Latin dance festival
The Latin Dance & Culture Festival in Veliko Tarnovo starts today and will continue till the end of June. The first issue of this “Feel & Dance” is organised by the Un Besso Dance Studio with the support of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality.
Locals and tourists will have the chance to enjoy a variety of events including dance parties, open air concerts, Latin dance classes, film screenings and traditional Latin-American food tasting.
The festival is organized by Darina Gospodinova, Vanya Petsurova and Iglika Ivanova and their UN BESO club. Reps from more than 20 Bulgarian dance schools and participants from Romania and Greece are expected to attend.
Two films are going to be shown during the festival. Iberia and Fado are films dedicated to dance and they will be screened in Taralej Art Club at Samovodska Charshia.
Detailed information could be find at the local TIC and the Key To VT, free events issue.
Today is Eniovden. It is an old Bulgarian festivity that is celebrated on 24 June each year. On the same day the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church also celebrates the day of John the Baptist and often rituals and traditions of both festivities are intertwined.
The celebration coincides with the summer solstice, so many of the beliefs and practices are associated with the path of the heavenly light and its cult.
It is believed that before the sun “goes to the winter” (goes into hibernation during winter), it bathes in water sources, thus granting them healing abilities, which is why everyone should bathe before sunrise in running water for health.
It is believed that the first girl to see the rising sun on the morning of the festivity will be rich and healthy.
On Eniovden or Midsummer’s day it is also thought that various herbs have the greatest healing power, especially at sunrise. It is best that they are picked early in the morning before sunrise. One should pick 77 and a half sorts of herbs for the upcoming winter – “for all diseases and for the one without name”.
In the spirit of these traditions, Tarnovian Herbalists are going to demonstrate how to make your own cures and “potions” today at Samovodska Charshia.
Street Art Festival 2013
The annual Street Art Festival will take place on June 21 and 22.
Street artists from the all over the country are gathering to perform in Veliko Tarnovo.
During the two-day festival, artists, musicians, craftsmen, dancers, performers and acrobats will show their talent at the Asenevtsi Monument.
The event is organized by Taralej Art club of Ideistvie Association and Art Summer Project and financed by Veliko Tarnovo Municipality.
It follows last year’s Street artists’ festival, which was organized at the end of the last summer on Samovodska Charshia and had considerable success.
This year, the festival focuses on artists who create in an urban environment, on the street. Graffiti artists will show their vision on temporary panels in Asenevtsi park and around the monument, who aim at developing the urban environment, aesthetically, by means of Street Art and contributing to the unique artistic spirit of Veliko Tarnovo.
The visitors of the festival will also have opportunity to participate in creative workshops.
Samovodska Charshia – Hadji Nikoli Inn on the left and the Old Post Office on the right
The imposing building of the Old Post Office is located at the beginning of Samovodska Charshia, opposite the Hadji Nikoli Inn. It was erected on a very historic spot. There was once a house that accommodated the Edinstvo (Unity) committee of Veliko Tarnovo in the summer of 1878, whose main goal was the unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia.
Its was built about 70 years ago after the project of the Bulgarian architect Stancho Belkovski. The construction began in 1932 and ended two years later, in 1934, when the post office was officially open.
Belkovski studied in Germany, which explains the German influence on the design of this beautiful building, which at the time was thought to be too modernistic.
Tarnovians did not like the building much. It concealed the view to Hadji Nikoli Inn and was in clash with the architectural style of Samovodska Charshia. The building often incited much debate in the local community.
The Old Post Office functioned until 1954, when the new post office was built in the centre of Veliko Tarnovo, overtaking its main functions.
It was eventually shut down in 2005 and left to decay. With broken windows, damaged flooring and peeling paint, this building just stands there waiting for someone to unleash its great potential.
Every now and then it is reopened to host contemporary art exhibitions and installations.
The lack of detailed development plan for the Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo has lead to the collapse of many beautiful Bulgarian houses, apartments and historic buildings, reports Evrokom Tsarevets, a local TV channel, thus hindering investment in the town.
According to the Chief architect Nikolay Malakov, the main reason for the unfortunate state of Veliko Tarnovo properties in the Old Part is the lack of clear objectives concerning the future of the area.
Preparation of a masterplan for the reconstruction and development of the old part of Veliko Tarnovo is a difficult task. The problems every development plan faces in this part of the town are of varied nature – the specific terrain of Veliko Tarnovo, the historic image that needs to be preserved and the creature comforts that still need to be met.
Seems like the administration of local planning agency is finally taking steps for preservation, however. Detailed plans and requirements for façades of important streets, such as “Nezavisimost” have already been made and will be distributed to owners of properties on chosen streets.
Hopefully, more steps towards the conservation of traditional and Revival period buildings will be taken. Who knows, it might just give Veliko Tarnovo a much needed boost for European Cultural Capital in 2019.