Over 4,000 participants will gather near the Peter and Paul Monastery, close to Veliko Tarnovo, for celebrations dedicated to Bulgarian folklore. The Petropavlovski convention is probably the largest folklore event in northern Bulgaria with representatives from all ethnographic regions in Bulgaria attending it. The gathering will be held this Saturday and Sunday (27 and 28 June) on the eve of the widely celebrated in Bulgaria Petrovden.
On the 24th of June the Samovodska charshia in Veliko Tarnovo will welcome visitors for Enyovden celebrations for 12th year in a row. This is day of summer solstice, herbal remedies and ancient magic rituals. The festive days starts at 10.30 am on Wednesday with the traditional passing through a wreath which has 77 herbs intertwined in it. This is done following the ancient rituals and is said to bring good health. Traditional Bulgarian folk songs will also be performed during the opening hour.
Uniworld – the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line, offering the highest standards in luxury river cruising – has now included Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi in its programme. The first luxury river cruise ship, River Princess, sets off at the beginning of July; a week later its passengers will embark in Ruse. From there they will be transferred to Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi where tourists will visit historical sites and museums and will taste authentic dishes from the Second Bulgarian Kingdom in a local restaurant. After that they will be returning to their ship to continue with their cruise.
We have long known that Veliko Tarnovo is probably amongst the most unique towns all over the world and now it was officially confirmed. Veliko Tarnovo topped a chart for the most beautiful towns ever built on sheer slopes which was recently published in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The magnitude of this first place is proven by the towns left behind by the old Bulgarian capital – Meteora and Santorini (Greece), Ronda (Spain), Rocamadour (France), Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Civita di Bagnoregio (Italy), Piodao (Portugal), Wadi Dawan (Yemen) are a few to name among others.
The paper calls the selected locations jewels of architecture and pieces of treasure. It also notes how hard it must have been for the towns to be built and points the constant drive of humanity to conquer Nature. The Italians also state that Veliko Tarnovo, along with the rest of the towns, is even more picturesque when seen in person and its charm stays vividly in one’s mind long after the encounter.
The largest public park in Veliko Tarnovo, Sveta Gora, is currently under reconstruction after years of neglect and is expected to be ready for everyone to enjoy by June this year. The total cost of the project is expected to amount to 1 million euro. This is said to be only the first stage of the thorough transformation of this favourite place of past years. A Ferris wheel, just like the one which was once perched on top of Sveta Gora hill will be reinstalled during the next stage of reconstruction; the panoramic views from the observation wheel are said to be unique. Also a Fairy-tale house will be set up; kids will be able to meet their favourite cartoon characters and to have hours of fun among them. An open-air reading room will also be available.
On April, 4th Tsarevets Fortress will be the arena of a number of re-enactments of everyday life routines from medieval times as part of the 12th Cultural Tourism Fair which will take place in Veliko Tarnovo from April, 1st April, 4th. The day’s events start at 10.00 am and will include@
- Demonstrations of medieval crafts;
- Weapon replicas exhibition and usage demonstrations;
- Medieval kids games;
- Open air museum showing armours, uniforms, military equipment and also plain clothes from Bulgaria, Byzantium, the Russian Principalities, Cumania, Western Europe and the Latin Empire;
- Lecture on medieval fighting skills and a demonstration (fencing with a single-handed sword and a buckler and crossbow shooting;
- Acoustic concert with medieval music performed by Der Dudelgeist Band on replica instruments from the Middle Ages.
Entrance is free.
On Sunday Veliko Tarnovo celebrates its official holiday. The events marking the day start at 7.30 am in the The Holy Forty Martyrs Church with a Holy Mass by Veliko Tarnovo’s Metropolitan Bishop Grigoriy. At 9 o’clock flowers will be laid at the monument of Tsar Kaloyan at the same venue. At 9.20 an extract from Asen’s pillar which is placed in that very church will be read out. There will be a march from the church to the building of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality at 9.45. At 10.30 the Mayor will address the citizens of the town. A festive programme with lots of artist and musicians will start at 11o’clock in front of the Municipality building; it will last until the early afternoon. A warm up party will start in front of the European info centre at 4.30 pm and the traditional street parade will kick off at 18.00 pm. Sky lanterns will be lit at 7.30 pm at Asenevtsi Monument near the Art Gallery; after that all the guests and citizens of Veliko Tarnovo can enjoy the 3D mapping show The glory of Asenevtsi Dynasty and the subsequent firework show.