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Midsummer Festival of wild flowers in the Rhodopes

24.06.2017

The evening of 23 June, St. John's Eve, is the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist. The Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:36, 56–57) states that John was born about six months before Jesus; therefore, the feast of John the Baptist was fixed on 24 June, six months before Christmas Eve. This feast day is one of the very few saints' days which commemorates the anniversary of the birth, rather than the death, of the saint being honored. The holiday is celebrated by the whole Christian world with lighting of bonfires and jumping them, bathing in rivers, picking herbs and girls decorating with wreaths and more.

The Feast of St. John closely coincides with the June solstice, also referred to as Midsummer in the Northern hemisphere. The Christian holy day is fixed at 24 June; but in most countries festivities are mostly held the night before, on St. John's Eve.

Traditional celebrations in: England, Estonia, France, Canada, Hungary, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Scandinavia, Shetland Isles, Spain, United States.

   For the fifth year year in honor of this day in Bulgaria is held the Festival of wild flowers in the Rhodopes - one of the most beautiful mountains in Europe. The festival is organized in several cities of Smolyan Municipality of eco-organization "Rodopi" in cooperation with the municipalities and community centers in the villages of Smilyan, Mogilitsa, Sivino, Gorna Arda and Momchilovci. The event is part of a network of Festivals of wild flowers in Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and the UK within the project "Colorful Europe" under the auspices of the Plant Life International.

   The festival program includes botanical tours marked botanical trails, lectures for experts and amateurs - lectures, familiar with the use of local herbs, workshops and traditional crafts for children and adults, presenting the folklore of local communities, three velotur among the flowers of the Rhodopes , culinary evening (using flowers in the kitchen) and others. Days organizing events related to the celebration Midsummer - 24 June In the morning the the meadows above the. Gorna Arda guests of the festival will be able to meet the sunrise and pick drenched with dew herbs. It is believed that those who see this day sunrise and bathe in the dew will be healthy all year.

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 The Orchids - these exotic plants are not only a trademark of tropical and subtropical areas. In Bulgaria can be found about 70 species of these colorful jewelry and Rhodope Mountains are home to a large number of them.

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The Incredible paintings of Dimitar Vetzin

06.06.2017

   The 51st individual exhibition opened at the Bulgaria Gallery in Sofia famous Bulgarian artist Dimitar Vetsin.

Founder of Neo Naive-Art, as art historians describe him, drawing primarily paintings from nature in his native village Oreshetz, near Belogradchik, and local people and their livelihoods. Neo Naive-Art means recreating landscapes and figures released proportions to the surrounding area.

   Vetzin paintings are own by private collectors in many countries - Russia, USA, China, Canada, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Turkey, Serbia, Israel and many others. etc. The first solo exhibition of Dimitar Vetzin was held in 1997 in Sofia. In the same year he started his appearances abroad – in the First International Salon "Naive" in Bucharest, where participation is evaluated with the second prize, and four paintings - purchased.

   "Keep Memory", "Street", "Rural motive", "Summer", "Spring", "Crazy Clown" are just some of the titles of the paintings of Dimitar Vetzin. They are all united by his amazing light that exists in each one of them and they emit. Light, mixed with many colors of the artist's brush.  

The exhibition will continue until the end of the month.

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Magic climax of the Rose Festival

Sonya Machorska

   More than 4000 people from all over the world greeted Kazanlak and the thousands of guests of the Rose Festival in a magnificent Festive procession on the central streets of the city, informed from the press center of the Kazanlak municipality.

    Queen Roza 2017 Tsvetelina Ilieva and her runners Plamena Zheleva and Vanessa Tzvetkova, together with the whole royal party, welcomed their "subjects" and guests at the head of the procession, followed by the Mayor of the Kazanlak Municipality and the official guests - The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Tsveta Karayancheva, the Minister of Culture Boil Banov, His Eminence Metropolitan Kyprian of Stara Zagora, members of the National Assembly, the District Governor of Stara Zagora district Gergana Mikova, municipal councilors, guests of Kazanlak from eight delegations: for the first time from the Republic of Korea and Vietnam , Japan, Belgium, Russia, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Latvia, "Rosebreakers" from Belgium.  

    "The tradition in Bulgaria is alive because we are an extraordinary people who preserve and honor their history, and the rose rises in a cult", said Galina Stoyanova, Mayor of Kazanlak, in his greeting to the present.

   Traditionally, the holiday parade began after kukeri chased evil so that Queen Rose could regain good with the power and magic of the rose and beauty in the Valley. At the end, the Queen blessed her subjects and friends of the Rose Valley for health, happiness and success.

   A unique holiday that has long gone beyond the boundaries and dimensions of Kazanlak, the Rose Valley and the Thracian kings. A holiday known on several continents.

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Festival of the Chiprovtsi Carpet

30.04.2017

Sonya Machorska

    The holiday is organized for the third consecutive year in the small town of Chiprovtsi, Northwestern Bulgaria. The festival promotes the original woven works and traditions of the craft, showing live the technique of weaving that does not have a factory analogue.

   It is known that the area around Chiprovtsi has been inhabited since the time of the Thracians and later the Roman Empire, when the local metal deposits were exploited.

   The western traveller Ami Boué, who visited the town in 1836–1838, reported that "mainly young girls, under shelters or in corridors, engage in carpet weaving. They earn only five francs a month and the payment was even lower before". By 1868, the annual production of carpets in Chiprovtsi had surpassed 14,000 square metres.

Chiprovtsi carpets are handmade flatwoven carpet rugs with two identical sides, part of Bulgarian national heritage, traditions, arts and crafts. Their name is derived from the town of Chiprovtsi where their production started in the 17th century.

The basic colours are yellow, brown, red, blue and green. The very first carpets were in only two colours - red and black. This unique and typically Bulgarian craft flourished during the Bulgarian National Revival. The carpets are made of natural materials like cotton and wool.

   In 1879, Chiprovtsi donated to Prince Dondukov the largest woven carpet in the village, measuring 7 x 6 m - the first big glory of the Chiprov carpenters and merchants in the capital Sofia.

    Today, Chiprovtsi carpets are all over the world. Since last yearthe unique carpets have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Bulgarian luthiers and Expo 2017 classic

Sonya Machorska

   VI-it national exhibition for Bulgarian luthier art was found in historical museum "Iskra" - Kazanlak, informed the press office of the municipality.

   The exhibition opened Director of "Iskra" Dr. Momchil Marinov, who smashed world level Kazanlak school. Even back in 1918. Kazanlak was discovered first luthier workshop. The city quickly became the center of Lutherans in the Balkans and won the recognition of Italian and German established centers in Europe to earn a master craft in Kazanlak ovation and fame world today. Masters of Kazanlak is a key part of the Union of luthiers in Bulgaria.

   Mayor of Kazanlak Galina Stoyanova greeted luthier "is a great pleasure for me to be here today and I am happy that the name of Kazanlak, except as the Rose Valley of the Kings is established and Valley of the violins," she said, thanking them for the revival of the craft and humility with which they work.

   "Hopefully with Expo classic 2017 provoke and motivate young people to continue the tradition," wished the President of the Union of luthiers Plamen Miltchev and thanked the participants Andrian Andreev Anton Genchev, Georgi Georgiev, Edryo Edrev and his successors, followers Plamen and radio, Ivan Stankov Mityo Dimitrov and Plamen Miltchev.

   The magic atmosphere filled the musicians of the quartet "Arte plus" from Stara Zagora. They delighted the guests with performances of favorite classical works by Bach, Brahms, Dvorak, Mozart, the audience applauded feet. In the pauses were playing some skilful violins that after the handsome matinee visitors had the option to touch, to razsviryat and enjoy the string sound.

   Expo 2017 classic is part of the celebrations of Chudomir in Kazanlak, presenting author classical string instruments and accessories, with live workshop.

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