The Balkan Festival of Crafts and Rakia begins in Shishkovtsi

The participants from the Balkan Peninsula will present their folklore and lifestyle at the Balkan Rug Festival in the village of Shishkovci, Kyustendil. The event will be held from 22nd to 24th September. The presentation of the folklore participants will begin on the first day at 01.15 p.m. An hour later, the three-day exhibition-bazaar of traditional Bulgarian crafts and dishes will be opened.

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The visitors will be able to look and buy woven rugs from the region, handicrafts, embroideries, fruits, and vegetables from local producers. As well as to visit an exhibition of paintings and sculptures of students from the National Academy of Arts. At 5 p.m., they will be able to learn how to make a good brandy and to run the home-made traditional beverage contest. The evening will continue with a Pirin duet concert and much more music.

balkan festival shishkovtsi

On September 23, on one of the two stags will begin the folklore program with the participation of Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian ensembles as early as 10 a.m. Following are the demonstrations of the club of air and rocket-models. At 2 p.m. is the beginning of the culinary exhibition, during which you can learn how to make traditional dishes and taste them.

balkan festival shishkovtsi

Then you can follow the competition for the most skillful cutting of firewood and enjoy the performances of the singer Polly Paskova. On the second stage for the good mood of the young audience will take care a DJ.

On the last day of the festival, you can watch a folk program of amateur groups from the region. And an attractive tournament of national struggles involving both men and women. The award for the winner is a lamb.

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I love to travel because of the encounters with diverse people and cultures and the chance to touch other worlds. And this can happen even without leaving the borders of your own country. For example, at a festival, you can travel thousands of years and dozens of borders without leaving your place. For me, the journey is not only beautiful landscapes and ancient landmarks but also thousands of human stories. Let's learn them together.