The Bonfire Night is just around the corner and if you missed last year’s party at the village of Momin Sbor now is the time to make plans for this Saturday. A British expat has been organizing Guy Fawkes Nights in the village of Momin Sbor for some years now and this year is not going to be an exception. This is going to be the fourth annual Bonfire Night. Wildrovers Ltd will be holding their Guy Fawkes Party on Saturday, November, 5th from 6.30 pm.
This is a charitable event and all the funds raised will go towards Velvet Hearts – a local animal rescue charity. Miglena Dzhurova, who founded the organization, has recently bought a new plot of land with the aid of a German charity support group. The construction of a new animal shelter on the grounds is scheduled for the spring, and the host of the party is hoping that with your help they can give the building a good start.
The organizer is promising a great fireworks show, raffle, BBQ and lots more.
Yantra Homes takes pride in participating in this event – the company is sponsoring the fireworks display. The food and the site are provided by Wildrovers Ltd and it’s still not too late if you want to donate some more prizes for the raffle.
All funds at the gate, from the bar and raffle will go to the charity so please give generously.
If you want to join the night or learn more you can find additional details here:
Images: Ralitsa Markova/Internet
The new expressway from Ruse, which is part of the international Helsinki – Istanbul corridor between Europe and Asia, will run only 4 km away from Veliko Tarnovo, between the villages of Ledenik and Momin Sbor.
Hemus Highway which is also expected to go north of Veliko Tarnovo will cross the new main arterial road from Ruse just 13 km away from the old capital. The road junction is planned to be constructed in the area between Rusalya and Hotnitsa. Another junction north of Polikraishte will connect the current main road to the Danube town with the future highway.
On several occasions it was confirmed by the government that these two major infrastructural projects are amongst the top priorities for the country. Veliko Tarnovo may become an important logistics centre once they are completed and thus boast its economy. The estimated value of the expressway Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo was recently announced – around 580 million euros.
The route of the new arterial road is expected to go along the villages of Karantsi, Radanovo, Petko Karavelovo and Kutsina and then between Ledenik and Momin sbor. From there it will continue towards Gabrovo passing by Debelets. Last year it decided that due to its functions and capacities the new road will be classified as an expressway instead of a highway.
Tim Clinch, winner of numerous photography awards, arranges an exhibition in a Sofia art gallery to help save the community centre in the Veliko Tarnovo village of Mindya. He bought a house in the picturesque mountain village 10 years ago and since then spends much of his time there. He was made aware of the problems experienced by the community centre, namely of lack of funds to repair the leaky roof.
Tim decided to shoot the people of the village and its surroundings and show them in a charity exhibition, hoping to gather the necessary funds (roughly 40,000 leva). Thus the project Mindya – a Portrait of a Village was born. The author says: ″The job allowed me to approach people and understand their lifestyle and get into their houses. We shot people while they were cooking, while they were preparing kompots, it was just wonderful!″
The professional work of Tim Clinch is related to travel, decor, food and portrait photography and not only. He works for a wide variety of magazines all over Europe and America and has published many books.
His exhibition Mindya – a Portrait of a Village will be featured in the in the prestigious Photo Festival at Photo Synthesis Gallery in Sofia, from 10 to 27 November as part of the Festival for Photography, People and Ideas. Tim Clinch also has an idea to present the exhibition in Veliko Tarnovo.
Image: Tim Clinch
The event: http://photosynthesis.bg/fest/Mindq-fotografska-izlojba-na-Tim_Klinch.html
Tim Clinch Photography on FB: https://www.facebook.com/TimClinchPhotography/?fref=ts
Veliko Tarnovo now has its own Pet Cemetery, where owners can lay their beloved pets for their eternal rest. The decision for the establishment of the separate plot for animals was approved by the City Council in 2009 but it wasn’t widely known until recently when it started gaining popularity. Now there are more than 120 pets are buried there, among which dogs, cats, canaries, turtles and even fish.
The burial and digging of the grave cost 60 leva if the animal weighs up to 30 kg and 100 leva if it is more than that. For the organization of the ritual you will be charged another 20-25 leva.
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 programme full of spectacular attractions and performances including the Flying Motorcycle and the Globe of Death. Artist from 8 countries will take part in the show. The chapiteau is set up behind Billa store at the roundabout near Praktiker. The circus is staying in Veliko Tarnovo for five days– 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th and 16th October – with shows starting from 4.30 pm and 7.30 pm in the first four 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; prices vary from 3/10 leva (for children) up to 30 leva for a seat at the front row.
The Show Programme:
Part One: Overture
PARADE OF ARTISTS
1. Flying motorcycle – Nikolai and Velizara Balkanski
2. Classical Dance – Aleksandrina – Bulgaria
3. Reprise – Clowns Mariani – Portugal
4. Balance cylinders – Ducak – Ukraine
5. Antre – Cinema – Clowns Mariani – Portugal
6. Modern Velofiguristika – Ivo Sivkov – Bulgaria
7. Balans free ladder – Duo Badea – Romania
8. Repriz – Clowns Mariani – Portugal
9. Wheel of death – Nikolai and Velizara Balkanski
Interlude – 20 minutes
Part Two: Overture
- Dance “Exotic”-Aleksandrina– Bulgaria
- Repriz – Clowns Mariani – Portugal
- Power ekvilibar – Кristina Kostova – Bulgaria
- Dance Harlequin – Aleksandrina – Bulgaria
- Group juggling – Trio Harlequin – Ukraine
- Australian Border collie dogs flying frisbee – Suzana Smaha – Czech
- Flying vertical rope – Miss Badea – Rumania
- Entrance – Restaurant – Clowns Mariani – Portugal
- Rocker dance – Aleksandrina – Bulgaria
- Globe of death – Hell Riders – Colombia
Grand Final – All artists
Every last Thursday of the month you can visit Tsarevets and Trapezitsa Fortresses in Veliko Tarnovo for free. If on such days visitors prefer to use the hillside tram to get to Trapezitsa they will have to pay just the price for the ride which is 10 leva (return ticket) or 5 leva for disabled people.
The inclined elevator departs from the base station at 9.00; 9.40; 10.20; 11.00; 11.40; 1.00; 1.40; 2.20; 3.00; 3.40; 4.10 and returns from the top at 9.20; 10.00; 10.40; 11.20; 12.00; 1.20; 2.00; 2.40; 3.20; 4.00; 4.30. The tram operates from Tuesday to Sunday at temperatures between 5 and 35 degrees Celsius. Preventive maintenance will be done every Mondays so the lift won’t be working then. On Mondays visitors will be able to reach Trapezitsa only on foot.
The Regional Historical Museum also offers guided tours but you need to place your request at least a day beforehand on 0885 105 282. Trapezitsa Fortress is open to from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Image: Veliko Tarnovo Municipality
The restored Trapezitsa Railway Station
Veliko Tarnovo officially opens its newest tourist attractions Trapezitsa Fortress on the eve of the celebrations of The Independence Day, September 22nd. It is expected that the event will be attended by the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the first lady of Azerbaijan and President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation – Mehriban Alieva. The official opening will take place at 3 pm.
The Municipal Council of Veliko Tarnovo also approved the entrance fees to the Trapezitsa Fortress. It will cost you 6 leva if you visit the site via the pedestrian alley, which is located near the junction of the Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi Road in Asenov Neighbourhood. This type of tickets for students will be 2 leva and for Bulgarian citizens aged over 60 – 3 leva. Entrance fee for children up to 7 yo and people with disabilities is free.
If visitors use the recently installed hillside tram the combined fee for both the entrance and lift becomes 16 leva. Children under 7 yo go for free. Students’ combined ticket is worth 12 leva. People with disabilities will pay only 50% of the cost of transportation – 5 leva. Families with up to three children aged between 7 and 18 yo will pay 26 leva for entrance and ride in the inclined lift.
The hillside lift
Over the past few years over 7 million leva were invested into socialization, strengthening and partial restoration of the fortress. Two projects were implemented by the Ministry of Culture with expert assistance from the municipal administration.
The first project was Building a retaining wall, artistic lighting and tourism infrastructure for access to the historical reserve Trapezitsa in Veliko Tarnovo, worth 4.6 million leva. It included the installation of the inclined lift which departs from the historic railway station of Trapezitsa and reaches the south tower of the fortress. Also a Museum Centre was set up; it will host an exhibition with the archaeological findings from the medieval fortress. The second project was for socialization and partial restoration of the fortress (invested in the restoration of part of the northern wall, three medieval churches and the construction of the main tourist promenade); it was funded with a donation of 3 million leva by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation presided by Mehriban Alieva.