Stage of the Ages
The Tarnovian Opera Festival will be held in Tsarevets once again. Held in August last year, this year’s festival is set to be enjoyed a bit earlier, from 19 to 28 July 2013.
This will be the 8th edition of the Summer Opera Festival “Stage of the Ages.” This year, viewers will be able to see two operas and a ballet – each with two performances.
The programme is as follows:
19 & 20 July at 21:00 – Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.
22 & 23 July at 21:00 – Sofia National Opera and Ballet will present the “Revelations” ballet.
27 & 28 July at 21:00 – Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) by Giuseppe Verdi and text by Antonio Somma.
The Summer Festival “Stage of the Ages” is a unique music festival for opera and ballet, held outdoors in the famous Tsarevets Castle. The festival is organized by the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo and the Municipal Tourism Agency “Tsarevgrad Tarnovo”, supported by Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism and the Ministry of Culture. It is one of the iconic cultural events in Veliko Tarnovo.
After 21-year hiatus, this unique cultural event in Bulgaria was restored in 2008 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Independence of Balgaria. Special stage was built in the fortress for the occassion, which is 6 metres high. The stage space is organized in harmony with the authentic historic environment and could host over 1,000 spectator seats, arranged around the stage and the feet of the Patriarchal Church.
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Boris Denev State Art Gallery
Boris Denev State Art Gallery in Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest and richest galleries in Bulgaria.
Opened in 1934, the gallery collects and preserves works of Bulgarian artists and shows the development of Bulgarian art over the years.
It has 3 sections (paintings, drawings and sculptures) and provides a total 850 square meters of exhibition area. Here you can see paintings of famous Bulgarian artists like Vladimir Dimitrov, Boris Denev, Nikola Tanev and many others.
Works themed “Veliko Tarnovo through the eyes of the artist” are arranged on the first floor of the gallery and are updated periodically. On its second floor, the gallery displays artworks from its permanent exhibition, as well as works of visiting exhibitions.
Boyan Denev State Art Gallery is located at the heart of the Old Bulgarian capital, in a beautiful building in the park “Asenevtsi” which reveals enchanting views to the traditional Bulgarian houses of Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo. Only a few meters from the gallery is the “Asenevtsi” Monument, which was built in 1985 in honour of great Bulgarian tsars.
Originally the building was designed for an art school, but due to lack of funding, it hosted the North-East Bulgarian Veterinary Institute. Tarnovians weren’t happy with this fact and there was much dispute about the ways the Institute acquired ownership of the place, so in 1951 one of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in town was given to the District Police Department.
The building became a state art gallery after it was reconstructed by the architect Nikola Nikolov. It is named after the famous painter Boris Denev in 2002, whose works have immortalized the beauty of his hometown Veliko Tarnovo.
The village of Emen is located in a picturesque hilly area 20 km west of Veliko Tanovo and 8 km north from the main road connecting Sofia and Varna. The Emen Canyon is close to the village and shaped by the Negovanka River. Only 60 km long, the river flows north of the Balkan range and is right tributary of Rositsa River.
Negovanka forms a magnificent gorge, which in its most popular part, passes through the village of Emen. A beautiful walking trail built along the gorge, the river and the canyon gives you a great opportunity to explore this natural beauty. The Canyon is a protected area.
The walking trail passes on both sides of the gorge twisting at about 50 m height above the river. The canyon walls are 80-90m high cliffs where eagles nest.
Along the route there are remains from ancient Roman military station. The end of the trail leads to the most beautiful place along the gorge – the Momin Skok Waterfall, which falls into a small pond.
At the beginning of the trail you find the Emen Cave, which is more than 3 km long and is the 17th deepest cave in Bulgaria.
In the past the cave was used for growing of mushrooms, ripening of cheese and even as part of the military base, which used to exist above the cavern. Apart from the well-known Emen Cave, in the period 1985 – 1991 a large local network of caves was discovered. Located between the nearby villages of Musina, Balvan, Novo Selo, Emen, Dobromirka and Vishovgrad, this cave network features numerous dry and water-filled galleries and siphons. Among those caves are Ruse (3306 m long), Bambalova dupka (2923 m) and Troana (3243 m).
Festive procession on May 24, 1940s
Veliko Tarnovo and the rest of Bulgaria celebrate St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day tomorrow with a range of events.
The day is a public holiday and is known as the Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day. On this day Bulgaria celebrates in Bulgarian culture, education and the creation of the Glagolitic alphabet by the two brothers Cyril and Methodius.
Saints Cyril and Methodius are patrons of the National Library of Bulgaria and generally patrons of educational institutions in Bulgaria. They are the patrons of the University of Veliko Tarnovo, which carries the saints names.
Indeed, saints Cyril and Methodius are the most celebrated saints in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, and icons of the two brothers can be found in almost every church.
The events programme for the day in Veliko Tarnovo includes:
10,00 h. – Festive procession, dedicated to the 24 May – Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture – from Velchova Zavera (Hotel Yantra) square to Konstantin Kisimov theatre
11,00 h. – Ceremony for award of „24 May” and „St. Patriarch Evtimyi” awards of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality – in front of Konstantin Kisimov Music and Drama Theatre
18,00 h. – Parade of the 2013 school graduates – along Vasil Levski Str., from Konstantin Kisimov theatre to Veliko Tarnovo Municipal building
21,30 h. – “Sound and Light” show at the Tsarevets Castle
Nicopolis ad Istrum
The Roman and Early Byzantine town Nicopolis ad Istrum is located 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo on a low plateau on the left bank of the Rositsa, near the village of Nikyup.
The town was founded by the Roman Emperor Marcus Ulpius Trajanus (98-117) in memory of his victory over the Dacians in 106 AD.
Originally, Nicopolis was within the boundaries of the Provincia Thracia. At the beginning of 193 AD the town was transferred to Moesia Inferior. The town’s territory was arranged in residential areas, villas and marketplaces.
Nicopolis ad Istrum was arranged in very much the same manner like the Asia Minor towns like Efes, Nicea and Nikomedia. The town government was headed by the Council of Archons.
Nicoplis was home to settlers from Asia Minor, Thraciams and Roman veterans. The classical town used the grid system of planning, in which streets run at right angles to each other.
A network of streets, the forum surrounded by an Ionic colonnade and a number of other buildings have been uncovered. The main gate of the town, called the Romana Gate, was on the west and facing Rome. The town square (agora) was a centre of economic. cultural and religious life.
This archaeological site was made more accessible to visitors only recently, after it received some development funding from the Ministry of Culture and an EU OP.