Thursday, 05 July 2018 11:36

TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE

An excerpt from Shadow Journey: A Guide to Elizabeth Kostova's Bulgaria and Eastern Europe
Published in Bulgaria Society
Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:32

THE IRISHMAN WHO DANCED THE HORO

The name, Rachenitsa, may be too difficult for a foreigner to remember or pronounce, but you have probably seen it as a crude copy on the wall of a traditional restaurant, as a reproduction or a souvenir, or in the original in the National Gallery of Art. It is an image that stays in the mind. In a brightly-lit, austere tavern, a pair of men in traditional Bulgarian costume dance, surrounded by onlookers. Rachenitsa is a horo popular all over Bulgaria and is usually danced by one or two men, not holding hands, but on their own. Famous for its difficulty and the stamina required, in the olden times it was used as a competition between rival parties.

Published in Vagabond Features
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 13:53

SHIROKA LAKA

Picture-perfect idyll in the heart of the Rhodope

Published in High Beam
Monday, 05 August 2013 12:50

IF ORPHEUS PLAYED BAGPIPES

Thousands of people gather in Gela to experience the best and the worst of traditional Rhodope music

Published in High Beam
Friday, 09 November 2012 14:38

DIMITROVGRAD

Open-air museum of Stalinism gets peppered with chalga music and Chinese goods

Published in High Beam
Monday, 27 September 2010 14:31

ACOUSTIC OR DIGITAL?

Buying a new piano in Bulgaria can be fun if you know what to look for
Published in Vagabond Features
Thursday, 01 March 2007 13:54

CHALGA TIME

Your brief introduction to Bulgaria's all-pervasive pop folk
Published in Vagabond Features
Friday, 01 June 2007 13:04

EMPIRE BURLESQUE

Judges tend to select Eurovision winners in terms of lesser evil. Bulgaria lost. So did the UK
Published in Vagabond Features
Friday, 01 May 2009 08:09

THE CHALGA WAY OF LIFE

You can take the Bulgarian out of his pop folk environment, but you can't take the pop folk out of the Bulgarian

Published in Vagabond Features

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