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Jorge Bucay and his son Demián meet book-reading fans in Veliko Tarnovo

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.

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796 high-school seniors will walk a red carpet by Assenevtsi monument

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.

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Shopska salata – the Taste of Europe

The Bulgarian Shopska salata has no rivalry in the A Taste of Europe contest, organized by the European Parliament on its Facebook page; the competition features traditional recipes from the EU member countries. Everyone can cast their vote for one of the 28th national dishes. A taste of Europe is part of the efforts of the European Parliament to stimulate high turnout.

So far our traditional salad holds the first place with 14061 votes. The Cold beet soup from Lithuania is second with 2199; Romania’s Sweet cabbage rolls are currently third with 993 likes.

The goal of the European Parliament is to turn the European Elections into a celebration and show that the Old Continent is proud with its cultural diversity. The voting continues till 25th May, the date of the European Elections.

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The Mayor of Kavarna shows his rock and heavy metal memorabilia collection in Veliko Tarnovo

rockThe first of its kind travelling rock and heavy metal exhibition is to be shown at the end of this month in Veliko Tarnovo. It is owned by the Mayor of Kavarna Tsonko Tsnonev. The Mayor will put on display the relics from his private collection in a rock bar in the Old Capital of Bulgaria. The exposition will be opened on May, 30th.

rock2The one of its kind museum comprises of items that the Mayor has been gathering for the last eight years. Among  the exhibits is the guitar on which Manowar played rock version of the Bulgarian national anthem, Burn – the gold record of Deep Purple, of which there are only 50 copies in the world and a retro phone with the AC/DC logo on it, used by the so-called Metal Mayor to keep in touch with the band (this is a joke of course).

16 pieces in total will be shown to the guests and citizens of the town. The exhibits are all presents gifted by the numerous rock and heavy metal stars that have performed in Kavarna. Tsonko Tsonev has some of the items granted to charitable causes – the leather jacket of John Lawton was sold at a charity auction for nearly 800 euro. The Mayor’s collection also features a car with the autographs of legendary names like Alice Cooper, Udo Dirkschneider, Tarja Turunen, Scorpions, Glen Hughes, Ronnie James Dio, Simon Wright (AC/DC), Manowar and many other stars who have visited Kavarna. The precious autographs are signed on Mayor’s car dashboard and interior door panels. There are over 30 signatures in total but soon there will be lot more – the next edition of Kavarna rock fest in the Black sea resort will welcome eight rock and heavy metal bands, said the Metal Mayor. On June 27th, 28th and 29th the stadium in Kavarna will be the stage for Europe, Halloween, Sabaton and many more stars.

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Veliko Tarnovo hosts a wine expo

images (10)Over 150 premium Bulgarian wines and fine alcoholic beverages will be presented at an exhibition that is first of its kind to ever happen in Veliko Tarnovo. There will be also be degustation of high-quality alcoholic drinks at the fair and the spirits will be available to be purchased straight from their producers at preferential prices.

The wine expo will be held under the slogan ‘New wines come with the spring’ and will be open for visitors on March, 21st and 22nd in Rafael Mihaylov Exhibition Halls. It is organized by a local company that deals with wine and alcoholic beverages distribution. Visitors are welcomed from 10 am till 19 pm; the entrance is free.

1280436590-wineTwenty Bulgarian producers of wines and alcoholic beverages will be present at the exposition. They will put on display young wines as well as vintage ones. Visitor will have the chance to see unique liquors such as the Special Troyan Plum Rakiya from 1989; a bottle of the 43% alcohol beverage is sold at a factory price of 155 lv. There will be also many other high-quality spirits like rums, liqueurs, vermouths and also lager from the local brewery. Exhibition guests will have the opportunity to consult different wine specialists, enologists and sommeliers.

According to experts, Bulgarians’ wine-drinking culture is improving; in their words lately there is an increased consummation of white and rosé wines. Wine quality is getting better and Bulgaria is now placed side by side with its wine competitors Italy and Spain.