Angel Dobrev: Sound of rebec can cheer us up or make us cry

Angel Dobrev is a popular name in Bulgaria’s folk music field. He devoted his entire life and profession to the rebec. Angel is an inspired instrumentalist, composer, author of song arrangements and orchestral pieces. He is also a rebec..

published on 11/12/17 10:05 AM

Singer Snezhana Borissova: "Old folklore songs are pure spring which we draw wisdom from"

In current dynamic times when futile speech, debates and fake information streams are common, the ancient folk song is a sort of salvation from the noise and vanity that surround us. It is a peculiar island of purity and wisdom that many look..

published on 11/11/17 8:00 AM

Dancho Radulov: We should never forget the mellifluous sound of the shepherd’s flute

Dancho Radulov is a celebrated Bulgarian shepherd’s flute player who stands out with his devotion to the traditional style of playing the instrument. Thus, he distanced himself from his coevals who succumbed to the modern and..

published on 10/23/17 12:36 PM

14th edition of Maleshevo Sings and Dances International Folklore Festival

Maleshevo or Maleshevie is a small region around the Maleshevska Mountain, part of which is situated in neighboring Macedonia. The Bulgarian segment of the mountain spreads along the picturesque bank of the Struma River with 28 villages and a..

published on 10/20/17 2:25 PM
Maria Becheva and Ilia Uchikov

Ilia Uchikov: The bagpipe is a magical instrument, it is my life

If you are on the lookout for the distinctive sound of the songs of the Rhodopes, to the magnificent accompaniment of the kaba (low-pitched) bagpipe, then the music of Ilia Uchikov is exactly what you are looking for. Uchikov founded..

published on 10/2/17 1:47 PM

Vulcho Ivanov: Artists wield paintbrushes to paint our folklore, we, musicians, use songs

Vulcho Ivanov is a singer with a velvet voice that touches the hearts of listeners, weaving the fabric of Thracian musical ornamentation with infinite attention to every detail. He was only 15 when he started performing at fairs and..

published on 9/16/17 8:10 AM

Maria Terzyiska, Nadya Murdzheva – two ‘golden girls’ of children’s folklore choreography

The price of success for one of the ‘golden girls’ of Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics means a lot of work, training and gathering of precious experience through time. The success would be unthinkable without the power of love in the souls of the..

published on 8/30/17 2:11 PM

Vulkana Stoyanova: The songs I love are songs of beauty, of courage and kindness

Vulkana Stoyanova is the bewitching voice of Thrace, a voice that grabs listeners with its power of expression. Her singing skills are an embodiment of the Bulgarian musical talent, the pinnacle of traditional art. The beauty of timbre,..

published on 8/19/17 8:05 AM

Gold Dust 2017– the secret of success lies in constantly upgrading and building up

At least that is what the organizers of the Gold Dust International Folklore Festival say. The event took place in the village of Chelopechnear Sofia at the end of July. A combination of colourful events and music contests, for the fourth..

published on 8/12/17 9:05 AM

Plovdiv to host 13th International Folklore Seminar

The 13 th International Folklore Seminar organized by the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts (AMDFA) in Plovdiv opens on Sunday night. Throughout next week, more than one hundred participants from across the world will explore Bulgarian folk..

published on 7/23/17 11:00 AM