Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival

26 Apr 2023 - 30 Apr 2023
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival is a contemporary art event, which has gained cult status over the years with its original form. Founded by art critic and activist Ruen Ruenov (1958-2011) in 1997, it first started as a widespread happening with a long-running performance programme – a reaction to the social crisis of that time. Ever since, with a few short breaks, this event has developed a prominent sensitivity according to public processes and the dynamics of the local art scene. For the past decade, Sofia Underground appears with annual releases of the festival event – held in Sofia, Bulgaria, and also other smaller supportive events – part of the Sofia Underground platform, which are variable in their scale and format, and are realized throughout the year at different locations in Bulgaria and abroad.

The concepts of the festival editions during the past years exemplify how the event reflects ongoing processes happening within our social environment – visible also through the artists’ statements of the participants.

Practical info

Pricerange per day



Partner hotel



Main target group

25 - 50 y/o , Above 50 y/o

Directions & transport



City center

Average attendence per day

500 to 2000 attendees

Art disciplines

Contemporary Dance , Digital Arts , Interdisciplinary , Music , Electronic Music , Early Music

Support for disabled people