This summer Veliko Tarnovo will turn into the world capital of folklore for the 17th consecutive year. An event which has become a tradition in the cultural life of the town. It is a real, long anticipated feast for both citizens and guests of the old capital of Bulgaria. Dancers, musicians and singers from all over the world (India, Romania, Egypt, Georgia, Indonesia, Macedonia, Mexico, Columbia to name a few and of course the host Bulgaria) will bring colour and motion into our summer days in a way most enchanting and unique. Due to its perfect organization, exotic participants and the positive charge and emotions it brings, the festival is considered one of the most popular events in the world of folklore.
A feast under the slogan „No one is bigger than bread“ will take place on July, 5th in Resen, a village in Veliko Tarnovo Municipality. The event is organized by the local authorities, community centre and pensioner’s club. The celebration day will feature two contests – for best dough-made product and best folk song performer.
Folk musical groups from Ruse, Gabrovo, Resen, Mindya, Tserova Koriya and many more place will take part in the singing contest. The participant in the culinary competition will present their ritual breads, banitsi, mekitsi, buhti and other dough-made products in the foyer of the community centre.
Veliko Tarnovo’s Mayor and his team are trying to find the means to fund the reconstruction of Boruna Park and the construction of riverside road and pedestrian zone by Yantra River. The money is also needed for the restoration of the Stambolov bridge and Boris Denev Art Gallery. Sveta Gora Hill will also be transformed. The plan is for Sveta Gora Park to turn into the new favourite place for recreation of the citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo. There will be bicycle lanes, open air stages, open air fitness grounds and observation decks with great panoramic views towards the town and Tsarevets Fortress. A new riverside street will be constructed by Yantra River. A beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkway will also be build. Water attractions and activities will be available after the realization of the project is all done.
His impressive show is called Drugoy (Someone else). The stage for his concert is on 6 levels and one of the most breath-taking moments during the act is the 360 degree rotation of Kirkorov in a metal centrifuge similar to a spacecraft module. The show uses 3D technology, light, animation and computer effects and there are also huge jumbotron screens.
Enyovden (Enyo’s day) is a festival related to the summer solstice. It takes place on 24th June and coincides with St. John Baptist’s Day. It is both a religious feast and a traditional folk ritual. On Midsummer Day the sun is believed to end its journey towards summer and, after rotating three times it turns towards winter. In ancient times there was the popular belief that herbs gathered before sunrise on Enyovden have stronger healing powers than those gathered on any other day of the year, so medicine women went to the meadows and in the woods early in the morning to pick herbs. According to the tradition, on Enyovden children and adults ’bath’ in the dew in order to be strong and healthy. Young women twine a wreath of flowers and herbs and everybody passes through it three times as a ritual for health and fertility.