New Weavers for Gabrovo

30.09.2023 the former Textile Professional School in Gabrovo

New Weavers for Gabrovo

  • 30 Sept
  • 2 p.m.
  • the former Textile Professional School in Gabrovo

The culture of Bulgaria is our most delicate social fabric. Elaborately crafted, diligently nurtured, quietly mastered – on one hand; vulnerable and hence easily susceptible to pressure, change and the habitual barbarism – on the other. Nevertheless, culture refuses to abandon us so easily to banalities, rampant herd consumerism and oblivion. While, until recently, it was mainly the residents and guests of the capital who were regularly graced by it, in more recent times, it once again “sprouts” in some of its most natural Bulgarian environments – the Bulgarian Renaissance cities of Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse… and Gabrovo. Even for the unacquainаted, a brief stroll is enough to clearly understand that Gabrovo knows very well what cultural fabric is, brimming with the tradition of threads wondrously woven into magical inspiration. The only thing it needs is new weavers.

New Weavers” is a musical experience with a culturally adventurous character, which will take the audience to the Non-hazardou Waste Landfill and the former Textile Professional School in Gabrovo, as well as to other excitng places on September 30th. Through music, this one-day micro-festival will resonate within the spaces of the abandoned tech school in three original ways.

The special bus pilgrimage will be soundtracked by the music of the electroacoustic avant-gardist Miryan Kolev, currently based in Tryavna, whose original projects present music with an intellectual and meditative, but also modern character.

The second part of our weaving along the notes awakens the spirits of the looms (or at least their spirits) in the building of the former Textile Professional School. The program will kick off with a performance by pianist and composer Teodor Petkov-Toto – a magical piano-and-internali-dialogues by a true local maestro. Following him, one of the newest Bulgarian ethno-jazz projects – that of the duo Beleva and Hadzhigrudev – will vividly demonstrate how the gadulka and the double bass can magically weave together. The climax – staying true to the concept of continuity and sustainability – features the magnificent Balkanton Vinyl Party by DJ Skill himself – a hip-hop and vinyl culture legend, as well as a proven favorite on the national club scene.

This one-day adventurous endeavor in sustainability, continuity and newfound inspiration breathes life into Gabrovo’s alternative cultural scene, provoking the necessity for diverse forms of artistic expression. “New Weavers” intertwines the themes of art, architectural heritage, and ecology into the natural fabric of life in Gabrovo.

Recycled Music Along the “There and Back” Routе
Departing from the bus stop next to the Museum of Humor and Satire for the Regional Depot for Non-Hazardous Waste (Grablevtsi village) with an organized eco bus and return to the museum
​​​​​​​14:00–15:30 Run I
15:45–17:15 Run II 
Miryan Kolev, solo guitar and effects, concert on wheels
Clean job, short tour of the depot

ATTENTION: Seats are limited
19:30 Doors open
The New Collection, sculptures by Nevena Ekimova
Somalia Bazaar and Strelka Bar
20:00–22:00 Night Music Looms
Teodor Petkov-Toto, solo piano, concert
Beleva & Hadzhigrudev, gadulka and double bass, concert
22:00–00:00 Master Class on Two Looms
Balkanton Nostalgia with DJ Skill, vinyl party
00:30 End of Program