A replica of a warrior from the renowned Terracotta Army can now be seen in the foyer of the building accommodating Veliko Tarnovo Municipality Administration. The 2-meters tall figure is a copy of a general serving in the afterlife army of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The sculpture is a special gift for the citizens and guest of the Old Bulgarian capital from the Chinese twin town of Veliko Tarnovo – Xian. The warrior will stay there for one month; after that it will be handed over to the Regional history museum. The terracotta soldier was presented to the audience in the presence of the cultural attaché of China in Bulgaria. The terracotta army was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The unique Sound and Light audio-visual show will be played 30 times for free by the end of the year. Veliko Tarnovo Municipality decided to mark the 30th anniversary of the show with this gift for its citizens and guests. The spectacle was aired for the first time in 1985 to commemorate 800 years from the Uprising of Petar and Asen. The show costs 400 euro to play and lasts 16 minutes. It is played more than a 100 times each year and attracts more than 10,000 people annually. 60,000 euro was recently spent for the original red laser beam which is projected towards the end of the spectacle to be fixed. A second show is soon to be shown for the first time at Tsarevets; it will feature a variety of laser beams and 3D effects which will be projected on the fortress gates and walls. It will be called Between God and the People. In order to attract even more visitors to savour these magnificent shows Veliko Tarnovo Municipality will build new viewing decks at Sveta Gora Hill, Trapezitsa Hill and in the Old Part of Veliko Tarnovo.
This Saturday (28/02/15) Arbanasi will host celebrations to mark Todorovden for the 25th consecutive year. On Todorovden people with names like Todor and Theodore have their names celebrated; also according to old traditions many horse races are being organized throughout the country. The festivities in Arbanasi will start at 11 am in the village square. The organizers behind the celebrations have prepared 300 kebapcheta and 30 litres of wine for the visitors and are promising a day full of fun for everyone; there will be also a variety of activities and events. A local singing group will be performing live to keep the good spirits up.
Like previous years there will be a horse procession along the streets of the village. 26 beautiful horses will parade in front of the gathered audience; also an exquisite phaeton will be displayed. Gina the Pony will be there to make the youngest visitors happy. There will also be a contest for the most beautifully adorned horse.
Municipality funded dog kennels will be opened near Veliko Tarnovo in June. They will host up to 250 canines. The construction of the kennels is expect to cost 100,000 euro . The premises are currently being finished – more shelters are being erected; each dog will have a doghouse of its own the shelters.
Six people will take care of the dogs once the place starts running – a veterinary doctor who will double as a manager and 5 dog carers. The premises were carefully chosen so that it conforms to the established requirements such as humane animal treatment, close proximity to town but at the same time distant enough so that the noise doesn’t cause inconvenience to the public. The kennels are hosted in a wooded area and have live guard.
The annual budget of kennels is set on 30,000 euro. Sick and aggressive stray dogs will be the first to be collected off the streets; they will be treated at the animal infirmary at the premises. Dogs will not be castrated though. Frequent adoption campaigns will be held and the kennels will also have a Facebook page.
An open air museum on Tsarevets Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo will reproduce the life people led in the Middle Ages. The local patriotic club Tradition came up with thе idea; they have been taking care of the various tourist attractions and eventс taking place on the hill for years now. Their efforts led to Tsarevets being the most visited tourist site nationwide.
After the success of the operas Nabucco and Aida, the Ruse Opera will present Verdi’s masterpiece, Otello, in front of Veliko Tarnovo’s audience. The show will be held on 27th January from 7 pm in Vasil Levski Culture and Sports Hall.
Otello is considered to be the peak of all of Verdi’s musical compositions. He had a genuine affection for Shakespeare’s work and wanted to compose a magnificent musical piece based on his play Othello. Otello was Verdi’s penultimate opera, and was first performed at La Scala opera house in Milan on February 5, 1887. Shakespeare’s play Othello had all the ingredients of a music drama – malevolent evil, sexual jealousy, murder and suicide, so Verdi had an excellent foundation for his opera.
Tickets are priced between 6 and 15 lv and can be bought at the Vasil Levski Culture and Sports Hall ticket office and on-line.
The renowned English football club Liverpool is sending his youth formation to take part in the second edition of an International kids’ football tournament which will be held in Veliko Tarnovo. Last year the first edition of the event marked the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Veliko Tarnovo based Etar FC.
The tournament will take place in Veliko Tarnovo from May, 12th till May, 17th and will be staged in three age groups – born after 1st January 2000, 2001 and 2003. Liverpool will participate in the born after 1st January 2000 group. There will be 6 teams in each age division, among them Etar, the last year winner CSKA, Liverpool FC, and other foreign teams.
Beside the cup and the medals the winners in the tournament will also receive a special prize. If the club which finished first is a Bulgarian one it will visit an Italian Serie A match; if the winning team is foreign it will visit the match for the Bulgarian Super Cup at the tournament organizers’ expenses and it also play friendly matches here.