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

Authentic folk dancing, singing and traditions on the Koprivshtitsa meadows 

A festive concert in the Voivodenets area launched the twelfth National Folk Art Festival in Koprivshtitsa this morning. The celebration was attended by caretaker Minister of Culture prof. Velislav Minekov and his deputy prof. Borislava Taneva. Mayor of Koprivshtitsa Boyka Dyulgiarova officially opened the festival. A congratulatory address by President Rumen Radev, under whose patronage the event is held, was read out .

Prof. Velislav Minekov began his speech with a childhood memory of the Kukeri at the first festival in Koprivtsitsa. He told Radio Bulgaria that he was very anxious to be present at the opening.

"This is part of our national identity and recognition of who we are - he said. - And it means that we are all here, that we are together, that we love each other, that we keep our roots and traditions - these are actually the pillars of Bulgarian culture. Last year, Boyka Dyulgyarova and I wished that our celebration would be funded and it was. So I am doubly happy about this fact."

Velislav Minekov added that he was breaking his own vow not to speak to journalists for at least a week and stressed that as caretaker minister of culture his priority would be to address the unfinished business of the previous cabinet. In his words, there are quite a few of them and two months are not enough, but he will make sure that the next minister will not be driven by his personal desires, but by compulsion to continue what has been started. "I come with good intentions," he said.

During the opening ceremony about ten ensembles performed authentic folk songs, dances and customs - part of the "Living Human Treasures" included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The competition programme lasted until the end of the day. The closing concert of the gold medal winners will take place tomorrow morning.

Text and photos by Albena Bezovska

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

More from category

Reenactment of rites related to Saint Varvara's Day

Three holidays at the beginning of December mark the transition from ‎autumn to winter

December 4 is the church holiday of the Holy Great Martyr Barbara, celebrated ‎by both Orthodoxy and Catholicism . Barbara was a girl from a noble family, ‎beheaded for her Christian faith at the beginning of the 4th century. There is a ‎belief that..

published on 12/4/22 10:51 AM

Five popular Bulgarian dishes that may seem a bit strange to some

Bulgarian cuisine is a mix between oriental and European taste, so some may say that it is universal. Everyone likes the most popular local foods such as banitsa, Shopska salad, lutenitsa, etc. But there are some popular Bulgarian dishes and..

published on 11/18/22 11:50 AM

At a "wedding" in the Sofia Regional History Museum

What changes occurred in Bulgarian wedding traditions after the Liberation in 1878? How does the city, as a centre of attraction for a new type of life, changed weddings, as well ? What did socialism bring to the tradition of weddings in the..

published on 11/4/22 1:36 PM