2019 Nationals Pre-Tournament Press Release

The University of National and World Economy to Host 2019 Speech and Debate Tournament

On April 19th - 21st of 2019, the University of National World Economy (UNWE) in Sofia will host the BEST Foundation National Tournament. This will be the University’s first time hosting a BEST tournament. Students will compete in five events: English-language debate, poetry and prose performance, duo interpretation, and original oratory.

The Sofia tournament will be BEST’s 34th tournament, and the 6th and final tournament of the 2018-2019 school year. The tournament is open to English-language speech and debate teams across the country, specifically students who were ranked as semifinalists in speech events at each regional tournament, and the top six debate teams from each regional tournament. BEST expects to host approximately 400 student competitors in Sofia, making it the largest English-language speech tournament to happen so far this year.

BEST has already hosted three additional events during the spring semester including two regional tournaments, and Balkan Voices, an international original oratory competition.

About The BEST Foundation

BEST stands for Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournaments. Established in 2013, BEST provides the English-language learners of Bulgaria an opportunity to come together and pursue personal growth through English language speech and debate. BEST aims to empower students to think critically, express themselves creatively, and create a dynamic community that truly cares about the success and the future of Bulgaria. We provide a platform for English-language speech and debate domestically and send Bulgarian students abroad to compete internationally.