The International Festival of Folklore Costume in Zheravna (22-24 August 2020)

The main idea of the the International Festival of Folklore Costume in Zheravna is that the visitors have fun, sing, play and dance as their great-grandparents did in the past. All participants will be a wearing typical Bulgarian folk costumes (see details below in the program). During the festival, there will be held demonstrations of folk crafts, authentic Bulgarian folklore, traditional cuisine, rakia, wine and other typical Bulgarian stuff.

Basic Information

Type: one, two, three or more days tour from Sofia or Varna (or other places in Bulgaria) to the region of the village of Zheravna near Sliven, east Bulgaria; 

Duration: depends on how many days you would like to book. The festival itself is held on the last week-end of August (22-24 August). You can combine the Festival with hiking in the mountains or sightseeing in the region. Depending on the time you have, we will offer options, itineraries and activities you can have in the region. 

Minimum number of events to be visited: The International Festival of Folklore Costume in Zheravna (22-24 August 2020);

Price: We specialise in tailor-made travel to Bulgaria and our travel suggestions are individually designed to suit your personal requirements. If you would like us to contact you with a proposal for this tour, please use the form at the end of this page or the other communication channels on our contacts page.

Tour dates: The culmination of the International Festival of Folklore Costume in Zheravna will be at the last week-end of August (22-24 August 2020);

Tour mileage: 300 km from Sofia;

Minimum number of travellers: 1

More details

Zheravna is a small Bulgarian museum-village, situated in the Eastern part of the Bulgarian Balkan mountains. The most interesting thing in the village are the 200 and more wooden houses from the Bulgarian Revival period.

The International Festival of Folklore Costume in Zheravna was created in 2008 on the idea of Hristo Dimitrov – producer, choreographer and director of NFA “Bulgare”.

This festival brings you closer to the life of the Bulgarians from once upon a time. Participation in the festival is a voluntary act and those who want to join it have to observe its rules. The main requirement is to be dressed in folk costume (they can be rented on site). They can be authentic or stylised. Also allowed are clothing from the early 20th century, old military uniforms, as well as traditional ones of other countries. It is forbidden the use of a number of objects from modern life and plastic. Please note that the use of mobile phones is only allowed in a designated chat area. During the main festival days cameras, cellphones, etc. are strictly forbidden. Only accredited media and festival photographers are entitled to this. There is also a parking lot for the guests of the festival.

The detailed program of the Festival is not yet published but there will be a number of concerts, folklore competitions, dances around big fires in the evening and a lot of traditional food.

Zheravna is an architectural reserve with well-preserved and restored Revival houses, decorated with exquisite carvings, narrow cobblestone streets and numerous fountains. 172 houses in the village have been declared monuments of culture. Some of the houses are older than 300 years. The houses of Rusi Chorbadzhi, the home of the writer Yordan Yovkov, the home of Sava Filaretov and the church “St. Nicolas” are of great interest for tourists.

We offer at least two, three or more days to the region of Zheravna and Kotel during the Festival at the end of August. It could be combined with visiting the open-air museum villages of Zheravna and Kotel, the town of Sliven and hiking in the eastern part of the Balkan Mountain – one of the best parts of Bulgaria. Please ask!

Depending on your arrival/departure schedule we can also offer additional tours in the region or Bulgaria as a whole. 

Guided and self-drive tours

A guided tour shall include: services of a professionally qualified tour guide; pickup and drop off from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia or Varna; transportation by A/C vehicle, fuel and parking expenses; hotel accommodation in Zheravna, Hotel or other places nearby not far from the Festival venue; food; transfer from/to airport and all other services you might need.

Please note that the accommodations in Zheravna and in the nearby village of Kotel, are restored guesthouses, offering rooms representing the typical atmosphere of the period. The Festival organisers also set up a camp site, which is free of charge.

A guided tour does not include: international air fares; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature.

A self-drive tour shall include: hotel reservations depending on your preferences; maps and detailed itinerary description + GPS coordinates of the places/hotels; information for places of interest; car rental depending on your preferences; extensive pre-arrival information and services and all other services you might need;

Typically a self-guided tour does not include: flights to/from Bulgaria; fuel, food; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature. 

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