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Aerial tramway in Veliko Tarnovo?

tramArchitecture students from Sofia have made a suggestion for the Veliko Tarnovo Municipality to install an aerial tramway over Yantra River. They believe that the town is very suitable for a cable car due to its unique natural setting. It will be used for a means of public transportation but also as a tourist attraction. The aerial lift will span over Yantra River and will connect the Old Town with a point across the river, near the Stambolov Bridge. Spectacular views of Asenevtsi Monument, Sveta Gora Hill and the tiered houses on the opposite bank of the river will be revealed from the air. The students also envisage bright lights to illuminate the river banks and the transformation of old street phones into electronic tourist guides. We are yet to see if these projects are to be realized.

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Veliko Tarnovo hosts motorcycle stunt riding show for the third consecutive year

bikeVeliko Tarnovo will be the arena of an international stunt riding show for third year in a row, it was announced at a press conference held by Stunt Team Hazard Moto Club. The club is the organizer of the competition; it is conducted with the cooperation of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, under the patronage of Veliko Tarnovo Mayor Daniel Panov. The stunt riding ‘battle’ will take place on 6th, 7th and 8th June in the parking lot in front of Metro Wholesale Store; around 5000 people are expected to see the show over the three days. For their safety they will be separated from the bikes by concrete and metal panels fence. The motto under which the show will be held is Drive safely, be tolerant on the road.

So far 35 participant have enrolled but their number is expected to mount to 50. This year the spectators will see a woman competitor for the first time.

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The Mayor of Kavarna shows his rock and heavy metal memorabilia collection in Veliko Tarnovo

rockThe first of its kind travelling rock and heavy metal exhibition is to be shown at the end of this month in Veliko Tarnovo. It is owned by the Mayor of Kavarna Tsonko Tsnonev. The Mayor will put on display the relics from his private collection in a rock bar in the Old Capital of Bulgaria. The exposition will be opened on May, 30th.

rock2The one of its kind museum comprises of items that the Mayor has been gathering for the last eight years. Among  the exhibits is the guitar on which Manowar played rock version of the Bulgarian national anthem, Burn – the gold record of Deep Purple, of which there are only 50 copies in the world and a retro phone with the AC/DC logo on it, used by the so-called Metal Mayor to keep in touch with the band (this is a joke of course).

16 pieces in total will be shown to the guests and citizens of the town. The exhibits are all presents gifted by the numerous rock and heavy metal stars that have performed in Kavarna. Tsonko Tsonev has some of the items granted to charitable causes – the leather jacket of John Lawton was sold at a charity auction for nearly 800 euro. The Mayor’s collection also features a car with the autographs of legendary names like Alice Cooper, Udo Dirkschneider, Tarja Turunen, Scorpions, Glen Hughes, Ronnie James Dio, Simon Wright (AC/DC), Manowar and many other stars who have visited Kavarna. The precious autographs are signed on Mayor’s car dashboard and interior door panels. There are over 30 signatures in total but soon there will be lot more – the next edition of Kavarna rock fest in the Black sea resort will welcome eight rock and heavy metal bands, said the Metal Mayor. On June 27th, 28th and 29th the stadium in Kavarna will be the stage for Europe, Halloween, Sabaton and many more stars.

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Happiness Pavilion opens in Veliko Tarnovo

10169360_850379694988589_9178852025303022130_nA Happiness Pavilion will be opened today at 4.30 pm in Veliko Tarnovo’s Marno Pole Park. The futuristic stall will have an important role in Veliko Tarnovo’s communicational strategy as part of the bid to win the European capital of Culture 2019 Contest. The installation and the area around it will turn into a creative open scene till the end of September. The stage will welcome participants and artists who want to share their works and art with citizens and guest of the town. The Pavilion will also be the place for a number of artisan workshops, ateliers, master classes and open lessons. It will also double as an information centre concerning the candidature in the contest and a place where everyone can share their thoughts or give suggestions for a project or a cultural event.10155313_751280368249611_4075794258829269768_n

The Happiness Pavilion will be interactive; everyone can have a small wooden piece on which to write or draw their wish or massage and then stick it back on the Pavilion frame.

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Hoards that belonged to the Bulgarian khans Asparukh and Kubrat on display in Veliko Tarnovo

gloryThe most renowned hoards of khan Asparukh and khan Kubrat will be shown in an exhibition in Veliko Tarnovo. Its realization was made possible due to the cooperation of the National historical museum. The show was officially opened on Wednesday and will welcome visitors until the end of September. It is hosted in the exhibition rooms of Hadji Nikoli Inn, located in the artisan street called the Savodska charshia. The exposition is called The Glory of Bulgarian Rulers. The vessels on display are the sole precise replicas of the emblematic authentic medieval Bulgarian treasures. One of them was found near the village of Malaya Pereshchepina, Ukraine and the other near the town of Sânnicolau Mare, Romania. 9 vessel replicas from the treasure of khan Kubrat and copies of all the 23 vessels from the hoard of khan Asparukh will be put on display. The copies were gifted to Bulgaria as a present for the commemorations of the 1300th anniversary of the country’s founding. The exhibition itself is marking 1200 years from the death of another Bulgarian khan – Krum.

The discovery of a hoard in 1912 in the neighbourhood of Poltava, Ukraine, near the village of Malaya Pereshchepina was not in itself a rare event, but in its wealth and diversity this hoard far exceeds all others. It is rightfully regarded as one of the richest finds from the period of the nomadic migrations. Dated to the period between the ancient world and the 7th century AD, the hoard is thought to have belonged to Kubrat, Khan of Great Bolgary (Great Bulgaria). The treasure is uncommonly rich, consisting of over 800 pieces, mainly of gold (total weight over 25 kg) and silver (over 50 kg), including 16 gold and 19 silver vessels. The authentic vessels can only be seen in the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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The hoard of Malaya Pereshchepina

The treasure of Nagyszentmiklos

The treasure of Nagyszentmiklos

The Treasure of Nagyszentmiklós or Treasure of Sânnicolau Mare is an important hoard of 23 early medieval gold vessels, in total weighing 9.945 kg found in 1799 near the town of Sânnicolau Mare in Romanian, Nagyszentmiklós in Hungarian.  It is variously dated from the 6th to the 10th century. After the excavation, the treasure was transferred to Vienna, the capital of the then empire. Ever since, it has been in the possession of the Kunsthistorisches Museum there, where it is on permanent display.

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Asbanasi expects more than 100 000 visitors for the third Sheep Breeders’ Fair

photo_verybig_11119The National Fair of the Sheep Breeders in Bulgaria will be held near Arbanasi for third consecutive year. It is expected to be much bigger and with much more participants compared to the previous ones. The event which is unique in its kind for Bulgaria is attracting more and more attention with each year and that’s why this time it is going to be 4 days long – from May, 3rd till May, 6th.

The sheep fair presents an intriguing mixture of tradition and modernism, history and present, heritage and perspectives in sheep breeding, which is a common means of living in European countries.

The presentation area near the Petropavlovski monastery is expanding almost twice and will reach the impressive 14 ha (140,000 sqm). 150 participants will present their products at more than 1/2 ha of stalls and pavilions and more than 1000 sheep, goats, horses, dogs and other species will be showed. Some of the latest state of the art agricultural machinery will also be exhibited at the fair. Delegations from 10 counties are coming for the show.

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Cheverme

20 whole lambs will be slow-cooked over open fire (the so-called cheverme) by master chefs who will have 3-hour presentations each day.

A number of competitions will be held, among them shearing and manual milking contests. Dairy products making on the spot will be presented. For the first time visitors will be able to witness the so called Oil Wresting. It is so called because the wrestlers douse themselves with olive oil. Around 200 wrestlers or pehlivani of all ages are expected to take part. There will be shepherd dogs show and a museum exhibition called ‘Shepherd’s trade through ages’.

There will also be contests for the best picture under the ‘St. George’s day and Shepherds’ trade’ theme and best ritual bread and an auction for St. George icons, some of which very rare and unique. St George is very much honoured by the Eastern Orthodox Church, wherein he is referred to as a Great Martyr. His major feast day in Bulgaria is May, 6th. It is celebrated as the day of the shepherds and their flocks.

143880579484Two stages will be set up during the festive days. The second National Folklore Contest ‘Bleating lamb’ will be conducted there. More than 1600 singers and performers are expected to join in the singing, dancing and instrument playing competition. This year’s contest is held under the patronage of the Minister of culture Petar  Stoyanovich.

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Young performers

Come and enjoy this wonderful feast!

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Ritual Breads

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Bulgarian Shepherd Dogs – Karakachan Dogs

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Oil Wrestlers – Pehlivani

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Veliko Tarnovo hosts Sofia Film Fest

festival_1453The third edition of Sofia International Film Festival will be hosted by Veliko Tarnovo. The event will be realized due to the joint efforts of Art Fest Production Company/ Sofia International Film Festival and Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and with the support of the National Film Centre and The MEDIA Mundus Programme of the European Union.

Sofia International Film Festival in Veliko Tarnovo is part of the Operation Cinema project, which has been created and developed by the team of the Art Fest Production Company. A special hall in the building of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is designated for showing the movies.

SIFF-logoThis year’s edition of Sofia International Film Festival in Veliko Tarnovo will be opened by the director of Sofia International Film Festival Stefan Kitanov at 6.30 pm on 25th April. The opening movie will be the latest masterpiece of the Italian director and writer Paolo Sorento. The film is called La grande bellezza. It won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year for 2014 and also a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

The festival will be held from 26th till 30th April. Tickets are 3 leva.