Draginovo people love, keep and promote old local traditions

Based on the strength of its population, Draginovo is Bulgaria’s fourth largest village. It is located in the Western Rhodope Mountains very close to the town of Velingrad. In the past it was known with the name Korova (from Turkish, Kuru – ova,..

published on 10/12/18 1:08 PM

Popovo hosts Bulgarian folklore event on 29 and 30 September

The town of Popovo in Northeastern Bulgaria is hosting the second national folklore event called “Authenticity and modern times”, organized by the Tsvetnitsa association. More than 700 folklore performers took part in the event..

published on 9/29/18 10:00 AM

In Shishkovtsi Bulgarians, Serbs and Macedonians all sit down on the same Balkan rug

For the 8 th successive year, Bulgarians will sit down on a colourful traditional rug, next to people from Serbia and Macedonia, to share the most palateful rakia from the last harvest and the most delicious zelnik (a variety of banitsa..

published on 9/21/18 3:10 PM

Yanka Rupkina: I enjoy people’s love in Bulgaria and abroad

One of the emblems of the Bulgarian folklore music Yanka Rupkina marks two significant anniversaries this year-her 80 th birth anniversary and sixty years on stage. The legendary singer was born in Strandja region. Her fellow countrymen from..

published on 9/21/18 12:32 PM

The Festival of Embroidery in Beloslav revisits the Bulgarian traditions of magical beauty

Since time immemorial embroidery pieces that used to decorate the Bulgarian folk costumes have had specific functions. The gracious ornaments revealed the social status and some regional characteristics while at the same time they had coded,..

published on 9/8/18 8:00 AM

Strandja bagpipe is my Bulgarian flag globally, Ivan Varimezov says

Photo: Famous musician Ivan Varimezov has recently celebrated his 60th jubilee. He is one of those bagpipe players who have found success both in this country and internationally. His genes have their contribution to the high level of performance..

published on 8/20/18 9:50 AM

Balgarshtitsi – unique compilation of unknown ancient songs

The Balgarshtitsi compilation of 672 unpublished folklore songs from the archive of Kosta Kolev was released a few months ago. The famous accordion player, composer and conductor passed away in 2010 at the age of 89, leaving behind thousands of..

published on 8/19/18 9:30 AM

"With dances and songs near the narrow-gauge railroad tracks"

The green fields around Avramovo Station - the highest-altitude railway station in the Balkans - will soon become the venue of a new folklore fair called “Near the Narrow-Gauge Railroad Line” (“Krai tesnolineikata”). The event will take place this..

published on 8/8/18 4:21 PM

Outstanding performance by students from the National School of Folk Arts Philip Koutev at Altın Karagöz Folklore Competition in Bursa, Turkey

The musicians and dancers from the town of Kotel came away as award winners at the prestigious Altın Karagöz Folk Competition in Bursa, Turkey. This latest success for the music and dance ensemble comes as acknowledgement of the high standard..

published on 7/27/18 1:16 PM

“Rozova Dolina” ensemble becomes grand winner of 6th International Folklore Music and Dance Festival “Belgrade Award”

This year the Rozova Dolina Ensemble ("Rose Valley") from Bulgaria’s Karlovo has contributed to the successes of Bulgarian folk ensembles around the world at a prestigious festival. The Bulgarians returned with two awards from the 6 th..

published on 7/17/18 3:03 PM