Welcome to Bulgaria / Refugees Welcome



Authors: Zdrava Kamenova and Gergana Dimitrova

Co-authors: Elena Shopova, Petar Meltev, with the support of Vasilena Vasileva

Director: Gergana Dimitrova

Cast: Zdrava Kamenova, Vladimir Dimitrov, Eva Danailova/Ekaterina Georgieva, Iva Todorova, Peter Meltev/Alexander Mitrev, Petko Kamenov, Toni Karabashev

Set design: Elena Shopova

Video: Petko Tanchev

Music: Pavel Terziyski

Assistant-director: Ekaterina Chokova

PR: A25 Cultural Foundation

Duration: 75 minutes

*With EN subtitles


photo: Zdravko Yonchev


“Refugees welcome” explores the boundary between patriotism and nationalism, the limit of healthy tolerance and sympathy, the back and the front of Bulgarian identity today. During the Europe's migrant crises the Bulgarian president calls all Bulgarians to actively participate in a national campaign for attracting refugees to stay in the country as this will ensure the very much needed EU funds. All Bulgarians – men, mothers, hunters, retirees, artists – begun an active propaganda, targeted at the refugees, bypassing the country.


The play was created during a residence for collective writing in March-September 2016 produced by 36 Monkeys.

The project is implemented in partnership with Etud Gallery and PORTA BG. The project is funded by “Culture” Program of Sofia Municipality for 2016.




photos by Ruzhin