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:
Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is organizing yet another collection campaign for electronic and hazardous waste. So if you missed the opportunity to dispose safely of your unwanted stuff and substances last time now is the time to go on and do it. There are going to be two collection points – one opening on February, 25th in Buzludzha Neighbourhood, in the parking lot near the Open Market, from 10 am till 4 pm. The other one is going to be available on February, 26th, from 10 am to 4 pm in front of Mall Veliko Tarnovo, in the parking lot at Simeon Veliki Street.
There people can properly discard their expired medications, mercury-containing ampules and thermometers; lacquers, paints, thinners; household cleaners and chemicals; inks and contaminated packaging; expired pesticides; batteries and accumulators and electronic waste.
The campaign is part of the efforts of the Municipality to keep our town clean and free of hazardous substances.
The first design for a covered bridge spanning over the Yantra River is now ready and was approved at a meeting held by the Yantra Bridge – Asenevtsi Initiative Committee. The ambitious undertaking was announced last year and it quickly captured the public attention. The author of the idea, Martin Pavlov, said that he was convinced the project would be implemented by the end of 2020. The author of the first design is Suzana Pencheva, a student in Veliko Tarnovo University Faculty of Art.
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/
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