East Tournament in Dobrich, March 10-11

Welcome to the current tournament portal for the East region! The upcoming East tournament will be at Geo Milev LHS in Dobrich on March 10-11. Registration for the tournament has ended.

Letter of Invitation

The official letter of invitation in Bulgarian is coming soon! If you want a customized letter mailed to your school, e-mail us at info@bestfoundation.bg.

Press

Here you can read our pre-tournament press release in English and Bulgarian.

Post-tournament press releases are coming soon!

Schedule

Saturday, March 10th

9:30 – 11:00 – Team Check In
10:00 – 12:00 – Judge Training Session 1
11:00 – Opening Ceremony (Dobrich Concert Hall)
12:00 – Round 1 Flight B: Oratory, Prose & Duo
Judge Training Session 2
13:30 – Round 1 Flight A: Debate (prepared) and Poetry
14:30 – Lunch
15:00 – Round 2 Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
16:30 – Round 2 Flight A: Debate (impromptu) and Poetry
18:15 – Semifinals: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
19:30 – Round 3: Debate (prepared)
Semifinals: Poetry

Sunday, March 11th

8:30 – Round 4: Debate (impromptu)
10:30 – Finals Flight B: Oratory, Prose, and Duo
11:30 – Finals Flight A: Debate (prepared) and Poetry
13:30 – Closing Ceremony (Dobrich Concert Hall)

Judging

We welcome all high school graduates with C1 or higher English to judge at our tournaments. If you are new to BEST and our tournaments, visit our Judging Basics page!

We will reimburse all judges for their transport if they use trains or buses, but we strongly encourage taking the most affordable option when possible (usually trains). Please purchase round-trip tickets and you will be reimbursed upon showing the ticket at the reimbursement station. We will provide food at the tournament site, and we will also cover one night of hotel accommodations for regional tournaments. In exceptional circumstances when a judge can’t make it to the tournament site before 11am on Saturday, we will cover two nights of hotel accommodation.

Judge registration for the tournament is now closed.

Student Registration Fees

Please note that ahead of our East Regional tournament in Dobrich we have altered our registration fee policy for teams. In a nutshell, teams are expected to pay the upfront cost of registration and hotel accommodation for all students to us no later than 2 weeks before the tournament. We strongly encourage you to review the full details of the policy at the Costs and Fees section of the website.
This policy will be applied to our East region tournament in Dobrich and the national tournament in Plovdiv.

Note: All registration fees need to be paid via bank transfer to the bank account listed below. If you use UniCredit Bulbank to complete the transfer they will charge you a nominal fee; other banks may charge a 3 BGN wire fee. After you complete the transfer, you must send us an email with a picture of your invoice and the following information in the subject line: school name, number of students, and amount of leva. All payments should be made in one amount, as a team. Individual payments for individual students will NOT be recognized.

Faktura (Invoice) Information:
Organization name: BEST Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournament Foundation
Registration address: Bulgaria, 1504 Sofia, 1 Panayot Volov St. Floor 2
BULSTAT: 176712880
IBAN: BG33UNCR70001521640901
MOL: Dena Deyanova Popova

Team Roster and Hotels Spreadsheet

Registration for the tournament is now closed. Please contact Team BEST at info@bestfoundation.bg for any edits to team rosters.

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Applications for the tournament are now closed.

Hotels

The first tournament hotel is Hotel Dobrudhza.
The address of Hotel Dobrudzha is “Nezavisimost” 2 st, Dobrich 9300

The second tournament hotel is Hotel Bulgaria.
The address of Hotel Bulgaria is “Sveti Sveti Kiril i Metodiy” st, Dobrich 9300

Transportation

Here are directions on how to get from the Bus and Train Stations to the tournament site – Geo Milev FLHS :

Here are directions on how to get from the Tournament Hotels to Geo Milev FLHS:

Food

Billa (open until 10:00pm)

Mozzarella – Pizza, Grill & Salad Bar (open until 12:00am) – 089 551 6401

Restaurant “Marco Polo” (open until 11:00pm) – 058 600 526

Neshtoto (open 24hrs) – 089 383 0206

Fan Tai: Chinese restaurant (open until 11:00pm) – 058 603 048

Debate Motions

Prepared:

  • TH prefers a world without a concept of an afterlife.
  • THBT comedic political commentators (e.g. John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, etc.) do more harm than good.
  • THR the rise of the sharing economy,
Impromptu hints: Science and Technology, Education, Ethics