Customs on Lazarus Saturday are precursor to upcoming joy of Resurrection

Lazarus Saturday is the first of three major Christian feasts linked to the miracle of Resurrection and is followed by Palm Sunday and Easter. It is marked on the Saturday preceding the Holy Week. Lazarus Saturday or Lazarovden in Bulgarian bears..

published on 4/20/19 8:30 AM

Pirin Ensemble has received the highest recognition at prestigious Mallorca Festival

This year the folklore ensemble "Pirin" – Blagoevgrad celebrates its 65th birthday. The list of awards won in Bulgaria and around the world is impressive. Among them is a "Grammy" for participation in the second album of the series "Le Mystère des..

published on 4/19/19 11:23 AM

Nadpyavane folklore singing contest – hallmark of Hristo Botev channel of BNR

On April 9 at 7.30 pm Studio 1 of the Bulgarian National Radio hosts the gala concert of the laureates of the folklore singing contest Nadpyavane 2018-2019. Julia Gatderova and Magdalena Stoyanova from Folklore Music section of Hristo..

published on 4/9/19 2:20 PM

Medeni Zvuncheta children’s vocal group – an education in fine taste, knowledgeability and a love of folk music

On 29 March, the children’s vocal group Medeni Zvuncheta (Honey-voiced bells) of the Metropolitan Bishop Avksentiy of Veles School in Samokov is marking 25 years since its foundation. The jubilee concert will take place at the Paisiy..

published on 3/29/19 9:10 AM

Graovska Mladost Ensemble – symbol of youth and love for traditional music

The Graovska Mladost Ensemble from Bulgaria’s Pernik brings pride for Bulgarian folklore culture. It has proved its high artistic level not only with the awards and prizes won at prestigious festivals in Europe and North America. It is an..

published on 3/15/19 4:40 PM

Manol Mihaylov: Strandja songs made me what I am

The life of Manol Mihaylov has been marked by the songs of the Strandja region all through – from his childhood to his recent 60 birthday, marked end-February. Grown in a rural environment and brought up with the local lifestyle and kind of..

published on 3/14/19 9:50 AM

March 1 – Day of amateur and self-taught artists

“Guardians of tradition” is often a definition of the people in town and villages who invest their energy and talent in order to keep the spirit of our people alive. Self-taught and amateur artists are people who, united in non-professional..

published on 3/1/19 10:52 AM

To legend of Rhodope bagpipe Dafo Trendafilov with love and admiration

The centenary of the birth of Dafo Trendafilov /17.01.1919 - 4.12.2010/ is one of the occasions to express our gratitude for the trail he left. His music instantly touches the soul and takes you to the beauties of the Rhodope Mountains. Dafo..

published on 2/18/19 4:31 PM

Toma Belev’s magnificent collection of 19th-20th century aprons

“Aprons have played an important role in the life of women. The first thing the newborn girl was wrapped up in was the old apron of her paternal grandmother, a ritual symbolizing the passing on of power. There are different kinds of..

published on 2/16/19 8:05 AM

Sound of Surva bells purifies and regenerates

January means Surva, the residents of the Bulgarian city of Pernik say. This is so, because each year on the last Saturday and Sunday of January the city plays host to the International Festival of Masquerade Games Surva. The 28 th edition of the..

published on 1/24/19 2:19 PM