The Magic of Rozhen will conquer the Rhodope Mountains once again and unite the whole Bulgarian nation from 15 to 17 July! The Festival of Folklore and Livestock Breeding “Rozhen” in 2016 will combine the colorful folklore performances with the exhibitions of national and regional museums and ethnographic collections, the exhibitions of crafts and the tempting aroma of the traditional Bulgarian cheverme and other dishes, the exhibitions of livestock and meat and dairy foods, horse shows and attractions, various children’s events, dancers on live coals and all the remaining folk festivities.
This year the Rozhen meadows will have a special spot for those clothed in national costumes, and as for the Bulgarian national flag – it will be even bigger. In order to preserve and pass the unique spirit of the event onto the new generations, we launched the initiative “A Bagpipe in Each Rhodopian House.” The “Heritage in the Future” Foundation will donate bagpipes to disadvantaged children from Smolyan who will learn to play the instrument in the local bagpipe groups. More than 10,000 performers from all over the country are expected to participate in this year’s folklore competition. Because of the great interest the stages for the amateur performers will be increased from four to five. Submission of applications is now open (from March 1).
By reasons of more efficient organization, this year’s festival will have special transport schemes with alternative routes through Banite, Devin and the region of Rozhen. In order to avoid traffic jams, there will be special routes for public transportation and in the three days of the event, regular traffic information will be fed via the Internet. The Festival of Folklore and Livestock Breeding “Rozhen” is organized by the “Heritage in the Future” Foundation, in partnership with the Municipalities of Smolyan and Chepelare, and has what it takes to assert itself as the largest forum of Bulgarian spirit, traditions and folklore. The festival was resurrected and renewed after a 9-year absence and thanks to the initiative of the “Heritage in the future” Foundation, it became the №1 event of 2015, attended by over 350 000 people.