International festival cancelled yet “Surva” custom remains alive

The folk custom of Surva and the International Festival of Masquerade Games of the same name are among the most popular winter holidays in Bulgaria. And they are undoubtedly a wonderful illustration of the link between "tradition and..

published on 1/10/20 4:07 PM

“May it fill your soul”: remembering legendary bagpipe player from the Strandzha region Kostadin Varimezov

Known in his lifetime as “the king of Bulgarian bagpipes”, “Saint Kostadin of folk music”, Kostadin Varimezov’s students in Canada and the USA addressed him as “professor” even though he had no academic title. “May it fill your soul” is the..

published on 1/7/20 12:58 PM

Christmas Eve blends Christian and pagan rituals in the expectation of Christ’s Nativity

Regardless of what the outgoing year has been and what occurred during the four seasons, December transforms our daily routine with its cycle of Christmas festivities, the lists with gifts for our loved ones and the richly laid tables...

published on 12/24/19 8:00 AM

2019 folk music highlights

The performers of traditional Bulgarian folk music brought much delight to their fans also this year, giving them emotional moments and surprising them with new achievements. In the history of 2019, there will be dozens of successful..

published on 12/22/19 8:50 AM

It is Ignazhden - the transition to the new year commences

According to the traditional Bulgarian calendar, the feast of Saint Ignatius on December 20 th is the day when the transition from the old to the coming New Year starts. It is a day full of peculiar rituals, bans, and auguries...

published on 12/20/19 9:00 AM

Bulgarian folk songs on the programme of festive concerts in Russia

In a couple of days’ time the Boryana all-female folklore choir from Plovdiv with artistic director Nikolay Gurbanov is leaving on a brief tour of Russia. They will have three concerts with renowned singer from the Strandzha region..

published on 12/12/19 9:30 AM

Saint Nicholas Day in Bulgarian folk songs and legends

Whenever December comes, it feels that holidays become more numerous than working days here in Bulgaria. Regardless of the stressful pile of urgent tasks typical for the period before Christmas, the “wave” of name days and all sorts of occasions..

published on 12/6/19 2:57 PM

Folklore gala at Prof. Pancho Vladigerov Academy of Music

For the first time in the almost 100-year long history of the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music, in 2018 it introduced folklore fields of study. The lecturers are all famous names who are investing their enthusiasm and dedication to..

published on 11/28/19 2:26 PM

“The Nightingale's Song” is Svetoglas Quartet’s new album − polyphonic folklore voices from past and present

The Svetoglas male a cappella vocal quartet marks its 10th anniversary with a new album. The polyphonic rendering of ancient examples of folk tradition, reinterpreted, is at the heart of the musical aesthetics of the Svetoglas Bulgarian Polyphony...

published on 11/27/19 11:20 AM

Kostadin Atanasov conquers the world with the “voice” of his bagpipe

Kostadin Atanasov has won a great many awards in this country and abroad. A master player of the ancient Bulgarian bagpipe varieties – kaba and djura – as a professional musician Kostadin Atanasov went through all the stages of..

published on 11/9/19 8:15 AM