History


The festival held in Pernik is the oldest festival of the masquerade games in Bulgaria. The official resolution to hold it for the first time was made in 1965 and the first edition was opened on January 16, 1966.

16. 01. 1966

Winter Carnival only groups from the region of Pernik take part.

800 participants


15. 01. 1967

Second National Festival of the Kukeri and Survakari and the Spring Song and Dance Related to these Ancient Customs Pernik `67: groups from various parts of the country attend.

Over 1300 participants


19. 01. 1969

Third National Festival of the Kukeri and Survakari and the Spring Song and Dance Related to these Ancient Customs Pernik `69.

Over 1400 participants


17. 01. 1971

Fourth National Festival of the Kukeri and Survakari and the Spring Song and Dance Related to these Ancient Customs Pernik `71

Over 1300 participants


20. 01. 1974

Fifth National Festival of the Kukeri and Survakari and the Spring Song and Dance Related to these Ancient Customs Pernik `74

Over 2000 participants


16 - 17. 01.1977

Sixth National Festival of the Kukeri and Survakari and the Spring Song and Dance Related to these Ancient Customs Pernik `77

Over 2000 participants


27 - 28. 01.1980

Seventh National Festival of the Kukeri and Survakari Pernik `80

Over 3000 participants


19 - 21. 01.1985

Eight National Festival of the Kukeri and Survakari Pernik `85. Groups from foreign countries attended the festival for the first time in its history.

2800 participants


20 - 22. 01. 1990

Ninth Festival of the Kukeri and Survakari from Bulgaria and Abroad Pernik `90

3100 participants


4 - 8.02. 1993

Tenth Jubilee Edition of the International Folklore Festival of the Masquerade/Surva Winter Games and Kukeri Pre-Spring Games and Customs Pernik `93

2000 participants


19 - 22. 01. 1996

Eleventh International Folklore Festival of the Masquerade/Surva Winter Games and Kukeri Pre-Spring Games and Customs Pernik `96

3000 participants


22 - 25. 01. 1998

Twelfth International Folklore Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik `98

3000 participants


21 - 23. 01. 2000

Surva, Thirteenth International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2000

Over 3500 participants


18 - 20. 01. 2002

Surva, Fourteenth International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2002

5056 participants


23 - 25.01. 2004

Surva, Fifteenth International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2004

5250 participants


27 - 29.01.2006

Surva, Sixteenth International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2006

4848 participants


25 - 27.01.2008

Surva, Seventeen International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2008

5808 participants


23 - 25.01.2009

Surva, Eighteen International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2009

5089 participants


29 - 31.01.2010

Surva, XIX International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2010

6000 participants


28-30.01.2011

Surva, XX International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2011

6104 participants


27-29.01.2012

Surva, XXI International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2012

6255 participants


28-30.01.2013

Surva, XXII International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2013

6142 participants


27-29.01.2014

Surva, XXIII International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2014

6379 participants


30.01 - 01.02.2015

Surva, XXIV International Festival of the Masquerade Games Pernik 2015

Over 5300 participants