Dear Carnival Friends,
We are extremely sorry to inform you that the XXIX International Festival of Masquerade Games “Surva” planned for 24-26 January 2020 has been canceled.
Recently Pernik has suffered a disastrous water shortage, which has resulted in the water supply being restricted to only several hours a day.
There have been numerous health risks identified in relation to the limited water supply, including the potential of cross-contamination of water and the outbreak of infectious diseases.
As a result of the above situation we have been advised by the official health authorities that undertaking the XXIX International Festival of Masquerade Games “Surva” will not only be inappropriate during a state of emergency, but also highly risky for the health and well-being of both the participants and citizens of Pernik.
We are sorry for any inconvenience that the cancelation of Surva 2020 may cause you and thank you for your understanding on this matter.
We hope to be together during Surva Festival 2021 in Pernik – European capital of masquerade!


 The festival

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 the Bulgarian folklore tradition...

 The tradition

Masquerade rituals come from old pagan times and are still alive in the Bulgarian folklore tradition. Bulgarian masquerade games are mainly interwoven in the contexts of the holidays between Christmas and Easter. In different regions of Bulgaria men put on masks around New Year, during the twelve days of Christmas...

 The city of Pernik

The town of Pernik is home to 93, 000 people and it serves as a municipal and administrative center. The oldest traces of human settlement in the area date back to the 6th millennium BC. Historians estimate that Pernik was founded roughly at the same time as Troy, which makes it older than the city of Rome! Later, the ancient ...



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