Veliko Tarnovo is a very beautiful town that has always enchanted foreigners with its tiered architecture. In October 1907 the popular National Geographic magazine published the travel notes of the American traveller Felix J. Cox entitled Tarnovo – the town of the hanging gardens; the author was smitten with the splendour of the town. Many professional gardeners have worked in the old capital of Bulgaria at the beginning of last century; they’ve created one of the most exquisite and distinguished parks in the country.
In order to revive this tradition and put it in a modern day perspective Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is organizing the First Park Festival in the town. It will be held on June, 21st from 11 am at Boruna Park, near Asenevtsi Monument.
Project Art Summer 2014 will delight us with a beer festival and lots of live music from 13th till 15th June. The event will take place at Asenevtsi Monument, aka Konnitsite; 5 bands and the 2012 World Beatbox Champion Skiller will perform on the stage. The show starts on Friday, 13th June from 8 pm. On Saturday live acts kick off at 5 pm. Football fans will able to watch The World Cup matches live from Brazil on a big screen. It’s going to be a great festival with lots of live music, beer and of course football. Come and join the party.
Stage of the Ages
Madame Butterfly, Giselle, Zorba the Greek, Gianni Schicchi and Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) are the five operas we are going to see this year during the summer opera festival Stage of the Ages which will be held at Tsarevets Fortress. The largest festival in Veliko Tarnovo will take place from 2nd till 10th August.
Stage of the Ages
Puccini’s Madame Butterfly will open the show; it will be performed on 2nd and 3rd August from 9 pm. On 5th August opera fans will be able to see Adolf Adam’s Giselle. Admirers of fine ballet art can savour Zorba the Greek by Mikis Theodorakis on 6th August. On 9th and 10th are the presentations of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
Three days of Latin dancing for the citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo! The Latin fiesta is going to take place from 5th till 7th June and is organized by a local dance centre. The festival is called Un beso Fiesta and will offer lots of Latin rhythm, fun and good mood for all the visitors and citizens of Veliko Tarnovo. The event is free and everyone can participate; it will take place near Asenevtsi monument and the Art gallery.
Ten of the biggest Latin dances schools in Bulgaria will take part alongside guests from dancing academies from Greece and Romania. The fiestas will kick-start on June, 5th from 6 pm with salsa teaching classes for kids and later for grown-ups. From 8 pm De Fuego Orchestra, the most enchanting salsa music band in Bulgaria, will perform some of the dancers’ favourite Latin songs.
The Spanish group Chambao opens the summer festive season in Veliko Tarnovo. Chambao is a flamenco-electronic band from Malaga, known for a Flamenco Chill sound that fuses flamenco sounds with electronic music. The name of the band is taken from an improvised form of beach tent that is constructed as a means of sheltering from the wind and sun.
It took only a few years for the band to capture fans’ hearts all over the world. The music performed by the musician is charged with love for life, emotions, human desires and weaknesses and the power to overcome all hardships. Chambao enchants its audience at each of its concerts.
The band is going to perform live on June, 7th at the Summer theatre at Marno Pole Park. The show starts at 9 pm. Tickets cost from 20 to 60 lv and can be bought from the Tourist information centre, near the Post Office and also on-line.
Jorge Bucay is a psychotherapist and writer from Argentina. His books have sold more than 2 million copies around the world, and have been translated into more than seventeen languages.
The world’s best-selling author will visit Veliko Tarnovo for the first time. On June, 11th he will present his long anticipated book 20 steps forward (20 Pasos Hacia Adelante) and will meet book-reading fans. He will be accompanied by his son Demián Bucay who’s also a writer.
It will be Demián’s first visit to Bulgaria, while his father has already been here on three occasions – in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Both authors will have a joint premier under the motto Let them tell us during which they will present their new works.
May 24th is the Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavic Script Day. It is a widely celebrated public holiday. Besides honouring the deed of the brothers Cyril and Methodius, founders of the Cyrillic Alphabet, students’ graduation balls are also organized on this date. Graduation proms in Bulgaria are traditionally held in May, mainly on the 23rd, 24th or 25th, after finishing exams.