National song contest "Burgas and the Sea" was organized for the first time in 1973 under the name "Songs for Burgas, the sea and its working people" by Burgas orchestra in Open Air Theater. After 13 editions it stops to exist for short time. The contest is restored by "Hot Sand" band in 1996 under the name "Burgas and the Sea" and since then it is held every year. The contest inherited traditions of "Songs for Burgas, the sea and its working people", gave start to many Bulgarian composers, authors of texts and performers, created emblematic Bulgarian songs.
In its current form, the competition creats and distributes Bulgarian songs, develop creative potential in the field of music, supports composers, poets, artists and develop Bulgarian musical culture. The event is held every year duirng the first week of August under the patronage of the Mayor of the Municipality.
Over 300 songs have made their way from the scene of the Open Air Theater in Burgas.
Official web site: www.burgasimoreto.org