• Bulgarian writer awarded 2021 EUPL

      Bulgarian writer awarded 2021 EUPL

      Bulgarian writer Georgi Bardarov's novel Absolvo Te, which means “forgiveness of all sins”, is among the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL). The novel was published in 2020. It intertwines the threads of several conflicts that still smoulder today. The main character, a Holocaust survivor, is also among the victims of the Arab-Israeli conflict, which is especially topical today due to the increased tensions in the Gaza Strip.

    • How irretrievable time flies

      How irretrievable time flies

      Goethe-Institut, Institut Français and the Metheor artistic collective are launching the Tempus Fugit project, which will explore the theme of time and age. By the end of 2021, lectures and conversations with experts and artists from Bulgaria, France and Germany will be held along with artistic projects, film screenings and exhibitions. The programme will be kicked off on 26 May at Goethe-Institut in Sofia with the lecture Fugue of Time by philosopher Boyan Manchev.

    • Roberto Fonseca leads us beyond notes

      Roberto Fonseca leads us beyond notes

      Roberto Fonseca, the pianist from Buena Vista Social Club, will have on 8 July in Sofia a world premiere of his new fusion project Beyond the Notes, together with the Bulgarian women's choir New Bulgarian Voices, the organisers announced, quoted by the Bulgarian News Agency. In their words, Bulgarian folk rhythms breathe in the fire of Cuban jazz and pour into a new, captivating pulsation.

    • On the flipside

      On the flipside

      Little Bird Place Gallery presents in Sofia an exhibition of selected works from the contemporary art collection of Nikolay Nedelchev. From 18 May to 6 June, visitors to the gallery can see artworks by Kolio Karamfilov, Deyan Yanev, Dimitar Genchev, Stanimir Genov, Rositsa Getsova, Ivo Bistrichki, Sirma Sarafova - Orahovac, Vikenti Komitski, Stela Vasileva, Krassimir Krastev - RASSIM, Lyuben Petrov, Yuliy Takov, Kalina Mavrodieva, Gabriela Toncheva.

    • La Scala opera house reopens to public after six months of silence

      La Scala opera house reopens to public after six months of silence

      Milan's mythical La Scala opera house erupted into huge applause on Monday to hail a stirring performance at its triumphant reopening after six months of silence imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, AFP reported. The performance came a day before the 75th anniversary of a historic concert in 1946 that celebrated the postwar reopening of La Scala which had been bombed three years earlier and rebuilt.

    • Sofia to host New Dramaturgy Festival

      Sofia to host New Dramaturgy Festival

      This spring Goethe-Institut Bulgaria invites stage arts lovers to a meeting with new plays from Bulgaria and Germany. The New Dramaturgy Festival is part of the New Stages Southeast three-year international project organised by Goethe-Instituts from the Southeast Europe region. The festival's programme in Bulgaria will focus on new Bulgarian texts along with texts by two of the most popular authors on the contemporary German scene - Maria Milisavljevic and Sasha Marianna Salzmann.

    • Eurovision 2021 to be held with audience

      Eurovision 2021 to be held with audience

      The Eurovision Song Contest will be held with up to 3,500 fans in Rotterdam, the Dutch government confirmed. It will allow the event to proceed under strict Covid-19 measures "to ensure the health and safety of fans, crew, press and participants", news wires reported. Fans will be allowed to attend nine event shows including the 22 May final at Rotterdam Ahoy.

    • Pregnant Egyptian mummy revealed

      Pregnant Egyptian mummy revealed

      A team of Polish scientists announced they have discovered the only known example of a pregnant Egyptian mummy, the BBC reported. The discovery was made by researchers at the Warsaw Mummy Project and revealed in the Journal of Archaeological Science.