BULGARIAN ART AND FOLKLORE CENTRE NESTIYA
Bulgarian Art and Folklore Centre Nestiya was founded in 1991. There are blanches and subdivisions in all Sofia districts which use as their headquarters, schools, library clubs, community centres and houses of culture. Up to date there are about 70 folklore groups in kindergartens, schools, cultural and community centers, with more than 1200 participants between 3 and 70 years old, working in folklore centre Nestiya. A lot of well-known Bulgarian folklore and dancing groups work with folklore centre Nestiya and take part in our activities in Bulgaria and foreign countries:
- Folk formation “Nestiya” – dancing group, folk vocal group
- Folk dance formation “Baklitza” – students’ formation
- Children’s Dance group “Iskritzi”
- Children’s Dance group “Bisertche”
- Professional Folk Group “Lulin”
- Folk School “Badnina”
- Folk dance formation “Pirina” – professional folk dance group.
Folklore Centre Nestiya gives an opportunity to all of the participants to reveal and develop their talent, to perform creatively in concerts, contests, radio and TV programs, competitions and festivals in Bulgaria and abroad.
Many years we are working in common with our partners: Produser’s House “Kukeri”, Bulgarian International Folklore Company, Foundation “About the Folklore”, Impresarios firm “HriStan-IS” and with the support of Produser’s House “Pirina”, Foundation “Bridges” and folklore singer Ilia Lukov, Balkan Alliance of Folklore, Association “Dance formation Baklitca”, Association “Panorama – Schools”, Ministry of Science and Education, Ministry of Culture, Town Council of Sofia, Municipality of Sofia, Association “Folklore Forums” and Bulgarian Association of private schools.
Folklore Centre Nestiya engages in many cultural and activities and gives an opportunity to the participants from the different folklore courses, to take part in а consecution of folklore events like:
- Meeting – contest of the groups of Koledars “Chemshir – Koledarka“ – \Holly Carol singers\
- Meeting-Competition of the groups of lazars \“Shareno koilo”\ – dances with the accompaniment of Laser’s Day songs for health, happiness and fertility; St. Laser’s day – Saturday before Palm Sunday
- Dancing contest “Love and Wine “ – devoted to the day of Saint Valentine
- Dancing competition “Hiter Peter” – Tricky Peter
- Festive concerts-shows and other.
Folklore and art centre Nestiya was a co-organizer of “The longest horo of the world”, witch joins to the “Guinnes Records” Book.
Folklore centre Nestiya is organizing and taking part in many international folklore festivals and competitions.
Every year we are organizing different international, folklore and art festivals in Sofia and other towns in Bulgaria.
The duration of the festival usually is three days / Friday, Saturday and Sunday /. They allow for the expression of groups and present Bulgaria as an attractive tourist destination and a country with vast cultural heritage. Over 50% of the organized festivals are held in Bulgarian resorts towns – Pamporovo, Bansko, Borovets, Balchik, Albena, Golden sands, Sunny beach, Tsarevo, Sv. Vlas, Obzor, Sozopol, etc. The open stages with free access to the audience and in the next 3-5 days the universal language of music and dance builds cultural bridge between nations.
During the festival days to learn Bulgarian songs and dances. All concerts begin and end with mass “Bulgarian hora” . The last day of the festival is held dancing „Krashna rachenitsa“, election of Miss and Mister Festival and the participant with the most attractive folk costume.
In 2017 will be implemented 37 festivals across the country, each of them will become an unforgettable experience for all participants and guests.