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The somewhat different - Vola Open Air Festival

08 Jul 2021
Vola open air is the music festival of Bulgaria, which brings together the best of non-commercial Bulgarian and foreign music artists in one of the most picturesque locations in Bulgaria - Okolchitsa peak. In 2021 the eighth edition of the festival, will take place on 16th and 17th July within the Vratsa Balkan Nature Park. Vola open air provides a stage for performers working in the field of drum’n’bass, soul, funk, hip-hop and experimental underground music. Gathering young people from the region, the festival strives to involve its audience in an environmentally friendly way of life, to promote tourism and a support culture of sustainable development in Bulgaria.
Enjoy camping in the beautiful Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park

This year's edition of the festival will give fans the opportunity to hear the highly appreciated electronic music producer and DJ - Icicle (NL). Recognised as one of the most technically accurate DJs, his fine-tuning will take us to Shogun Audio, London, where Icicle created the groundbreaking drum & bass single "Dreadnaught" and the deep dubstep hit "Xylophobia". Directly from the top of the drum & bass charts, we will enjoy Icicle, who will give a full live performance on the Okolchitsa peak.
On the main stage we the Berlin DJ luminary Marc Hype, who together with Robert Smith comes to Bulgaria to present their project Dusty Donuts DJ Squad (D)! Dusty Donuts will enhance the top in hip-hop and funk sound, with a unique groove and melodic surprises, in the company of Maxwell Smart at the microphone.
Live music concerts in the evening

Many requests for a supreme experience  from the Bulgarian side will manifest through the wonderful Kerana and the astronauts! Accompanied by a galaxy of emblematic performers from the Bulgarian electronic scene, including HIGH ROLL, FUTURE SOUNDS OF SOFIA (FSS), Milen: off, Guesswho? and others. More details here
Vola open air started as a dream back in 2008.
A dream that came true, to gather in one place valuable non-commercial music with the natural meadows of the Balkans and share it with friends. Thus, with a lot of enthusiasm and love, Tsvetoslav Yotov started the emblematic Vola Open Air. Throughout its 12 year history, the festival has actively worked for the cultural development of the most economically challenging region in the country, which however is well known as one of the most beautiful places in Bulgaria. With the support of Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park, the stages of the festival rise right on the historic peak Okolchitsa, where a beautiful stone cross in honour of the revolutionary hero Hristo Botev is located. Within the park there are several protected areas, including the reserve "Vratsa Karst", as well as many natural landmarks and protected areas. There are 16 hiking trails, and thanks to the unique karst relief, it is a suitable place for alpine tours, speleological expeditions, hang gliding and mountain biking.
The Vola Open Air festival can easily be combined with a visit to cultural, historical or natural landmarks in the area, such as the House-Museum Baba Iliytsa with an extremely rich and remarkable exposition of old objects of Bulgarian life, an Amusement Park or the Ledenika Cave with its  formations, figures and draperies is one of the most beautiful caves in the Bulgaria.

However great the interest in mountain, rural, eco, sports, cultural and cognitive tourism; the programme of Vola Open Air will take us into the world of good music with its tradition of inviting memorable artists, the festival is once again poised to not disappoint....

Vola Open Air takes place with the support of the National Culture Fund, Public Donation Fund Vratsa,  Stroyrent, America for Bulgaria and Pustinyak Beer.
 

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