"Art in Bulgaria" Top 5 Page for this destination Bulgaria Favorite Tip by ger4444

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Favorite thing: Painting: early Bulgarian painting is wallpainting and can be seen on the walls of homes and churches. One of the best painters was Zograf who painted beautifull paintings on the walls of f.e. the monasterie at Rila. The generation of artists after Zograf is dominated by the big artist Dimitrov, also known as the maestro among his contemporaries. Among the painters of today?s cultural scene, Karamfilov is one of the most popular. He is known for his original abstract drawings. He is defenitetely my favourite.
Religious art: In Bulgarian Orthodox religion icons are an important aspect. They depict Characters or events known from the bible. You can admire them in f.e. in the Alexander Nevski Church in Sofia and the Rila monasterie. Both are very impressive.
Music: Traditional music, from the peasant culture is still being performed during festivals in the countryside. The music is a bit of a mixture between Slavic and Turkish music I guess. During these festivals of folk music, peasants wear their traditional costumes. Men are dressed in black costumes with coats and women wear long dresses. Pleasant modern Bulgarian popmusic I heard was heavy metal by a group called BDR or so and Karizma, which was actually great to listen to. But too often there was in villages and during a ride in a cab, this equivalent of Schlagermusic on the radio, called truckers music. I should have bought a cd with this music and put it loud here in my room to irritate my neighbours! As for the other arts I did not much picked them up in Bulgaria. Theaters are mostly closed in August. As for architecture see: national revival architecture. (continue below)

Fondest memory: Film-art: the quantity of films by Bulgarians is rather low. In Bulgaria the most celebrated director is Nitchev. Some good films, that have been also presented during international festivals are the films Devil trail, The Prize, A letter to America and After the End of the world, wich is a coproduction with Germany.

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  • Updated Nov 29, 2003
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