From the 25th to the 27th of January, 2019, the XXVIII International Festival of Masquerade Games "Surva" will be held in Pernik.


The international festival of masquerade games "Surva" in Pernik is the most authoritative manifestation of traditional folk games and customs with masks in the Balkans. It promotes variants of ancient bachelor rituals, part of the Bulgarian folklore tradition, that have reached the present day. With its competition program, the festival is a meeting and competition on its live media, most popular with the names "Survakari" and "Kuker".


The festival has been organized by the municipality of Pernik since 1966. Since 1985 it has had international status. In 1995 Pernik was accepted as a member of the Federation of European Carnival Cities (FECG). On June 26, 2009, during a solemn session of the Municipal Council in Pernik, the President of FEKG Henry van der Kroon declared Pernik the European Capital of Survakar and Mummer Traditions. The decision was made in the town of Kotor. Since 2008, the International Festival of Masquerade Games is held annually on the last Saturday and Sunday of January. Its most attractive accent is the two-day competitive parade of masquerade groups from the country and abroad.


Traditionally, the festival is attended by approximately 6 people, in about 000 masquerade groups, from all ethnographic regions of Bulgaria and guests from Europe, Asia and Africa.

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