Lars of Tarnovo

The founder of the Heerz Tooya gallery in Veliko Tarnovo and the ARV.I residency in Vishovgrad finds more and more meaning in his work

Rin Yamamura: Life upside down

How a Japanese puppeteer decided to study in Bulgaria, and the definition of a "sleeping man"

The Man with Seven Names

After nearly a decade in Bulgaria, French artist Mitch Brezounek continues to focus on global and local absurdities

The neo-soul performer and frequent collaborator of Kan Wakan found the right stage and a surprisingly openminded audience in Bulgaria

Bulgaria, why?

Ashira Morris tells us why Bulgaria feels like the the perfect level of chaos where things feel possible.

Migrants Got Talent: Sara Faizi from Afghanistan

"I feel happy here because Bulgaria helped me," says the founder of Khaala Sara Foodz

Migrants Got Talent: Alexandra Dikaia from Ukraine

"I'm one of those people who always have their own vision for things," says the Ukrainian illustrator and publisher.

The Ritmos Negros frontman first came to Bulgaria nine years ago

Big little books

ICU and DA poetry publishing house are part of the rise of small publishing houses in the last 15 years, but that is not the only thing they have in common.

Quiet, the Iranian movie is about to start

If you've been to a screening from the MENAR Festival program (covering Middle Eastern, Central Asian and North African cinema), it's quite likely that the event also involved tea, food, or books.

Science, Rationally

Lyubomir Baburov from the popular science platform Ratio on expanding the platform over the years and returning to live events

Denitsa Ljubenova from the youth LGBTI organization Deistvie ("Action")

Print me a nest

The fellowship of graphic painters Zoran Mishe, Goran Trichkovski, Vasil Angelov, Pavel Tselkoski and Ivan Mateev, or Print Nest, who create their creative "nest" in the heart of the city.

KANAAL: Тhrough the proper channels

Antonia and Lyubomir Chonos have been married for fifteen years, and even though two thirds of their marriage have been spent at KANAAL, they can still make each other laugh, which is probably the key to their success.

On the skating board

Adding skateboarding to the list of activities supported by the Youth Union was not only a way for the system to retain control and closely monitor the activities of young people, but also, in its own way, a ridiculous paradox. Because Bulgaria is perhaps one of the few Eastern European countries where skateboarding, a peculiar underground culture, was institutionalized.

Made of words

Joanna Elmy has long given us good reasons to read and think, but now also in the long form of a novel.

Music

TONEARM, CARTRIDGE, STYLUS AND VINYL

After years in which vinyl factories and record companies around the world suffered from the lack of profitable interest in their product, with its high sound quality and collector's value, and many expected an even darker future of total market collapse, a new trend surprised everyone – a significant jump in vinyl sales.

Directions

UNDERWATER PAST

The project @podvodata publish archival footage along with interesting excerpts, quotes or memories, turning this into a one-of-a-kind multimedia source .The goal is to reach a younger generations, and to inspire in their audience a curiosity about their own past and roots.

Stage

Rin Yamamura: Life upside down

How a Japanese puppeteer decided to study in Bulgaria, and the definition of a "sleeping man"

Cinema

Bojina Who Sees Red

When the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, Bojina Panayotova was just eight years old. Shortly after, her family moved to Paris, where she discovered cinema. It brought her back to Bulgaria and her own past in her first feature film I See Red People, which had its world premiere as part of the Berlinale documentary program this year.

Music

Meet you at the Fonoteka after midnight

Music blogs and media have become increasingly rare, and there are very few Bulgarian examples with any longevity: among them is Fonoteka Elektrika, which Alexander Vladimirov started more than a decade ago, and which remains the perfect guide to what is going on at "clubs, basements and afterparties."

Poetic archeology

How literary walks are created and what is the role of the city in the work of poets

Mark as read

With her project under development "Bookmarks" Maria Nalbantova explores reading habits and what the small traces say about the past.

Limited editions

Independent printed publications by Bulgarian authors are already numerous enough to be collected in a special physical and digital archive.

Tony Fekete travels constantly in pursuit of the latest copy for his library and films a reality show where he's starring as the book version of Anthony Bourdain

The tender reader Olga Tokarczuk

The writer of childhood among library shelves, reading in grandma's yard and the pinnacle of fiction

TONEARM, CARTRIDGE, STYLUS AND VINYL

After years in which vinyl factories and record companies around the world suffered from the lack of profitable interest in their product, with its high sound quality and collector's value, and many expected an even darker future of total market collapse, a new trend surprised everyone – a significant jump in vinyl sales.

Music undercover

Todor Karastoyanov has deep connections to the stage but he does not like the spotlight. He is part of at least one project you may have heard live whose members prefer to remain anonymous. He plays for (or has co-founded) the bands 3TELETA, Lacrima Christi, Animatsionerite, Nasekomix

Meet you at the Fonoteka after midnight

Music blogs and media have become increasingly rare, and there are very few Bulgarian examples with any longevity: among them is Fonoteka Elektrika, which Alexander Vladimirov started more than a decade ago, and which remains the perfect guide to what is going on at "clubs, basements and afterparties."

Feedbacker, TDK, Expectations and Krekhaus - several bands tell us how to build an audience, mutual trust and sustainability.

Radioman Tsvetan Tsvetanov

In 2008 Alarma Punk Jazz was spontaneously born – a concert series and a real revolution on national airwaves. Since then, hundreds of different bands have performed live on the Hristo Botev program and Tsvetan has long been one of the most active promoters of alternative music in Bulgaria.

Behind the booth: Iskterika

About three years ago, Anna-Maria Hadzhistoyanova (Annna) stepped outside of the fashion world, where she still works as a stylist, and added music to her list of activities. This is how the Isterika party series was born, founded and entirely run by her, and offering a great selection of local and foreign DJs.

Behind the booth: Julieta Intergalactica

Striking representatives of our current DJ scene, which recently began to rouse from its long covid slumber, and found out more about what things look like behind the booth

The labyrinth of Leena's Subconscious

Over the last three years, Leena (Tsvetelina Lazova) has given us many signs that something bigger is coming – and now it's finally here

One of the good things about December is the anticipation of what the coming year will bring. That is why we are looking for future "hot" destinations for culture and art which we can visit regularly. Where we will experience things and become enriched by them. Where we will make connections between our heritage, modernity and global trends. Between here and there.

Animators Against War

In late February, hundreds of Russian animators joined their Ukrainian counterparts in condemning the war in a collective statement. Just a few days later, "Animators Against War" appeared in Russia – a collective of more than a hundred artists who created a series of short videos whose main message was "No to war."

The journals and fears of Alla Georgieva

The artist Alla Georgieva and her way to explain to herself what happened amidst the ongoing trauma.

Peace-creators: Aleksey Kulinkovich

Aleksey Kulinkovich studied interior design, but for almost ten years he has been working as an illustrator and graphic designer for various advertising companies in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus.

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