July 15, 2015
National Folklore Festival of Rozhen - Featured Image

National Folklore Festival of Rozhen

Bulgarians from all over the country gather together near Rozhen peak. The fair in Rozhen is held every four years and musicians present their incredible skills. For the first time, the festival took place in 1898. Angel Indzhov – a priest in the village of Sokolovtsi – came up with the riveting idea of the festival. At that time, the frontier between Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire crossed the peak of Rozhen. Nowadays, the fair is still a guardian of the tradition. The symbol of the festival is the orchestra “100 Kaba Gajdi” which literally means “100 Bagpipes”. Namely here Valya Balkanska sang her unforgettable song ‘Izlel e Delyo Haydutin’which was later put on the board of the space station Voyager along with the music of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. What takes place this year? 400 bagpipers would perform on the first day The festival of Bulgarian folk art and stock-breeding starts on the 17th July there would be a Bulgarian flag of approximately 24.000 m2 demonstration of traditional Bulgarian […]
May 26, 2015
Children's day

Children’s Day

The holiday celebrated on the 1st June seems to be the most awaited by the children. It is called the Children’s Day and is recognised in a great number of countries around the world. The Children’s day flag breakdown: The green background symbolizes growth, harmony and fecundity. The figures in different colours stand for diversity and tolerance. The star formed by the figures is for the light (the light that everybody can be for the world). Each of the rays stands for each of the continents. In the centre of the star is situated the globe – the planet we all belong to no matter gender, race and religion! It all started during the World Conference on Children’s Health which took place in Geneva in 1925 when the League of Nations passed the Declaration on the Rights of Children. The main point of the document is that on account of their physical and mental immaturity, children need special care and health protection both before and after their birth.     […]
May 20, 2015
The Cyrillic Аlphabet - The Story - Oh when the saints go marching in!

Oh when the saints go marching in! – The Cyrillic Alphabet

Why is the Cyrillic Alphabet so important? The writing stays forever, the words fly away, said a Latin philosopher and he could not have been more right. Today we cherish the fruits of the strenuous efforts of our ancestors by using the alphabets they created. This is the story of the Cyrillic Alphabet- the fifth most used alphabet in the world with over 220 million people enjoying its letters every day. The creators of the Cyrillic Alphabet The official records say that in the 9th century AD the Byzantine Empire commissioned the brothers Cyril and Methodius to assemble an alphabet for the Slavic nations. The goal was to prevent them from falling under the influence of the Roman church. The writing they created was called glagolitsa. It was rather complicated for the common folk so one of their disciples, Climent, simplified it and shaped it the way we use it today. The History of the Cyrillic Alphabet There is another theory though, which has not penetrated the history books yet. Not until […]
May 17, 2015
Brace yourselves, Prom is coming! - End of Highschool | Free Plovdiv Tour

Brace yourselves, Prom is coming!

The Bulgarian Prom Days are like nothing you have ever seen in your life! Prom … with this post we will try to prepare you mentally for the upcoming armageddon in May. It all begins with the choice of THE DRESS. Most girls in highschool spend hundreds of hours looking for the perfect one. Very often this includes a day trip to Asenovgrad, because that’s the Bulgarian capital of wedding and prom dresses! Boys, as you may imagine, usually go to a few shops with their mother where they chose a costume. After long month of preparation, reservation of restaurants, cars (pay attention, it is of great importance to arrive at your prom in the most extravagant or luxurious way, you get bonus points for screaming out of your window), hairdressers, makeup artists, photographers and so on, the Prom day has come (most schools celebrate around the 24th of May)! After a lavish family gathering where the grandparents shed tears of joy and lots of presents, the graduate takes off […]
May 6, 2015

Parking adventures in Plovdiv

Everyone has at least once spent some of their precious time in vain, looking for a parking lot! It can be even worse if you are in a foreign land. Plovdiv is not a big and vibrant city but parking might turn into an adventure. Whether you are an alien or a Plovdivchanin(as you know from our previous article, means a person from Plovdiv), this blog post will be in your favour! International parking sign Source There is a short list of some parking lots you might find useful: 2 Kapitan Raicho St. A place where you can leave your car without hesitation is the parking lot of Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium Hotel which is not far from the starting point of our tour. You cannot avoid paying for the stay, but it is a safe and reliable place. Source 37 Tzar Boris III – Obedinitel Blvd. International Fair Plovdiv offers more than 1300 parking lots! These spaces are not only available during the fairs and exhibitions, but also for the […]
April 23, 2015

Handmade craft culture

Interested in traditional craft and arts in Bulgaria? From the 23rd to the 26th of April the Spring Craft Fair will transform Plovdiv, and more precisely Rajcho Daskalov Str., known as the former Uzun Charshi. Source: grabo.bg With more than 80 craftsmen presenting woodworks, pottery, jewellery, furriery and many other unique and rare crafts. What is more, there will be a bread making workshop where the Bakers Guild will prepare delicious dough masterpiece right in front of you. Source: europlovdiv.com The festival features not only Bulgarian masters but also a few guests from the neighboring Balkan states. All of the participants will be dressed accordingly with folklore garments. source: Дина Карагяурова Last but not least, the children from Olga Skobeleva Social care Home will also take part in the festival with their ceramic pieces of art.
April 14, 2015

In vino veritas!

During the festival Wine and Gourmet in the Old Town („Вино и гурме в стария град Пловдив”) on the 9th and 10th of May Plovdiv’s guests can enjoy a truly bohemian experience – a two-day program of culture events finely enriched with delicious dishes and excellent Bulgarian wines. Source   The grand opening will be on the 8th of May at 18:00 at the Roman stadium, where centuries ago emperors have celebrated spring, life and wine. Then, on the next day a symbolical opening of the spring wine season will be made in the Lapidarium (one of the stops in our tour) at 12:00. This will be the starting point of your degustation adventure lead by the honorable members of “The European Order of the Wine Knights”. Source   The icing on the cake will be the folklore dance and music performances by Ensemble Trakia and other artists making the celebrations a real feast for all the senses. Source A glimpse of the map is enough to conclude there will […]
April 9, 2015
Clubs in Plovdiv

Who let the dogs out, aka hitting the clubs in Plovdiv – Part II

You can find “Who let the dogs out, aka hitting the clubs in Plovdiv” – Part I here. In the previous post we mentioned a few of the new and old gems of the Plovdiv club scene. We are going to pick up from where we stopped and offer you a few more options to explore while you are in Europe’s oldest living city (which has stayed that way because of its party people). Hitting the clubs in Plovdiv: Vintage House Location: 15 Gladstone st. You think your Bulgarian is good enough – try going to the local theatre. And if that’s not exactly your cup of tea, try a glass of whiskey instead in Plovdiv’s newest bar, which just happens to be inside the building of the theatre. Who knows, after a shot or two, you might feel ready to take over the floor and put up a show. HItting the clubs in Plovdiv: Kotka i Mishka – Cat and Mouse Location: 14 Hristo Dyukmedzhiev st. We are happy […]
April 3, 2015
Clubs in Plovdiv - Part 1

Who let the dogs out, aka hitting the clubs in Plovdiv – Part I

Over the past few years we have witnessed a rapid uprise of Plovdiv’s cultural life and the clubs have been on top of that tide. Considered to be alternative at first, they have now become the norm as more and more people get mesmerized by their charm and comfort. These are just a few that are a must if you want to see how the Plovdiv people take the pressure off. Clubs in Plovdiv: BASQUIAT Wine & Art Location: Bratya Pulievi st. The newest addition to one of Plovdiv’s most landmark neighbourhoods – the Trap, this bar quickly gained momentum as it harnessed people’s love for wine, cosiness and art. It’s a bar in the night and a comfortable café during the day. And to add to its awesomeness, Basquiat hosts comedy plays, lectures and small gigs, which is a combination not seen before in a Plovdiv bar. Clubs in Plovdiv: Rorschach’s inkblot – Petnoto Location: 36 Yoakim Gruev st. This club started out as a very unpretentious place for […]