Enyovden (Enyo’s day) is a festival related to the summer solstice. It takes place on 24th June and coincides with St. John Baptist’s Day. It is both a religious feast and a traditional folk ritual. On Midsummer Day the sun is believed to end its journey towards summer and, after rotating three times it turns towards winter. In ancient times there was the popular belief that herbs gathered before sunrise on Enyovden have stronger healing powers than those gathered on any other day of the year, so medicine women went to the meadows and in the woods early in the morning to pick herbs. According to the tradition, on Enyovden children and adults ’bath’ in the dew in order to be strong and healthy. Young women twine a wreath of flowers and herbs and everybody passes through it three times as a ritual for health and fertility.
The seventh Dixie Jazz Fest will happen from 10th till 12th July. The organizers are promising three hot summer nights full of jazz, funk and groove as well as live acts from very good Bulgarian musicians and foreign participants.
The stage will be set up at Assenevtsi Monument. The festival kicks off at 7.30 pm on 10th July with an exhibition of the photos that have captured some of the hottest moments of last year’s show.The hosts from Royal Dixie Band will be the first to play. Well-known Bulgarian bands and young artists as well as guests from Serbia, Romaina and Switzerland will also be performing during three days of the fest.
Veliko Tarnovo is a very beautiful town that has always enchanted foreigners with its tiered architecture. In October 1907 the popular National Geographic magazine published the travel notes of the American traveller Felix J. Cox entitled Tarnovo – the town of the hanging gardens; the author was smitten with the splendour of the town. Many professional gardeners have worked in the old capital of Bulgaria at the beginning of last century; they’ve created one of the most exquisite and distinguished parks in the country.
In order to revive this tradition and put it in a modern day perspective Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is organizing the First Park Festival in the town. It will be held on June, 21st from 11 am at Boruna Park, near Asenevtsi Monument.
Project Art Summer 2014 will delight us with a beer festival and lots of live music from 13th till 15th June. The event will take place at Asenevtsi Monument, aka Konnitsite; 5 bands and the 2012 World Beatbox Champion Skiller will perform on the stage. The show starts on Friday, 13th June from 8 pm. On Saturday live acts kick off at 5 pm. Football fans will able to watch The World Cup matches live from Brazil on a big screen. It’s going to be a great festival with lots of live music, beer and of course football. Come and join the party.
Madame Butterfly, Giselle, Zorba the Greek, Gianni Schicchi and Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) are the five operas we are going to see this year during the summer opera festival Stage of the Ages which will be held at Tsarevets Fortress. The largest festival in Veliko Tarnovo will take place from 2nd till 10th August.
Puccini’s Madame Butterfly will open the show; it will be performed on 2nd and 3rd August from 9 pm. On 5th August opera fans will be able to see Adolf Adam’s Giselle. Admirers of fine ballet art can savour Zorba the Greek by Mikis Theodorakis on 6th August. On 9th and 10th are the presentations of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
Three days of Latin dancing for the citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo! The Latin fiesta is going to take place from 5th till 7th June and is organized by a local dance centre. The festival is called Un beso Fiesta and will offer lots of Latin rhythm, fun and good mood for all the visitors and citizens of Veliko Tarnovo. The event is free and everyone can participate; it will take place near Asenevtsi monument and the Art gallery.
Ten of the biggest Latin dances schools in Bulgaria will take part alongside guests from dancing academies from Greece and Romania. The fiestas will kick-start on June, 5th from 6 pm with salsa teaching classes for kids and later for grown-ups. From 8 pm De Fuego Orchestra, the most enchanting salsa music band in Bulgaria, will perform some of the dancers’ favourite Latin songs.
The Spanish group Chambao opens the summer festive season in Veliko Tarnovo. Chambao is a flamenco-electronic band from Malaga, known for a Flamenco Chill sound that fuses flamenco sounds with electronic music. The name of the band is taken from an improvised form of beach tent that is constructed as a means of sheltering from the wind and sun.
It took only a few years for the band to capture fans’ hearts all over the world. The music performed by the musician is charged with love for life, emotions, human desires and weaknesses and the power to overcome all hardships. Chambao enchants its audience at each of its concerts.
The band is going to perform live on June, 7th at the Summer theatre at Marno Pole Park. The show starts at 9 pm. Tickets cost from 20 to 60 lv and can be bought from the Tourist information centre, near the Post Office and also on-line.