Source: The Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Vidin
Author: Hristela Alexandrova
Kula is getting ready for its most beautiful summer event – the Kula Fair, to be held within 19th – 25th of August. This year the fair is to be held for the 97th time.
This Fair was opened for the first time back in 1916 on the day the Christian church celebrated the Transfiguration of Jesus during the First World War. At the beginning the fair gathered tradesmen of animals and farming products. Despite the ongoing war, many farmers from throughout the region and from the nearby Serbian neighborhoods attended the first fair. The interest in the fair was huge. And so the history of this fair began, year after year, for good and for bad years, under different regimes, governments and local rulers, the fair was always marked on the official holiday calendar of our town ever since.
The people from the region of Kula, irrespective of their current residence, plan their holidays so that they could be able to visit their home town during the week of the fair, where they can experience pleasant, nostalgic and unforgettable meetings of generations and with fellow countrymen groups, where long-forgotten friendships are being renewed.
The Municipality of Kula and the Library and Community Center “Prosveta 1882″ are the institutions that are mostly engaged with the organization and holding of the fair, e.g. with cleaning of the town and the streets, refreshing the green and park areas, preparing the program with cultural events and providing everything necessary for the fair complex. The program of the fair events includes traditional events such as exhibition of paintings of artists from Kula, pet shows, Children’s En plein air of arts, Children’s Fashion Review, the Tenth jubilee edition of Kula’s Poetry Fair and poetry readings in the Kastra Martis Fortress under the musical accompaniment of Vidin’s Symphony Orchestra, concerts of amateur and professional folk groups and single performers, as well as many other events.
The Fair shall open on the 19th of August, when the citizens celebrate also the day of Kula Municipality. An official ceremonial ritual and blessing of holy water for health and prosperity will be held. Also at the town square at 18:00 hrs the citizens and visitors of the town can enjoy the performance of the Severnyashki Folklore Ensemble of Pleven. During the feastful days of the fair many folklore and pop-folk performers will hold concerts, such as Slavka Kalcheva, Tedi Alexandrova and Toni Dacheva.
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