Jazz singer Vassil Petrov was awarded the 2011 Apollonia Festival of Arts annual prize for exceptional contribution to Bulgarian culture and achievements abroad.
Petrov was presented the Apollo Toxophoros statuette by Apollonia festival artistic director Margarita Dimitrova at the opening ceremony in the Bulgarian town of Sozopol. The event also included a concert by the Bulgarian National Radio Big Band featuring the world-famous US trumpet player Tom Harrell
and the conductor Antoni Donchev. The jazz stage of the festival offered a strong line up of top US musicians made possible with the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation.
This year's Apollonia festival finished on September 5th. The program featured recent Bulgarian films, top theatre productions, exhibitions, book events and numerous concerts presented on several stages in the town of Sozopol.