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.
Veliko Tarnovo is taking part in yet another world campaign. On November, 17th we mark the World Prematurity Day across the globe. Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is participating in the campaign to show its support for the families of babies born pre-term. This day is observed each year to raise awareness of pre-term birth and the concerns of premature babies and their families worldwide.
On this day sites with significant importance around the world are lit in purple. Veliko Tarnovo with its Tsarevets Fortress won’t make an exception. Today, from 7 pm Tsarevets Fortress is going to glow in purple for half an hour as a sign of Veliko Tarnovo’s and its citizens’ sympathy for the premature babies and their families and in memory of those who unfortunately lost their battle for life.
Image: Rostislav Grancharov
November, 14th is the World Diabetes Day – the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign with events organised in more than 100 countries. Bulgaria is also part of the campaign Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and Bulgarian Diabetes Association, on days 13 and 14 November will hold a number of diabetes awareness under the motto November – the month of diabetes.
The WDD was first marked in 1991. The date was chosen after the birthday of Frederick Banting who along with Charles Best makes the epochal discovery about the role of insulin in the treatment of diabetes.
Bulgarian Diabetes Association will mark the WWD in various Bulgarian cities for the fifth consecutive year with lots of lectures, sporting events, radio and television broadcasts and free screening for diabetes. Another key event is that they lit important buildings and monuments in blue. The blue colour and the circle have been adopted as the logo of the WDD as a symbol of life, health and the sky that unites all nations.
It was decided that the Bulgarian campaign will have its kick off in Veliko Tarnovo. On Friday (November, 13th) a team of medical professionals will perform free blood glucose testing with the aim of early detection of the potential risk of diabetes. The venue will be in front of the building of the Municipality from 12 till 5 pm. As part of the events, on Saturday (November, 14th) Tsarevets Fortress will be illuminated in blue from 7 pm onwards.
Elena 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.