The Challenge

Varna Airport, part of Fraport Twin Star Airport Management AD, in partnership with artistic consultant Nikolay Bozhinov | SUNSHINERS, invite artists and creative teams to participate in the national competition for the artistic design of a renovated building located on the territory of Varna Airport. The initiative aims to encourage artists working in the field of Graffiti Art, who live and operate on the territory of Bulgaria, by offering the opportunity to realize a unique project inspired by the company’s New Vision.

The competition is divided into several stages. The finalist will receive a monetary award intended for the realization of the project, in line with the area of ​​the building, which includes accommodation and transportation costs.

The start of the Art Airport Challenge will be announced on December 7th, 2017.

The implementation of the project dates May 9th, 2018 which marks the 70th birthday of Varna Airport.


5 Awards valued at BGN 1000 - for the creation of a visual proposal of a mural by the 5 selected artists

1 Award valued at BGN 1000 - "Public Vote" Award, for the creation of a visual proposal of a mural

1 Award valued at BGN 8500 – remuneration for winning project implementation (including transportation and accommodation costs)


Detailed agenda of the Art Airport Challenge competition:



Announcement of Start of Art Airport Challenge


Deadline for portfolio submission - Stage #1


Announcement of Top 5 artists & the public choice


Deadline for visualization projects submission - Stage #2


Jury assessment & evaluation - Stage #2


5+ Exhibition & Announcement of the Art Airport Challenge winner*


Art Airport Challenge project realization period


Official unveiling of the “We place the airport in the traveler’s heart” mural at the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Varna Airport


*Exhibition 5+

The official opening of Exhibition „5+“ will be held on March 7, 2018 @ Varna Airport, Terminal 2. Prizes will be awarded to the 5 finalists, the Winner and the Public Choice Award.


Desislava Staneva

Graffiti / Street Art Curator

Fдстанежаounder of WUWEC FESTIVAL, co-founder of Bizzarre Online Urban Art and Music Magazine, coordinator and project manager at the Metric Market Center for Artistic Development in Barcelona.
Develops and consults a number of art projects in an urban environment working between Spain, France and Portugal. She has realized and has held a number of events with artists such as Anthony Lister, Dan Kitchener, Btoy, Gleo, Zed1, Insane51, Zosen, Saddo, Sepe, Dourone, Bosoletti, Art is trash and others.

She works and lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Irina Tomova - Erka

Artist, Graffiti / Street Art

Irina Tomova studieеркаd Art at the University of Veliko Tarnovo, faculty of Fine Arts from 2000 to 2005, among the first artistic teams working in the field of Graffiti / Street Art in Bulgaria. She is one of the first women active in this artistic domain, producing her own works in the country and abroad. She is an official member of art group NTN (End to End), working with Nasimo, Ndoe, Porn, Zero, Ghost and others.

At present, she is an Art Director in one of the most renowned advertising agencies in Sofia.

Fraport Twin Star Airport Management

The Managing Board of fraportlogoFraport Twin Star Airport Management, represented by the members of its Board - Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Coordination Officer, Varna Airport Director, Burgas Airport Director.