slavic Philology in Sofia University. He has worked as an editor at... Read more

Exhibition Opening “Senses Thirst”

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED!  Exhibition Opening “Senses Thirst” Friday, November 18, 2016 Painting, sculpture, graphics, watercolor The Nataly Gallery will present its artists to the public at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London 7 pm, Sofia Gallery... Read more

Gala Evening for the presentation of the TV series “Undercover” at London’s West End

Vue Cinema West End, 8 pm BOOK YOUR SEATS: HERE The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London organises a Gala Screening of the most successful Bulgarian TV project “Undercover", produced by the Bulgarian National Television The event is part of the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture 2016 programme. "Undercover" will be presented with a Gala Screening in the heart of London's theater and cinema district, West End. Fans will... Read more

Film Screening: The March of Letters (documentary)

Sofia Gallery, 7 pm BOOK HERE Special Guests: Ralitza Dimitrova - Director Plamen Gerasimov - Director of Photography The March of Letters (documentary) with english subtitles

Script: Desislava Naydenova, PhD, Ralitza Dimitrova Director: Ralitza Dimitrova Director of Photography: Plamen Gerasimov Sound: Mariana Valkanova, Alexander Simeonov, Ivan Andreev, Stefan Makedonski, Editing: Marieta Tchoukovska, Ralitza Dimitrova Director of Production: Maya Drazheva Producer: Plamen Gerasimov (B Plus Film Ltd.) Original Title: PATYAT NA BUKVITE Production Year:... Read more

Trinity Trio Concert

Welcome to the Trinity Trio Concert in a preparation for their China Tour (18th - 25th October 2016) Boyan Ivanov - Clarinet (Bulgaria) Solène Chevalier - Cello (France) Andrea Kmecova - Piano (Slovakia) Bulagarian Embassy's Halls Sunday, 16th October 6:00 p.m. BOOK HERE Programme: E. Elgar – Salut d’Amour L. van Beethoven - Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in B flat Major, Op. 11 ... Read more

Exhibition Opening: Aglika Gaytanikova

Sofia Gallery, 7 pm BOOK HERE The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London presents an exhibition of paintings by the Bulgarian artist Aglika Gaytanikova. Special Guest: Aglika Gaytanikova ?glika Gaytanikova Born 21.11.1968 in Sofia 1987-graduates High School of fine arts in Sofia 1995-Master degree in Mural painting in the Academy of fine arts, Sofia Works in the field of oil painting, ikons and mural painting 2008-Murals and Ikons in a Chapelle in... Read more

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria awards the “Boris Christoff” golden medal to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden

11.03.2015 The Golden Jubilee medal “Boris Christoff”, with which the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria awarded the Royal Opera House, was officially handed to the Chief Executive of the Institution, Mr Alex Beard. The delegation welcomed in the Royal Opera House was led by the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Kingdom, Mr Konstantin Dimitrov. His Excellency was... Read more

Memorandum for Partnership Between the Bulgarian National Library and the British Library

At an official ceremony at the British Library in London a Memorandum of Cooperation between the National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius "and the British Library was signed. The memorandum envisages a wide range of activities, including exchange of information on holdings of these institutions, documents related to Bulgarian and British culture and cultural heritage. An important element of the Memorandum... Read more

Bulgarian Language Courses

Bulgarian Language Courses BCI London is delighted to announce that a Bulgarian language course for beginners will take place in our premises! You will have the chance to learn our wonderful language from the qualified professional and organiser of this course, Yordanka Velkova. Lessons will be held every Saturday from 2.00 for beginners and 3.30 for  intermediate. The duration of the course will be 10... Read more
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