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Transdanube Pearls - Network for Sustainable Mobility along the Danube                                                                                     22.05.2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sonya Machorska                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Danube region is one of the most promising tourism destinations in Europe. Most of the trips to and within the Danube region are carried out by car, causing negative impacts to the environment and the inhabitants. The project Transdanube.Pearls aims at addressing these challenges by developing socially fair, economically viable, environmentally friendly and health promoting mobility services for the visitors of the Danube region.   The project from the source to the Danube Delta includes: Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria.                                                                                                                                                      The central element of the project is the establishment of a network of destinations (“Transdanube.Pearls”) committed to sustainable mobility for tourists and inhabitants along the Danube which will support cooperation between different stakeholders from the transport and the tourism sector. This network will increase the visibility of the participating destinations offering their visitors the unique possibility to travel the Danube with sustainable means of transport. The network of destinations aims at:

Offering visitors the possibility to reach the Pearls without private car by better combining existing mobility services

Allowing visitors to travel the Pearl with new and improved sustainable means of transport developed and tested in the project.

Providing the visitors with a sustainable option to travel to the next Pearl (or home).

Providing user-friendly and easy accessible information on existing sustainable mobility services and tourism offers.

Empowering local and regional stakeholders to bring forward the concept of sustainable mobility in tourism beyond project lifetime.                                                                                                                                                                                             Video: Facebook: Sonya Kirilova Machorska

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Debar masters in the Vidin diocese

14.05.2019

 Sonya Machorska

                                                                                                                                                                                        State Archives - Vidin and Vidin Metropolis organized the presentation of the book "Debar Masters in the Vidin Diocese". The authors of the publication are: Prof. Ivanka Gergova, Prof. Elena Genova, Associate Professor Ivan Vanev, Chief Assistant Maya Zaharieva.

     "This volume is the result of the work of the Bulgarian team from the interdisciplinary project"The art of the XVIII and XIX centuries Debar and Samokov art schools". Together with dozens of other projects, it is the result of the collaboration between the Bulgarian Academy of Science and the Macedonian Academy - the preamble of the first volume of the articlesaid Prof. Ivanka Gergova. The main goal we set up was to search, document and study works of Samokov painters on the territory of the Republic of Macedonia and of Debar masters on the territory of Bulgaria.

   The Bulgarian team started work in Northwest Bulgaria, in the Diocese of Vidin Bishopric, where the concentration of works by Debar masters was too great.

    The book is not only about the 19th century art history, and in particular the history, chronology and topography of the Debar Art School. This study gives an interesting picture of the artistic heritage in the northwestern Bulgarian lands and somehow counteracts the processes of destruction - social and physical - that threaten this heritage."

   In front of the numerous audiences, in addition to the presentation of the book "Debar Masters in the Vidin Diocese", the employees of the Archives in Vidin showed an exhibition of liturgical books from their funds.

  The guests of the event were: Vidin Metropolitan Daniil, Georgi Borisov - Deputy Chairman of Archives State Agency, Anna Dineva - Directora of the Regional State Archives Directorate - Montana, Angelo Methodiev - Deputy Regional Governor, representatives of Vidin Municipality.

Video: Facebook: Sonya Kirilova Machorska

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Choose Your Future - Elections to the European Parliament May 26, 2019

13.05.2019

Sonya Machorska

   It is important to choose our future on May 26th. It is important to vote because we MUST take responsibility for our future and that of our children! Because every newborn child has at least one reason to achieve an even better future - www.youtube.com/embed/R3tErFvAgag

The more people vote, the stronger and more legitimate a democracy becomes. The goal is to make Europeans aware of shared values, emotions and responsibilities. To deal with global challenges, Europeans need to stand together and choose their - and their children’s and grand-children’s - future, by casting their vote in the upcoming elections.

   In the words of the young girl narrating the film: “Each of us can leave a mark, but together we can make a real difference. Choose the Europe you want me to grow up in”.

   What is the idea behind the film?

   Bringing a child into the world changes parents' perspectives on life like nothing else. The birth of a child is an emotional moment, which is complemented by a great sense of responsibility for the future well-being of the new life.

   The film documents the deeply emotional beauty of new Europeans coming into this world, right now, right before the elections. It shows the actual birth of children who will inherit the decisions made in May 2019. It shows all the hope and joy that meets them, and it shows that, from the second we come into this world, we’re in it together and need to take care of it, collectively and individually, by voting.

   In other words: “United in diversity”, the motto of the European Union.

   Who had the idea for the film?

   The “Choose Your Future” campaign was the European Parliament’s idea and was used to brief the creative agency & Co. / NoA who developed the concept for the film.The director of the film is Frédéric Planchon.Born in Lyon and living in Paris, Frédéric began his career as a theatre actor, and worked as an assistant director on 15 feature films before making his directorial debut in 1990 with the short film 'L'Echange', which won the Prix de l’Image at the Festival de L’Image du Film. This launched his career as a music video and commercials director.

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The Metropolitan of Vidin served in Mount Athos on St. George's Day

06.05.2019

Sonya Machorska

   According to a decision of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Vidin, Daniil, will head the Holy Mass in the monastery of St. George Zograf in Sveta Gora, Mount Athos.

Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. It is governed as an autonomous polity within the Greek Republic. Mount Athos is home to 20 monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

   The number of daily visitors to Mount Athos is restricted, and all are required to obtain a special entrance permit valid for a limited period. Only men are permitted to visit the territory, which is called the "Garden of Virgin Mary" by the monks, with Orthodox Christians taking precedence in permit issuance procedures. Residents on the peninsula must be men aged 18 and over who are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church and also either monks or workers.

   The Saint George the Zograf Monastery or Zograf Monastery is one of the twenty Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Mount Athos (the "Holy Mountain") in Greece. It was founded in the late 9th or early 10th century by three Bulgarians from Ohrid and is regarded as the historical Bulgarian monastery on Mount Athos, and is traditionally inhabited by Bulgarian Orthodox monks.

   The monastery is named after the 13th or 14th century icon of Saint George, known as Saint George the Zograf . The name of the latter comes from the belief that the icon mysteriously painted itself on the prepared board (zograf(os) in Greek means "painter" (from zoe="life" and graphos="scribe").

   The earliest written evidence of the monastery's existence dates from 980. During the Middle Ages, the monastery was generously supported by the Bulgarian rulers, such as Ivan Asen II and Ivan Alexander, since it was a matter of pride for the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to maintain a monastery on Athos.

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Easter

28.04.2019

Sonya Machorska

   Easter also called Pascha is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The resurrection of Christ is marked by the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches (on different dates).

   Today, the Metropolitan of Vidin, Daniil and priests, celebrated the Easter World Liturgy in the cathedral "St. Dimitar Solunsky "in Vidin.

Video: Facebook: Sonya Kirilova Machorska

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