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Forthcoming arts events


September programme

Friday 8 Sept.
- 1800 hrs,
British Embassy, Sofia
Book launch - The English: A Portrait of a People by Jeremy Paxman, Bulgarian translation Boryana Djanabetska, Ednorog Publishing House
Saturday 9 Sept.
- 0900 to 1500 hrs, Euro-Bulgarian Cultural Centre, Sofia
Workshop for journalists with Jeremy Paxman - in association with ProMedia
Saturday 9 Sept.
- 2100 hrs, Apollonia Amphitheatre, Sozopol
Concert - Old Blind Dogs at the Apollonia 2000 Festival of the Arts
14 to 24 Sept.
- National Palace of Culture, Sofia
Multimedia project - Urban Cycles - collaborative project between InterSpace Media Arts Centre, Sofia and IDEA, Manchester
September to October Faculty of Biology, Sofia Theatre - To the Lighhouse by Virginia Woolf, dir. Valeria Vulcheva

  The British Council has invited prominent political broadcaster and writer Jeremy Paxman to visit Bulgaria between 8 and 10 September 2000.

Jeremy Paxman has worked for the BBC in Ireland and has been a roving reporter for both the Tonight and Panorama programmes. Assignments with Panorama took him to Beirut, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and throughout Central America and Europe. Jeremy is widely famous as a studio presenter. He began presenting Newsnight in the autumn of 1989, a role he continues to this day. He also presents University Challenge and Start The Week - on Radio Four.

During his visit to Bulgaria Jeremy Paxman will be involved in a number of activities, all aimed at introducing the Bulgarian public to British expertise in political interviewing and national identity writing. He will run workshops with Bulgarian journalists at the Euro-Bulgarian Cultural Centre, give interviews on Bulgarian radio and television, and present his book The English: Portrait of a People at the launch of its Bulgarian translation (published by the Ednorog Publishing House).



"One of the original cutting edge outfits in Scotland continuing new roots revival!"
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On 9 September 2000 the Apollonia Festival of the Arts in Sozopol will feature one of Scotland's favourite folk bands - Old Blind Dogs

In the early days Dave Francis was involved on percussion and Carmen Higgins on fiddle. In 1992 Davie Cattenach joined the band and they toured as a four piece and recorded four great CDs with Scotland's record label KRL - New Tricks, Close to the Bone, Tall Tails and Legacy. In 1996 Fraser Fifield became the fifth member of the Old Blind Dogs, adding to the bands cutting edge sound with his tasty jazz licks on the sax and his superb playing of the small pipes. Their first album as a quintet - entitled Five, aptly enough, and released in 1997 - completed their five-album deal with KRL. Then in early 1997 Graham 'Mop' Youngson (ex - Wolfstone) replaced Davie Cattenach with his funky, hard-hitting rhythm kit. The band was busy in 1998 touring in America, Germany, Spain, Denmark and the UK.

1999 has seen the Old Blind Dogs embracing the New Year with a new and evolved line up. Sadly lan Benzie retired from the band in January. lan was the lead singer with OBD since the band was born in 1990 and will be missed by the band members and fans. Fraser Fifield has also moved on to develop other musical projects. The Old Blind Dogs continue on with the introduction of another great Scottish singer and songwriter Jim Malcolm and Rory Campbell (Deaf Sheppard) on small pipes and whistles.



To the Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

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Director Valeria Vulcheva sets out on a creative journey with a company of 12 actors, a choreographer, a violinist and designers. This will be the first stage presentation of works by Virginia Woolf, and it seeks to define a different type of communication between the cultures where differences will be blended into one shared environment.

British actor Alan Williams has been invited to play the lead, which experience will also be unique for Bulgaria's theatre practice.

Set against the red brick walls of the indoors court-yard of the Faculty of Biology of Sofia University, the production will aim at questioning the very character of audience's pre-defined understanding of the theatre.

The show is expected to open by the end of October.


Media arts

Urban Cycles. 14 to 24 Sept., National Palace of Culture, Sofia








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A collaborative project between InterSpace Media Arts Center- Sofia
IDEA - Innovation in Digital and Electronic Arts - Manchester

A project in development based on multiple screen format moving images in a real public space, whichwill be explored by the artists as a platform for artistic creation/experimenting. All artists share a common platform for construction and exhibiting individual works - a range of video screen placed within the urban environment.

The main objective of the project is to make artistic experiments happen in the public space and so provide opportunity for interactivity between viewers and artists.

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