An electric bus will start running in Veliko Tarnovo from August. The municipality is working on a project for the purchase of ten electric buses; they will replace the trolleys which were granted to a halt 6 years ago. The main objective behind the plan of the Municipality is for the ecological public transport to be restored. The administration is hoping to secure a funding of 10 million levs for its integrated plan for urban mobility under Regions in Growth 2014 – 2020 Operational Programme. A special charging station will also be supplied; it will take just 7 minutes for the vehicles to recharge their full capacity. Electric busses can travel up to 25 kilometers when fully charged. Veliko Tarnovo Municipality will buy 10 of the vehicles when the European funds are granted. Once they arrive, they will be given for exploitation by the public transport carriers in Veliko Tarnovo. Currently public transport is served by two companies.
Over 4,000 participants will gather near the Peter and Paul Monastery, close to Veliko Tarnovo, for celebrations dedicated to Bulgarian folklore. The Petropavlovski convention is probably the largest folklore event in northern Bulgaria with representatives from all ethnographic regions in Bulgaria attending it. The gathering will be held this Saturday and Sunday (27 and 28 June) on the eve of the widely celebrated in Bulgaria Petrovden.
Over the next five years Veliko Tarnovo will receive EU funding of 53 million leva, to invest in the development of the city. On Monday, the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Daniel Panov, signed an agreement which delegated him the right to assessment and select the projects under the number one priority axis – Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development of the Operational Program Regions in growth 2014 – 2020 Operational Programme. The money for Veliko Tarnovo will come from this Operational Programme – the former capital of Bulgaria is now among the ten largest cities identified as the engine of economic growth in Bulgaria.
On the 24th of June the Samovodska charshia in Veliko Tarnovo will welcome visitors for Enyovden celebrations for 12th year in a row. This is day of summer solstice, herbal remedies and ancient magic rituals. The festive days starts at 10.30 am on Wednesday with the traditional passing through a wreath which has 77 herbs intertwined in it. This is done following the ancient rituals and is said to bring good health. Traditional Bulgarian folk songs will also be performed during the opening hour.
Veliko Tarnovo will join the initiative with a number of events. Druzhba Park (in the town centre) and Kolyo Ficheto Park (in the neighbourhood of Kolyo Ficheto/Triagalnika) will host many yoga classes throughout the day; everyone is invited to join at any time. Lectures on the ancient old practice will be read at the New Sports Hall near Billa store at the roundabout.
Uniworld – the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line, offering the highest standards in luxury river cruising – has now included Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi in its programme. The first luxury river cruise ship, River Princess, sets off at the beginning of July; a week later its passengers will embark in Ruse. From there they will be transferred to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi where tourists will visit historical sites and museums and will taste authentic dishes from the Second Bulgarian Kingdom in a local restaurant. After that they will be returning to their ship to continue with their cruise.
More than 4000 bikers from Bulgaria and 9 more countries will gather for the ninth annual Moto Rock Fest in Veliko Tarnovo; it will take place from 9th till 12th July. Rock fans from Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Holland, Norway, Germany and Austria will join this year’s edition of the fest.