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Veliko Tarnovo hosts motorcycle stunt riding show for the third consecutive year

bikeVeliko Tarnovo will be the arena of an international stunt riding show for third year in a row, it was announced at a press conference held by Stunt Team Hazard Moto Club. The club is the organizer of the competition; it is conducted with the cooperation of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, under the patronage of Veliko Tarnovo Mayor Daniel Panov. The stunt riding ‘battle’ will take place on 6th, 7th and 8th June in the parking lot in front of Metro Wholesale Store; around 5000 people are expected to see the show over the three days. For their safety they will be separated from the bikes by concrete and metal panels fence. The motto under which the show will be held is Drive safely, be tolerant on the road.

So far 35 participant have enrolled but their number is expected to mount to 50. This year the spectators will see a woman competitor for the first time.

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Happiness Pavilion opens in Veliko Tarnovo

10169360_850379694988589_9178852025303022130_nA Happiness Pavilion will be opened today at 4.30 pm in Veliko Tarnovo’s Marno Pole Park. The futuristic stall will have an important role in Veliko Tarnovo’s communicational strategy as part of the bid to win the European capital of Culture 2019 Contest. The installation and the area around it will turn into a creative open scene till the end of September. The stage will welcome participants and artists who want to share their works and art with citizens and guest of the town. The Pavilion will also be the place for a number of artisan workshops, ateliers, master classes and open lessons. It will also double as an information centre concerning the candidature in the contest and a place where everyone can share their thoughts or give suggestions for a project or a cultural event.10155313_751280368249611_4075794258829269768_n

The Happiness Pavilion will be interactive; everyone can have a small wooden piece on which to write or draw their wish or massage and then stick it back on the Pavilion frame.

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Asbanasi expects more than 100 000 visitors for the third Sheep Breeders’ Fair

photo_verybig_11119The National Fair of the Sheep Breeders in Bulgaria will be held near Arbanasi for third consecutive year. It is expected to be much bigger and with much more participants compared to the previous ones. The event which is unique in its kind for Bulgaria is attracting more and more attention with each year and that’s why this time it is going to be 4 days long – from May, 3rd till May, 6th.

The sheep fair presents an intriguing mixture of tradition and modernism, history and present, heritage and perspectives in sheep breeding, which is a common means of living in European countries.

The presentation area near the Petropavlovski monastery is expanding almost twice and will reach the impressive 14 ha (140,000 sqm). 150 participants will present their products at more than 1/2 ha of stalls and pavilions and more than 1000 sheep, goats, horses, dogs and other species will be showed. Some of the latest state of the art agricultural machinery will also be exhibited at the fair. Delegations from 10 counties are coming for the show.

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20 whole lambs will be slow-cooked over open fire (the so-called cheverme) by master chefs who will have 3-hour presentations each day.

A number of competitions will be held, among them shearing and manual milking contests. Dairy products making on the spot will be presented. For the first time visitors will be able to witness the so called Oil Wresting. It is so called because the wrestlers douse themselves with olive oil. Around 200 wrestlers or pehlivani of all ages are expected to take part. There will be shepherd dogs show and a museum exhibition called ‘Shepherd’s trade through ages’.

There will also be contests for the best picture under the ‘St. George’s day and Shepherds’ trade’ theme and best ritual bread and an auction for St. George icons, some of which very rare and unique. St George is very much honoured by the Eastern Orthodox Church, wherein he is referred to as a Great Martyr. His major feast day in Bulgaria is May, 6th. It is celebrated as the day of the shepherds and their flocks.

143880579484Two stages will be set up during the festive days. The second National Folklore Contest ‘Bleating lamb’ will be conducted there. More than 1600 singers and performers are expected to join in the singing, dancing and instrument playing competition. This year’s contest is held under the patronage of the Minister of culture Petar  Stoyanovich.

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Young performers

Come and enjoy this wonderful feast!

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Ritual Breads

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Bulgarian Shepherd Dogs – Karakachan Dogs

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Oil Wrestlers – Pehlivani

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Veliko Tarnovo hosts Sofia Film Fest

festival_1453The third edition of Sofia International Film Festival will be hosted by Veliko Tarnovo. The event will be realized due to the joint efforts of Art Fest Production Company/ Sofia International Film Festival and Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and with the support of the National Film Centre and The MEDIA Mundus Programme of the European Union.

Sofia International Film Festival in Veliko Tarnovo is part of the Operation Cinema project, which has been created and developed by the team of the Art Fest Production Company. A special hall in the building of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is designated for showing the movies.

SIFF-logoThis year’s edition of Sofia International Film Festival in Veliko Tarnovo will be opened by the director of Sofia International Film Festival Stefan Kitanov at 6.30 pm on 25th April. The opening movie will be the latest masterpiece of the Italian director and writer Paolo Sorento. The film is called La grande bellezza. It won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year for 2014 and also a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

The festival will be held from 26th till 30th April. Tickets are 3 leva.

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Join Let’s clean Veliko Tarnovo campaign

 

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Let us all help in the campaign for cleaning this beautiful town.

Let’s clean Veliko Tarnovo campaign will take place on the 26th April. Citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo and the region are invited to take active part in the initiative. It is a good time for us all to show our commitment, responsibility and solidarity with the world we live in.

The cleaning day will start at 8 am; the assembly point is Mother Bulgaria square. Everyone can take free gloves and rubbish bags from there; the areas to be cleaned will be also be specified.

The initiative is part of a bigger scale scheme, namely Clean Up the World. It is a community-based, environmental campaign that inspires and empowers communities around the globe to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment.