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1,600 performers from four countries arrive for the Petropavlovski Folklore festival Veliko Tarnovo

Folklore festival Veliko Tarnovo

After the folk of the Sujuka Festival, it is the turn of folklore from all over Bulgaria, plus several other countries.

There will be two festival in Veliko Tarnovo region. Оne in the Summer Theater in Gorna Oryahovitsa and one near the Peter and Paul Monastery – Lyaskovets.

Nearly 1,000 participants will dance and sing on the renovated stage of the Summer Theater in Gorna Oryahovitsa. This will be part of the restored “Rahovche” festivals of the National Community Center “Brothers of Potters-2002”. It will be in the period June 17-24, 2023.

It will include:

– the 11th edition of the National Festival of Folk Clubs and Groups “Folk Rosary” – June 17 at 7:00 p.m.

– 16th International Folklore Festival “Rakhovche” with the participation of Georgia, Poland, Turkey

– the 18th edition of the “Rahovche” National Children’s Arts Festival, in which children from all over Bulgaria will take part.


The program of this festival Veliko Tarnovo includes:

On June 17, at 7 p.m., the XI edition of the National Festival of Folk Clubs and Groups “Folk Rosary” opens. From June 19 to 25 is the XVI International Folklore Festival “Rahovche”. It will be with the participation of ensembles from Georgia, Poland, Turkey. It also includes Children’s Folklore Studio “Rahovche”, Folklore Company “Sider Voivoda” and “Rhythms of Fire” – Svishtov. The parade of participants in the city center is on June 20 at 6 p.m. After that, from June 21 to 25, children from all over Bulgaria will perform on stage in the Summer Theater. They will be participants in the XVIII National Children’s Arts Festival “Rahovche”.

Folklore festival Veliko Tarnovo

Along with folklore festival in Gorna Oryahovitsa, folk songs will be sung near the Peter and Paul Monastery

folklore festival veliko tarnovo

Meanwhile, 1,600 performers from Bulgaria, Poland, Turkey and Georgia are arriving for the Petropavlovsk Folklore Festival. It will be held on June 24 and 25 at the monastery of St. St. Peter and Paul” above Lyaskovets. There will be 166 performances over the two days. Each will have 5 minutes on stage, with concerts starting at 9am. The official opening is on June 24 at 11 a.m. It will be with a concert by the “Filip Kutev” National School in Kotel and bands from four countries.


The current edition of the folk music festival also marks the 30th anniversary of its creation. The deputy mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Neiko Genchev, the mayor of Lyaskovets Ivelina Getsova and the deputy mayor of Gorna Oryahovitsa Grigor Minkov announced at a press conference. The three municipalities are the organizers of the event. As a result, on rotational principle exchange their hosting of the assembly, this year it is the turn of Veliko Tarnovo.

What will the National Petropavlovski Festival of Folk Art offer to it’s guests:

veliko tarnovo festivals

During the two days of the festival Veliko Tarnovo, the audience will experience the wealth of Bulgarian folk music. Dances and songs from all folklore areas, old customs preserved over the centuries will also be recreated. A jury chaired by Academician Krum Georgiev will evaluate the performances, there are three major awards from the minicipal organizers. The professional jury determines the laureates in the individual genres. The jury of the National Petropavlovski Festival of Folk Art includes established professionals – music folklorist, choreographer and ethnographer.

The youngest participant is 5 years old, and the oldest keeper of folklore will celebrate his 90th birthday this year.

The National Petropavlovski Festival of Folk Art has established itself as a folklore festival of national importance. As a result, is called “The Little Koprivshtitsa”, commented Neyko Genchev. The event now has a new website and Facebook page. Тhe entire program of the guest and singers will be published at the website.

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