Nikyup will once again become the capital of watermelons – the Fifth Watermelon Fest will take place on 6th August. Nikyup is famous for growing some of the sweetest watermelons in Bulgaria. The official kick-start of the fest is at 6 pm. Various singing groups and dancing ensembles will perform during the event keeping up the good spirits. There will be also carving demonstration showing interesting techniques for the transformation of a watermelon into a sculpture. A number of competitions will also take place – watermelon eating, watermelon rolling and watermelon weight guessing contests. A procession with watermelon lanterns will also take place. 5 tonnes of watermelons are expected to be eaten during the fest.
Students from Veliko Tarnovo University and the National Academy of Arts have turned the park at Ksilifor near Veliko Tarnovo in a magical forest. Dozens of sculptures made of wood, stone and metal now adorn and enliven the area. Ksilifor is located just 3 km away from VT and is a favourite place for day outs, hiking, sports and entertainment. Some of the enchanting items you will find there are a fabulous library, a tree with a golden apple, a magic carpet, a swing in the form of a dragon, Baba Yaga’s House (Baba Yaga is a witch who flies around in a mortar or on a broom and wields a pestle, and dwells deep in the forest in a hut usually described as standing on chicken legs (or sometimes a single chicken leg) and Flintstone’s car. A flock of ducks keep them company and a few turtles calmly swim in the small lake in the park and occasionally go out ashore.
Besides the sculptures of characters from fairy tales, the young people participating in the event have also created and set up benches, tables, chairs and other park furniture. The Park Sculpture and Functionality Student Workshop was first held in 2011.
Veliko Tarnovo is the place hosting the largest number of buildings/monuments of cultural heritage significance in the Balkans. The number of these buildings in the old capital is 1580. That was announced yesterday at the National Assembly by Veliko Tarnovo MP Evgeni Stoev during the debates on the adoption of the second reading of amendments to the Law on Cultural Heritage. The Parliament decided to create six regional centres that will have the powers of the National Institute of Immovable Cultural Heritage (NIICH). This will overcome delays as currently NIICH takes too much time to deal with issues or process a request – far beyond the statutory deadline. This caused many problems for citizens and the local authorities even at times when emergency actions had to be undertaken. This is one of the reasons Veliko Tarnovo lost several unique houses-monuments that collapsed waiting for the NIICH decisions. Veliko Tarnovo The new unit will be able to grant permission and to provide certifications for repairs or strengthening of monuments and buildings of cultural heritage significance located locally.
The Post Office in the very centre of Veliko Tarnovo is set to become a luxury 5-star hotel, it was announced by the Chief Architect of the Municipality Nikolay Malakov. The current owners have already announced their intentions and will start working on the project shortly.
The building that used to be owned by the Bulgarian National Telekom/Vivacom until recently housed the Customer Service Centre of the company. It is built over 5 floors in the shape of the Bulgaria letter П, with a courtyard and garages accessible from the south. Its total built-up area is just over 1380 square meters, according to the local newspaper borbabg.com.
The idea of the new owners is for the ground floor facing the street to host many shops. Some of them have already been realized and operate with a separate entrance for each.
The hall with the telephone booths is to be converted into a posh ice cream parlour. The investments only for the ice cream shop is expected to reach about 100,000 leva. The entire building is owned by a developer who bought it from the state in December, 2009 for 1,6 million euro. Until now he rented it out to its previous owner – Vivacom.
Veliko Tarnovo is to receive a new town park – its 15th. The park will be set up at the terrain near the Kachitsa Roundabout (just behind Billa Store). The initial project is now ready.
The project envisages that there will be walkways, green areas with decorative shrubs and trees, pet zone, sports facilities, kids playgrounds and water fountains. There will be skating and bicycle alleys and shaded seating areas. The park will also have a stage where it can host various happenings and performances. The funding is expected to come through the financial mechanisms of the European Union.
The plot of land spans over 18,000 sqm and was owned by the state until last year when the Council of Ministers granted the ownership of the place to the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo at the request of the Mayor Daniel Panov. All the other parks within the territory of the town were renovated in recent years after the Municipality secured funding from the European Union.