Mission, concept and format

2014 marked the bold appearance of RADAR festival, which has now become one of the most progressive events in Bulgaria. Music and its contemporary transformation through communication with other art forms is the festival’s focus. RADAR spots points of convergence between various music genres and trends, as well as between music and other art forms like film, video art, poetry, spoken word, contemporary theater and dance, and probably the most creative sector nowadays – that of new technologies. RADAR searches for forms of creativity that go beyond traditionally constructed boundaries; it looks for purity of artistic expression and supports authentic experience.

With its wide variety of concerts, presentations, workshops, events for children and lectures, RADAR reaches new audiences, new spaces, and new friends. RADAR creates an inspiring and unexpected encounter with a new aesthetic.


The festival is recognised by the European Festivals Association and has been awarded the EFFE label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) three times for 2019-2020, 2017-2018 and 2015-2016.

The festival has been awarded the ProCulture 2019 Diploma of Excellence for its contribution to the development of young people’s access to culture by the Bulgarian Association of Cultural Employers.

RADAR Festival Beyond Music’s Executive Director Svetlozara Hristova was a finalist in Darik Radio’s 40 under 40, Season 5 in 2017, which aims to recognize active citizens in various fields – culture, education, entrepreneurship.

снимка: Красимир Кръстев (ЕД)


Bulgarian Voices for Europe

In April 2022, a discussion on "The Future of Culture in the Common European Space" was held, organised by the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency. This was the fourteenth event organised by the BTA within the framework of the initiative "Bulgarian Voices for Europe", implemented with the support of the European Parliament. Among the topics of the discussion were European and national policies in the field of culture: theatre, cinema, music, literature; the future of festivals; ways to finance projects and the implementation of public-private partnerships.


She in Bulgaria

The National Volunteer Network "SHE in Bulgaria" at the Ekaterina Karavelova Foundation unites 32 volunteers in 11 local teams in Plovdiv, Varna, Gabrovo, Vidin, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Sandanski, Stara Zagora, Montana and Vratsa. SHE in...™ is a monthly event that gives girls and women with different stories and from different professional backgrounds the opportunity to share their experiences, the obstacles they have faced and the successes they have achieved. The goal of the event is to be a welcoming place where other girls and women find inspiration and a supportive environment in following their aspirations. The Executive Director of RADAR Festival presented her career path in the format in March 2022.



In June 2019, Innovator Platform will organise the Varna edition of the global series of conferences designed to promote "ideas worth spreading".


Leadership, innovation and new organisational models

Lecture and discussion with students from the Department of International Economic Relations at the University of Economics - Varna in May 2017 on leadership in project management, the importance of innovation and "practicing" new organizational models.


Forum for innovation and culture of sharing

The Executive Director of RADAR Festival was a moderator of the panel "Communities" as well as a leader of a one-day workshop within the "Forum for Innovation and Culture of Sharing" in Veliko Tarnovo, 2016.