Tourists of different nationalities, who visited the Bulgarian pavilion in March, received the traditional Bulgarian martenitsa as a gift.

Children from the SAFA British school in Dubai learned what the martenitsa symbolizes. 

Martenitsa

A Martenitsa is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and usually in the form of two dolls, a white male and a red female. Martenitsi are worn from Baba Marta Day (March 1) until the wearer first sees a stork, swallow, or blossoming tree (or until late March). The name of the holiday means “Grandma March” and is a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the spring.

The focus of the program of the Bulgarian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai continues to be folklore music.

Radoslav Iliev was a guest-performer from 26th of February till 12th of March.  He completed his education at “Shiroka Laka” National school of folklore with a degree in a instrument, called gadulka. He received his higher education in the Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Arts in Plovdiv.

From 2003 to 2011 he worked as a teacher in “Shiroka Laka” National school of folklore. Currently, he is a musician in the State Folklore Ensemble “Trakia” in Plovdiv.

Radoslav Iliev
Radoslav Iliev

The gadulka is a traditional Bulgarian bowed string instrument. Its name comes from a root meaning “to make noise, hum or buzz”. The gadulka is an integral part of Bulgarian traditional instrumental ensembles, commonly played in the context of dance music.

Only the main melodic strings are touched by the player’s fingers and the strings are never pressed all the way down to touch the neck. The gadulka is held vertically, with the bow held perpendicular in an under-hand hold.

Gadulka
Gadulka

Lina Macheva is the new guest artist in the Bulgarian pavilion and she will delight visitors with her performances from March 13 to 21, every night from 5 pm and 6 pm. Lina is a folk singer, radio host, music editor, screenwriter and author of folklore programs on the Bulgarian National Radio. Folk singing has been her passion since she was a little child; in 2015, she graduated from the National School of Arts “Panayot Pipkov” in Pleven with a diploma in folk singing and a qualification as an artist-singer and teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts “Prof. Asen Diamandiev” in Plovdiv. 

Lina is a sought after performer: she sings with the Elika Quartet and the Academic Folk Choir of the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv; she is a soloist of the Vievska Folk Group Orchestra and a choir-soloist of the Trakia Ensemble – one of the best and most popular professional folklore ensembles in Bulgaria.

Lina Macheva
Lina Macheva

Lina Macheva has participated numerous times and has won awards from international and national song contests, and has taken part in many music, audio and video projects for various television programs.

Currently, Lina is part of the professional vocal group “Voices of Tradition”, which includes some of the biggest names in folk song art: the representatives of the choir “The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices”.