• Romanian church gets European Heritage Award

      Romanian church gets European Heritage Award

      The rehabilitation of the Wooden Church of Urși Village, Romania is winner of the European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards. The jury granted it a Grand Prix while the general public selected it as their favourite heritage project in Europe and proud winner of this year's Public Choice Award. Some 7,000 citizens from all over Europe voted online via the Europa Nostra website.

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    • New Age philosophy meets lifestyle culture

      New Age philosophy meets lifestyle culture

      Goethe-Institut in Sofia has been traditionally supporting young and independent artists. Thus, the annual exhibition Art Start was the occasion in 2019 for the German artist Kalas Liebfried, born 1989 in Bulgaria with the name Kaloyan Lyubomirov, to return to Sofia for his first professional participation. In 2020, he became nominated for the BAZA award, and now the logical follow-up is his first solo show in Bulgaria, titled New Age Balkan, which will open on 28 September at Goethe-Institut.

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    • Metropolitan Opera star to sing in Bulgaria

      Metropolitan Opera star to sing in Bulgaria

      Thomas Hampson, a star of the Metropolitan Opera and the most popular American baritone, is returning to Sofia following his extremely successful concert in May 2018. Together with the Sofia Philharmonic, he will present a new programme of beloved arias and duets from popular operas, under the conduction of Maestro Nayden Todorov. His on-stage partner for the event on 31 October 2021 will be a surprise to the audience.

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    • Big hearted diva

      Big hearted diva

      The video greeting on Sofia Opera's YouTube channel opens the curtain for the preparation of the upcoming premiere of the opera Ariadne on Naxos by Richard Strauss, with the soloists of Bulgaria's first opera house, evoking the memory of Anna Tomowa-Sintow's golden roles in the world's major opera houses, with which she remains in the history of opera.

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    • Bellucci and Abramovic pay tribute to Maria Callas in Athens

      Bellucci and Abramovic pay tribute to Maria Callas in Athens

      The Greek capital of Athens welcomes two prominent ladies these days - the Italian film actress Monica Bellucci and the priestess of avant-garde performances Marina Abramovic. The common thing in their visits to the ancient city is the renowned opera singer Maria Callas, the English edition of the Greek newspaper Kathimerini writes. Both Bellucci and Abramovic present in Athens performances inspired by the life of the opera diva.

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    • Maestro Sascha Goetzel: Nothing can stop art

      Maestro Sascha Goetzel: Nothing can stop art

      My connection to the audience is intimate. When we are together, I feel profoundly humbled and grateful for their trust and sensitivity towards my work and that of the orchestra. Sometimes, I have the feeling that we become one - a single entity of energy - and that we embark on a musical journey together, says Maestro Sascha Goetzel.

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    • Macron unveils wrapped Arc de Triomphe in Paris

      Macron unveils wrapped Arc de Triomphe in Paris

      After three months of construction work Paris' famed Arc de Triomphe was on Thursday completely concealed. A day later Christo’s last artwork was officially unveiled by French President Emmanuel Macron. Following the project's completion, the arch will remain transformed for just 16 days.

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