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.
The rock legends from Uriah Heep are giving a concert in Bulstrad Arena in Ruse on May, 7th. The show starts at 8 pm. The group will delight their Bulgarian fans with their most popular songs from all of the 24 albums that have released over the years. The concert will be part of the cultural programme which the Municipality of Ruse is preparing for the Official Celebration Day of Ruse – May, 6th.
Tickets cost between 12 and 40 lv and can be purchase on-line here:
The new sport complex is presently under construction
A new swimming complex with facilities for sport, recreation and rehabilitation is under construction currently in Veliko Tarnovo; as part of the complex there will also be a physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians’ office. This information was published in yesterday’s issue of Borba Newspaper. The sports grounds will be accommodated in the no-longer functioning building of the former Radio & Electronics High School. The site will be used for also for training and to host competitions. The place is currently undergoing major renovation and is expected to start operating at the beginning of the summer.
The new sports complex will be called Radio and will have span over 1895 sqm. It will also feature an indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a hall for handball, volleyball and basketball. The internal swimming pool measures 25 by 12 meters and is also fit for competitions. The outdoor one will be available for mass sports and outdoor recreation. The renovated swimming complex will also have several playgrounds for other sports.
Images: Borba Newspaper
The second edition of the Transfiguration Festival will be held in Veliko Tarnovo this year. The town will meet more than 3000 Bulgarian and foreign artists representing various fields of art between 19th and 21st August and will span a bridge between past and present.
Last year the festival took place in the village of Dolen in the Rhodope Mountains. The event encompasses a variety of art genres and a strive towards a constant transformation and pursuit of harmony and unity.
The venue will be Tsarevets Fortress which will host 3 nights of experimental music concerts under the starry skies. Many artists will present theirs crafts along the artisan Samovodska Charshia in Veliko Tarnovo. There will also be many workshops, exhibitions and digital installations. Citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo will be able to see world-renowned artists creating theirs masterpieces literally in front of their eyes. The official programme of the Transfiguration Festival Veliko Tarnovo 2016 will be officially announced in one month’s time.
The FB page of Transfiguration Festival https://www.facebook.com/transfiguration.festival/
Veliko Tarnovo will officially mark the Chinese New Year at the end of the month with an attractive show. A program abounding in a variety of events awaits citizens and visitors of the old town on January, 31st at Vasil Levski Palace of Culture and Sport. The show kicks off at 6 pm with demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafts. The attractive New Year programme starts at 7 pm.
Entrance to the Happy Chinese New Year night is free; it is organized by Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and the Embassy of China in Bulgaria.
The program is varied and attractive, and includes 15 separate performances. The audience will see more than 40 artists – musicians, singers and dancers. Spectacular acrobatics, traditional Chinese dances, music and singing performances are among the things we will see during this exciting night. There will also be an exhibition dedicated to the Chinese culture, art and folklore. There will be also many surprises for the audience.
Everyone is invited to become part of the celebrations of the Chinese New Year on January, 31st at Vasil Levski Palace of Culture and Sport.
Organic Food Producers have voiced their request for a specially designated Farmers Marker where there can sell their fresh produce. According to them it will be best if it is held once a week at a place allocated by the Municipality. Talks about the exact location are underway now; farmers hope that it will be a lively spot which can be visited by everyone interested, like Marno Pole Park or Buzludzha Neighbourhood. Fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat products will be offered at the Organic Farmers Market. Most likely the first edition of the event is going to be around Veliko Tarnovo’s Official Holiday – March, 22nd.