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New audio-visual show at Tsarevets Fortress

tsarevets-10167d2The unique Sound and Light audio-visual show will be played 30 times for free by the end of the year. Veliko Tarnovo Municipality decided to mark the 30th anniversary of the show with this gift for its citizens and guests. The spectacle was aired for the first time in 1985 to commemorate 800 years from the Uprising of Petar and Asen. The show costs 400 euro to play and lasts 16 minutes. It is played more than a 100 times each year and attracts more than 10,000 people annually. 60,000 euro was recently spent for the original red laser beam which is projected towards the end of the spectacle to be fixed. A second show is soon to be shown for the first time at Tsarevets; it will feature a variety of laser beams and 3D effects which will be projected on the fortress gates and walls. It will be called Between God and the People. In order to attract even more visitors to savour these magnificent shows Veliko Tarnovo Municipality will build new viewing decks at Sveta Gora Hill, Trapezitsa Hill and in the Old Part of Veliko Tarnovo.

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Baba Marta is coming on Sunday

downldMarch, 1st is a much anticipated holiday, marking the coming of spring! The day is known as Baba Marta Day. Baba Marta or Granny March is a mythical figure from the Bulgarian folklore, who is believed to put an end to the reign of the winter. She is a feisty old lady whose mood swings very quickly. When she’s happy the weather is fine and when she’s cross it’s snowing. This is why the weather in March is so changeable.

Bulgarians celebrate their centuries-old tradition and exchange martenitsi (small pieces of adornment made of white and red yarn) on this day. The red and white interwoven strings are said to bring health and happiness during the year. Red symbolized life and white – purity. They are worn until the person sees a budding/blossomed tree, a stork or a sparrow. When you see those, you either tie your martenista to that blossomed tree or hide it under a rock. It is said that if you see the stork flying you will have a good year; if the stork is on the ground the year ahead won’t be so fortunate.

Don’t forget to give martenitsi to your loved ones this Sunday

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Todorovden to be marked for the 25th time in Arbanasi

1330756872_1This Saturday (28/02/15) Arbanasi will host celebrations to mark Todorovden for the 25th consecutive year. On Todorovden people with names like Todor and Theodore have their names celebrated; also according to old traditions many horse races are being organized throughout the country. The festivities in Arbanasi will start at 11 am in the village square. The organizers behind the celebrations have prepared 300 kebapcheta and 30 litres of wine for the visitors and are promising a day full of fun for everyone; there will be also a variety of activities and events. A local singing group will be performing live to keep the good spirits up.

Like previous years there will be a horse procession along the streets of the village. 26 beautiful horses will parade in front of the gathered audience; also an exquisite phaeton will be displayed. Gina the Pony will be there to make the youngest visitors happy. There will also be a contest for the most beautifully adorned horse.

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Local patriotic club will recreate life in the Middle Ages on Tsarevets Fortress

tsaravetsAn open air museum on Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo will reproduce the life people led in the Middle Ages. The local patriotic club Tradition came up with thе idea; they have been taking care of the various tourist attractions and eventс taking place on the hill for years now. Their efforts led to Tsarevets being the most visited tourist site nationwide.

In collaboration with Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and the Tsarevgrad Tarnov Municipal Tourist Agency a medieval settlement depicting crafts typical for the locals from XII to Continue Reading

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Verdi’s opera Otello is to be staged in Veliko Tarnovo

13-VIVA E-otello cartel 1After the success of the operas Nabucco and Aida, the Ruse Opera will present Verdi’s masterpiece, Otello, in front of Veliko Tarnovo’s audience.  The show will be held on 27th January from 7 pm in Vasil Levski Culture and Sports Hall.

Otello is considered to be the peak of all of Verdi’s musical compositions. He had a genuine affection for Shakespeare’s work and wanted to compose a magnificent musical piece based on his play Othello. Otello was Verdi’s penultimate opera, and was first performed at La Scala opera house in Milan on February 5, 1887. Shakespeare’s play Othello had all the ingredients of a music drama – malevolent evil, sexual jealousy, murder and suicide, so Verdi had an excellent foundation for his opera.

Tickets are priced between 6 and 15 lv and can be bought at the Vasil Levski Culture and Sports Hall ticket office and on-line.

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Liverpool FC Youth Team is coming to Veliko Tarnovo

download (6)The renowned English football club Liverpool is sending his youth formation to take part in the second edition of an International kids’ football tournament which will be held in Veliko Tarnovo. Last year the first edition of the event marked the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Veliko Tarnovo based Etar FC.

The tournament will take place in Veliko Tarnovo from May, 12th till May, 17th and will be staged in three age groups – born after 1st January 2000, 2001 and 2003. Liverpool will participate in the born after 1st January 2000 group. There will be 6 teams in each age division, among them Etar, the last year winner CSKA, Liverpool FC, and other foreign teams.

1e5-B5Oj1jj0LCDtiw2BcABeside the cup and the medals the winners in the tournament will also receive a special prize. If the club which finished first is a Bulgarian one it will visit an Italian Serie A match; if the winning team is foreign it will visit the match for the Bulgarian Super Cup at the tournament organizers’ expenses and it also play friendly matches here.

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Veliko Tarnovo is to be at the centre of the commemorations marking the 830th anniversary of the Uprising of Asen and Petar

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Tsar Asen I ans Tsar Petar II

The old capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, is to host the national celebrations commemorating the 830th anniversary of the Uprising of Asen and Petar (The Uprising of Asen and Peter was a revolt caused by a tax increase. It began on 26 October 1185 and ended with the formation of the Second Bulgarian Empire, ruled by the Asen dynasty).  Patron of the events will be the Bulgarian prime-minister Boyko Borisov. The regional historical museum will set up an exhibition dedicated to the uprising and its commemoration; it will feature all the gold hoards which is are owned by the town. The show will be located in the Archaeological Museum and among some of the items presented will be The Gold Hoard of Hotnitsa, the rings of Tsar Kaloyan and Dobroslav and valuable frescoes and icons previously not shown to the public. Newly founded gold artefacts unearthed at the excavations at Trapezitsa Hill and in Frenhisar and Asenov quarters will also be available to see.

The celebrations will start in October and will be held in Asenov neighbourhood – at Dimitar Solunski Church and the few more which are located there and are declared scheduled ancient monuments. There will be also a street march and historical re-enactment of the event which happed 830 years ago. Movies related to the uprising will also be shown and the University of Veliko Tarnovo will hold a science conference.

There will also be free guided sightseeing tours along some of the most interesting places and historical sites in Veliko Tarnovo. These walks are also conducted during other historically important dates in the calendar like 3rd March, 22nd March, 7th July and 22nd September.