Photos by Blaga Dimitrova
Veliko Tarnovo will become part of the most popular American festival Mardi Gras on 23rd March. This famous carnival is held in New Orleans since 1857 and will be presented in a great project named “Without Borders – true stories of Mardi Gras” with support from the American Embassy in Bulgaria.
The musical culture of New Orleans will be represented by the famous Paulin Brothers’ Brass Band – traditional brass band dressed in traditional uniform black pants, white shirts, black shoes, tie. Bulgarian musicians Dimitar Dimitrov – drums, Mike Yosifov – trumpet, Vili Stoyanov – trombone and Peter Momchev – saxophone will also play alongside the band.
The band will parade along the main street of Veliko Tarnovo accompanied by masked performers.
The real carnival starts at 19.30 in the Raphael Mihaylov Exhibition Rooms.
There is also going to be an exhibition of photographs and a film depicting this year’s carnival in the capital of Louisiana will be screened. The event will continue with a concert of the Bulgarian-American brass band and a competition for the best costume.
The Trabant has sentimental value for some Bulgarians
The 4th annual Trabant Fest will be held today at 12:00 pm with a route starting from Vasil Levski Str, through N. Gabrovski Str, Krakov Str, Bulgaria Blvd, Marmarliyska Str, and Magistralna Str.
Proud owners of The Trabant from across the country are gathering once again in Veliko Tarnovo for the fourth edition of the unique Trabant fest.
This famous car was produced in the German Democratic Republic between the years 1957-1991 at a factory in Zwickau, during which more than 3 million vehicles have been constructed.
Car owners from Sofia, Rousse, Dimitrovgrad, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas are expected to arrive for this year’s Trabant festival in Veliko Tarnovo.
Fans of this cute car explain that maintenance of the car is not too expensive. Even though the production of these cars stopped more than 20 years, parts can still be found.
3D mapping and laser show in Veliko Tarnovo last year
The logo of the candidature of Veliko Tarnovo for the European Cultural Capital 2019 will be the culmination of the three-dimensional light show on the facade of Boris Denev Art Gallery on March 22, Veliko Tarnovo Day.
The attraction with duration of 15 minutes will start at 8pm. The show combines lights and lasers, 3D mapping and spectacular pyrotechnical effects. The three-dimensional images on the facade of the art gallery will recreate events from Bulgaria and Veliko Tarnovo’s history.
A total of 10 lasers, 120 intelligent light appliances, 4 projectors and 4 server computers will be used for the implementation of the show and video processing used for the mapping.
This year 4 more full colour new generation lasers will be used to make the show even more spectacular., which then will be followed by gorgeous fireworks. Weather-permitting, there will be an additional surprise on the Stambolov Bridge.
In order to guarantee the safety of citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo, access to the bridge and the Asenevtsi Monument will be temporarily restricted.
The 3D show can be observed from Gurko Street, Teodosiy Tarnovski Street and the panoramic terraces along the Nezavisimost Street.
The Veliko Tarnovo Coordinator of the Civil Movement for National Unity and Salvation, paid his January electricity bill with pennies weighing a total of 20 kg.
The Tarnovian, Martin Karageorgiev, had 180 levs to pay. As an act of protest against the high electricity prices and the growing poverty in Bulgaria he decided to pay his bill in pennies. “They already make us live on pennies and count bread crumbs, this is why I decided to pay my bill in pennies”, said Martin.
He managed to gather 1, 2, 5 stotinki (coins) worth 106 levs with the help of relatives and friends. The difference to 180 Levs he paid in notes, since he could not manage to gather more coins.
The counting and sorting of the pennies included two cashiers and two people from the queue. It took them 1 hour and 50 minutes to count 20 kg of stotinki.
current look of the Poltava building
The famous Poltava Building in Veliko Tarnovo gets a fresh face-lift. The premises are set to have a shopping centre with a café, restaurant and gym. It is expected to be open to public this summer.
Hectic renovation works have been going on for a few months now. The restaurant will be open by March 22, just in time for the Official Holiday of Veliko Tarnovo.
A little known fact about Poltava is that it is a typical example of the architectural style brutalism. This style started in England in 1954 and became popular in the 60s. It is characterised by simplified and crude building facades without any decoration and celebrating the natural structure of materials – the concrete, steel, brick and glass. Currently, the style is very popular in Israel and Latin America. Many prestigious American and British universities and court buildings are also built in this manner.
World-renowned ethno singer Ishtar throws a concert in Veliko Tarnovo. The concert will be held on April 12 from 20.00 hours in the Palace of Culture and Sports “Vasil Levski”.
Ishtar arrived in the City of Tsars for a meeting with journalists to reveal some details her upcoming visit. During her visit, she witnessed the visually stunning Sound and Light Show at the Tsarevets Castle and was given a small replica of the historic fortress by the mayor himself.
This concert is part of Veliko Tarnovo’s event calendar and in support to Veliko Tarnovo’s candidacy for European Culture Capital 2019
Ishtar, born Esther Zach, on November 10, 1968 in Israel) to an Egyptian mother, who was a famous folk singer and a Moroccan father, who was also a musician. She spoke Arabic at home, while her and her sister also studied Hebrew at school. She’s been singing since the age of 15 and her moniker was given to her by her grandmother.
The charming chanteuse shared she loves coming to Bulgaria, because it reminds her to the place where she grew up. She now lives in Paris, but she said she likes small, quaint and authentic cities like Veliko Tarnovo, with oodles of history.
Deep Purple in Bulgaria
FC Botev Plovdiv celebrates their 100th anniversary this year, June 3. They have invited the legendary Deep Purple for the occasion.
Their Plovdiv concert is part of their world tour and the promotion of their 19th studio album, which comes out April, 26 and includes 13 new songs.
For all you fans in Veliko Tarnovo and the area, the go on sale, March 6, Wednesday, online on Ticketpro, with prices ranging from 40 to 60 levs.