Keba and Ivelina Koleva at the Kukuruzeni Usmivki festival

For the 12th year in a row will be held the festival of folk art Kukuruzeni Usmivki
in the village of Selanovtsi. This year, however, the international folklore program of the festival will be enriched with many more events, which will turn the time from 11th to 14th October in the village into a holiday. The traditional fair called “Selanovtsi we are” will start with a sports feast “There we have fun” in the kindergarten “Mir” from 04.30 p.m. on 11 October.

Selanovtsi festival

On 12th of October at 5 p.m., a photo exhibition dedicated to the village will be presented at the Selanovtsi Chitalishte. Guests will also be able to hear the first “Horo” disc with the Music of Andrei Vrachanski. Next is the presentation of the films “The Little Prince” and “Gypsies Day” by Rumen Tsekov. The evening will end with a lot of laughter with the comedy “Women’s Kingdom” of the Theater “Sparks and Seasons”.

Selanovtsi festival

The 13th of October will start with the sporting holiday “Kuku Smileys” with many games, running and cycling at the Andrei Vrachanski Square in Selanovtsi. Throughout the day, as well as the next, in the village square, you will be able to see and taste the rich harvest of the local producers from the region. At  2 p.m. is the official opening ceremony of the 12th International Folk Festival “Kukuruzeni Usmivki”, again in the square.

Selanovtsi festival

Besides traditional songs and dances from folklore distances from near and far, the audience will be able to enjoy a concert of the dance groups “Djerelce” and “Slavynichka” from the town of Shostka, Ukraine. At 8 p.m. begins the concert of Serbian star Dragan Kojic Keba.

Selanovtsi festival

On October 14, at 8.30 a.m., a solemn liturgy world will be held in honor of Rev. Petka Turnovska in the Orthodox Church “All Bulgarian Saints”. At 10 a.m. is the start of the traditional children’s and teenage classical struggle in the sports hall in the village. At 11 a.m. begins the second part of the international folk festival “Kukuruzeni Usmivki”. At 12 o’clock, you can see the battles from the 11th International Canadian Wrestling Tournament. At the end of the festive day will make you smile with her concert of the folk singer Ivelina Koleva in the square “Andrei Vrachanski”.

Selanovtsi festival
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<p>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.</p>