Slavka Sekutova: "I have sung many songs, I have given great joy and received a lot of love"

The performances of Slavka Sekutova are an example of the traditional singing in the Bulgarian region of Graovo - part of the Shoppe musical tradition, typical of the regions of Pernik, Radomir and Breznik. The famous Bulgarian singer..

published on 7/22/17 10:10 AM

Legends and beliefs on Prophet Elijah

On July 20 th the church celebrates the Old Testament prophet and miracle worker Elijah, a descendant of Aaron, the brother of Moses. The name Elijah means God’s Power, God’s Fortress. This is the name day of Ilia, Ilian, Iliana, Ilka, Ilko,..

published on 7/20/17 1:28 PM

Dunav Ensemble- pride of Bulgaria’s North-West and Bulgaria’s culture

Vidin is a port city situated on the southern bank of Danube River in North-West Bulgaria. It is close to the borders with Romania and Serbia and the local culture is influenced by the culture of those two countries as well. The long-term..

published on 7/7/17 11:51 AM

Magic of Bulgarian folk dances captivating increasing numbers of young people

“Inexhaustible power,” “magic influence” – one can hardly describe the Bulgarian folk dances with just a few words or labels. These dances have preserved the spirituality of Bulgarians throughout the centuries. They bring vitality and positive emotions..

published on 7/1/17 10:15 AM

Legends and folk songs connected with Enyovden tradition

According to traditional belief medicinal herbs were born of the eternal battle between good and evil, between God and the Devil. Legend has it that when God fashioned man out of mud, He left him out in the sun to dry and decided to take a rest...

published on 6/24/17 9:30 AM
Petra, Zlata and Stoya with Martha (left to right), 1988

Martha Forsyth, a lifelong passion for authentic Bulgarian folklore

An energetic American woman from Boston might turn out to be the keenest person worldwide where Bulgarian authentic folklore is concerned. Her passion to collect songs dates back to her years in college, where she studied Russian Language and..

published on 6/17/17 8:00 AM

Sorina Bogomilova: Folk music is my life - yesterday, today and tomorrow

Experts in the specific song from Graovo folkore region evaluate highly the music style of Bulgarian folk singer Sorina Bogomilova and all music fans are touched by her brilliant singing. Sorina has inherited that gift from her family...

published on 6/10/17 9:05 AM

“Rise and tradition” Shoppe festival in Elin Pelin

The people living in the Shoppe region have a reputation for being fun-loving and cheerful. They have a philosophy all their own, their own way of doing things, their own culture as well as an inimitable sense of humour and a self-irony they have..

published on 6/9/17 5:15 PM

Stinging nettle in Bulgaria’s traditional practices and beliefs

In springtime Bulgarians traditionally consume various dishes containing leafy greens like nettles, docks and sorrels. Old people say that when you hear a cuckoo and see nettle growing, this means spring has come.The stinging nettle..

published on 5/13/17 9:05 AM

Pomorie marks the day of its patron saint with a Gergiovden Thracian fair

The St. George the Victorious monastery in Pomorie has always attracted the people and the guests to the town, and the days around 6 May, Gergyovden or St. George’s day are invariably packed with a host of different events. Legend..

published on 5/4/17 11:00 AM