Photo: Czech Center – Sofia
On November 8, at the National Library “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”, the Center for Excellence “Heritage BG” organizes the initiative “(UN)familiar Czech. The Czech contribution to the revived Bulgarian statehood”. It will be opened at 10:00 a.m., and at 4:30 p.m. the documentary film “Citizen Sis” directed by Mr. Nedelchev will be broadcast.
After the Liberation in 1878, 1,726 Czechs and Slovaks applied to be appointed to the civil service in Bulgaria, Maria Vasileva of the Center for Excellence told Radio Sofia.
“Wherever we touch at the moment, as a starting point for our science, art, culture, everywhere we find that the first builders of modern Bulgaria were Czechs,” Maria Vasileva explained.
She added that the goal of the initiative is to revive the memory of Bulgarians towards the Czechs, who made our country a modern European country today.
“Many streets, squares, schools bear their names, we meet them in literary works. Aleko Konstantinov started writing “Bai Gagno” in Prague. Very often we pass by buildings and monuments that were left to us by them as a legacy,” said Maria Vasileva.
On November 9, in the house-museum of Hristo Botev’s mother, the film “Remarkable Traces – Bulgaria” will be presented, with authors Radovan Lipus and David Vavra. There is also a tour in the center of Sofia, where there are traces of Czech architecture. Later in the day, a visit to 56 SU “Prof. Konstantin Irechek” in the metropolitan area “Lyulin”.
At 6:00 p.m., in the Czech Center, the awards from the “(Un)known Czech” contest will be presented. The contest collects stories about Czechs who contributed to the development of Bulgaria.
Details can be heard in the sound file.
The publication was worked on by: Polina Nacheva