6—9 August, 2021
Varvara North Beach

Three days of beats, minds and souls blending together.

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Once a small-scale party for those in the know, Wake Up Stran-Jah is now a good reason to visit Bulgaria if you are looking for an off-kilter raving experience. The creative effort of Laylla Dane – one of the country’s finest DJ exports – shaped the festival as we know it today. It has been flourishing and evolving year after year since 2018, while always staying true to its original vibe.

The combination of carefully crafted musical content, colourful crowd and spectacular location creates an atmosphere that can be described with a single word - utopia. Days, beats and minds blend together, generating a one-of-a-kind energy that leaves a mark and keeps you charged for a good few months.


Promoting Bulgarian talent has always been a focal point in our concept. The major part of the festival program is reserved for key local players and young homegrown blood, coming from stylistically diverse backgrounds. Sticking to this agenda through the years has played a vital role for the development of the scene.

In order to spice things up, we always add a pinch of international class to the bill.

Naturally, our lineup attracts a loyal following of seasoned ravers and fellow artists alike.


The magnificent location is one of the crucial elements of the Wake Up Stran-Jah experience.

At first glance, Varvara doesn’t seem like an obvious choice for an electronic playground. It is a tiny village situated in the deep south of the Black Sea coast, just a few minutes away from the foot of the mystical Strandzha Mountain – hence the name of the festival.

Reaching Varvara’s north beach is quite an adventure itself as you have to make your way through the narrow paths of a dusty field. Once you complete the quest, a feeling of fulfillment enters your mind – you have unlocked a hidden location that will probably make you want to settle here forever.

The festival site creates a sense of detachment from the real world. As you would imagine, this is a key moment in reaching a point of total satisfaction.

How to get there

There are three airport options for those of you who make their way to the festival from abroad:

Sofia Airport – 457 km drive on a speed-way (ca. 5 h) Recommended – it offers a large number of flight options.

Burgas Airport – 82 km drive (ca. 1 h) Recommended – it is the closest airport to the festival.

Varna Airport – 207 km drive (around 3.5 hours) Not recommended – the road demands low-speed and very cautious driving.

All airports offer car rental services. Make sure you type ‘Varvara, Burgas’ in your route apps since there is more than one village with the same name.

For those on a tight budget – you can easily connect with fellow festival-goers on the official event page and find traveling spots there.


Varvara offers some very affordable places to stay, ranging from guest houses to small family hotels. However, their number is limited. We strongly advise you to book a room as soon as possible if you need to be close to the festival.

The nearest towns are Tsarevo, Ahtopol and Sinemorets – all of them are just a few minutes’ drive away from Varvara. They are the perfect alternative for those of you who plan to move around with a car. Depending on demand, we will provide shuttles between the villages and the festival.

Find and reserve your stay on www.booking.bg. If you need help, drop us a message at hello@wakeupstranjah.com.

Nature lovers may camp free of charge at the nearby forest. Showers and toilets with running water will be available at the entrance of the festival. Leave no trace policy applies. Keep clean.

Some tips

A three-day journey needs a bit of preparation. Make the most out of the festival with these simple tips:

Bring enough cash (BGN) to Varvara. The nearest ATM is located in Ahtopol. The bar doesn’t accept credit card payments.

Mind your clothing. Days at the festival are usually very hot but nights are sometimes chilly because of the sea breeze.

Network coverage at the beach is weak. Texting is alright but you might have to leave the beach if you need to make a phone call.