Are you ready for #Surva2019?
The Masquerade Games Festival will be held in Pernik from 25 to 27 January 2019
- January 06, 2019 10:00, 1014 impressions
- Monika Dimitrova
Surva - the International Festival of the Masquerade Games held in the town of Pernik is the biggest event of this type not only in Bulgaria but on the Balkan Peninsula as well. It promotes variations of ancient Bulgarian customs that are still alive today. These are an important part of Bulgarian folklore tradition and are meant to be performed by single men and women. With its competitive nature, the festival is not only a venue but also a contest for the living vessels of this tradition, namely the Kukeri and Survakari.
The International Festival of the Masquerade Games takes place the last weekend of January. Its most attractive feature is its two-day parade for masquerade companies from Bulgaria and abroad. On average, around 6,000 people or about 100 groups from every folklore region of Bulgaria, as well as companies from Europe, Asia, and Africa take part in the contest. The contestants come here to win, to experience the atmosphere, to have fun and, of course, to get the recognition that they have been a part of it all. The citizens of Pernik and visitors from other parts of Bulgaria and abroad come to watch the show so they can be part of the magic. They want to see the masks in person, they want to touch them for good luck and good health and feel rejuvenated and energized when they leave. This year the Masquerade Games Festival will be held in Pernik from 25 to 27 January 2019.