On the 22nd of October from 18:30 at Generator, Sofia, MELBA LIVE 8 will present three projects, collaborations between: interior design and design thinking; production design and digital art; poetry and animation. Traditionally, every two months,  MELBA LIVE meets the Bulgarian audience with local design heroes who revel ongoing and remarkable projects.


Antonina Ilieva from the architectural studio DontDIY and Elina Zheleva from launchlabs will tell more about their collaboration – how the work between interior designers and specialists in design thinking can contribute to a better experience for their clients.

Visual artists Eva Ventova and Vladislav Iliev – Vladzen will present their collaborative work on various pop-up events and installations – the result of a combination of production design and high-tech visual arts.


Vessela Dancheva from Compote Collective will reveal more details about her latest endeavour – the second edition of the super popular and successful Stroke and Verse yet again with the participation of different creative “couples” combining poetry and animation into extraordinary short features.



MELBA LIVE is a series of curated meetings, free of charge, during which we are getting acquainted with up-to-date and remarkable projects realised by local design heroes. The invited guests are sharing professional experience and valuable insights, the main focus being the ideas, details and processes behind each project. Likewise, the online MELBA archive, here we rely on the quality and deliberate blending of design spheres and the aggregation of strong ideas with potential to make a change and develop a better environment.


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Mixing design disciplines and their reflection in our daily life it is again the core of the second edition of MELBA design festival. After a long preparation, we can now with excitement and pride share the first touches of the event program. The content is inspired by our desire to meet the audience with the qualitative, valuable, unusual, impactful and changing to a better, power of design.

The festival is structured in several basic formats:

International symposium with lectures by excellent specialists, fulfilling with knowledge and different perspectives on 9th of November /Saturday from 10:00 till 19:00 in Hall 6 at National Palace of Culture, Sofia. We are announcing the first four names of our guest lecturers, as each one of them has already left distinct and highlighting trace in contemporary visual culture. Especially for the symposium are arriving the founders and leaders of the Swiss typography studio Grilli Type, the brand identity specialists from Moscow – Shuka, and the multiple award-winning for its dedication to sustainability and organisation of material environment, Maarten Gielen from the Belgium collective ROTOR. For a first time we diversify the notion of design with a look at social activism through street art with the multimedia artist from Ireland – Joe Caslin. More details about these and other names in our program are coming soon.

As last years ambition to present significant and original projects of Bulgarian designers from the past year, we are again preparing selections of products and initiatives of forward-thinking creators in several major categories. The opening of the exhibition Review of Bulgarian design is on 7th of November, Thursday and it marks the beginning of the festival.

The new in this edition is a film program with a selection of documentaries about art and design. Among them are worldwide popular films, which will be presented for a first time in Sofia, for example Rams by Gary Hustwit with an ambitious portrait of the icon of product design Dieter Rams and the dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement – Bauhaus Spirit.  

Early bird tickets are on sale  – Festival ticket  is 100 leva and includes International Symposium, five documentary films and opening party with a DJ; and Symposium ticket that includes only symposium – 80 leva.  Tickets available HERE. Details will be revealed daily on the Facebook page and on

We will be waiting for you.


Melba Sofia Design Festival is part of MELBA design initiatives and are continuation of the launched in the end of 2017 by Studio Komplekt in partnership with NEXT-DC and Capital Program Culture ‘’Dynamic archive for Bulgarian design MELBA ‘’

International Symposium 9th of November 2019 | Saturday

Exhibition Review of Bulgarian design 2019 7th of November – 17th of November 2019

Film program 8-30 November 2019 at Generator

Idea and realization festival: Studio Komplekt

Co-organizer and visual identity: NEXT-DC

Partner Archive and Exhibition: Sofia Municipality Program Culture and SiteGround

Partners Symposium:



Embassy of Ireland Sofia

Polish Cultural Institute

Goethe Institut

Czech Center

Instituto Cervantes Sofia, Embassy of Spain

Goethe Institut