Sofia Municipality – Vitosha Region, with the support of Sofia Municipality – Directorate “Culture and Education” and Ministry of Culture.
Under the patronage of the Mayor of Sofia Ms. Yordanka Fandakova.
Chitalishte “Vitosha-1951” in Sofia was founded in 1951. of the citizens of “Boianski ridge”, the Pavlovo area in Sofia, as “Georgi Kirkov” community center. An artistic speech club was established in the early years. Books are collected from among the citizens. The first donated books are about 1500pcs. They did literary readings, meetings with famous writers, excursions to Vitosha. Concerts were held on holiday holidays by inviting famous artists. The artistic composition is a laureate and winner of a silver medal at the Republican, second, third and fourth Republican festivals. A librarian of ½ staff and a professor of artistic speech at a fee is appointed. In 1989, after the division of Sofia into 24 districts, the community center “Georgi Kirkov” became one of the central ones in the Vitosha region and it moved to the building, which is located in the yard of the 5th school. In 1990, the chitalishte was renamed to the National Chitalishte “Vitosha”. Schools for folk instruments are being set up. The reconstruction and construction of the building of the Vitosha Chitalishte begins. A salon (200 sq. M.), A second hall (80 sq. M.) And a studio for ceramics and stained glass were built on a project by the Ministry of Culture. New costumes for the folklore ensemble are sewn. A modern ballet school has been set up, English and German courses, and a sports rock roll club. The cultural and mass activities in the Chitalishte have been growing many times as it already serves three quarters – Pavlovo, Bukston and Boyanski.
At present, the Vitosha-1951 Chitalishte is the only cultural, educational and information center for children and adults in Pavlovo and Manastirski livadi – west and serves a population of 25 000 inhabitants. The Chitalishte works hard to enrich the cultural life of its companions, preserves and develops the customs and traditions of the Bulgarian people, stimulates interest in knowledge with a view to the development of the personality and the integration of the people to the values and achievements of science, art and culture. It seeks to be a center of spiritual life and material culture of the population in the city and the region, to work to educate and promote national self-awareness. Chitalishte Vitosha – 1951 is an organizer, together with the Vitosha region, at the International Folklore Festival “Vitosha”.
At the Vitosha-1951 Chitalishte the following main activities are carried out:
– Folklore Dance Ensemble “Sofia-6”
– Children’s Folklore Dance Ensemble “Iskritsa” / four groups /
– Modern Ballet “Crysis”
– Modern Ballet “Krizia – junior”
– School of classical ballet “Silhouette”
– Dance Club “Vito Horo”
– Karate Club Fido Shin
– Bailey Dance
– Piano and guitar music school
– Ceramic workshop “At the spring”
– School of Drawing
– “Aquarius” Theater Studio
– Yoga classes
– Photo studio
– Massage studio
– Speech cabinet
– “I Know And I Can” Kindergarten / 1-4 grade /
Dance Ensemble “Sofia-6”
Ensemble was founded in 1976. In his first artistic director was Mr. Nestor Nestorov and now run by his son – Nikolay Nestorov. Ensemble is one of the leaders in Sofia. He has won many awards. Has traveled throughout Europe and continues to travel outside the country over and over. There are many performances at weddings, on holidays, and also hosts the famous Sofia International Folklore Festival (SMFF). The festival has been organized for 11 years. Sofia is the 6th largest ensemble at the library “Vitosha”.
Dance Ensemble “Sofia-6” is the winner of the 5, 6 and 7 national festivals. He has participated in international festivals in Europe, Asia and Africa, has won many awards, including:
2006 – awards for music, costume and overall presentation of the festival in the town Alatri – Italy;
2007 – Award for costume and performance artistry in the town of Agrigento on the island. Sicily – Italy;
2008 – Audience Award in the city of Hakodate – Japan;
in 2008 – won the competition for the “Big Dance Award of Sofia” and reward the audience award for new work and music award for the same competition
2009 – first place World Champion in 2009 and 2010, the 13th International Folklore Festival “-2009 Palma” in Palma de Mallorca / Ensemble “Sofia-6” won this award in the contest between the ensemble of 60 world /.
This title has not been won by Bulgarian ensemble.
same year for the second time “Sofia-6” won the competition for the “Big Dance Award of Sofia” in 2009 and again won first place in the “Youth works”.
July 2010 – and the first prize “Golden Karagoz” in the 24th edition of the International Folklore Festival-Competition “Golden Karagoz” in Bursa – Turkey.
October 2010g.-In extreme competition with groups from 23 countries around the world during the largest international folk dance competition in East Asia, held in the city of Cheonan – Republic of Korea from 05 to 10 October 2010, Ensemble “Sofia 6” has been gaining “Grand Prix”.
This is the third consecutive success Ensemble “Sofia 6” the largest international scenes. Through their Bulgarian folk dance is back on top.