14 September 2020     Festivals 

More than 200 participants from all over Bulgaria and 130 performers from Ukraine performed at the folklore festival "Ethno Rhythms 2020".
The fifth folklore festival "Ethno Rhythms" this year was held from 4 to 8 September in the Golden Sands resort, Municipality of Varna (Bulgaria). The event is organized in partnership with the Varna Tourist Chamber and with the support of the Municipality of Varna.
The festival was opened by Mr. Ilin Dimitrov, Chairman of the Varna Tourist Chamber.

The two concert evenings were attended by representatives of 20 groups from 11 areas in the country - Veliko Tarnovo, Vratsa, Pleven, Burgas, Vidin, Silistra, Kyustendil, Haskovo, Dobrich, Lovech and Smolyan. Dancers, singers and musicians represented different musical ethnographic regions - Thrace, Dobrudzha, Northern Bulgaria, Shopluka and the Rhodopes.

130 participants from 15 groups represented Ukraine. Each Ukrainian singing group had prepared a Bulgarian song especially for the forum. In addition to Ukrainian song folklore, in the performances of Ukrainians we heard favorite Bulgarian folklore songs such as "Petko, le, kapitane", "Lilyano, mome", "Nazad, nazad, mome, Kalino", "Cherna kokoshka" and many others.

The Ukrainian participants also presented an exhibition - a bazaar of Ukrainian folk crafts - works "Petrikov painting", a symbol of hard work and aesthetic ideals of Ukrainians.

The award ceremony for the participants in the musical evenings took place at the end of the second concert evening. Each group received a certificate of participation, a plaque and a bag with advertising materials provided by the Municipality of Varna.

The award for the youngest participant on the stage went to the twelve-year-old singer Victoria Nikolova, from the village of Ribaritsa, Lovech, and the award for the oldest performer in the forum was given to the accordionist Petar Dobrev, 78, from the village of Sredishte, Silistra.

The award for the most numerous group went to the "Sabuzhdane- 1927" Community Center. The group from the village of Radievo, Haskovo has 40 members.