Exhibition-contest of historical paintings "the Cyrillic alphabet"

Historical Park

The Historical Park organises an exhibition-competition of historical painting on the theme "the Cyrillic alphabet". This competition allows all Bulgarian and foreign artists to participate by presenting their works dealing with this subject. The historical period that will relate to this theme, extends from the date of creation of this alphabet until the end of the 15th century. The will of the organizers is to present the theme of the creation and development of the Cyrillic alphabet around the world. Financial rewards will be awarded to the winners:

First place: 10,000 levas

Second place: 3000 levas

Third place: 2000 levas

The first three paintings will be kept by the Historical Park, while the others will be returned to their authors or may be purchased by visitors of the event after a sale agreement between the artist and the buyer is established. All artists thus have a great opportunity to present their work, and visitors will be able to enjoy the beauty of the work done. The decision will be rendered by visitors of the website, visitors to the Park itself and a jury of professionals. The judgment will have an equal weight from the visitors and from the jury. We wish all painters great moments in the realisation of their exceptional paintings.

The original paintings must be sent to the Historical Park until 20.04.2021, either physically or by post. We advise you to contact the organizers beforehand, so that we can receive your work and monitor its shipment before the end of the regulatory period.

The rules of the contest can be found here

The professional jury consists of Prof. Margarita Vaklinova, Prof. Aksinia Dzhurova and Andrey Yanev. 

Prof. Aksinia Dzhurova is a professor of art history. Since 1974, she has been working at the Institute of Art Studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and since 1984 she has been a full-time professor of art history at Sofia University (Center for Cultural Studies). Since 1986, she has been the director of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev ”at Sofia University. From 1987 to 1995, she was vice-president of the International Association for the Study of Slavic Cultures at UNESCO. Founder (with Prof. Nikolay Genchev) of the Department of Cultural Studies at Sofia University "St. Cl. Ohridski ”and the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies" Ivan Duychev " related to it. Since 1989, she has been a guest professor at many foreign universities in Italy, the Vatican, the United States, Germany, Belgium, Israel, Russia, and Japan. Organizer and curator of many exhibitions of medieval and contemporary art in Bulgaria, Europe, Asia and the United States, author of films and shows in Bulgaria, Italy and France. Author of over 50 scientific monographs and studies.

Prof. Margarita Vaklinova is a Bulgarian archaeologist, longtime lecturer at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski ”, NBU and guest professor at the University of Paris and in Strasbourg, author of more than 150 scientific publications. In 1962, she graduated in History at Sofia University, specializing in museum archeology. In 1980, she became a doctor in history. In 1971 - 1972 and 1988 - 1989, she specialized in France. In the period from 1962 to 1966, she was the head of the Historical Museum in Smolyan. In the period from 1966 to 1974, she was a researcher at the Archaeological Institute with the museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. During the period between 1974 and 1984, she was a research associate at the same institute. In the period from 1984 to 2004, she was a senior research associate. In 2009, the President of the Republic of Bulgaria - Georgi Parvanov, awarded her with the Order of Stara Planina and the Order of St. St. Cyril and Methodius - for her especially significant merits for the development of culture. In September 2020, with a decision of the SOC, she was awarded the title "Honorary Citizen of Sofia" - for her work and contribution to the field of research and preservation of cultural heritage.

Andrey Yanev graduated from the National Academy of Arts - majoring in mural painting. He specializes in artistic enamel in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the period 1982 - 2017, he participated in over 60 solo exhibitions in the country and abroad: Sofia, Varna, Stara Zagora, Balchik, Plovdiv, Burgas, Slovenia, Greece, England, Belgium, Korea, Poland, USA, Hungary, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Austria and others. Participates in national and international plein airs. In 2004 in the world magazine "INTERNATIONAL ARTIST", he presented Bulgaria as an author from the Balkans ( He is a co-organizer of the festival "Artists, Balchik, Love - a meeting of European seas" and is a co-author, co-organizer of national and international projects, working with children together with the "Academy of Children's Creativity - DAYA" ( He has won many prestigious awards from national and international competitions.