On September 7, 2017 at 10:30 am, at the Central Hall of the Archaeological Museum (Burgas, 21 Al. Bogoridi Str.), we invite you to a press conference for the beginning of the Seventh International Conference "Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage" DIPP2017) under the patronage of UNESCO and with the support of the Bulgarian National Science Fund.
From September 7th to 9th, 2017 in Burgas, Bulgaria, the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, under the patronage of UNESCO and Burgas District Administration and with the support of the National Science Fund, organizes the Seventh International Conference on Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage—DiPP2017.
The conference aims at presenting innovative results, research projects and applications in the field of digitisation, documentation, archiving, representation and preservation of global and national tangible and intangible cultural and scientific heritage. The focus is to provide open access to digitised cultural heritage and to set up sustainable policies for its continuous digital preservation and conservation. The priority area is the digital presentation and preservation of cultural and historical objects under conditions of risk. The forum will demonstrate innovative technologies and prototypes, including digital repositories, digital archives, virtual museums and digital libraries, which result from established practices and achievements in the field. Representatives of public and specialised libraries, museums, galleries, archives, centres, both national and foreign research institutions and universities are invited to participate and exchange experiences, ideas, knowledge and best practices in the field.
Co-organisers of the event are the Regional Academic Center - Burgas, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Regional Historical Museum – Burgas, the Burgas Free University and Index Ltd.
Press conference: September 7, 2017 at 10:30 am in the central hall of the Archaeological Museum, Burgas, Al. Bogorids 21. Official Opening of the conference: 7 September 2017 at 13:30 in the "Georgi Baev" Hall in the Cultural Center "Sea Casino", Burgas. Opening of the exhibition "Between God and Men": 7 September 2017 at 17:00 in "Georgi Baev" Hall in the Cultural Center "Sea Casino", Burgas.
During the excavations of the Rusokastro fortress this summer, archaeologists have discovered another gold find. Near the monumental stone staircase unveiled few days ago, they found a gold coin - perpera, minted in the period 1325-1328. The face presents the image of St. Mary and on the reverse side is Jesus Christ together with the Byzantine emperors Andronicus II and Andronicus III Palaeologus. This is the second gold coin of the first half of the 14th century, discovered during the excavations of the Rusokastro fortress. In 2016, another similar coin, minted between 1341 and 1348, was found in front of the western fortress wall.
Analysis of coin finds from season 2017 is yet to come. In addition to gold, this year many copper coins have been discovered, including such from the Bulgarian tsars Konstantin Tih and Ivan Alexander. The silver coins are from Tsar Ivan Alexander, Venice and the Duke of Athens. The detailed analysis of the coins will be prepared after they have been cleaned and conservated in a restoration workshop.
The excavations of the Rusokastro Fortress are led by Milen Nikolov and Dorothea Girdziyska from the Regional Historical Museum Burgas. They are funded by Kameno Municipality, Bulgarian Ministry of Culture and National Museum of History.
The excavations of the Rusokastro fortress have revealed a monumental stone staircase leading from the foot of the fortress castle to its interior. The footsteps are made of large stone blocks, bond with mortar. Unfortunately, many of them have been removed in recent time for construction material by inhabitants of the surrounding villages. The staircase lies directly over the rock and leads to the entrance to the fortress castle, which is also localized by the archaeologists. It is also quite damaged by the extraction of stones for modern construction during the first half of the 20th century. The staircase is 12 m long and 2.05 m wide, overcoming a displacement of 5 m. This is the only place from which the castle can be entered. This is one of the largest similar medieval sites in Bulgaria with an area of nearly 2 decares.
Ceramics and coins from the 13th to 14th centuries have been discovered around the staircase. Fragments of frescoes that have yet to be analyzed by medieval painting experts have been discovered in the upper part.
Rusokastro fortress is being explored by a team of the Burgas Museum, led by Milen Nikolov and Dorotea Gyurdziyska. The excavations are funded by the Municipality of Kameno, the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Bulgaria and the National Museum of History.
Open access to expositions and a free visit to the visiting exhibitions on their last day in Burgas
Over the past two decades, the European Heritage Days initiative has become one of the most important events in the cultural calendar of Europe, attracting millions of visitors to the rich cultural heritage of the continent. In September each year, countries in Europe open the doors to more or less familiar cultural landmarks by organizing different campaigns to promote heritage and search for its place in the present.
The Regional History Museum of Burgas will participate in the European-wide initiative and in 2017 with a diverse cultural program.
It will start with the national scientific conference "Bulgarian Refugees in Burgas and the Region 1878 - 1945" from 27 to 29 September, which will be held at the College of Tourism. The conference is organized by the Regional Museum of History of Burgas and the Municipality of Burgas in partnership with Regional Library "P.Yavorov" Bourgas, Thracian Research Institute, Regional State Archive Directorate - Bourgas and University "Prof. Asen Zlatarov ". On the last day of the summer season - September 30, RIM Burgas will open the doors of its expositions for free. Visitors will have the chance to see the visiting exhibitions on the last day of their stay in Burgas.
The idea of "European Heritage Days" arose in 1985 at the Second Conference of European Ministers for Architectural Heritage, organized by the Council of Europe in Granada, Spain. France's former culture minister, Jacques Lang, has proposed a successful French experiment for an open-door cultural heritage day in other countries of the continent.
Today, all 50 signatories to the European Cultural Convention are part of the initiative, raising their citizens' awareness of the cultural diversity of Europe. Over time, European Heritage Days have also become a mechanism to promote the public role and significance of cultural values that have reached us. Active participants of all ages are actively involved in the Days, paying particular attention to students and young people.
European Heritage Days are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria is the coordinator and main organizer of the country.
PROGRAM FOR THE EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS in BURGAS
September 28, 2017
Scientific Conference "Bulgarian Refugees in Burgas and the Region 1878 - 1945"
Location: College of Tourism
Plenary sessions with reports 9.00 - 18.00
September 29, 2017
Scientific Conference "Bulgarian Refugees in Burgas and the Region 1878 - 1945"
Location: College of Tourism
Plenary sessions with reports from 9.00 to 12.30
September 30, 2017
Location: Archaeological Exposition (Burgas, 21, Bogoridi Street)
Free entrance from 10.00 to 19.00
Exhibitions "Treasure of Nadsentmiklos", "Thracian treasure from Borovo" and "The oldest gold in Europe - the treasures of the Varna Chalcolithic necropolis"
Location: Historical Exposition (Burgas, 31, Lermontov Str.)
Free entrance from 10.00 to 19.00
Exhibition "The People of Strandzha"
Location: Ethnographic Exposition (Burgas, 69 Slavyanska Street)
Free entrance from 10.00 to 19.00
Exhibition "Bulgarian refugees in our memory"
On August 1 (Tuesday), from 19.30, jazz lovers in Burgas will have the opportunity to enjoy the music of Angel Zabersky Trio (Angel Zabersky - piano, Stoyan Yankulov - Stundji - drums and Boris Taslev - double bass). Their concert "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" is part of the project "Jazz in the Museum" of NGO Cause Culture, which partner for Burgas is the Regional historical museum.
The project "Jazz in the Museum" includes 12 concerts throughout the country. Each of them has different performers and contains both world-famous produced and author's works by contemporary Bulgarian composers of jazz music. The purpose of Jazz in the Museum is to present new or new readings of "classical" jazz pieces to the musicians in the established jazz centers such as Rousse, Burgas, Varna, Stara Zagora, Sofia, but also to attract new fans from cities, In which jazz concerts are not a frequent event. "The content and performers of each concert are different, which would allow the same audience to "follow" the concerts in different cities and create a sustainable interest in the cycle", - says Veronika Azarova, author of Project and chairman of "Cause Culture".
For the place of this unusual musical evening, on 1 August, the most cozy green corner in the middle of Burgas - the yard of the Ethnographic Museum (69 Slavyanska Str.) was chosen. The charity concert will be with a free-entry and jazz music lovers will have the opportunity to contribute to a noble cause.
Association "Cause Culture" was founded in 2014 by famous Bulgarian intellectuals and scientists, among them Prof. Georg Kraev, Prof. Maria Popova, Dr. Veronika Azarova, Mrs Desislava Mihaylova, Mrs. Maria Kasimova - Moise and Etc. The aim of the Association is to support the research and dissemination of the cultural and historical heritage and its preservation for future generations, to develop and promote multidisciplinary projects in the field of culture and the arts.
The archaeological excavations of Rusokastro fortress have revealed an extremely rare and elite find. A two-sided icon of ivory was found, with a facial image of Archangel Gabriel and St. Basil the Great. On the reverse side are depicted two crosses - the cross and the procession. The images are part of the Annunciation scene.
Essentially, the find is a triptych wing. It was threefold and was used as a mobile altar.
The holly object was made in the 10th century in Constantinople upon the order of one of the Byzantine emperors or a member of the imperial family. Only they had the opportunity to receive the extraordinarily expensive middle-aged ivory, which then was valued more than gold.
Worldwide, no more than 15 similar finds were found during archaeological excavations. Only one similar object was found in Bulgaria at the royal citadel of Trapezitsa in Veliko Tarnovo. It was discovered by the French archaeologist Georges Sierre in the early 20th century and is a fragment of an ivory icon depicting the Assumption.
Findings of such an elite class are stored in the world's largest museums such as the Louvre, the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, and now the Regional historical Museum in Burgas. Their rarity is due to the fact that they were made only for the needs of the Byzantine emperors and their closest family circle. Today, such finds are stored in some ecclesiastical treasures in Western Europe, where they have arrived after the Fourth Crusade. Then the knights captured Constantinople, plundered the Byzantine imperial treasury in which such ivory articles were kept. Later they donate them to some of the cathedrals in the major Western European cities.
The excavations of the Rusokastro fortress are carried out by team from Regional historical Museum Burgas under the archaeologist Milen Nikolov. They are financed by the Municipality of Kameno, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and National Museum of History.
On August 1 (Tuesday), at 19.30 the music fans in Burgas will have the opportunity to become part of the unique art project "Jazz in the Museum". Especially for them, Angel Zabersky Trio arrives with the concert "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea".
The famous musicians - Angel Zaberski (piano), Stoyan Yankulov - Stundji (percussion) and Boris Taslev (double bass) will perform pieces from their second album, which features famous operas and plays in a contemporary jazz version. The composer Angel Zabersky has managed to preserve the author's ideas and melodies so that they are easily recognized by the audience but at the same time interprets them with a sense of freedom and ample, typical of jazz. The music of the album Like Jazz reminds of late romanticism, even with impressionistic notes. The appearance of the three musicians is maximally revived, precisely in order for the melody to be deprived of aggression or unnecessary display, and to read the romance in it.
As a stage for this unusual musical evening was chosen the most cozy green spot in the middle of Burgas - the yard of the Ethnographic Museum (69 Slavyanska St.). The concert will be free of charge, yet the jazz lovers will have the opportunity to contribute to a noble cause. All gathered donations from the evening will go for the restoration of two valuable music instruments from the collections of Burgas cultural institutions. One is the grand piano of Burgas Art Gallery "Petko Zadgorski", which for years needs a serious repair and the second is a piano owned by the Regional Library "P. Yavorov".
Organizers of the project "Jazz in the Museum" in the sea town are Association "Cause Culture" and Regional historical museum Burgas with the support of Regional Library "P. Yavorov".
A project of Department Ethnography in Regional historical museum Burgas was approved for funding by the Cultural Heritage Program - sub-program "Intangible Cultural Heritage", which is part of the Bulgarian National Culture Fund. The idea of the museum specialists bears the interesting title "Old fishermen looking for online apprentices" and connects two very different worlds - the vast sea and knitted nets with digital information and the World Wide Web.
For this purpose digital video lessons will be created, which will enable the popularization of fishing practices from the Bulgarian Black Sea coast among people from all over the world. They will also become a bridge between fishing communities from different parts of Europe, struggling to preserve the craft. With the help of modern transmission and visualization technologies, it will create the basis for preserving authentic fishing practices and passing them on to young people.
A year ago the application of RHM Burgas "Knitting fishing tackles: a millennial craft from the Burgas Bay" was registered as an element in the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage Elements of the Bulgaria Ministry of Culture. With this, the Burgas Museum and NGO "Morski sgovor" have committed themselves to preserving and promoting the traditional craft from fishermen village Chengene Skele. In search of ways to do this, the museum specialists have found that the most accessible and sustainable way for preserving knowledge about the craft subtleties in our days is by digitization (creating video lessons). This will not only attract the attention of young people from the Digital Age, but will also give access to authentic fishing, which often remains too far from modern technology.
During the excavations of the Rusokastro Fortress, a rare golden coin was discovered by the Byzantine Emperor Phocas. It has a weight of 4.5 grams.
Emperor Phocas ruled from 602 to 610 AD. He was at the head of a rebellion by which Emperor Maurikius, who was murdered with his sons, was overthrown. Phocas ruled the Byzantine Empire in a particularly despotic way, which quickly sets a large part of society against him. In the army, he was a regular centurion, which further created anger over his rule. In a final account, in 608 AD, Carthage broke out against the emperor, which proved to be successful. The leader of the rebellion, the future emperor Heraclius, personally decapitates Phocas and was crowned Byzantine basil.
The first construction of fortress walls on the rocky hill at Rusokastro is in the 6th century. The discovery of the coin shows that the fortress was actively functioning until the beginning of the 7th century. It was re-settled by Bulgarian population in the 9th century. During the first half of the 13th century, new fortified walls and towers were built probably under the rule of Tsar Ivan Asen II. Its area covers 52 dekars, making it the largest medieval fortress in South Bulgaria similar to Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, Cherven, Kaliakra. The retained walls are more than 5 meters high.
The fortress is studied by a team of Regional historical museum Burgas, led by Milen Nikolov and Dorothea Gjurzijska. In the current campaign, the citadel of the fortress is being revealed, with the aim to proceed with its conservation, restoration and socialization.
The excavations are funded by the Municipality of Kameno, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and the National Museum of History.
Once again some of the most beautiful butterflies in the world will be shown in Burgas. The exhibition opens at 11.00 on July 3, 2017, Monday, in the round-hall of Expo Center Flora, and will stay there until the end of August with working hours - every day from 9.00 to 20.00. Organizers of the exhibition are the Regional historical museum Burgas and the Municipality of Burgas.
The exhibition hall will be transformed into a tropical place where the butterflies will fly freely. The temperature and air humidity in the room will be maintained at the required levels to recreate the natural environment of butterflies.
The first pupae of impressive species have already arrived in Flora. The new point this year is that different moths (night butterflies) will arrive each week.
The specialists from the Natural-History Museum have prepared a special booklet in full colour print, from which everyone can learn more about the life of the beautiful insects. It is titled "For the Butterflies, briefly" and will be sold at a price of 4 BGN at Expo Center Flora.
Mark this unique exhibition as a must-stop for your summer adventures and do not miss the opportunity to seal the photo with the wonderful species!