Bulgarians consume an average of 73.5 litre of beer per capita each year. The data put us even in front of beer lovers in UK, but of course behind Czechs and Germans renowned for their love for the amber brew. Both Veliko Tarnovo based breweries, Bolyarka and Britos, have invested greatly in their business over the last years. They are both members of the Union of Brewers in Bulgaria which this year marks its 25th anniversary. Another anniversary to be marked this year is 135 years of brewing industry in Bulgaria. Brewers in Bulgaria marked an increase of 4% in beer sales across the country.
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.
Attractive event for dog-owners and dog-lovers will be held on 30 July in the Monuments Area in Svishtov. The dog exhibition will have competitive character and will feature 3 categories. The first will be for small dogs weighing up to 10 kg, the second category will cover pooches from 10 to 20 kg, while the third will be for barking pets above 20 kg. Each category will have prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place; they are provided by sponsors, owners of pet stores, veterinary clinics and a leading brand in the manufacturing of veterinary medicines. Dogs will be evaluated by a competent jury based on their appearance and special abilities. There will also be an audience award given for the best liked animal.
An important condition to enrol your dogs for participation is for them to have passports with vaccination records. These documents have to be presented on the day of the competition.
The 12th edition of the Tvarditsa – Elena Rally 2016 is to be held on 15th, 16th and 17th July. It is part of the national rally championship organized by the Bulgarian Automobile Sport Federation. The total length of this stage is 295 km; 130 km of them are competitive and will be divided into 11 legs.
The official opening is on 15th July from 9 pm in Tvarditsa town square.
This summer Veliko Tarnovo will turn into the world capital of folklore for the 19th time. The International Folklore Festival Veliko Tarnovo is an event which has become inseparable part of the cultural programme of the town. This is a real, long anticipated feast for both citizens and guests of the old capital of Bulgaria. Dancers, musicians and singers from all over the world (Bulgaria, Belgium, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Mexico, USA and Chile) will bring good mood into our summer days in a way most enchanting and unique. Due to its perfect organization, exotic participants and the positive charge and emotions it brings, the festival is considered one of the most popular events in the world of folklore. The festive week will last from July, 16th till July, 23rd. Many more events will be hosted during the week – Miss Festival Contest, a traditional cuisine night, a photo exposition, etc. Both participant and audience will be sure to have a great time. All events are free of charge. Prepare for a sizzling summer full of fun!