The National Palace of Culture (NDK) is a giant object with the charm of a shoe box. Once the building was completed in 1980, student brigades came to help clean and prepare the new “achievement of the socialist fatherland”. That bunker was built for party congresses, during which everyone would agree with the regime’s plans introduced in endless monologues.
Culture was another purpose. The communist regime under dictator Todor Zhivkov would award itself for the brutality they reigned the country with, by putting great artists on the NDK’s stage.
During the first years of the new millennium, countless concerts would take place at the NDK, mostly in hall no. 1, which seats 3,800 people. When the orchestra pit is not needed, chairs can increase that number to just over 4,000…/IBNA
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