Regional historical museum Burgas received the Special Award by the Jury of the European Cultural and Tourism Network (ECTN) for its project "Aquae calidae - Favorite Baths of Emperors, tsars and sultans".
ECTN organizes the awards annually and this year's ceremony took place in Granada during the final meeting of the CHRISTA Interreg Europe project.
In 2019, 55 applications were received in 8 categories from 19 countries. The jury is represented by organizations such as Europa Nostra, European Travel Commission and NECSTouR.
From October 24-26, 2019, the international conference "Act for heritage" was held in Nicosia, Cyprus. It was organized by the Council of Europe and aimed to present the latest data on the cultural heritage threat related to the wars in Iraq and Syria, trafficking and the illegal market for cultural valuables. The Republic of Bulgaria was represented by Alexander Traikov, Director of the IOCN Directorate at the Ministry of Culture, and Maria Todorova, Head of the DCN Department in the same Directorate.
The third member of the delegation was the representative of the Bulgarian Museums Association Dr. Milen Nikolov, director of the Regional historical museum - Burgas and chairman of the Control Committee of the Association.
The four modules of the conference developed plans aimed at minimizing the trafficking and destruction of cultural monuments, especially those threatened by hostilities and treasure hunts.
Some of the proposals of the Bulgarian Museums Association have been accepted and have become a reference point in the final document, which will formally represent the Council of Europe's position regarding the protection of cultural values. There was also an urgent need to sign the Nicosia Convention, presented in 2017 as a document that protects the cultural heritage to the fullest.
The Saturday lecture at the Burgas Museum on November 2 is dedicated to people who like to search for the unusual, the inexplicable in their lives, they want to believe in miracles. Phenomena or Phenomena - bird's eye views and the secrets they reveal will present aerial photos showing interesting objects with information about them. Visitors will be able to see images of shapes of different shapes on large areas of the earth's surface, woodland with unusual views, rock formations, natural sites and impressive environmental changes caused by various explanatory but also unclear impacts.
The author of the lecture, Tatyana Baikusheva, will try to clarify whether what some may call unusual in these photos is caused by natural phenomena and normal human activity. The traditional lecture of the Burgas Museum will be held this Saturday, November 2, at 11:30 am at the Ethnographic Exposition at 69 Slavyanska St. (behind St. Cyril and St. Methodius Church). The entrance fee is preferential - for adults 2 BGN, and for students and pensioners - 1 BGN.
What is svetlopis and who are the first Bulgarian photographers, is presented by a guest exhibition at the Historical Museum of Burgas (31 Lermontov Str.) Its official opening will be from 5:30 pm on October 30th.
The exhibition is a work of the Samokov Museum and was created in connection with the 150th anniversary of Bulgarian photography. This art, associated with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, appeared in Bulgaria at the beginning of the 1860s in the town of Samokov. The history of Bulgarian photography begins with the names of Anastas Karastoyanov and his sons Ivan and Dimitar, Ivan Dospevski, Xenophon Smrikarov, Dimitar Germanski and Peter Hadzhimitov. They are court and military photographers, work in Samokov and Sofia studios, train their followers and set up a school - next to cinema and television operators.
The documentary exhibition "The First Bulgarian Photographers" is in retro style. The old photographs collected in it are loaded with a lot of history about family and collective memory, during the period of modernization and transformation in the private and public life of the native society immediately before and after the Liberation. The author of the exhibition is Nevena Mitreva from the Museum of History - Samokov, photographic processing - Andrey Domishlyarov.
Regional historical museum Burgas will present the documentary "The Trickery Camp" from 18:00 h. on October 18 (Friday), at the Writer's House (1 Vola Str.) The tape revives the memory of a tragedy that remained hidden to most Bulgarians because of the political changes that followed the wars. The film was made on the idea of the historian Georgi Drakaliev by a team of Burgas operators and journalists.
In June 1913 the tragic for Bulgaria, the Allied War broke out. In it, our country is fighting against its former allies Greece and Serbia. Bulgaria is losing the war as it is being attacked by all countries. As a result, many lands were torn off, including Macedonia, where terror over everything Bulgarian began in order to be bitten or tarnished. After this national catastrophe and the many personal and mass tragedies, one story remains completely forgotten for generations - the story of the first concentration camp in Europe. It was created by the Greeks on the deserted island of Trikeri in the bay of Volos in June 1913. Bulgarian teachers, priests, writers, village and city leaders from the occupied Greece part of Macedonia, as well as captured soldiers from the Bulgarian garrison in Thessaloniki are arrested and imprisoned there - about 7,000 people, and maybe many more. As a result of starvation and disease, thousands of innocent Bulgarians die there, and the survivors return as walking skeletons.
The author of the movie "The Camp Trickers" - the Burgas public figure Georgi Drakaliev is a descendant of one of the Bulgarian priests who died on the island. The footage was filmed on the island itself with brief interviews by locals. For the same purpose, the Palamida Fortress in the ancient capital of Greece, Navplio, was visited, where Bulgarian officers were imprisoned in those tragic days. The story is told only through the stories of witnesses and participants in the events recorded in the books "The Bartholomew Night in Thessaloniki and the Heroic Defense of the Bulgarian Troops", "The Bulgarian garrison in Thessaloniki in 1913 (memories)" and "Trikeri's Tombs".
Aquae Calidae was presented at the European Week of Regions and Cities on 9 October on the occasion of the successful completion of the project "TOGETHER: Common cultural and historical heritage beyond the borders", financed by the Interreg Cross-border Cooperation Program IPA Bulgaria - Turkey 2014-2020. The module "Europe beyond billboards", held in Brussels, presented the results of cross-border projects with European funding.
The only project in the field of tourism presented at the European Forum was the implemented in Aquae Calidae during the past 2 years by the Regional History Museum - Burgas, in partnership with the Regional Directorate of Culture and Tourism - Kırklareli, Turkey. The manager of the tourist complex Vesela Hristova presented the activities within the project of restoration and conservation of the most significant archeological structures discovered so far in Aqua Kalide. The archeological area became social and became a space for leisure strollers, with directions on a large information billboard. The more interesting structures stood out with the decorative night lighting. Much of the findings that can be viewed on an electronic device in the tourist complex have been digitized. A National Conference was held, and its reports became part of Volume One, "Akve Kalide - the favorite baths of emperors, kings, and sultans." The book about Aqua Kalide is published in paper and in electronic form on the website of RIM-Bourgas.
The audience of the prestigious European Forum was intrigued to learn about the Aquae Calidae tourist complex and Burgas. The audience was impressed by the rich history of the place and the modern techniques used to present it to tourists. Many questions were asked regarding the cultural tourism site, its accessibility and whether it is part of the European Cultural itinerary. Interests were expressed for future partnerships in European cross-border projects.
On Monday, October 14, 2019, at 12.30 h. in the Museum of Folk Crafts and Applied Arts in the town of Troyan, the visiting exhibition "The luxury of the XIX century" will be opened. The exhibition was created as a joint project of the Regional History Museum - Burgas and the Regional History Museum - Rousse. The Opening Date October 14 is also a holiday of the town of Troyan.
The exhibits are part of the collections of luxury objects, which RHM Burgas in 1996 and 2000 after their detention by Customs Burgas, in an attempt to smuggle cultural heritage through the territory of Bulgaria. In the period 2008 - 2016 the objects are included in the exhibition "Donated and Rescued Treasures", which for years enjoyed high visitor interest in the hall of the Historical Exposition in Burgas on 31 Lermontov" St.
The "French Collection" received in the museum in 1996 includes 13 desk clocks, 32 pcs. vases and 11 pcs. candlesticks, lampshades, chandeliers, silver trays, silver liquor service and a boudoir. In 2000, they were detained at the Customs and sent to the Museum, the "Romanian collection", which contains paintings, picture frames, mirrors, carved chest and workshops made in Austro-Hungarian Empire and Italian studios and part of the interiors of European homes from the early 20th century.
"The 19th Century Luxury" presents the trends and ideas in art from the time of the European Enlightenment, the changes that followed the Industrial Revolution in England, the modernization and development of creative images in the 19th to the early 20th century.
For more than three years now the Regional Museums of Burgas and Russe have united around the topic "The 19th Century Luxury". Thus, the Burgas collection of "rescued treasures", in the form of a mobile exhibition, reaches an wider audience.
The National Meeting "Good Practices" by the Ministry of Culture will be held in the city of Burgas from October 2-4, 2019. Experts from 160 Bulgarian museums and galleries will take part in the forum, making it the largest ever held.
In 2019 the Regional History Museum - Burgas was selected as a host in partnership with the Municipality of Burgas.
On September 28-29, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Burgas Art Gallery "Petko Zadgorski", an International Scientific Conference "Strandzha Cultural Heritage - Wealth, Risks, Challenges" will be held. It will include more than 20 scientists from Bulgaria, Greece and Norway.
The first day of the conference will present scientific reports on the history of Strandzha in the period of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, archaeological researches in the region, iconic and manuscript-documentary resources of the Strandzha region, the non-traditional tradition in Bulgaria and in Greece.
On the second day of the conference, a roundtable will be held on "Strandzha's Cultural Heritage - Diagnosis, Problems, Policies". The problems accumulated in the region in the preservation of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the region will be discussed by the scientists together with representatives of the Ministry of Culture, NINCN, the Regional Administration - Burgas, local municipalities and mayoralties, museums, the Sliven Metropolis and others.
The Forum is organized and implemented within the framework of the Fundamental Research Project "Comprehensive and Innovative Methods for the Diagnostics and Investigation of the Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Central and Eastern Strandzha in Migration and Demographic Reflux", funded by the Research Fund at Ministry of Education and Science (contract No DN-10/16 of 21 December 2016). The event is organized by Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski "in partnership with the Regional Museum of History - Burgas and the Burgas Art Gallery" Petko Zadgorski ".