Tomorrow is July 1st and summer is in full swing here in Bulgaria. Lots of events and in particular the summer opera festival in Veliko Tarnovo – Stage of the Ages.
In partnership with the Sofia Opera and Ballet the festival will boast one of the first Bulgarian opera works “Borislav” which will open the event on July 24. The whole festival will run from July 24th – Aug 1st 2015. There will be 6 performances for you to enjoy:
24/7 and 25/7 – Bulgarian opera “Borislav”
28/7 – Ballet “Zorba the Greek”
29/7 – Ballet (performance for children) “Winne the Pooh”
31/7 and 1/8 – Sofia Opera and Ballet “Boris Godunov”
Tickets can be purchased from the tourist information centre in Veliko Tarnovo and at eventim.bg.
July Morning is a hippie-influenced fest that started in 1972. The name of the event is closely related to Uriah Heep’s hit July Morning which was widely popular in Bulgaria at the time. It’s a unique fest that exists only in this country. Groups of people gather on the eve of July, 1st, usually at the beach, and stay up all night to meet the first Sun rays on the first day of July. They start fires, share drinks and play music while they wait for the sunrise. Although there are a number of versions at to what this tradition signifies, most people consider July Morning a celebration of the new beginning and the freedom of the spirit. It is considered that that the fest started as a subtle act of protest against the communist regime.
The terrain for the new park, just behind Billa store at the roundabout
Veliko Tarnovo Municipality has plans to build a new park with family-friendly activity grounds spanning on 18,000 sqm. The terrain is located in the Kachitsa area and its ownership was transferred to the Municipality just days ago at a meeting of the Council of Ministers. The place is known as the Circus Arena – circuses visiting the town are setting up their tents there. The Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo personally engaged himself with the project and the final decision was also due to his efforts. In his words, speculations that residential buildings or a new retail chain will be constructed there are false and in reality a new park with many options for recreation will be built on the premises. An interesting fact is that the first evidence of life in the region, from around 4000 BC., was found in Kachitsa area.
The eleventh edition of the Tvarditsa – Elena Rally will be held on 27th and 28th July. The rehabilitation of Elena – Tvarditsa lot was completed recently so the road conditions will be very good.
The official start of the Tvarditsa – Elena Rally 2015 will be given on June 27, Saturday at 5.00 pm in Svoboda Square in Tvarditsa. The final is scheduled for the next day at 15:30 in Svoboda Square again. To the delight of the spectators during the first day one of the stages will be held in the evening hours. On Sunday the rally will continue along a route which was part of the legendary Golden Sands Rally from the near past. The total distance the cars will have to cover is 106 km.
An electric bus will start running in Veliko Tarnovo from August. The municipality is working on a project for the purchase of ten electric buses; they will replace the trolleys which were granted to a halt 6 years ago. The main objective behind the plan of the Municipality is for the ecological public transport to be restored. The administration is hoping to secure a funding of 10 million levs for its integrated plan for urban mobility under Regions in Growth 2014 – 2020 Operational Programme. A special charging station will also be supplied; it will take just 7 minutes for the vehicles to recharge their full capacity. Electric busses can travel up to 25 kilometers when fully charged. Veliko Tarnovo Municipality will buy 10 of the vehicles when the European funds are granted. Once they arrive, they will be given for exploitation by the public transport carriers in Veliko Tarnovo. Currently public transport is served by two companies.