Art Festivals ‘Apolonia’

Elizabeth Kostova Foundation at Apollonia Festival of Arts, 2007

The 21st annual festival of Apollonia, held in Sozopol, Bulgaria, on the Black Sea, was marked by a rich literary program (

The literary events of this year’s Apollonia started on August 31 with a pre-premiere and public reading of Elizabeth Kostova’s new novel, which is now in progress (to be published in 2009).

The following day another EKF event attracted a large audience: a panel discussion among writers, moderated by Georgi Tenev (playwright, writer, and journalist). This included a concise presentation of the recently established organization delivered by Elizabeth Kostova, founder, and Julian Popov, writer and chair of the EKF board, followed by a conversation with the eminent Bulgarian writers Teodora Dimova and Emil Andreev on their writing and teaching experiences. Dimova and Andreev will be the Bulgarian guest instructors at the EKF’s first summer writing seminar in Sozopol, May 2008. The discussion covered a very broad set of issues, from the foundation’s ratio to the current literature scene in Bulgaria. EKF Managing Director Svetlozar Zhelev and board members Sasha Bezuhanova and Stefan Tafrov joined the presentation audience.

The event was honored by the attendance of the U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria HE John Beyrle who traveled to Sozopol especially for the meeting of American writer Elizabeth Kostova with the Bulgarian public and stayed to attend arts events there.

In his speech he said that the American Embassy will use its energy and resources to help with the promotion of Bulgarian literature.