63 folklore ensembles and individual performers are rewarded for their participation in the folklore competition of the Festival of Folklore and Livestock Breeding “Rozhen-2015.” From 17 to 19 July on the four stages over 8000 participants demonstrated their talent – from vocal, instrumental and dance groups and groups of folk customs to individual performers – singers, instrumentalists and storytellers from across the country. On each stage first, second and third prizes were awarded by the jury in the different categories.
Special awards were given to the youngest and oldest bagpipe performers who participated in the Folk Competition of Rozhen – the five-year-old Kostadin Margaritov and the 86-year-old Iliya Kadiev, both coming from Smolyan.
The Bagpiper trio from the Community Center “Consciousness -1929”, Gela village, were awarded as the best young instrumentalists, along with the Orchestra of Folk Instruments from the Community Center “N. Vaptsarov-1927”, Bata village (Municipality of Panagyurishte), and the Bagpipe trio from the Community Center “The forests of Orpheus – 1870”, Smolyan city, part of the orchestra “100 bagpipes.” Special awards were given to Georgi Dobrev, a piper from Plovdiv, Youth Dance Group of “Enlightenment -1928”, Chargan village, Tunja Municipality, pipers Zlatin Semerdzhiev, Vassil Margaritov and Stoycho Chetrafilov from the orchestra of “100 bagpipes” in Smolyan.
The Association of Community Centers in Bulgaria awarded prizes for participation in the Festival to the following Community Centers: “Grandpa Ivan Arabadjiyata -1926”. Tsaratsovo village, Municipality of Plovdiv; “Enlightenment – 1900”, Devnya village; “Father Paisius – 1927” Ivaylo village, Municipality of Pazardzhik and “Progress – 1926” , Sredets village, Municipality of Nedelino.
The Mayor of Smolyan Nikolay Melemov gave a special award – a “Rozhen” plaque – to Rusanka Bodurova for overall contribution to folk art, whereas the Mayor of Chepelare Todor Bozukov awarded the Mixed ensemble of authentic folklore “Thracian color” from the Regional Organization of the Blind, Plovdiv city with the eponymous prize.
Prizes were also awarded to the best dance performers at the the festival, who participated in sponsoring the event – the RICHMART company, dancing in all three days and collecting applause from the thousands of spectators.
Over 350 000 people gathered for the three-day National Festival of Folklore and Livestock Breeding “Rozhen -2015.” The event was organized by the Association “Rozhen – our Heritage in the future” in cooperation with the Municipalities of Smolyan and Chepelare and the support of the Ministry of Culture and was under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Mr. Rossen Plevneliev.
Apart from the vast amount of folklore and patriotic spirit, the visitors were also able to get the feel of Rozhen’s exhibitions of crafts, various farming competitions, different animals, culinary shows and equestrian attractions, mobile museum expositions, exhibitions of dairy products.