Sopot celebrates 168 years since the birth of the poet Ivan Vazov

A week with different events and celebrations will mark the 168th anniversary of the birth of the poet and writer Ivan Vazov in Sopot. On July 4, at 04.30 p.m., a book on the poet’s younger brother, Boris Vazov, will be presented at the Patriarch House of Bulgarian Literature. From 6 p.m. in the “Ivan Vazov” Community Center will start a concert-spectacle with old urban songs.

On 5th of July at 5 p.m. at the Girls’ school, young people will talk about patriotism. At  05.30 p.m. at the Community Center will start a poetry evening with Bozhana Apostolova. And at 06.30 pm in the Ethnographic and Craft Center of the town, there is a competition in traditional Bulgarian folk music and the opening of an exhibition by Luko Utlekov.

The celebrations will continue on July 7 at 11 am with a ceremony for the awarding of the laureates from the Vazov’s Bulgaria competition. At 4 pm in the Girls’ school, the participants in the “Flight condition” literary contest will also be invited. The program will continue from 05.30 pm in the house- museum “Ivan Vazov” with a literary and poetic evening. The verses will alternate with performances of old urban songs.

On the 8th of July at 5 pm, you can talk to the winner of the literary contest, after which he will traditionally plant a coniferous tree. The solemn celebration of the anniversary of Vazov’s birth will begin at 7 pm on the square in the town. Then will be put wreaths at the monument of the writer. The concert of Emil Kalev and Anna Boyanova – “Favorite Songs from the Mediterranean” is a precondition for the well-being of the residents and guests of the town. The evening will continue with the performances of Veselin Marinov.

On the 9th of July in the church “St. St., Peter and Paul” in Sopot will be held a solemn liturgy from 9 am, after which an exhibition will be opened. The program of celebrations follows performances by children from the local kindergarten. The celebrations will be closed with a recital by the poet Nedyalko Yordanov from 7 pm in the theatre hall of the Community Center.

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I love history, to walk through old cobblestone streets, to smell the air of the past times and to feel the legends in the air. And I'm lucky to have been born in a country with a glorious past and a lot of stories to tell. Bulgaria was founded more than 1,300 years ago and has never changed its name. But the life of people, their everyday habits, their traditions, their music and their art have changed over the centuries. I invite you to take a walk through the different ages of Bulgaria and to get to know it better.