December comes with the anticipation of holiday season and spending time with family and friends. At the beginning of December, the Bulgarians living in Dusseldorf, Germany, around 5,000 in number and growing, are looking forward to a special holiday season event. The Danube German-Bulgarian association, North Rhine-Westphalia, founded in the summer of 2010, organizes dances, film screenings, exhibitions, presentations of books by Bulgarian authors, and meetings at which Bulgarians can get acquainted and exchange contact information with new arrivals in the region.
As is the tradition, it is taking part in the annual event Europe Days in Dusseldorf, presenting highlights from Bulgaria’s history, culture, traditions and customs, cuisine, and of course tourism and hospitality. Now, they are preparing a Christmas party, and interest in it has been displayed by the Bulgarians in Dusseldorf, but also by people of other nationalities.
“In every German town where there is a Bulgarian association, it has an ensemble or smaller folk dance group,” said the deputy chairman of the German-Bulgarian Association Danube Daniel Dimov in an interview with Radio Bulgaria, and added that this year Serbian and Hungarian folklore ensembles set up in Germany have confirmed they too will take part:
“We came in contact with the Serbian and the Hungarian ensemble – Moravac and Vadrózsa – thanks to our ensemble’s choreographer who knows their choreographers, and as we use the Serbian church we got to meet people from the Serbian association.”
As to the participation of the Bulgarian rose ensemble from Malaga, Dimov explains:
“Our ensemble was invited to one of their events in Spain in the summer, and there, people met in person. When our upcoming event was mentioned, they gladly accepted the invitation.”
The hall for the event on 2 December has been provided:
“The Danube association in Dusseldorf works very well with the Greek and the Serbian church. They have premises we use often for various events. The Greek church has a bigger hall – the events we have been organizing for Christmas, 3 March or 24 May for about 10 years, with a brief pause during the Covid-19 pandemic, are attended by more and more people. So, now we have to somehow find, for other events in the future, a hall with a capacity of up to 1,000. We don’t have that number of people coming yet, but we expect 350-500 to attend the upcoming event.”