Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Festival Week at the Bulgarian National Radio

A Festival Week opens at the Bulgarian National Radio on 23 January to mark its 78th anniversary. The week peaks on 25 January, the birthday of the Radio, with the ceremony for the Sirak Skitnik annual awards. The celebrated artist, writer and critic was the first director of the media outlet.

At a special press conference, Bulgarian National Radio Director-General Valery Todorov announced the program of the Festival Week. He drew up a stocktaking of last year too.

“Last year was very successful for us. The Bulgarian National Radio remained firm on its position as a program and technological bellwether, and this is seen in our research. We hold research not for the sake of boasting. We do that to make obvious the ongoing development of a media outlet which is not simply in the focus of public attention but has made outstanding commitments as both a media outlet and a cultural institution. We carried out a radical reform in the management of all orchestras, bands and choirs that we operate. All of them are led by the leading conductors in their spheres. We already sell tickets and CDs on the premises of the Bulgarian National Radio. For the purpose we have set up an advertising-information center. It delivers one more opportunity to all our fans for easier access to information about our events. 2012 was one of hardships due to the crisis and to the difficult situation in the media business resulting from the developments in the country at large. Despite that I can say that the Bulgarian National Radio has remained firm on its positions as media leader. One telltale fact in this regard is the exceptionally high evaluation given to us by the European Broadcasting Union. One-third of the successes of that European organization had their address at the Bulgarian National Radio. These successes go across development of programming, upgrading of equipment and advancement of technology. Last year we launched a new regional station, Radio Burgas, and also the internet radio Binar, an intersection of radio and television based on the active use of state-of-the-art internet technology”, BNR Director-General Valery Todorov said.

The Festival Week marking the anniversary of the Bulgarian National Radio opens with a concert at Studio No. 1 on its premises, of the jazz line of Euroradio. The concert is with free admission. This will be followed by the ceremony for the Sirak Skitnik Awards. The statuette of the awards has been created by Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov. The awards provide a cash reward too. Other events during the festival include concerts, competitions, music charts, book presentations and a children’s show. The national competition Young Talents in Folklore is on the playbill as well. Two books will be presented: New Bulgarian Literature: Poetry 2012, and A Radical Jewish Encyclopedia by BNR journalist Petar Volgin. The Festival Week at the National Radio closes on 31 January with a gala of the Hristo Botev Channel.

Translated by Daniela Konstantinoa

(Source : Radio Bulgaria)

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