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Open Doors. Open Minds.

July 8, 2014 by dessi ·

Today we would like to present to your attention the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding in Dubai. Our questions were kindly answered by Mr. Nasif Kayed, Managing Director of the SMCCU.

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Artist of the Week – DiegoKoi

June 2, 2014 by Natalie ·

Tsvetelina Mareva`s interview with the painter Diego Fazio – DiegoKoi

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Diego Fazio – DiegoKoi, was born in 1989 in the Italian town of Lamezia Terme, Calabria. He started painting as a self-taught artist and in a very short time developed an accurate and precise technique. Initially he created designs for tattoos in Asian style “carp koi”, from where he took the idea for his artist nickname.
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Each place has its own advantages - heaven for the climate, and hell for the society.
Mark Twain

Meet a Bulgarian Poet: Yordan Efftimov

June 2, 2014 by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer · 7 comments

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer interviewed poet Yordan Efftimov for The Season of Delicate Hunger: Anthology of Contemporary Bulgarian Poetry. Here is her translation of that conversation.

What would you like for the American readers to know about Bulgarian poetry?

Even though The Season of Delicate Hunger is an anthology, collected on the basis of language and nationality—it contains poems originally written in Bulgarian and by Bulgarians—there is hardly anything in it that apparently melds all the poems together. If someone feels that there is, he must be certain that this is a figment of his imagination. His own illusion. Therefore I’d be happy if the American reader finds a Bulgarian author worthy of his own list of favorite authors. That would be an act of free will (unless he has a wife or a husband who is Bulgarian—then there is no opportunity for free choice). That would be enough—the possibility of seeing a masterpiece in unfamiliar literature. I also say that because in Harold Bloom’s long list of great books, The Western Canon, there is not a single Bulgarian one—proof that Bulgarian poetry is among the uncharted territories for the American audience. Read on →

Meet a Bulgarian Poet: Emanuil Vidinski

May 5, 2014 by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer ·

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer interviewed poet Emanuil Vidinski for The Season of Delicate Hunger: Anthology of Contemporary Bulgarian Poetry. Here is her translation of that conversation.

What would you like for the American readers to know about Bulgarian poetry?

That a person’s problems are universal, but have a local flavor; that the world is a collective place, which we inhabit together, and everywhere poetry is the language of intimacy.

What would you like for the American readers to know about you personally?

I seek poetry in music and music in poetry, and when I write, I do it because I cannot not do it.

Is there an American poet who has influenced you or has made a an impression on you? How do you interact with American poetry?

I like Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound, some of Bukowski’s work, as well as Allen Ginsberg. A number of American prose writers have influenced my poetry – Cheever, Carver, Fitzgerald, Salinger. Read on →

The Mudslide

April 30, 2014 by Donal Mahoney ·

Donal Mahoney


Photo: krokodil.nana

Oso, Washington 2014

Under the mud he can hear the men
digging and cursing but they
can’t hear him scream.

The mud won’t let him scream.
He was out for a walk when the mud
came down the hill like lava Read on →

Bansko Jazz 2014 – the programme

April 29, 2014 by dessi ·

Jazz Festival Bansko

The International Jazz Festival in Bansko is one of the biggest summer musical events in Bulgaria and one of the foremost international cultural happenings on the Balkans.

Since its foundation in 1998 the festival has been held every year in August in the small town of Bansko. The concerts are free for the public.

Traditionally, the programme features styles and groups representing almost all jazz trends. During the festival week jazz is also played on various smaller stages in the large resort complexes and restaurants.

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Forced feeding

April 23, 2014 by Velina ·

Timothy Pilgrim


Photo: Corey Leopold

Your long hose snakes down from a vat
filled with moist corn. Hungry geese

gather like elfers around an eel
or politicians, a lobbyist feast.

Coax one close, lock her with knees,
lift head, stretch neck taut like rope

or string. Shove your hose
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Artist of the Week — Hampson Sisler

April 8, 2014 by public · 1 comment

Tsvetelina Mareva`s interview with the composer Hampson Sisler

Hampson Sisler: “Always write to the best of your ability”

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Hampson Sisler is one of the most prolific American classical composers living today.His first works were published at age nineteen starting with the H.W.Gray Co. and going on, with time, to Jos. Fischer & Co., Belwin Mills, E.P.Adams, Inc, World Library, Laurendale and Morning Star. He has written more than one hundred works for solo instruments, organ, voice, choir and orchestra.
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Artist of the Week – Stella Sidiropoulou

April 3, 2014 by public ·

Teodora Atanasova

Hello, please introduce yourself.

My name is Stella Sidiropoulou. I live and work in Thessaloniki Greece. I am an Instrumentation and Control systems technician in the Petrochemical Industry. I have been involved with photography since 2008.

What do you express with your photos?

The photos I create bring out my emotions and my thoughts as a reaction towards the reality, as I see it. The emotions I experience in my everyday life, the observation of others’ reactions and their way of living in general are my inspirations and motivate me to give my point of view through photography. Let’s say it reflects my aspect of what we call life.

Do you make money from photography? Do you think art can be too commercial if it is paid?

No, I don’t sell my work. It never came to my mind because I earn my living from my work, for now anyway. Maybe I will consider this in the future. Art must be paid because there are many artists that need the money to keep them going. But the amount of money cannot be too excessive because everybody must have the chance to own a work of art if they want. I mean that it shouldn’t be a privilege for only the rich. Art is for everyone. And the purchase of art must be kept away from the stock market. It mustn’t be a way of class differentiation but a way for class cohesion.

What inspires you?

Everything. Even inspiration inspires me!

What do you believe in?

I believe in the power of the mind. The power of knowledge. The power of emotions. And I believe that art consists of all these powers.

Which type of photography do you prefer?

I like many types of photography. From classic to surrealistic. In my work there is no limit I have to observe. I don’t follow restrictions. Through my work I “speak” to other people. So everything can be words and expressions for me. I use everything to say what I want- to express my inner thoughts and feelings. I use my photographs in the same way painters use their canvases and colors. I take the elements I need to compose images that express what I want to say. Sometimes I just create a mood through my processing and it is enough. Sometimes I combine photos in order to create one that best expresses me.

Please, tell us about one day of your life.

I am quite ordinary I’m afraid! I wake up very early to go to work. After that I return home, cook, maybe do some domestic work. And then my favorite part of the day is when I create and process my material. This is what I do with passion, I must say. Sometimes after that I meet friends and have a drink downtown. And so on.

Can you give a piece of advice to other photographers?

The only advice I could give is that they must find their own way. They must look inside themselves to show all of us their essence. Every photo must be a life manifesto. A way to awaken others so they see life as a unique opportunity to make a difference for future generations.
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Artist of the Week — Georgie Lalov

March 24, 2014 by public ·

Anna Simitchieva’s interview with Georgie Lalov

Hello Georgie, please introduce yourself briefly to our readers.

I am an actor and producer I live in Manhattan and I love to talk about film.

How important is for you the fact that you are a Bulgarian artist? Do you face a lot of difficulties because of it?

No, I never had any difficulties. I really love what I do.

Do you have a favourite movie of yours?

I think the Hobbit did an amazing job as well as American Hustle and I am excited to see the upcoming August Osage County!

You are starring in the new Scorsese’s film “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Please, tell us more about your part.
I play a rothchild broker. I had an amazing time meeting all those amazing people who worked on the movie and doing the party afterwards. Read on →

Lexicography of a Pig

January 24, 2014 by admin ·

Dimiter Kenarov

Translated from the Bulgarian by Dimiter Kenarov

pig
Photo: Dave Kleinschmidt

Neck
legs
skin
stomach
liver
kidneys
heart
lard
bristle
intestines:
a dictionary
we cut
into pieces
on the table,

chew on its words,
clueless
about their bloody
etymology. The tongue

only knows
what is
sweet, the eye
enjoys
the shape
of the dish,
and then
the hand (mute, blind, clean)
writes poems
celebrating
dinner.
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Letter

January 22, 2014 by admin ·

Ivo Rafailov

Translated from the Bulgarian by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

brille
Photo: János Balázs

I hang out,
smoke and drink coffee
before I shower.

On the white curtain
in the window
a giant fly makes me
look at it again.
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