16 September 2022     Festivals 

The seventh edition of the International Folklore Festival "Ethno Rhythms" 2022 was held from 2 to 6 September 2022 in Golden sands resort. It is organized by the Association "Communities, traditions, culture" with the support of the Municipality of Varna and Varna Tourist Chamber. The festival was opened by Nikolay Panayotov, a representative of the Varna Tourist Chamber. 

Traditionally, the festival started with a folklore parade of the participants, which passed along the main streets of Golden sands. The parade was led by bagpipe and drum musicians Radoslav Vasilev and Georgi Zlatinov.

Both concerts held on 3 and 4 September were attended by more than 500 performers from Bulgaria. They are representatives of 31 art groups from 13 regions of Bulgaria - Razgrad, Vratsa, Stara Zagora, Sofia, Pleven, Burgas, Ruse, Silistra, Gabrovo, Haskovo, Vidin, Yambol and Smolyan. 

Dancers, singers and musicians presented different ethnographic areas. The stage overflowed with rhythms, sounds and colors of Thrace, Dobrudzha, Shopluka, Northern Bulgaria and the Rhodopes.

Guests of the festival got to know the folklore culture and traditions of the Turkish ethnic group in Bulgaria. A Turkish folklore group from the village of Prelez, Razgrad region, performed Turkish folklore songs and dances.

The seventh edition of "Ethno Rhythms" folklore festival was attended by international groups as well - Children's ensemble from Laukuva, Lithuania and two ensembles from Zajecar, Serbia - youth and pensioners'.

The following special prizes were awarded: the youngest participant boy - Nikola Stoychev, 5 years old from Voden village, Dimitrovgrad, the youngest participant girl - Irina Petrova, 6 years old from Dimitrovgrad and Ivon Lyubenova - 5 years old from Kosacha village, Pernik. For the second consecutive year, Mrs Verka Petrova - 88 years old singer from Kosacha village took the prize for the oldest participant on the stage. The prize for the largest group was given to the Group at "Lazo Stoyanov - 1927" Community center, Kosacha village, Pernik (42 people).