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

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