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Dance Ensemble "Karnota"
Community center Karnobat

Karnobat is a city rich in history and culture. Since ancient times the region has strategic place in trade, agriculture, craftsmanship. Karnobat, which is being an important administrative center from the 15th century onwards, is the third largest city in Burgas region. During the Bulgarian Renaissance it has an important place in the cultural and educational development of the region and in the 19th century the unifying center of the struggle for independent Bulgarian church.

Consequence of these processes is the establishment in 1862 of a town library/community center, which is one of the first in southeastern Bulgaria.
Created with donations from patriotic Bulgarians in Karnobat, the community center "Dimitar Polyanov" quickly began its intensive educational and cultural activities. Immediately after its establishment, the library department began to function with the purchase of fifty books. The very next year – 1863, the first chorus was formed, followed by the first theatrical performance in 1864 and the first permanent theatre group in 1884.
Over the years, community center "Dimitar Polyanov" defended its important role in the preservation of cultural values and traditions of the region. Thousands of students and teachers have passed here, many have earned successes together. The community center and its creative staff have won a number of prestigious ranks on national competitions and festivals, gold medals.

Today community center "Dimitar Polyanov" - Karnobat has a library, an art gallery with its own collection, visual hall with 320 seats. It is home to 22 different groups, schools, clubs, parties that develop their creative work there and are proud ancestors of the cultural traditions in the region.

One of the most prominent members of the community center is Dance Ensemble "Karnota". Founded more than 60 years ago, this formation continues to pass through the generations the beauty of authentic Bulgarian folklore.

Dance Ensemble "Karnota" is a creation of two choreographers - Zdravka Dimova and George Kinski. Only two years after its foundation in 1952, it already offers dance classes. Leading the ensemble's repertoire are folklore samples from the Thracian region and in particular the Karnobat region, but rhythms of Shopluka, Dobrogea and Pirin are not missing either. Typical of the ensemble is that over the authentic folk songs and dances, which are performed in the original form, are made original interpretations and in a try to adapt them to a new and updated version.

Krasimira Dubarova, Curator at Department Ethnography of Regional Museum Burgas


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