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31 Mar 17

Town's Move to Lose 'Protected' Status Shocks Bulgarians

An attempt by the authorities in the 'museum town' of Koprivshtitsa to do away with its 'protected' status has horrified many Bulgarians, starting with the country's President.

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13 Feb 17

Classical Music Boosts Bulgaria’s Public Radio

The audience of Bulgarian National Radio has enjoyed a 20 per cent boost in audience figures since a bitter dispute with the Bulgarian copyright society forced it to play only music produced before 1945. 

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01 Feb 17

Bulgarian Film Hits Revive Cherished Animation Traditions

With Theo Ushev’s ‘Blind Vaysha’ nominated for the 2017 Oscars and other Bulgarian short films shortlisted for prestigious festivals, there are hopes for a renewal of the ‘golden age’ of animation in the country.

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04 Nov 16

Actress's Role in 'Trainspotting' Sequel Stuns Bulgaria

The appearance of Bulgarian actress Anjela Nedyalkova in the trailer for the sequel to the cult 1990s movie 'Trainspotting' has startled people in Bulgaria - who had no idea she had a part.

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12 Aug 16

Bulgaria Claims Gold Artefact is World's Oldest

A tiny golden bead, unearthed at a pre-historic settlement in southern Bulgaria, is the world's oldest golden artefact, archaeologists claim.

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14 Jul 16

Bulgarians Doubt Stars will Show up for Charity Concert

A Bulgarian foundation has promised to bring a galaxy of stars including Mick Jagger to Sofia for a big charity concert – but many suspect it is all a big hoax.

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14 Jun 16

Festival Trio Set to Draw Crowds in Bulgaria

June is one of the richest months for lovers of alternative arts, ethno culture and good food in Bulgaria. 

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09 Jun 16

Bulgarians Look to Restore Landmark Communist Monument

Left to crumble and molder for decades, a remnant of Bulgaria’s past is gaining new life thanks to an international resurgence in popularity.

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18 May 16

Bulgarian Racists Assault Iglesias Band Members

In an incident that has highlighted Bulgaria’s ongoing problem with hate crimes, band members say they were attacked because of their appearance on the eve of a concert in Sofia.

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14 May 16

Three Balkan Singers Bid for Eurovision Crown

Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia will participate in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, in Sweden’s capital Stockholm on Saturday evening.

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13 May 16

Footballer’s UNESCO Nomination Amuses Bulgarians

UNESCO’s chief Irina Bokova’s plan to nominate the hot-tempered Bulgarian football legend Hristo Stoichkov as a UNESCO Champion for Sport has drawn mixed reactions back home. 

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21 Apr 16

Bulgaria Unveils Lost Roman City in Sofia

The ancient Roman city of Serdica, spread over 9,000 square metres in the Bulgarian capital, is now open to visitors and drawing comparisons between Sofia and Rome.

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19 Apr 16

Bulgarians Greet Park as Sign of Sofia's Renaissance

Sofia's new 'Vazrazhdane' ['Renaissance'] park is seen as a breath of fresh air in a city notorious for its high level of air pollution.

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21 Mar 16

Launch of .eu Domain in Cyrillic Set for June

Launching the .eю extension is a milestone for the development of the European domain, although among EU members Cyrillic is used only in Bulgaria and in parts of Croatia.

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08 Mar 16

Bulgarians Form Human Chain to Halt Demolition

Locals in Plovdiv formed a human chain Monday to stop the demolition of an iconic 1920s warehouse, embarrassing the authorities into taking action.

Culture Policy Focus

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24 Nov 11

Macedonian Wartime Love Story Angers Bulgarians

A movie set against the background of the deportation and destruction of the Jewish community in Macedonia is causing controversy in neighbouring Bulgaria even before it’s been released.

23 Jun 11

An Orthodox Shot of the Balkans

28 Dec 10

Sofia’s Homeless Museum Awaits Day of Glory

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

Politics and Society

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27 Apr 17

Bulgarian Bikers Join Putin’s ‘Wolves’ on Soviet Ride

Ten Bulgarian bikers will join Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favourite motorcycle club, the Night Wolves, on their ‘Victory Road’ trip, following the Soviet Red Army’s route to Berlin.

26 Apr 17

Balkan States Suffer Decline in Media Freedom

Business

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19 Apr 17

Bulgaria Stands to Gain from EU-Gazprom Deal

Deal easing restrictions on gas sales between EU member states and offering better prices could be a big win for Bulgaria - though some fear the country will not make the most of the changes.

09 Feb 17

Heating Failures Leave Bulgarian Capital Cold