Podcast in English
Размер на шрифта
Bulgarian National Radio © 2022 All Rights Reserved

A celebration of Bulgarian music in the heart of Bulgaria

Balkan Fair of the Bulgarian Song -2022 takes place in scenic town of Apriltsi

4
Photo: personal archive

Located in the foothills of the Central Balkan Range (also known in Bulgaria as Stara Planina Mountain Range), below the majestic peaks of Botev and Maragidik, the town of Apriltsi brought together singers, musicians and ensembles for an exciting artistic forum. They presented their art on June 25, on the stage of "Badeshte 1984" Cultural Community Centre in the neighbourhood of Ostrets. Thus, after a two-year break, the forum passed under the sign of happy friendly meetings and competitive thrills in the genres of popular and folk music and dances of amateur performers from Sevlievo, Pleven, Svishtov, Troyan, Sofia and others. The proud Balkan Mountain once again united its talented musicians in a celebration dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the fair, but also set the start of the 2022 tourist summer season.

For the secretary of the “Badeshte 1894” Cultural Community Centre Mrs. Veliana Angelova, the preparation and reception of the numerous participants at the Balkan Fair was an exciting event. She explained that the forum’s 20th anniversary should have been celebrated in 2020, but the important thing is that the holiday has traditionally managed to gather performers and fans of folklore from all over the country. More from Mrs. Angelova:

"People who love Bulgarian songs and dances are always ready to visit us and rejoice with us. In my opinion and that of our guests, the fair passed at a high level, despite the two-year break. We had participants from almost all over Bulgaria - people who preserve Bulgarian traditions. Many children also participated with their songs and dances. This year the prize went to "Yovko Yovkov" Children's Development Centre in Sevlievo, for their extremely talented children.

Unfortunately, this year we lost one of the members of the jury - the music pedagogue Tsvetan Tsonev, whose graduates performed excellently in both folk and popular music. They received the grand prize of the festival. Our idea, 22 years ago, when we created the fair, was to give the opportunity to all Bulgarians, regardless of genre - folklore, pop, old urban music, to express themselves with their Bulgarian performances. This year the youngest participant was 6 years old, and the oldest - 96 years old. The message of the Balkan Fair is: Love and preserve Bulgarian traditions and culture! This is our treasure - the music, the dances that we keep, from the heart of Bulgaria - the town of Apriltsi”, said Mrs. Veliana Angelova, secretary of the cultural community centre in the Balkan town. 

English translation Rositsa Petkova

Photos: personal archive

Listen to the daily news from Bulgaria presented in "Bulgaria Today" podcast, available in Spotify.

Gallery

More from category

Innerglow present their new song “Znak”

Today we present you the song "Znak/Sign" performed by the young and popular Bulgarian band Innerglow. The piece is emblematic for the young musicians from Innerglow. One year after the premiere of their debut album “Satellites”, Todor Kovachev,..

published on 12/7/22 12:20 PM

Everybody needs a little more jazz

Everybody Needs a Little More Jazz – this is the motto chosen by singer AnaBella – Ana Topalova and composer Minko Lambov for their upcoming concert. "This is a gift for all connoisseurs of the elegant, beautiful, exquisite and deep feeling..

published on 12/5/22 5:09 PM

Pop diva Lili Ivanova sings to an audience of 15,000 at Sofia Arena

Pop diva Lili Ivanova ended her national tour with a concert at Sofia Arena, where she performed to a packed house of over 15,000. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I just want to say that when I had an opportunity to emigrate, a..

published on 12/5/22 10:12 AM