Тържествено честване по случай 24-ти май
Както всяка година, така и тази, Българският културен институт Лондон тържествено отбеляза най-прекрасният български празник – 24-ти май.
На събитието бяха връчени традиционните награди на Министерство на културата на български и чуждестранни културни дейци, допринесли за популяризирането на българската култура във Великобритания.
Призовете бяха лично връчени от г-жа Светла Дионисиева, Директор на Българския културен институт Лондон и Негово Превъзходителство г-н Константин Димитров, Посланик на Република България във Великобритания.Тази година, с почетните награди бяха удостоени Юлиан Попов (писател, редактор и преводач) и Иво Станков (български цигулар с международно признание).
В празничното събитие взеха участие още детската труа към фолклорен танцов клуб „Булгара“, с ръководител Марина Иванова и хореограф Красимира Карабойчева.
Мерсия Макдермот със “Зльтен век” – огърлие и грамота
По случай 24 май – Ден на българската просвета и култура и на славянската писменост, Министерство на културата удостои с най-високото си отличие „Златен век’’ – огърлие и грамота г-жа Мерсия Макдермот за изключителения й принос в популяризирането на българската история и култура. Отличието беше връчено лично от Директора на Българския културен институт в Лондон, г-жа Светла Дионисиева, в качеството й на представител на Министерство на културата и от името на Министъра на културата г-н Боил Банов. По този повод на 10 май 2017 г. българска културна делегация, включваща като представител на пресата журналистът г-н Иван Димитров, посети дома на деветдесет годишната писателка в крайморския град Уординг в Западен Съсекс, Англия. В тържествена реч по връчването, г-жа Дионисиева изразни с топли думи благодарност за книгите й посветени на историята и културата на България, сред които особено място заемат Апостолът на свободата, посветена на Васил Левски; Български народни обичаи, с предмет народни празници, ритуали и вярвания в България; както и първата книга по история на България написана на английски език България 1393-1885. Не беше забравена и над четвъртвековната дейност на г-жа Макдермот като преподавател в Софийската английска гимназия и Софийския университет Св Климент Охридски, спомогнала за сформирането на множество видни личности и блестящи индивиди.
На г-жа Макдермот беше връчена още и почетната титла Доктор хонорис кауза на Софийския университет Св. Климент Охридски. Титла одобрена 2007г. от Академичния съвет, по предложения на Историческия факултет към СУ. Г-жа Светла Дионисиева връчи лично Почетния знак на Софийския университет със синя лента на г-жа Макдермот, от името на Ректора на университета проф. Анастас Герджиков.
Last Chance to View Three Paintings By Stanimir Genov in London
Until Thursday, 11 May 2017 at Library
Exquisite Bulgarian Painter Stanimir Genov presented in Interruption, an exhibition by Contemporary Balkan Art (CoBA). Interruption includes over 40 paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and graphics, never exhibited in London. 8-11 May 2017 is the last opportunity to visit and discover the 16 brilliant artists.
The exhibition takes place in the fantastic private club Library, opposite Coliseum theatre, which offers a unique atmosphere and unique lightning thanks to its glass ceiling.
Interruption will be closed next Thursday, 11 May 2017 with a party and a discussion about Walk through Walls, a book by Marina Abramovic.
For more details and bookings contact http://contemporarybalkanart.com/
An early Christia
n crypt was discovered in Zaldapa
A huge early Christian crypt was discovered. The crypt is associated with the construction of an early basilica from the late 4th century.
This is one of the most remarkable crypts known by the Christian archeology in Roman-Byzantine world, according to the head of the excavation Prof. Dr. Joshua Georgi Atanasov. It is 5.40 meters long and 3.80 meters wide.
In the corners of one of the two rooms of the crypt were found four bones of the human skeleton and part of the jaw with 4 preserved teeth.
This, according to the archeologists is very important because it allows to extract DNA from the teeth and the remains can be dated. In the other room was found another fragment discovered is interesting silver medallion with Christ’s character, and 2 coins.
VIA Pontica – International Youth Arts Festival
The opening of the ninth edition of Via Pontica – International Youth Arts Festival will be given at 20:00 on 9th September in Balchik. The festival will be opened with the folk concert “Songs and dances of Bulgaria” presented by students of the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv with Principal Conductor Assoc. Prof. Buradzhiev.
Traditionally, the forum is organized by the association “ViaPontika2010” with chairman Krasimir Rankov and with the financial assistance of the Municipality of Balchik. This year, from 9th to 19th September talent and capabilities will be demonstrated from 170 students of the universities of arts from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.
The mission of the International Youth Arts Festival is to gather like-minded teachers and students in the last courses in various national and international universities of arts.
Bulgaria will be represented by the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts “Kr. Sarafov” , National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov “, National Academy of Arts, Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv.
The international selection includes representatives of the Faculty of Dramatic Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade and National University of Arts in Bucharest, an institution with unquestionable authority.
Animated films Festival begins in Varna
Today at the Festival and Congress Centre Varna will open the 12th International Animation Film Festival, which continues the tradition to gather the elite of the art of animation and thereby assist in the development of animation in national and international scale.
The competition program of the forum includes 109 titles, representing the best of world animation. The other categories are for student films and children’s TV series, short films and feature films. The films will compete for 11 awards at the Varna Festival.
Over 10 Bulgarian titles will be presented on the festival. Two children’s workshops will be organized during the event. The films of the smaller players will make its world premiere at the closing ceremony of the festival on 11 September at 19:00.
Bulgarian Cosmic Voices choir performe on the Olympics’ closing event
On 22 August as the whole world was watching the closing event of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the huge audience listened to some of the choir’s performances. During the ceremony the anthem of the next Games which will be held in Japan was played and two other songs. It was not difficult to recognize the voices of the cosmic girls, their flawless singing style and the purity of their sound.
The official launch of Georgi Gospodinov’s novel “The Physics of Sorrow” for the UK will be on the 6th of August. The novel has already been enjoying success in the US since April 2015. Don’t miss Georgi Gospodinov at the BCI London on the 21st of October 2015.
Article about the novel in the NEW YORKER: THE BULGARIAN SADNESS OF GEORGI GOSPODINOV
The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London attends “La Traviata” with Bulgarian soprano Sonia Yoncheva, at the Royal Opera House
Special guest for the performance on the 30th of June was Mrs Svetla Dionisieva, the director of the BCI London. Mrs Dionisieva gave Sonia Yoncheva a wonderful bouquet of flowers from on behalf of the institute. The gift expresses the extreme pride we all felt the moment that a Bulgarian singer absolutely enchanted the international audience with her incredible voice and stage presence.
The awe of the audience can be proved through the comments of viewers, according to which “Mrs Yoncheva is one of the most exciting singers of our time”, her performance was “spell-binding” and this is “the best Violetta the stage of the ROH has ever seen”.
The reactions of the spectators speak even stronger than words, as after each one of Yoncheva’s performances, the audience cried, clapped and were even stamping in excitement.
From the 17th until the 4th of July, the world famous Bulgarian opera singer will be performing the role of Violetta Valery in “La Traviata” by Verdi. Ticket sales began more than 2 months before the performances and were sold out in a number of days. This is Yoncheva’s debut as Verdi’s tragic heroine and she managed to provoke a real storm of applause in the Main hall of the London opera.
BCI London Team
Ismael Jordi as Alfredo and Sonya Yoncheva as Violetta in Richard Eyre’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata, The Royal Opera Season 2014/15 www.roh.org.uk/productions/la-traviata-by-richard-eyre
Letter of appreciation from Ms Tsvetelina Vassileva, manager of the Social services residential home in Tran, Bulgaria, for the charity campaign organized by the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London. SImilar letters were sent to all the donors and friends of the Institute, who participated in the noble cause. Thank you!
Letter of appreciation from Ms Detelina Nikolova, mayor of Dobrich Municipality, The letter was given to Mrs Svetla Dionisieva, director of BCI London on the 21.06, by the conductor of “Dobrich” choir, maestro Dimitar Vangelov.
“The Last Black Sea Pirates” – London premiere of director Svetoslav Stoyanov and screenwriter Vania Raynova’s debut documentary feature at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London.
On the 13th of May the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London showed for the first time in the United Kingdom production house Agitprop’s film- “The Last Black Sea Pirates”. Special guests for the evening were the co-authors, director Svetoslav Stoyanov and screenwriter Vaya Rainova. The film screening is part of BCI London’s special program to celebrate 100 years of Bulgarian cinema.
After the screening, the authors discussed the film for over an hour with the inspired audience. Topics included how documentary cinema is made in Bulgaria, how they managed such an engaging script and dialogue, as well as the multiple awards and nominations of the film.
“The Last Black Sea Pirates” is among the most successful European documentaries for 2013. It won the award of the International federation of film critics at the 53rd film festival in Krakow, the award for best documentary at the Lets CEE festival in Vienna and at the Golden Apricot in Yerevan, the Bulgarian Film Academy awards for best documentary film director, best first film and best cinematography in documentary film and the Audience award at Sofia Film Fest 2014.
At the end of the evening the viewers and authors thanked the BCI London team and its director, Svetla Dionisieva and the Institute promised to continue showing the best of Bulgarian documentary and narrative cinema to Bulgarians and foreigners in the UK.
The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London is proud to present the results so far, of a charity campaign, in aid of children’s and old people’s homes in the town of Tran, Northwest Bulgaria.
This is one of the poorest regions in the country, with the harshest climate and we are proud to be organizing this initiative.
The events which were part of the campaign were:
28th of April , “Identity and Gender”
Photography exhibition by students from the University of West London
The following students took part in the exhibition:
29th of April, “Doomed Souls”
Film Screening and drinks reception
The following companies are also contributing to the cause:
Transport2 Bulgaria with director Petko Petkov, which will transport the materials and goods to Bulgaria .
Dowealth with director Petar Grigorov, which will be providing furniture for the homes.
Todor Branchev, who will be supplying the homes with electrical appliances.
A total of 359.71 British Pounds were raised at these two events.
So far we have spent 95.00 British Pounds on buying bath towels, cleaning detergents, soups, sponges, and canned food for the homes.
We have also bought a washing machine, a microwave, two wheelchairs, a refrigerator and a dining table.
15.05.2015: With the remaining 250 pounds, today we bought 40 duvets and 80 pillows for the old people’s home in Tran!
18.05.2015: Today Ms Elka Angelova donated to sets of bedsheets and covers, two towels, two mugs and two dishes and one toaster for the old people’s home in Tran!
20.05.2015 The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London bought these additional items for the charity campaig:
1. 40 single bedding sets ( sheet, cover, pillowcase)
2. ?he following cleaning materials
2 x 5L washing up liquid
2 x 5L All purpose detergent
2 x 5L Bleach
1 x 5L Liquid Handsoap
1 x 5L Multipurpose solution
12 spray botles of glass and mirror cleaner
4 bottles of limescale removal
Everything will be transported to the homes in June 2015.
We will keep you up to date with the results from our project.
Thank you to everyone who donated and took part!
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Bulgarian photographer wins at 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition
Winning image to be shown at Somerset House, London 24 April – 10 May
Bulgarian photographer Yasen Georgiev is today announced as the winner of the Open Travel category of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition.
Georgiev’s achievement is extraordinary as he was selected from nearly 80,000 entries from across the world and yet he is not a professional photographer. The winning image was chosen by a panel of experts from the World Photography Organisation which was chaired by Sam Barzilay, Creative Director of United Photo Industries (USA). The judges were looking for the single best shot in each of the ten Open categories.
Georgiev, who lives in Varna where he studies at the Medical University of Varna, won the Open Travel category with an image titled “Winter dream”.
Prize and exhibition
For his award, Georgiev receives a Sony ILCE-7M2K camera with 28-70mm kit lens and and a Xperia™ smartphone and will now compete against the winners of the other nine Open categories for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year title and $5,000 (USD) prize.
The overall winning Open photographer will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on 23 April and this photographer will be flown to London to collect his/her prize.
In addition Georgiev’s winning image will be exhibited at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 10 May and published in the 2015 edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.
An international audience applauded Nikolay Dimitrov- the youngest award- winner of the “Grand Prix Virtuoso”
The event, organized by the Bulgarian Cultural Institute, brought together over 150 Jazz and Classical music lovers
BCI London organized the 13 – year old musician’s first solo concert, a day before his performance at the Royal Albert Hall. The student from the National Art School “Pro. Vesselin Stoyanov” in Rousse was invited to play in London after a successful performance in Carnegie Hall in New York.
At his first solo concert, the winner of the International competition “Grand Prix Virtuoso” played an interesting combination of classical music and jazz. During the first part of the concert the audience heard compositions by Bach, Chopin, Schuman and Pancho Vladigeroff. The big surprise for the Bulgarians and foreigners, who attended, was the second part. The young musician presented works by Cosma, Arlen and other Jazz improvisations.
The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London organized a discussion after the concert, with the participation of the young musician and his teacher Daniela Kyurkchieva. The audience asked questions regarding Nikolay’s musical preferences, his priorities and tastes.
In the comments after the discussion the audience expressed their strong impressions of the wonderful performance by the young musician and the good organization and hospitability of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute. “The enormous talent, the great sense of humour and intellect of this young man are really impressive!”, shared Jessy Harington, producer in a London agency for young talents.
The Art School in Rousse especially thanked the BCI London and its director Svetla Dionisieva. The musical pedagogue Daniela Kyurkchieva emphasized on the excellent organization of the concert, given the short term notice.
Nikolay Dimitrov’s first solo concert was dedicated to the 55-year anniversary of the Art School in Rousse.
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria awards the “Boris Christoff” golden medal to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden
The Golden Jubilee medal “Boris Christoff”, with which the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria awarded the Royal Opera House, was officially handed to the Chief Executive of the Institution, Mr Alex Beard.
The delegation welcomed in the Royal Opera House was led by the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Kingdom, Mr Konstantin Dimitrov. His Excellency was joined by diplomats from the mission in London. The famous Bulgarian Concert Master of the Orchestra at the ROH, Mr Vasko Vassilev was also present at the meeting.
The “Boris Christoff” medal is awarded to people or organizations that have contributed to the promotion of Bulgarian culture around the world or have taken part in the global celebration of the centenary of the birth of the great Bulgarian basso. On this occasion, the ROH showed great support during the filming of the documentary feature about Boris Christoff called “Letter from Tuscany”. Boris Christoff has performed on the stage of the ROH for over 20 years, making his debut in 1949.
The award was accepted on behalf of the ROH by Mr Alex Beard, who highlighted the priceless heritage left behind by Boris Christoff, at the Opera. He emphasized on the noticeable Bulgarian presence currently on the stage of the ROH, in the face of Vasko Vassilev and Sonia Yoncheva.
Possibilities of future forms of collaboration between Bulgaria and the ROH were discussed during the course of the meeting, where the important role of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London and the Bulgarian Embassy in promoting Bulgarian culture in the UK was underlined.
“Music is what unites us against the challenges faced of today’s modern world”, noted Alex Beard, as he accepted the award and certificate from the Ministry of Culture.
Here is the official Invitation coming from the Organizers:
DEAR LEADERS AND PARTICIPANTS OF CREATIVE COLLECTIVES, COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS,
The organizational committee of International Youth Festival of Arts “Muzite” (Muses) invites you to participate in the 10th International Festival „Muzite“ 2015
From 4th to 16th of July 2015 on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria, in the town of Sozopol
The intake of application forms is open!
Only our festival:
Presents all kinds of arts!
Brings together young talents!
Creates wonderful opportunity of recreation!
Is evaluated by a professional jury!
Relies on individual approach to each participant!
Ensures ?ntertaining programs!
Each participant and team receives a certificate, prizes and gifts.
Prizes this Year:
* Grand Prix;
* Award of Sozopol Municipality;
* Award of the Association “Muses”;
* Sponsor Award;
* Audience Award;
* Prize for best foreign dance collective performance of Bulgarian folklore;
* Prize for best foreign ensembles performing songs in Bulgarian language;
The organizing committee of the festival has decided to establish special money prizes for the participants in the different sections:
* Special Award for “DANCE ARTS”
* Special Award for “MUSIC ARTS”
* Special Award for “FINE ARTS, APPLIED ARTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY”
* Special Award for “FICTION LITERATURE”
* Special Award for “THEATRE”
* Special prize for “NON-STANDARD FORMAT”
BNT, “The Day Starts with Culture”: reportage on the organised by us commemoration of the National Hero Vasil Levski. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vouQu7_V9Z8
A young Bulgarian musician with a concert in the BULGARIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE and ROYAL ALBERT HALL.
The 13-year old Nikolay Georgiev will present his musical genius in two of the most prestigious platforms in London, after being awarded the Grand Prize Virtuoso Award.
The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London informs about the upcoming concert of the 13- year old pianist from Ruse, Nikolay Dimitrov. The event will take place in the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London on the 12th of March, a day before Nikolay’s performance in one of the most prestigious venues in the world – “Royal Albert Hall”.
Nikolay Dimitrov is the youngest and only Bulgarian holder of the Grand Prize Virtuoso Award. This honor gives him the opportunity to play In Royal Albert Hall 3 months after making his debut in Carnegie Hall in New York.
The global applause for Nikolay Dimitrov will begin on the 12th of March, when the young musician will present his first solo concert in the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London. The program for the evening includes a unique combination of classical music and jazz, composed by Bach, Chopin, Schuman, Vladigeroff, Cosma and Arlen.
Nikolay Dimitrov accepts the concert organized by the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London as a present, who he wants to give to the Bulgarian community and the foreign admirers of music in the British capital.
The musical pedagogue Daniela Kyurkchieva, who has been working with Nikolay for 8 years, shares her strong impressions of the responsiveness of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London and the enthusiasm and desire, with which the concert on the 12th of March is organized.
Nikolay Dimitrov’s first solo concert is dedicated to the 55 year anniversary of the Arts School in Ruse, where the young musician is studying.
The concert will begin at 7 pm, after which there will be a discussion with Nikolay Dimitrov and his teacher Daniela Kyurkchieva.
Bulgarian National Television, “The Day Starts with Culture”: reportage from the Jubilee Exhibition Opening of Prof. Greddy Assa at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Uq3z5hClyo&feature=youtu.be
New ENGLISH FOR BUSINESS course at the BCI.
Eight weekly lessons, Saturdays 11.00-12.30. Participants should already have some knowledge of English. The course will cover the language of presentations, meetings, sales, marketing, communications and other business areas. Course leader: Nigel Middlemiss, a teacher at one of Bulgaria’s English Language Schools.
The first lesson is scheduled for the 21st of February 2015 /Saturday/.
To register your interest, please contact BCI or Nigel at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
English language course for beginners starts on 24th of January at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London.
Classes start at 8.30 PM. For more information and enrolment write to firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Day Starts with Culture” on the Bulgarian National Television: reportage covering the closing ceremony of the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture.
Reporter: Daniel Nenchev
Cameraman: George Iliev
The video is kindly provided to the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London by the Bulgarian National Television.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJSPqd4S_G8
The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London was recognized by the Ministry of Culture for successfully promoting Bulgarian Culture in the UK, cultivating and consolidating Bulgaria’s global positive image.
The London Festival of Bulgarian Culture officially ended on the 17th of December.
The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London, in the face of its director, Svetla Dionisieva, was awarded the Ministry of Culture’s Golden Jubilee Medal “Boris Christoff”. This distinction is given to organizations with outstanding contribution to the global promotion of Bulgarian Culture.
The London Festival of Bulgarian Culture consisted of 24 events, 21 of which were organized by the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London. They attracted near 10 000 guests, 6000 of which were Britons and foreigners living in London.
The program of the closing ceremony included a concert by Theodosii Spassov, featuring the actress Boyka Velkova, the singer Dessi Dobreva and the adio-visual project ??????sky.
More than 450 visitors arrived at the halls of the Bulgarian Embassy on the final evening of the festival. Amongst the official guests were Prince Kyril Saxe Coburg, the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria in the United Kingdom, Stoimen Velev , representatives of international diplomatic missions in the country and journalists from the BBC.
The third editions of the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture took place from October to December 2014. This unique massive forum included events in 6 categories: classical music, pop and jazz music, folklore, film, theatre and exhibitions. The locations of the performances were some of the most emblematic venues in the British capital, like Cadogan Hall and Clapham Grand.
04.12.2014 and 05.12.2014
On the 4th and 5TH of December the international audience of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London honored the work of one of the colossi of Bulgarian film and theatre.
The screening of Goergi Djulgerov’s new film Buffer Zone and the play by Theatre 199, “Kiki Van Beethoven” were the highlights of the two evenings.
Amongst the guests were famous English and French film critics and translators, amongst which Phillip Bergson and Monique Prunet . The Director Mike Sarne, the Bulgarian Ambassador to the UK, Konstantin Dimitrov and Bulgarian diplomats attended the events in honor of Georgi Djulgerov.
“This invitation from the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London is very important to me. Buffer Zone is a special film, because this is my last film, the film with which I say goodbye to cinema”, shares Georgi Djulgerov in front of the audience of film buffs at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute.
During the discussion after the screening, the guests of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London shared their thoughts and admirations on Georgi Djulgerov’s work, on contemporary Bulgarian cinema, created during hard financial times and listened to the confession of an artist, at the screening of his last film.
On the second night, the numerous spectators who came to the halls of the Bulgarian Embassy applauded Georgi Djulgerov and the actress Meglena Karalambova, who starred in the play “Kiki Van Beethoven”. They came back on stage 3 times to thank the exhilarated audience.
The London Festival of Bulgarian Culture continues with a photography exhibition by the Canadian based, Bulgarian photographer Ellie Yonova /12th of December/ and a play by Sofia Puppet Theatre, starring the pop singer Polly Genova / 14th of December/ .
Bulgarian songs from the 60s and 70s in latino arrangements and Cuban music turned the London festival of Bulgarian Culture into an international dance platform.
Bulgarians and foreigners dances 2 hours with Kalin Veliov and “Tumbaito”.
The concert by Kalin Veliov and his salsa formation “Tumbaito” was the culmination of the musical section of the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture.
The 25th of November turned into a celebration of Salsa and Lation music, attracting admirers from different countries. The musicians were asked back on stage 3 times by the excited audience in the London venue “Clapham Grand”.
Kalin Veliov and “Tumbaito” in the face of Martin Tashev and Misho Yossifov (vocals and trumpet), Milen Petrov (trumpet) , Villy Stoyanov (trombone and vocals) Milen Kukosharov (vocals and piano), Boris Taslev( bass) and Stefan Kozhuharov (timbales), presented a program of 17 songs.
“Ropotamo”, “Impatience”, “One girl asked me”. “Dancing lesson”, “Pain on the left”, “Dark-haired girl”, “Goodbye sea” were part of the songs performed at the concert. The made representatives of different countries and age groups dance together to some of the most popular Bulgarian songs of the 60s and 70s.
The international audience at the venue expressed their satisfaction with another good choice of artists on behalf of the BCI London and with the professionalism of the Bulgarian musicians. In conversations after the concert, people from different countries asked the BCI London team for more information about the band and the word Tumbaito was the most shared word in the social networks, amongst Bulgarian groups and fans of Latino music.
An exhibition, a documentary film and a classical concert reminded the British and Bulgarian audience of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London of the heritage of the world famous Bulgarian basso.
The 100 year anniversary of Boris Christoff was celebrated as part of the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture. The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London dedicated a special evening to the life of the great Bulgarian basso, who this year was announced by UNESCO as a persona of the year.
An exhibition opening, uniting 14 photographs presenting different periods in the life of the opera legend Boris Christoff and his roles from around the world was one of the key moments in the program. The event was very well attended by an international audience.
The exposition was provided to the Bulgarian Cultural Institute by the Ministry of Culture and traces important moments of the life and artistic career of Boris Christoff. Authors of the exhibition are Orlin Atanasov and Mircho Slivenski.
The visitors of the exhibition were also able to watch the documentary film “Boris Christoff’s Prayer”, by Dr Magdalena Manolova and the DOP Alexander Shopov. The new documentary production spread a feeling of national pride of the work and charismatic personality of the world-famous Bulgarian. The Britons at the screening were especially impressed, given that Boris Christoff was one of the Bulgarians who sung at the Royal Opera House.
The evening dedicated to the great Bulgarian basso continued with a classical concert by the award-winning musicians, the violin player Devorina Gamalova and the pianist and composer Krassimir Taskov.
These celebrations were realized with the exclusive support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Stefan Valdobrev and The Usual Suspects presented 22 of their most popular songs in front of the audience in London.
Stefan Valdobrev and The Usual Suspects delivered a grandiose concert in London which continued over two hours. The rock and indie pop “reload” was provided by Ivan Lechev, Stoyan Yankulov- Stundji, Vesselin Vesselinov – Eko and Miroslav Ivanov and initiated by the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London, as part of the official program of the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture.
The combinations of rock and indie songs, the strong sound of the guitar and the poetic texts of Valdobrev and The Usual suspects united in London fans from all over the world, including people from Bulgaria, England, Russia, Ukraine, India and China. The foreigners who came to the concert were pleasantly surprised by the professionalism of the Bulgarian musicians and the flawless organization and program of the concert.
„???“ /Heaven/ , „???“ /Towards/ , „?? ?? ??? ??? ?? ???“ / Am I Or Am I Not/ were some of the songs included in the set list for the evening.
“It was a magnificent concert, the people’s reaction has encouraged me a lot, I am pleasantly surprised by the positive reception of our songs by the foreign audience. I am happy and I attribute all the credit for holding this event to the team of the Bulgarian Cultural Insitute London. “The efforts of these people are inhuman”, confessed Stefan Valdobrev after the concert.
Amongst the fans at the venue was the Bulgarian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Konstantin Dimitrov. Impressed by the outcome, Mr Dimitrov went on stage and personally thanked the musicians.
The next musical event from the program of the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture will be on the 25th of November, when Kalin Veliov and his Salsa formation “Tumbaito” will present some of the most famous Bulgarian songs from the 60s and 70s in a Latino remix , as well as Cuban music.
The performance “Diagnosis: Edith Piaf” brought several generations of theatre lovers on their fe?t.
The official opening of the theatre section of the London festival of Bulgarian Culture caused ? real furor. The Bourgas Drama Theatre “Adriana Budevska” gathered hundreds of theatre admirers in the English capital, with their play “Diagnosis: Edith Piaf” , directed by Borislav Chakrinov.
The crowds that had gathered outside the Victorian theatre “Clapham Grand”, fans of the legendary Bulgarian pop singer Toni Dimitrova, had booked their tickets month in advance for this celebration of music and theatre
The play which included some of the most emblematic songs of the French icon Edith Piaf, caused standing ovations amongst the international audience. Over 250 spectators got on their feet after the end of the play, touched by the flawless acting, décor sound and stage effects.
“It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, when your heart is open and when there are people who share the same cause as you, like the members of the BCI London team. The diagnosis can only one. The diagnosis is love”, said Toni Dimitrova after the end of the play/
As proposed by the Bulgarian Cultural Institute, the evening ended with Toni Dimitrova performing some of her most popular songs, amongst which „??, ??????” /Oh, The Sea/ and „?? ???? ?????? ???????” /The People Talk About You/.
“We are deeply touched and happy that we were able to attend this event. The choice and organization of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London make us feel proud that Bulgarian culture finds its own audience and platform in a city of 10-million, like London.”, expressed some of the guests.
The Bulgarian Cultural Institute London, who have organized the theatre section of the festival are also responsible for the following theatre events: The play “Kiki Van Beethoven”, presented by the Bulgarian theatre 199 and Sofia Puppet Theatre’s musical play “Some Can Do It, Other Cannot”.
The London Festival of Bulgarian Culture will continue until the 17th of December.