The church takes a central place in Veliko Tarnovo’s history as it was the place where the uprising of Asen and Peter was pronounced on October 26th 1185. The Uprising of Asen and Peter was a revolt of Bulgarians living in a territory held by the Byzantine Empire and was caused by a tax increase. It ended with the creation of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, ruled by the Asen dynasty. The church will welcome visitors every day from October, 22nd till November, 8th as it is becoming the focal point of the upcoming national celebrations marking the 830th anniversary of the uprising and the restoration of the Bulgarian state. The church usually stays closed during the winter months and opens doors for visitors only upon prior request.
The area of the former ice rink and training grounds in Veliko Tarnovo, which are located west of Ivaylo Stadium will be transformed into a modern sports complex. The project was developed by the team of the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Daniel Panov. A new football pitch will be set up according to the plats and it will feature artificial turf, lighting and stands. There will also be a second, smaller field with natural grass, with sectors for shot put, javelin, discus and hammer, and a small running track.
The municipality will apply for project funding under the Regions in Growth Operational Programme. Veliko Tarnovo may receive additional financing for the project under the Development of Sports Infrastructure Programme of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The old capital of Bulgaria holds the leading position in terms of state funding for new projects.
Sweet Sorghum Treacle / madzhun
On 17th October 17 (Saturday) the village of Strelets will host the second edition of the Sweet Sorghum Feast. The festival is organized by the village mayoralty and the local community centre and pensioner club.
The organizers aim to trace back, preserve and popularize folklore traditions and customs in Gorna Oryahovitsa region and to revive the tradition of treacle (madzhun in Bulgarian) producing in the village. Sweet sorghum is any of the many varieties of the sorghum grass whose stalks have high sugar content and is used for syrup production (treacle).
There will be also a contest for the tastiest treacle; only residents of Strelets can take part in it. A jury will pronounce the best treacle and the winning contestants will receive diplomas.
There will also be a concert programme with lots of singing and dancing. Sweet Sorghum celebrations begin at 10 am in the village centre.
The most awarded Bulgarian circus famous all over the world is visiting Veliko Tarnovo. The circus is actually known worldwide as The Bulgarian national circus. It will welcome everyone with a new programme full of spectacular attractions and performances. The chapiteau is set up behind Billa store at the roundabout near Praktiker. The circus is staying in Veliko Tarnovo for four days– 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th October – with shows starting from 5 pm and 7.30 pm in the first three days and from 11 am and 4.30 pm on the last day (Sunday). Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office on the site or on-line at:
Author of the exhibition is Burama Keita, of Malian origin but currently residing in Bulgaria and dealing with African culture.
The exhibitionis called Africa: My land, My Soul and is part of a long-term project and will stay in Veliko Tarnovo from October 6th to 30th October. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a different culture presented in the old capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition will cover different topics such as history, geography, literature, and modern and traditional African painting. You can also hear and see African music and dancing at the opening of the exhibition which will be held in French (with interpretation into Bulgarian).
The opening is today, 6th October, from 5 pm; the venue – Rafael Mihailov Exhibition Halls, New Corpus Hall, 1st level, 1 Rafael Mihailov str.
A Pumpkin Feast is annually held in Sevlievo – a culinary festival celebrating local traditional dishes, delicacies and crafts, created in the capital of pumpkins – Sevlievo.
The theatre performance Pumpkin Tale will be staged at Mara Belcheva Hall of Culture.
After the show ends, the Pumpkin Temptations Contest which presents various dishes made from pumpkin – pumpkin stuffed with meat, roasted pumpkin boats with mince, pumpkin desserts, etc. and The Best Pumpkin Contest for the heaviest pumpkin, longest pumpkin, smallest pumpkin, etc.
Veliko Tarnovo will officially mark the Chinese New Year in February 2016 with a varied and attractive program. This was agreed at a meeting between Veliko Tarnovo Deputy Mayor Daneva-Snezhana Ivanova and the cultural counsellor with the Chinese embassy in Bulgaria Yin Yali. The main aspects of the future event were outlined during the talks. Preparations begin next month.
Until now, the Chinese New Year had been officially celebrated only in Sofia and Varna. In February 2016 a 40-strong ensemble from the Asian country will visit the Old capital of Bulgaria. The program will include lots of music and dancing, circus and acrobatics numbers, as well as the particularly attractive Lion Dance. Exhibitions and presentation of traditional oriental arts and crafts are also on the agenda for the event.