2 days of festival happiness. Gabrovo's biggest youth dance parade. Dance and music show on the square. Fire show. Street art in the old town. FREE entry.
Take a look at the best moments from the first and second edition of the 6Fest International Festival of Urban Arts and Happiness in the videos.
A river of dancing and colors on the streets of Gabrovo for the third 6Fest! Hundreds of dancers and citizens passed through the center of Gabrovo in a dance parade, which took place on October 5, 2019. The parade started from the old clock tower, passed through the pedestrian streets "Radetzka" and "Aprilovska" and finished at Vazrazhdane Square in front of Gabrovo Municipality. At Radetzka Street the dancers had two improvised stages where they presented their dances. The following groups took part in the parade: Show-ballet Magic, Folklore ensemble “Sivek”, Dancesport Club “Ritmika”, Dancing School “Liana”, Zumba with Vassi, Latino Dance Club Incansable. In the afternoon before the dance parade, the yard of the Interactive Museum of Industry the art painting school of Iva Pencheva organized a painting workshop on silk and ceramics. Photographer: Eli Deli
Dance-music Show on the Square
The first festival evening of the third 6Fest continued on October 5, 2019 with a performance at Vazrazhdane Square with the participation of Show-ballet Magic, Folklore ensemble “Sivek”, Dancesport Club “Ritmika”, Dancing School “Liana”, Zumba with Vassi, Latino Dance Club Incansable. Each of the dance formations presented several of their dances and finally invited all the audience to participate in an open lesson. Children, adults from the audience and dancers danced together in latin, reggaeton, hip-hop and folk rhythms. At the end of the show, the organizer Momchil Tsonev invited everyone to join in a common dance to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. That happened because this was the song to which the most popular YouTube video about our town - “Happy Gabrovo" - was created. 6Fest also showed the talents of several young Gabrovo singers - Victoria Gergova and Margarita Georgieva from the Music School "Stars in Advance" and Iveta Petrova. The finale of the first 6Fest evening was the show of "Fire Shadows". Gabrovo Orchestra under the direction of Nikolay Venkov performed traditional Bulgarian music, including the so popular danve “Dunavsko horo” which made the audience dance. Photographer: Eli Deli
6Fest in the Old Town
The 6Fest street art festival vitalized the old district of Gabrovo called “Shesti uchastuk”. On October 6, 2018 music, dance, theater and magic turned Opalchenska Street into an arts district. Young dancers from the folk ensemble "Sivek" took a walk on the pavement of the old Gabrovo street just like in the 19th century. The girls and boys were dressed in folk costumes. The boys from Quick Hands Junior and the famous Gabrovo magician Dani Belev entertained the guests of the festival with street magic. Latino rhythms sounded near the Aprilov fountain with Radoslav Talev and the young guitarists from the Music School "Stars in Advance". Thestudents from the Youth Theatre "Smehorancheta" presented a humorous theater play. The spectators of 6Fest had the chance to take a picture with the living statues of theatre group "Gargara”. After two international editions of 6Fest mainly on Vazrazhdane Square and the Park with the bear, 6Fest returned to its roots and its beginning - the old district called “Shesti uchastuk”. The name 6Fest comes from the name of the oldest district of Gabrovo. Photographer: Eli Deli
5 October 2018
15:00 - 17:00 Painting Workshop with Iva Pencheva
17:30 Dance Parade
Participants: Show-ballet Magic, Folklore ensemble “Sivek”, Dancesport Club “Ritmika”, Dancing School “Liana”, Zumba with Vassi, Latino Dance Club Incansable
18:30 Dance-music Show on the Square
Participants: Show-ballet Magic, Folklore ensemble “Sivek”, Dancesport Club “Ritmika”, Dancing School “Liana”, Zumba with Vassi, Latino Dance Club Incansable; Victoria Gergova and Margarita Georgieva from the Music School "Stars in Advance" and Iveta Petrova; "Fire Shadows"; Gabrovo Orchestra
6 October 2018
10:00-12:00 Opulchenska Street
Bazaar of youth organizations from Gabrovo
Walk in the past with the folk ensemble "Sivek"
Street magic with Quick Hands Junior and Dani Belev
Latino fiesta with Radoslav Talev and the young guitarists from the Music School "Stars in Advance"
Youth Theatre "Smehorancheta"
Living statues of theatre group "Gargara”
The International Street Festival for Urban Arts and Happiness 6Fest was created in the town of Gabrovo in 2017 to enrich the carnival tradition of the Capital of Humor and to support the transformation of the oldest urban area in Gabrovo called “Shesti uchastuk” into an arts district. So far, 6Fest has presented professional street artists from Bulgaria, Hungary, Venezuela, Spain, etc. Among the most spectacular festival events were a cascade from a flying balloon (for the first time at a festival in Bulgaria), a light stilts parade, a dance parade. The name of the festival 6Fest (in Bulgarian should be pronounced like “ShestFest”) comes from the name of the oldest quarter of Gabrovo city, the heart and the birth place of Gabrovo – Shesti uchastak quarter, translated in English as the 6th section (sector, station). This is the place on the right side of Yantra river, in the very center of nowadays Gabrovo.
Creator of 6Fest is the art manager, writer and journalist Momchil Tsonev, declared to be one of the 10 most outstanding young persons of Bulgaria for 2019. Because of his cultural contribution to his hometown of Gabrovo, Momchil Tsonev has won a prize in the sixth edition of the Darik Radio project “40 to 40”. Momchil Tsonev is the creator of emblematic for Gabrovo cultural projects such as the first online encyclopedia about Gabrovo based on the Wikipedia software (available only in Bulgarian) – www.gabrovowiki.com, the first computer game about Gabrovo (available in English) – www.gabroville.com, the most popular clip on YouTube about Gabrovo – „Happy Gabrovo”, 4 books about the history of Gabrovo, called "Gabrovo - the living city" (books published in Bulgarian), in co - authorship with Daniela Tsoneva. The Gabrovian is also the founder of the online media Gabrovo Daily, of the first business web portal for Gabrovo www.biz.gabrovo.net and the web portal www.gabrovo.net. Among his national projects are the "Good Bulgarians" for the promotion of goodwill, "Starodumtzi" for sharing old words from Bulgarian language, "Night of Stories" for telling personal, family and family stories, etc.
The third edition of the 6Fest Street Arts Festival took place on October 5th and 6th, 2018 and brought together youth dance, theater, music and sports formations from Gabrovo - Show-ballet Magic, Folklore ensemble “Sivek”, Dancesport Club “Ritmika”, Dancing School “Liana”, Zumba with Vassi, Latino Dance Club Incansable, young Gabrovo singers Viktoria Gergova and Margarita Georgieva from Music School "Stars in Advance"and Iveta Petrova, Radoslav Talev and the musicians from “Stars in Advance”, “Fire Shadows”, Gabrovo Orchestra, Quick Hands Junior and Dani Belev, theatrical group "Gargara", Youth Theater "Smehorancheta", Painting School of Iva Pencheva.
The third 6Fest inspired the carnival mood of Gabrovo with a dance parade through the city center and a dance-music show on the central square "Vazrazhdane" on October 5th. On 6th October 6Fest vitalized the old quarter of Gabrovo called “Shesti uchastak” - music, dance, theater and magic turned Opalchenska Street (in front of the Tourist Information Center) into an arts district.
The documentary movie "Optimistic Theory for Gabrovo" was shot during the third 6Fest. The movie tells about the youth arts organizations in the town.
The project of „Vasil Levski Public Committee – Gabrovo“ is realized with the financial support of Gabrovo Municipality, YOUTH ACTIVITIES Program 2018. Media partners of the third 6Fest are Gabrovo Daily, 100 Vesti and Peika.bg.