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Moscow Classical Ballet with a show in Veliko Tarnovo

The Moscow Classical Ballet is to stage a performance in Veliko Tarnovo for the very first time. The show will take place on December, 10th from 7 pm at the Vasil Levski Sports and Culture Hall. The play which we will be able to enjoy is The Nutcracker. The ballet is visiting Veliko Tarnovo as part of the events marking the 30th anniversary of the sports and arts venue.

The troupe was founded in 1966 and used to be named the State Academic Classical Ballet Theatre. It is now globally knows as the Moscow Classical Ballet. The Ballet is often referred as the Ballet Star Factory. Many of the world renowned ballet dancers were formed here, to name just a few – Irek Mukhamedov, soloist at Covent Garden, Galina Sepanenko, prima at the Bolshoi Theatre, Vladimir Malakhov, artistic director and soloist at the German State Opera in Berlin, soloist at the American Ballet Theatre and a guest dancer at Vienna State Opera. Dancers from the academy have won more than 20 gold medals at various international and prestigious competitions.

The Ballet has never been in Bulgaria until now and their tour in the country will start from Veliko Tarnovo.

Tickets are now available at Eventim.bg

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European acknowledgement for three festivals taking place in Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo Municipality received European recognition for the high quality of the Scene of the centuries, Arbanassi Summer Music and On the Eastern coast of Europe festivals which the town is hosting each year. Тhey were granted the prestigious status European Festival of 2015/2016 at a ceremony in the capital.

The winning festivals have contributed greatly for the strengthening of Veliko Tarnovo’s unofficial position as the Balkan capital of cultural tourism. The events were included in the pilot project of the European Commission and the Europe for the Festivals. The Festivals for Europe Platform. The project involved more than 100 cultural happenings from all over Bulgaria, and official status and award was granted only to 26 of them.

The summer opera festival Scene of the Ages, the festival of classical music Arbanassi Summer music and the film festival On the East Coast of Europe will be included in an international festival guide that will have its print and electronic form. The European status and the awards they received show their significant importance for the promotion of Bulgarian culture and art across the globe.

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Elena hosts the 4th Elenski But Feast

sushen-but-svinskiElena is preparing for the 4th edition of the Elenski But Festival. The event will take place on the 14th November. The tempting fair is usually held every last Saturday of October, but this year the date was changed because of the local elections which were conducted throughout the country.

The feast will be set at the town square – the place will come to life with many re-enactments, attractions, degustations, competitions and exhibitions. Of course there will be the contest for the largest and most delicious Elenski But. Women from Elena will also join in the celebration – they will prepare tasty dishes with the unique specialty. For the curious will have tables for tasting to sample this and other meat delicacies.

s10003973The renowned Elenski but is a dry-cured ham from which is a popular delicacy throughout the country. The meat is salted and rubbed with herbs and then left to dry in the air. It has a specific taste and can be preserved in the course of several years, owing much to the special process of making and the climatic conditions of that part of Balkan Mountains where Elena is located.

but-fileThe day will start at 10.30 am with the recreation of an old tradition – pig scorching over a pit. Only men are taking part in this ritual. The Elena But Feast will be officially opened at 11.30. The dance and music programme will start right after that. The day will closed with a fireworks show at 6 pm.

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Remember, remember the Fifth of November…

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The venue

A British expat has been organizing Guy Fawkes Nights in the village of Momin Sbor for some years now and this year is not going to be an exception. Wild Rovers 4X4 will be holding a Guy Fawkes Party on Thursday November, 5th. The nights bear a charitable spirit and this year funds will be raised for Velvet Hearts – a local animal rescue charity. The funds will go towards the neutering, care, feeding and re-homing of stray and abandoned dogs. Continue Reading

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The village of Strelets hosts the Sweet Sorghum Feast

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Sweet Sorghum Treacle / madzhun

On 17th October 17 (Saturday) the village of Strelets will host the second edition of the Sweet Sorghum Feast. The festival is organized by the village mayoralty and the local community centre and pensioner club.

The organizers aim to trace back, preserve and popularize folklore traditions and customs in Gorna Oryahovitsa region and to revive the tradition of treacle (madzhun in Bulgarian) producing in the village. Sweet sorghum is any of the many varieties of the sorghum grass whose stalks have high sugar content and is used for syrup production (treacle).

There will be also a contest for the tastiest treacle; only residents of Strelets can take part in it. A jury will pronounce the best treacle and the winning contestants will receive diplomas.

There will also be a concert programme with lots of singing and dancing. Sweet Sorghum celebrations begin at 10 am in the village centre.

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Balkanski Circus visiting Veliko Tarnovo

cirkThe most awarded Bulgarian circus famous all over the world is visiting Veliko Tarnovo. The circus is actually known worldwide as The Bulgarian national circus. It will welcome everyone with a new programme full of spectacular attractions and performances. The chapiteau is set up behind Billa store at the roundabout near Praktiker. The circus is staying in Veliko Tarnovo for four days– 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th October – with shows starting from 5 pm and 7.30 pm in the first three days and from 11 am and 4.30 pm on the last day (Sunday). Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office on the site or on-line at:

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Exhibition dedicated to African culture in Veliko Tarnovo

Author of the exhibition is Burama Keita, of Malian origin but currently residing in Bulgaria and dealing with African culture.

The exhibitionis called Africa: My land, My Soul and is part of a long-term project and will stay in Veliko Tarnovo from October 6th to 30th October. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a different culture presented in the old capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition will cover different topics such as history, geography, literature, and modern and traditional African painting. You can also hear and see African music and dancing at the opening of the exhibition which will be held in French (with interpretation into Bulgarian).

The opening is today, 6th October, from 5 pm; the venue – Rafael Mihailov Exhibition Halls, New Corpus Hall, 1st level, 1 Rafael Mihailov str.