Veliko Tarnovo will participate in the Earth Hour Campaign. Thousands of candles will be lit up on Saturday, 29th March. The event will take place in front of the Music and Drama Theatre Konstantin Kisimov at 20.30 pm.
Everyone is invited to join in and light a candle. The happening will be held under the slogan that we should all care about the Earth and together we should try and make the World a better place. Musicians and dancers are welcomed to perform and create cheerful atmosphere at the event.
During the Earth Hour people from all over the world symbolically turn off the lights in their homes for an hour; famous and significant buildings also become dark. All of that is done as a plea for a more sustainable future and as a symbol of commitment to the planet.
Over 7000 towns and cities in more than 150 countries were engaged in the initiative last year.
20,000 lv are invested in Veliko Tarnovo’s newest attraction
The first of its kind action centre for the region and Central Northern Bulgaria opened up on Sunday. People from Veliko Tarnovo and the region finally have a place to let steam off . They can wage pretend battles coping computer games and Hollywood action movies.
The battle field is situated next to Trapezitsa Railway Station, just outside Veliko Tarnovo and includes abandoned industrial halls that are now given new life. There are several action sites with different terrain specifications. The complex will be further expanded and in the near future will also offer other recreational activities such as an Indoor Rope Park.
The creators of the venue wanted to show that besides the profound cultural and historical sites Veliko Tarnovo has to offer, it can be chosen as a sports and recreation destination.
Paintball is extremely popular all over the world. The game is fun and develops different skills. Many companies use the past-time activity to build the team spirit of their employees. The owners of the Paintball Arena said that they will actively encourage children to go and spend some time at the centre as an alternative to simply staying in front of the computers at home.
Tsar Ivan Asen II
The official date on which we celebrate the day of Veliko Tarnovo is March, 22nd. The date is related to the win of Tsar Ivan Asen II over the ruler of the Despotate of Epirus, Theodore Komnenos Doukas, in the battle of Klokotnitsa (near nowadays town of Haskovo). The battle in which the Bulgarian tsar defeated and captured Theodore Komnenos took place on the 22 March 1230.
The first records of the day being celebrated can be traced back to 1879. The festive was held in the The Holy Forty Martyrs Church. The church, dedicated to the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (that are honoured on the very same date as the battle itself), was built and painted on the order of Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Asen II in honour of his important victory. The church was erected in the town of Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and also residence of Tsar Ivan Asen II. Up until 1944 the day was being marked annually. After September, 9th 1944 rejoicing of the day was halted. The Bulgarian coup d’état of 1944 was a change in the Kingdom of Bulgaria’s administration and government carried out on the eve of 9 September 1944. Following that date, large-scale political, economic and social changes were introduced to the country, with Bulgaria quitting the Axis and coming into the Soviet sphere of influence.
The Holy Forty Martyrs Church
Some of the citizens of Asenov quarter (where the The Holy Forty Martyrs Church is located) renewed the tradition of celebrating the day in 1970. They marked the day under the slogan ‘My beloved neighbourhood’ and the festive was carried out in the church. In 1984 their idea received wide spread support and approval. Since then 22 March is honoured annually with lots of in-town happenings, events and celebrations.
Don’t forget to see the Tsarevets Light and Sound show tonight at 9 pm.
The culmination of the celebrations will be the Veliko Tarnovo 3D Mapping Light Show at Asenevtsi Monument. It starts at 8 pm on March, 22nd. Afterwards fireworks will light the night sky marking the end of the festive day.
Over 150 premium Bulgarian wines and fine alcoholic beverages will be presented at an exhibition that is first of its kind to ever happen in Veliko Tarnovo. There will be also be degustation of high-quality alcoholic drinks at the fair and the spirits will be available to be purchased straight from their producers at preferential prices.
The wine expo will be held under the slogan ‘New wines come with the spring’ and will be open for visitors on March, 21st and 22nd in Rafael Mihaylov Exhibition Halls. It is organized by a local company that deals with wine and alcoholic beverages distribution. Visitors are welcomed from 10 am till 19 pm; the entrance is free.
Twenty Bulgarian producers of wines and alcoholic beverages will be present at the exposition. They will put on display young wines as well as vintage ones. Visitor will have the chance to see unique liquors such as the Special Troyan Plum Rakiya from 1989; a bottle of the 43% alcohol beverage is sold at a factory price of 155 lv. There will be also many other high-quality spirits like rums, liqueurs, vermouths and also lager from the local brewery. Exhibition guests will have the opportunity to consult different wine specialists, enologists and sommeliers.
According to experts, Bulgarians’ wine-drinking culture is improving; in their words lately there is an increased consummation of white and rosé wines. Wine quality is getting better and Bulgaria is now placed side by side with its wine competitors Italy and Spain.
Veliko Tarnovo Trabant Motor Show in 2013.
The fifth edition of ‘Trabant Motor Show’ will take place on March, 22nd in Veliko Tarnovo. The local Trabant fan club is expecting more than fifty East German cars from Bulgaria and Romania to be presented at the exposition.
The trabis, as some call them endearingly, will be on display at the parking lot behind the Army Club Building from 10 am till 12 am. They will then parade along the road to Retail Park Veliko Tarnovo parking. At the parking, Trabant owners will show off their expert driving skills. There will be prizes for the oldest, the best maintained and the worst maintained car and also for best car tuning.
Next year the show will have a Trabant limousine, said one of the most adamant Trabant collectors in Bulgaria Ivaylo Antov. He has 60 cars in his collection, among them a pick up, sedan, cabriolet and combi. But he says that he still doesn’t own a limo. According to him there is only one such in Sofia; in his words Veliko Tarnovo also deserves a six-meter long car. He intends to it put together out of 7 or 8 Trabants.
The last Trabant left the German factory in the distant 1992.