International Joint Forum meeting in Sofia

From 22 to 24 March 2018

Bulgaria will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first six months of 2018. It is therefore timely that Opera Europa should be presenting its first event on Bulgarian soil during this period. Sofia National Opera, under the stable and progressive direction of Plamen Kartaloff, has been a long-term member of our association, and we welcome the invitation to visit this fine capital city. This International Joint Forum offers an opportunity for four of our specialist groups to interact and share experiences and ideas on key questions about implementing change in opera management and leadership. We will also draw on their collective expertise to perfect our benchmarking exercise.

On the final day, Saturday 24 March, there will be a special excursion to the magnificent and historic Rila monastery hidden in the mountainous country south of Sofia, where we may experience the legendary hospitality of the monastic community which lives there.

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Practical information 

Conference registration includes participation at all sessions and social events, as well as a ticket to each performance of your choice. 


■ first participant       
■ additional participants




 as of 15 February



■ first participant
■ additional participants 





Getting there
Sofia National Airport is well connected with European cities, with international airlines, Bulgaria Air and Wizz Air and Ryanair flights.
Sofia Metro Line 1 connects Sofia Airport to the city centre. Sofia National Opera is then a 12 min walk from Serdika station.
Sofia National Opera is a 20 min taxi ride from the airport.
Sofia National Opera has negotiated special rates with 
these 2 hotels within walking distance of the opera house. 
Prices include breakfast. 
Please mention Opera Europa when booking.
30 Iskar street
tel. +359 895 691 791 
Single room: €52
Double room: €62
6 Stara planina street
tel +359 2 915 1500
Single room: €76 
Double room: €86
5 Donkulov Blvd.
tel +359 2 402 7100
Single room: €69 
Double room: €78
38 Dunav Street
tel +359 2 983 3003