The summer stage in Borisova Gradina holds a special place in Sofia’s cultural heritage, serving as a cherished venue since the mid-20th century. Originally constructed with a large wooden stage, its transformation over the years speaks volumes about its significance in Sofia’s cultural scene.
During the 1950s, the stage underwent expansion, evolving from a trapezoidal shape to an oval one. This redesign aimed to accommodate larger performances, including dance and theater productions, emphasizing its role as a versatile cultural space.
In its heyday during the 1950s and 1960s, the stage hosted brass band performances every Friday and Saturday, offering a diverse repertoire ranging from marches and waltzes to suites, opera excerpts, jazz pieces, overtures, and even symphonies. Over time, the venue evolved, featuring children’s plays on Sunday mornings during the 1970s.
However, a significant setback occurred in 2005 when the stage was devastated by fire, resulting in substantial damage. In response, Mayor Boyko Borisov took action, issuing an order in 2007 to restore the Summer Stage to its original form. This restoration process sought authenticity, drawing from limited photographic records from the municipal enterprise “Stara Sofia” and archival footage from films like “Lyubimets 13” and “Everything is Love”.
Sofia, Borisova Garden