Petar Krumov:Look at Dobrudja Plain and you will realize that it is worth working for its infinity

A life dedicated to traditional Dobrudja music. These words most precisely determine the creative contribution of the renowned Bulgarian composer and conductor Petar Krumov. His dedication to the Dobrudja heritage is proven by the..

published on 3/28/20 9:10 AM

Peyo Peev about his new album and the important professional meetings

Meetings (Sreshti) is the name of the second single album of Bulgaria’s renowned rebec-player Peyo Peev who is also a soloist of the Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra. Peyo Peev is a brilliant musician, but he is also a talented composer..

published on 3/21/20 8:10 AM

Village near Razlog celebrates Todorovden with horse races

According to popular belief, from Todorovden ( Saint Theodore’s Day ) onwards, the day begins to grow and the weather gets warmer and warmer. It is believed that on this day everyone who has a horse should take part in the festive horse races...

published on 3/7/20 8:15 AM

The kukeri come out on Cheesefare Sunday

The idea of the kukeri (mummer) tradition is to showcase nature as it dies and then comes back to life – an inseparable element of traditional belief in Bulgaria. Imitating the acts of ploughing, sowing and harvesting, an initiation into..

published on 2/26/20 12:12 PM

Kostadin Genchev: “Folklore is an inexhaustible treasure trove”

Folk music is the life and calling for the famous Bulgarian shepherd’s flute player Kostadin Genchev. He recently rounded up his 50 th anniversary that accumulated the inspired work of this renowned musician - a virtuoso instrumentalist, making..

published on 2/11/20 9:50 AM

Galina Durmushliiska: For me singing is happiness and therapy of a kind

Galina Dormushliiska is an iconic name in Bulgarian folklore. And not just in folklore music from the region of Dobrudzha but in traditional culture as such. Galina Dormushliiska was born in Vedrina village near Dobrich. Her..

published on 2/1/20 9:35 AM

Mice in folklore beliefs and traditions

Charismatic, intelligent, creative, extremely active and gregarious… According to the Chinese horoscope these are just some of the admirable qualities possessed by people born in the Year of the Rat – the first of the 12 years from the Chinese..

published on 1/25/20 8:35 AM

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