Sound and light for the celebration of the Independence day of Bulgaria in Veliko Tarnovo

With a rich program in Veliko Tarnovo will be celebrated 109 years since the  Independence of Bulgaria, announced with a manifesto in the church “St Forty Martyrs” in the city. The best part of the program, as every year, will be the Sound and Light spectacle. With colorful lights, music, and bells, it tells about the rebellion of Asen and Peter held more than 8 centuries ago the power of the Byzantine Empire, ended with the liberation of the country.


You can watch the show from the playground in front of the Tsarevets fortress. But the best place to enjoy the view is the restaurant and the panoramic rooms of Hotel Yantra, which reveals a magnificent view of Tsarevets and the other fortress – a symbol of Veliko Tarnovo – Trapezitsa.

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The beginning of Independence Day celebrations will give a concert with beloved Bulgarian artists on September 20 at 7 p.m. At that time Krisko and his discovery Tita, Mihaela Marinova, Dara, Michaela Fileva, Plamen and Ivo, Pavel & Venci Venc ‘, Nova Ballet, DJ Doncho and VenZy will present themselves to the audience in Veliko Tarnovo.

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On Sept. 21 at 5 p.m., the 11th International Military Orchestra Festival will be officially opened. In front of the building of the Bulgarian Post on the 22nd at 12.30 p.m., the participants will perform a show as well as on the 23rd at 11 a.m. on “Tsar Asen I” Square. On 22nd of September at 7.30 a.m., Bishop Gregory of Veliko Tarnovo will perform a solemn liturgy featuring the quartet “Angel’s Voices” at the Church „St.Forty Martyrs“. At 11 a.m., and flowers will be served at the Pyramid of Independence.

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From 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Azbukari site, a children’s holiday is planned. At 2 p.m. in front of the municipality building in Veliko Tarnovo concert will bring amateur formations from the city. A free guided tour “In the Steps of Bulgarian Statehood” starts at 2 p.m.  go from the church “St. 40 Martyrs”. It will go through the church “St. Peter and Paul” and will end in Tsarevets. Throughout the day, the entrance to a church where the Independence of Bulgaria was announced and in the Tsarevets fortress will be free of charge.

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The fans of Bulgarian folk music will enjoy Nikolina Chakardakova and Nevrokopski Dance Ensemble at 5 p.m. in front of the building of the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo. At 7 p.m., “Tsar Assen I” Square will be carried out with weapons from the representative part of the National Military University “Vasil Levski”. There follows a solemn inspection, the show “Sound and Light” and fireworks.

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In parallel to the celebrations, there will also be held the Night of the Sightseeing on Samovodskata charshia between 22nd and 24th of  September. The opening is from 10 a.m. on September 22nd. During the three days of the festival, the guests and residents of Veliko Tarnovo will be able to see an exhibition of craftsmen from all over the country, to attend demonstrations and to take lessons  From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 22 and 23 will also take place an international event with painting in the open air.

etara traditional crafts

Afternoons are scheduled for street performers and interactive children’s games. The band “Oratnitsa” will be performing on 22nd at 7 p.m., and from 08.30 p.m. starts the concert of Theodosii Spassov. The first night will end with a fire show at 10 p.m. and a 3D painting show Tsarevgrad Turnov “in the Art Gallery “Boris Denev”.

On 23rd of September at 7 p.m., the concert of “Kovu” band begins. The day will end with a fire show at 9 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last day of the festival, the traditional bazaar of gramophone records will be held. At the same time, the audience will also enjoy musical improvisations by street artists. At 11 a.m. the Charity Exhibition will be opened from the paintings made throughout the festival.

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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.