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Marno Pole Christmas Market in VT opens on December, 1st

19215_650__3The annual Christmas Market in Veliko Tarnovo opens on December, 1st. Just like previous years it will be located at Marno Pole Park in the centre of the town. The park will be adorned with festive decorations and attractive lighting and will feature 25 chalets and a children’ fairground.

The market is inspired by the traditional Austrian Christmas markets and will bring us the spirit of the Christmas season with lots of attractions, amusements, events and concerts. The chalets will offer unique handmade gifts, Christmas decorations and toys, souvenirs, works of arts and crafts, seasonal goods, confectionery and culinary delights throughout the whole of December. In the Glühwein House everyone can try Mulled wine and Austrian wursts (sausages). There will also be a covered scene where various concerts and events will be held every day. And of course kids will be able post their letters to Santa until 24th December at the Christmas Post Office under the most majestic spruce in the park.

Tomorrow we will tell you more about one of the chalets, the activity of which was kindly sponsored by our friends from Yantra Homes, Hadji Nikoli Inn and Wild Rovers 4X4.

The Christmas Market in Marno Pole Park will be open every day until December, 31st from 10 am till 8 pm.

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European acknowledgement for three festivals taking place in Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo Municipality received European recognition for the high quality of the Scene of the centuries, Arbanassi Summer Music and On the Eastern coast of Europe festivals which the town is hosting each year. Тhey were granted the prestigious status European Festival of 2015/2016 at a ceremony in the capital.

The winning festivals have contributed greatly for the strengthening of Veliko Tarnovo’s unofficial position as the Balkan capital of cultural tourism. The events were included in the pilot project of the European Commission and the Europe for the Festivals. The Festivals for Europe Platform. The project involved more than 100 cultural happenings from all over Bulgaria, and official status and award was granted only to 26 of them.

The summer opera festival Scene of the Ages, the festival of classical music Arbanassi Summer music and the film festival On the East Coast of Europe will be included in an international festival guide that will have its print and electronic form. The European status and the awards they received show their significant importance for the promotion of Bulgarian culture and art across the globe.

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Tsarevets Fortress lights up in blue

diabetes_dayNovember, 14th is the World Diabetes Day – the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign with events organised in more than 100 countries. Bulgaria is also part of the campaign Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and Bulgarian Diabetes Association, on days 13 and 14 November will hold a number of diabetes awareness under the motto November – the month of diabetes.

The WDD was first marked in 1991. The date was chosen after the birthday of Frederick Banting who along with Charles Best makes the epochal discovery about the role of insulin in the treatment of diabetes.

Bulgarian Diabetes Association will mark the WWD in various Bulgarian cities for the fifth consecutive year with lots of lectures, sporting events, radio and television broadcasts and free screening for diabetes. Another key event is that they lit important buildings and monuments in blue. The blue colour and the circle have been adopted as the logo of the WDD as a symbol of life, health and the sky that unites all nations.

It was decided that the Bulgarian campaign will have its kick off in Veliko Tarnovo. On Friday (November, 13th) a team of medical professionals will perform free blood glucose testing with the aim of early detection of the potential risk of diabetes. The venue will be in front of the building of the Municipality from 12 till 5 pm. As part of the events, on Saturday (November, 14th) Tsarevets Fortress will be illuminated in blue from 7 pm onwards.

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New electric bus trials in Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo has become one of the few towns in the country, which had the opportunity to test the two most advanced technologies in the field of electric public transport at the moment.

An electric bus running on batteries was already tried for some time along the street of the old capital during the summer in. Today another leading technology for eco-friendly public transport was presented in Veliko Tarnovo capacity for this eco-friendly urban transport.

The electric bus which was introduced today is manufactured by the Israeli company Chariot Motors. It is propelled by ultracapacitors technology. It needs two 150 kilowatts charging station on the first and last stop  to function and it takes about 5-6 minutes to fully charge, a time which coincides with the rest of the drivers. The cost per km is only 15 stotinki. The capacity of the eco-friendly vehicle is for 29 sitting and 61 standing passengers. With this this kind of the transport air pollution is reduced to very large extend.

After the trial period ends Veliko Tarnovo administration will have to choose the technology that most suits the needs of the town and the municipality villages; it will then apply for funding under the EU transport programmes.

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The symbolic Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki Church opens for visits

6_12568043171_MG_3725_sThe 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.

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