Foreign investors are to build the first settlement for astronomical observations in Bulgaria. It will be located in the Balkan Mountains, in an area between Gabrovo and Dryanovo. This is the darkest part of Bulgaria, away from the lights of towns and other human activity, which might interfere with astronomical observations.
The so-called Star Village will hosts festivals, workshops and training courses. The goal for the place is to become an educational and research center for professionals and lovers of astronomy, said the creator of the project David Hollands.
Astronomy enthusiasts will be able to combine their vacation with practical work, observations and even astrophotography.
The village will have a visitors’ center, a private observatory, conference halls and a modern residential, educational and scientific complex. The Star village should be ready in early 2017.
А street fitness competition is being organized for a second year in Veliko Tarnovo. The event will be held on March 26 (Saturday) in Druzhba Park. Dozens of competitors from across the country are expected to arrive to take part in the clash.
The competition will be in freestyle format; what will be assessed is endurance, performance and attractiveness. Some of the participants have been practicing this sport for years and have even competed abroad. There will also be girls willing to show their skills.
Male contestants will be divided into two age groups and girls will be competing in a separate category. Of course there is a prize for the winners.
Participants can sign up on the very same day from 11 am at Druzhba Park.
Bulgaria in 1230.
The official date on which we celebrate the day of Veliko Tarnovo is March, 22nd. The date is related to the victory of Tsar Ivan Asen II over the ruler of the Despotate of Epirus, Theodore Komnenos Doukas, in the battle of Klokotnitsa (near the nowadays town of Haskovo). The battle in which the Bulgarian tsar defeated and captured Theodore Komnenos took place on the 22 March 1230.
Todorovden will be marked for the 26th consecutive time this Saturday (19th March) at Arbanasi. On Todorovden people called Todor and Theodore and likewise have their names celebrated; also according to old traditions many horse races are being organized throughout the country. The festivities will start in the morning in the village square. As usual there will be BBQ and wine stalls, great musical program and lots of fun. Once again the mayor Tosho Krastev, who is also celebrating his Name Day, promises to make all guests feel welcome and enjoy the fete. The weather forecast is for good weather promising visitors only pleasant emotions. The organizers from the Village Hall and Kaloyan-92 Equestrian Club are ready to meet everyone at Arbanasi for a day filled with excitement and entertainment.
Veliko Tarnovo is to host a round of the Bulgaria Welcomes the Tastes of the World International Culinary Festival in May. The exact dates are not yet known. The event will be one of the largest in the cultural calendar of the Municipality this year and will promote the Old Bulgarian capital as a quality food destination worth visiting. Veliko Tarnovo will participate with authentic recipes for food which used to be prepared during the Middle Ages.
A variety of products, recipes, food and beverages which are nowadays typically produced and prepared in Veliko Tarnovo region will also be presented at the fest along with the culinary traditions and customs of the area. The festival will pass through seven Bulgarian towns and will be held in two stages.
During the first stage recipes for various traditional dishes will be collected and then evaluated by a jury. People can submit their favourite Bulgarian recipes at www.Iknowbulgaria.bg; they must be traditional for the region in which they live.
The second stage will feature the approved dishes and will go through seven major Bulgarian cities. Guest from 17 other countries will join the Bulgarian hosts for this part – Azerbaijan, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Egypt, Morocco, Hungary, Poland, Israel, Venezuela, USA, UK, Mexico, Romania, Croatia, India, and Cuba. Famous chefs will honour the events at each stop and of course there will be lots of fun, food, wine and music.
Souvenirs, made exclusively for the festival, will be available for purchase in each of the 7 Bulgarian towns. They will cost 3 lv and all revenues will go to charity; each of the hosting municipalities will choose a cause they want to support.
The renowned Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo now has an operating audio information system, it was announced by the Regional History Museum. People visiting the Fortress can now learn about upcoming exhibitions at the museum, sites opening hours, places to visit and various events in VT. The system is operating both in Bulgarian and English; it will also be giving general safety advice to adhere to while visiting the Tsarevets Fortress. On opening and closing times the Veliko Tarnovo hymn will be played over the audio system – that is the Shishman song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndu3xs11I_E). The Tsarevgrad Tarnov Municipal Tourist Agency is planning to include few more language options based on analyses made on the tourist flow visiting the place. The system comprises of 50 audio stations, mounted across the Tsarevets Hill. The network was built under an Enhancement of Tourist Attractions and Related Infrastructure Scheme funded by Regional Development Operational Programme.
Veliko Tarnovo cultural agenda for this year looks quite promising as usual.
The Ludogorie National Folklore Fest known for the large-scale reenactments of traditional Bulgarian weddings from different ethnographic regions is one of the newest and most interesting events this year. It will be held from 17th till 26th June in grounds behind Billa Store where circus coming to Vt are usually setting up their tents. The Ludogorie Fest also combines and shows to the public the Bulgarian traditions in music and cooking.
The Transfiguration Festival is another new element in the cultural programme of the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo. It will be held from 19th till 21th August at the Tsarevets Fortress and Samovodskata Charshia.
The most interesting aspect of the cultural calendar has to do with the renowned Kavarna Rock Fest and namely the possibility that it could start taking place in Veliko Tarnovo. Nothing is sure yet as no official documents are signed but talks are underway and there is more than a 50% chance that this could actually happen. If Kavarna Rock Fest moves its venue the event will merge with the traditional Veliko Tarnovo Moto Rock Fest and is will be named Veliko Tarnovo Rock Fest.
Stage of the Ages
The Stage of the Ages Opera Festival will take place from late July till early August at its usual place –the Tsarevets Fortress; some of the best opera and ballet titles in Bulgaria will be stages as the festival goes.
The twentieth edition of the Balkanfolk Festival is to the old capital on May, 12th and will continue up to May, 22nd. More than 16,000 participants are expected to arrive for the event. A total of eight concerts will be presented at the Summer Theatre in Marno Pole Town Park.
Summer Puppet Theatre Festival, Historical Reenactments International Festival, Dixie Jazz Fest, Sofia Film Fest, Cultural Tourism Tourist Exhibition, On The East Coast Of Europe Festival are the other highlights listed in the programme that we are looking to.