Literary evening with Bogomil Gerasimov - honorary citizen of Gabrovo, diplomat and writer

On 11th April, Tuesday, at 6.00 p.m. the House of Humour and Satire is hosting a meeting with diplomat, writer, journalist and public figure Bogomil Gerasimov in the Giraffes Room. The event honours the 45th anniversary of the foundation of the Museum. Mr. Gerasimov is among the people who remember well the laying of the foundations of the House of Humour and Satire, and has a lot to relate about his early encounters with Gabrovo humour and the founding fathers of the Museum.

Bogomil Gerasimov's interest in the phenomenon of Gabrovo humour is long-lasting and unfailing. As a press secretary to the Bulgarian Embassy in London (1963-1968), he made an outstanding contribution to the popularization of Gabrovo humour in the United Kingdom and to establishing the first contacts between the cities of Gabrovo and Aberdeen. It was the time when his collection A Smile from Aberdeen. Scottish Humour came out of press. The publication features parallels between Gabrovo and Scottish humour made by the compiler of the book. In 1979, during his service as an ambassador in Mexico, he was able to enlarge the House's collection with Mexican pieces of sculpture. Later on, as an advisor to the then prime minister of Bulgaria, he aided the House of Humour and Satire in obtaining a hard currency grant for purchasing modern equipment for the Experimental Satirical Variety Theatre being under construction at the time. For his outstanding service to promoting worldwide the traditions of Gabrovo in the field of humour and satire, Bogomil Gerasomov was conferred the title of honorary citizen of Gabrovo in 1971.

Another focal point of the literary evening will be Gerasimov's publications - novels, travelogues and novelletes, some of which had had five and more re-prints. The books present the author's travels across the globe and 'encounters' with gods, monsters and mysteries.


10:00 a.m. Our humour comes from the world over, our band - from Gabrovo
Good morning anf Happy birthday with Band Gabrovo
Park of Laughter

10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. A smiling selfie in front of the distorting mirrors
We provide the mirrors; you - the shared photos of smiles
Ground floor entrance hall

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The first 45
Video recordings from the archives of the House of Humour and Satire
Lobby in front of the Giraffes Room

10:30-11:00 a.m. Cunning is art; smiling is a magic! Whose treat is it?
Magic show of Quick Hands Junior
Room 6

11:00-11:30 a.m. How to become a Gabrovian
Sketches acted by members of the Theatre School to Racho Stoyanov Drama Theatre, Gabrovo
The Roots of Gabrovo Humour Room

11:30 a.m.-12:00 Ready to take off on 2206 Gabrovo flight
Funny game for children
Gabrovo Planet Room

1:00-2:00 p.m. Laughter yoga with Friends Club
Giraffes Room

2:30-3:30 p.m. Whatever granddad does, he never fails
Puppet show of Small Theatre Company
Long Live the Carnival Room

4:00-5:00 p.m. Time for formal greetings and congratulations
Director's office

Presentation of the Humour Publications of the House of Humour and Satire

On 28th March 2017, at 5.30 p.m. Mrs. Darina Marinchevska, specialist at the House of Humour and Satire, will make a presentation of the Museumís publishing activities from the early years to the present day at Chudomir Museum-house in the town of Kazanlak. The event honours 45 years since the foundation of the House of Humour and Satire and is held within the framework of this yearís Chudomir festivities.

The presentation follows the numerous and multilingual editions of the collection Gabrovo Anecdotes; the catalogue-albums of the international and national humour art competitions held by the Museum; the scientific books, periodicals and publicity materials published in the course of time. A focal point in the presentation is the latest publication Ė the catalogue-album The Humour of the Peoples (175 artworks from the museum collection) dedicated to the 45 th anniversary of the foundation of the House of Humour and Satire.


A Gift for My Purring Friend - creative workshop for young and old

On 25th February (Saturday) at 10.30 a.m. the House of Humour and Satire is organizing a creative and educational worshop addressed to children, their siblings, parents and friends in the Giraffes Room. The event is prompted by the World Cat Day; it is a secret to few that the citizens of Gabrovo cherish the purring black cat with the docked off tail as one of the favourite symbols of the town. The admission charge is 3 Lv. Informationa is obtainable on telephone 066/807229.

The objective of the workshop is for the childten to handmake toy-gifts for their pet cats in the atmosphere of fun. The gift can be a house of a cardboard box, pasteboard mice, birds of yarn or other objects for cat play. The essential thing is that the children enjoy themselves making use of their imagination, voice and body.

A Gift for My Purring Friend is the first for this year creative and educational workshop. The House of Humour and Satire is planning to hold similar events every month at the weekends and during school holidays. Artists and actors from all over this country are expected to attend and conduct the workshops to the end of helping the children and encouraging them not only to develop and apply their imagination but to learn how to appreciate and enjoy art.

The ambition of the team of the House of Humour and Satire is both to give meaning to children's free time and offer them productive, however, amusing and memorable experience in the world of art. The creative and educational workshops will be announced on the Museum's monthly programme.


The 'Hot Peppers' Case - literary discussion

It is the second literary evening in 2017 that the House of Humour and Satire is holding on 13th February at 6.00 p.m.. in the Giraffes' Room. The event is dedicated to a discussion occasioned by the collection The 'Hot Peppers' Case. Documents and Recollections compiled by Assoc.Prof. Plamen Doynov, PhD. from New Bulgarian University.

The book reflects one of the most clamorous scandals in the literary history of Bulgaria from the 1970s involving satirist Radoy Ralin (1922-2004), auhtor of the booklet Lyuti chushki ('Hot Peppers') and the illustrator of the booklet Boris Dimovski (1925-2007).

Assoc.Prof. Plamen Doynov's book brings together documents from the archives and records of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, the Sofia City Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, the Union of Bulgarian Artists, the Union of Bulgarian Writers, the editorial-board of Starshel newspaper and others. Part of the material became available to the public as late as 10th November, 1989. In his comprehensive study opening the book, the compiler Plamen Doynov follows and analyses all matter he has found out on the case.

It is worth bringing back to mind that in the days when Radoy Ralin and Boris Dimovski were anathemized and rebuffed in Sofia, Stefan Fartunov, the first director of the House of Humour and Satire, virtually 'recruited' the creative tandem for the cause of the newly opened Museum and the establishment of the town of Gabrovo as a Bulgarian humour centre.

The literary event will be attended also by Boris Dimovski's daughter Valeria Dimovska and Radoy Ralin's son Kin Stoyanov.


GABROVO GAME JAM-a 48-hour hackathon focused on game development

January 20-22, 2017 the town of Gabrovo is playing host to the event Gabrovo Game Jam which is to be held for the first time here. It is organized by the Museum House of Humour and Satire which also provides the venue; Gabrovo Municipality is co-organizer. The event is held in partnership with Gabrovo Technical University and the Faculty of Art to St. St. Cyril and Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo. The general sponsor of the hackathon is the technological company STEMO Ltd.

Gabrovo Game Jam is part of the biggest hackathon focused on game development in the world, GlobalGameJam 2017 ( Instrumental in making the event possible is the cooperation of regional organizations working in the field of culture, education and technologies; the ultimate objective is to contribute to the establishment of the region as a place of innovations and creativity.

For 48 hours running, fans of table and computer games, programmers, animators and artists will be creating games on a general theme. The latter will be announced by the international organizers GlobalGameJam on the kick-off day of the event. Within two days and two nights the games have to be developed to the level of a prototype that can be played. Presentations on the game industry will make part of the programme.

The winners will be announced on Sunday evening (22nd January) by a jury consisting of: Margarita Dorovska - director of the House of Humour and Satire, Svetlin Nikov - founder of SoftUni and Marin Uranzov - CEO of ParizaGames. All prizes are provided by the general sponsor STEMO Ltd. Gabrovo Game Jam is also sponsored by the following local companies: VEDA Consult, Community Bakery Club Ltd., Detelina Nuts Ltd., Sevlievo, MIG Miroslav Stoychev Sole Trader.

Except in Gabrovo, game hackathons will be taking place simultaneously in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas, as well as in more than 80 countries across the globe.


In the Wake of the Words - literary evening

A literary event opens up the 2017 cultural events calendar of the House of Humour and Satire on 12th January. It is dedicated to the latest novel - In the Wake of the Words - of Gabrovo honorary citizen, author and satirist Yordan Hadzhiev. The beginning of the literary event is scheduled for 6.00 p.m., in the Giraffes Room.

Yordan Hadzhiev is not a 'pure-blooded' Gabrovian. He was born in the town of Byala Cherkva, but he completed his studies in the Aprilov High School; his entire career as a legal adviser and creative life as a writer have been closely linked with Gabrovo, therefore, it seems fair to qualify him as a Gabrovo author, a satirist at that. He is winner of the Aprilov Award for lifetime achievement.

Similar to other Bulgarian writers in the recent years, Yordan Hadzhiev has obviously written In the Wake of the Words with the intention to share with and leave his personal memories and affairs to the future generations of Gabrovo citizens and not only. On the vast canvas of literary life in socialist Gabrovo Hadzhiev paints verbal portraits - in detail or with fewer than a couple of punchy phrases - of a myriad of national and a dozen of local wordsmiths who left their mark on the literary history of Bulgaria before the changes in 1989. The book reserves a special place for the author's personal affairs with the powerful decision-makers of the day, top level party officials whose decisions at times would leave the professional consel speechless. Those who happen to know Yordan Hadzhiev are well aware that as a person of the word he finds it difficult to contain words that simply gush within him. Therefore, the floor at the liteary event in the Girffes Room will be mainly given to the satirist, the connoisseurs of his work, the critics and simply the fans.



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