PROGRAM GOATMILK 2016 MAY 21-24


FEAR, LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT

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NEW! FESTIVAL BAR GOATMILK – near the river, every day / 20.00 - 24.00

Places to eat
Slavcho & Valeri – on the way to the mountain, near the pavilion
Elza & Valyo – in the center of the village at Kazan place
every day: lunch 13.00 - 15.00 // dinner 19.00 - 21.00

Slow Food Bela – market and workshop
sweet and salted homemade snacks that bring us back to childhood or recount about the childhood of our parents
every day at Denova’s house: 9.30 - 11.00 // 16.00 - 18.00

Degustations and sales
of farm products from the region, part of “For the Balkan and the people” project
every day at Kazan place: 13.00 - 15.00

Festival Shop and Tea House
every day, Festival building, hall White Shirts 11.00 - 13.00 // 15.00 - 19.00

OFF-FESTIVAL

FRIDAY 20.05

19.30
High and Dry, Video Installation, 2015

Screening and Artist Talk
Craig Havens (US)*
Varshetz / Old Bath House

In this video work, the artist Craig Havens relates the childhood experience of a carnival game which involves attempting to plunge a clown, who yells amplified insults at the player, into a pool of water. Havens equates this contemporary entertainment with the ancient Hindu myth of the sage known as Narada who was thrown into a pool and drowned by the deity Vishnu, and thus dreaming, was reborn into a completely different life.

This work represents the sixth installment in the film series Proscenium Arches, exploring the role of the viewer and the cinematic soundtrack in the ritual of viewing moving images. The audio soundtrack of the work features excerpts of a recorded archival lecture on Hindu mythology performed by the 20th century British/American philosopher Allen Watts (1915-1973).

21.30
ZHALEJKA - SPECIAL SCREENING FOR BELA RECHKA

big hall, Bela Rechka

feature film, 2016, Germany/Bulgaria, 92 min, director Eliza Petkova, producers: Svetoslav Draganov, Tim Oliver Schulz, Cecile Tolu- Polonowski, with Anna Manolova, Snezhina Petrova, Mihail Stoyanov ect

Special Mention from the International Juri at Berlinale 2016
Grand Prize Sofia International Film Festival 2016


Lora, a young girl in a village refuses to mourn after the death of her father and is ostracised by society.



PROGRAM

SATURDAY 21.05

20.jpg8.00 -11.00
Mountain walk with the goats and a local guide

Although the goats in Bela Rechka are already less in numbers than the local inhabitants (2003 when the festival started goats were more than people) the morning walk with the goats in the mountain is a ritual worth to be experienced.
For the stories on the road and for the mountain – the whole mountain around the village is part of the National Park Vrachanski Balkan and the protected areas of Nature 2000 EU Zone. Depending on the local guide, after the walk you might be able to recognize different parts of the mountain – Mecha Strana, Dobralin, Veneza ect…

meeting point at the pavilion near the pub

9.30-11.00
Slow Food Bela
– market and workshop: sweet and salted homemade snacks that bring us back to childhood or recount about the childhood of our parents.
Cheese or doc pastry, or polenta, or sugar cookies … the most exciting moment is the meeting with the local women who make those as their mothers and grandmothers did. And while they knead or roll out they share the story of their life.
With Mariana Assenova in Denova’s house

Five years ago, in 2011, our constant interest in regional food provoked us to create a Slow Food Convivia. The word Convivia, which is not so clear, means something very natural and simple - a community of people who are interested in the unique local flavors and foods and take care those to be preserved.
The Slow food movement emerged in Italy in the small town of Bra in 1989 precisely aiming to preserve the endangered of disappearing local tastes and types of foods. The founder Carlo Petrini believes that food can be good, clean and fair to the people who produce it. Today people in more than100 countries in the world where the movement has its followers share that faith. We in Bela Rechka are among them.


13.jpg11.00 – 13.00
HAVE NO FEAR – LIKE A BEAR

practical workshop for proverbs, sayings, stories, making postcards and more
with Galya Ivanova & Georgi Dimitrov
Festival Shop/Outside

During the whole festival the workshop will explore the topic of FEAR through the proverbs, sayings, legends, stories, songs – all the stories we hear around us from early childhood. The pre-selected collection of the two authors will be available for reading in the festival shop and on special places in the open. The first two days the workshop will collect further memories, dreams, proverbs, fairy tales from the participants and will look for translations into different languages. The third day everybody can make own postcard – memory from the festival – with the most personally moving story about fear. All needed materials will be available on place. The fourth day will be an exhibition day – we will look at all postcards and after that everyone can take his/her own postcard as a festival memory.

The workshop is suitable both for adults and children.

Galya Ivanova is a designer and her passion is making different objects from recycled materials. She is the author of many GOATMILK workshops – White Shirts from Bela Rechka, notebooks, maps ect.
Georgi Dimitrov is a dentist for children and in his soul a musician. The topic on phobias and fears is closely connected with his dental practice. As a musician he explores the effect of acoustic sound in healing inner traumas.

11.00-13.00
GOATMILK for KIDS

Terrace of the festival building
LET’S CREATE A MONSTER!
Let’s share our favorite stories about frightening creatures! Let’s invent our own monster and create it with different materials and at the end – let’s make it speak!
Appropriate for children above 6 years.

Angelina Rangelova is an artistic psycho-social practitioner. In the last years works mostly with children in pre-school age. One of her big passion are the monsters in the children literature.


11.00 – 17.00 GOATMILK for KIDS
“Patilansko” Kingdom in Firefly Mountain home

Hosts – Mathew, Dora, Plamen and Galina Dimovi and in collaboration with Anguelina Ranguelova

Games and entertainment for young and old. Expedition “survival: prosperity” in nature. Talks about gardens and Perm culture. Shake and smoothie bar. And more activities for children from 0 to 100 years old.

We are Plamen, Galia, Matthew and Dora, the most recent villagers. Plamen is a dentist, who opened recently his dental practice in Varshets. Galia is curator, currently devoted to raising her two children and a small Perm-culture garden. Matthew and Dora are young children freely growing in the gorgeous Bela Rechka nature.

15.30- 17.30
THE SILENT DISPLACEMENT

storytelling workshop with Mariana Assenova & Diana Ivanova
white hall

Last year, the GOATMILK Festival asked for the first time publicly the questions -what happened to the Bulgarian Turks who were forcefully separated from their families and displaced in the 80s in Northwestern Bulgaria ( where there are almost no Bulgarian Turks). How the local population received them?

Between 1984 and 1989 the Bulgarian communist government forced 900,000 Bulgarian Turks - or around 10 percent of the country’s population - to change their names with Slavic ones. The people who opposed the assimilation campaign were arrested in prisons and displaced in other areas of the country.

Curious about the gap in the memory, Mariana Assenova and Diana Ivanova started collecting stories from the people in the villages around where Bulgarian Turks have been displaced. “What we found, was beyond our expectations”, they say. In this workshop you can experience some of these surprising stories.

16.00-18.00
Slow Food Bela – market and workshop:
sweet and salted homemade snacks that bring us back to childhood or recount about the childhood of our parents.
Cheese or doc pastry, or polenta, or sugar cookies … the most exciting moment is the meeting with the local women who make those as their mothers and grandmothers did. And while they knead or roll out they share the story of their life.
With Mariana Assenova in Denova’s house

17.30 – 18.30
Reconstructing Iran

Presentation and talk with Antina Zlatkova & Thomas L. Lindermayer
Big Hall

A deserted land of long-beard men, black-covered women, nuclear weapons, repression and fear – this is what Iran sounds like in the media. How much of this images are true and what should we really know about Iran now as the country is about to open up? Antina Zlatkova and Thomas Lindermayer have travelled through Iran for one month and are coming to share thougths about their journey through stereotypes, contradictions, surprises and beauty.

spiel1_web_800px.jpg19.00 – 20.00
Games People Play
(Talkin’ bout You and Me), 2015
Archival Pigment Prints on Cotton Rag Paper, 140 x 110 centimeters
Exhibition opening, Craig Havens (US)*


white hall

Large-scale pigment prints (140 х 110 cm) depict soviet-era playground structures abandoned in the wooded parklands surrounding the United States Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. The work is concerned with examining the act of play not only in the context of blissful expressive child’s play but equally so in the realm of restrained adult geo-politics. Titles for each work are derived from the names of activities depicted in the painting Children’s Games by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1560) which features comparisons between child’s play and the vagaries of adult statecraft.
Craig Havens is an American-born visual artist, lives in Los Angeles, California and Berlin, Germany. Havens’ process incorporates unsubstantiated sources and personal histories in addition to traditional fact-finding methods. Lens-based work featuring photography, video and projected installations examine and contextualize contemporary existence within a communal sense of instability and temporality. He is concerned with examining the role of the monument in public space and responding to it through countermonumental strategies. Work has been exhibited internationally in such venues as the Armory Biennial, Los Angeles, California in 2011, the Goethe Institute Johannesburg, South Africa in 2012, Recyclart Arts Center, Brussels in 2013, Open Arts Foundation, Plovdiv in 2014, and US Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria and Weserburg-Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany in 2015.

20.30
FEAR – LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT!

Big Hall
The Festival Opening this year gives the stage to all of us to share our favorite text and / or music we choose for countering fear.
- Music Exchange – “Sing Me Back Home”- Participatory Memorial in Public Space with Craig Havens (US)* and
- Shared Texts – with Agnieszka Cwielag (Poland) and Sandra Hall (UK)

SUNDAY 22.05

14.jpg8.00-9.30
Yoga and Singing in the Mountain

A personal morning experience of the silence around Bela Rechka – and of the own voice in the mountain.
With Diana Ivanova, meeting at the pavillion near the pub

9.30-11.00
Slow Food Bela – market and workshop:
sweet and salted homemade snacks that bring us back to childhood or recount about the childhood of our parents.
Cheese or doc pastry, or polenta, or sugar cookies … the most exciting moment is the meeting with the local women who make those as their mothers and grandmothers did. And while they knead or roll out they share the story of their life.
With Mariana Assenova in Denova’s house

11-14.30
SOCIAL DREAMING
workshop about dreams with Rumen Petrov
in two parts, with a break
Big Hall

Social Dreaming (or Social Dreaming Matrix) is an old method for creating connections between the inner world of the person (expressed through the dreams) and his social experience from different roles. The social dreaming allows us to understand better how different social, group and organizational situations affect our “private” life. And vice versa - allows us to become aware of social processes and put them into new light, coming from the dreams and free associations. And last but not least – it is a way to have fun together.
The work will be done in 4 parts.

11-11.10 Introduction
11.10-12.30 Social Dreaming Matrix
12.30-12.45 Coffee/Tea Break
12.45-14.00 Collective analysis of the content of the dreaming matrix
14.00-14.15 Comments

Rumen Petrov is a psychotherapist and group relations expert, lector at New Bulgarian University.

11.00-13.00
GOATMILK for KIDS

Terrace of the festival building
LET’S CREATE A MONSTER!
Let’s share our favorite stories about frightening creatures! Let’s invent our own monster and create it with different materials and at the end – let’s make it speak!
Appropriate for children above 6 years

11.00 – 17.00 GOATMILK for KIDS
“Patilansko” Kingdom in Firefly Mountain home

Hosts – Mathew, Dora, Plamen and Galina Dimovi and in collaboration with Anguelina Ranguelova

Games and entertainment for young and old. Expedition “survival: prosperity” in nature. Talks about gardens and Perm culture. Shake and smoothie bar. And more activities for children from 0 to 100 years old.

11.00 – 12.00
Listening Sessions - Group Action with Craig Havens (US)*
White hall

Craig will conduct a private musical listening session for limited group of participants (max 10 people). Each session will focus on songs that present possible strategies for facing and overcoming fear. Audio will be selected from the songs submitted by festival participants during the Music Exchange action as well as from the artist’s extensive archive of popular American recorded music. Participants will be given the opportunity to experience full-length performances of rare musical selections in high-fidelity. Audio presentations will be accompanied by spoken musical histories and reflections on Fear in real-time by the artist.
10 participants maximum, in English, with translation

12.00 – 13.00
FOR THE BALKAN AND THE PEOPLE

Big hall
Miroslava Dikova presents the project activities of “Linking Nature Protection to Sustainable Rural Development” Project in the region of West Balkan Mountain, projection of short film “People form the Mountain”, degustation of farm products from the region.

15.30-17.00
Trauma and Fear – workshop with Martin Dietrich

blue hall

How to overcome fear – one of the worst results after trauma. In the trauma psychotherapy a special attention is given to the feeling of security and stability that the traumatized person has to find inside. In this group session each participant can experience finding such place inside themselves. Martin Dietrich, trauma and group psychotherapist in Bonn, Germany, will lead the participants in this experience with some special imagination exercises developed in the trauma therapy. All you need is to find a comfortable place, close your eyes and follow the voice. At the end, you can share your experiences with the others. Some theoretical aspects of working with fear will be explored too.

Martin Dietrich worked from 2004 onwards in the trauma department of a psychosomatic hospital in Bonn led by one of Germany’s most renowed trauma therapists Wolfgang Wöller. In 2014 Martin opened his own practice. Since 2015 he has also been supervising volunteers projects working with refugees in Germany. For a second year he presents different trauma therapy technics at the GOATMILK Festival.

Suitable only for adults, maximum 15 people
In English, with Bulgarian translation


15.30-17.30
HAVE NO FEAR – LIKE A BEAR

practical workshop for proverbs, sayings, stories, making postcards and more
with Galya Ivanova & Georgi Dimitrov
Festival Shop/Outside

During the whole festival the workshop will explore the topic of FEAR through the proverbs, sayings, legends, stories, songs – all the stories we hear around us from early childhood. The pre-selected collection of the two authors will be available for reading in the festival shop and on special places in the open. The first two days the workshop will collect further memories, dreams, proverbs, fairy tales from the participants and will look for translations into different languages. The third day everybody can make own postcard – memory from the festival – with the most personally moving story about fear. All needed materials will be available on place. The fourth day will be an exhibition day – we will look at all postcards and after that everyone can take his/her own postcard as a festival memory.

The workshop is suitable both for adults and children

16.00-18.00
Slow Food Bela
market and workshop: sweet and salted homemade snacks that bring us back to childhood or recount about the childhood of our parents.
Cheese or doc pastry, or polenta, or sugar cookies … the most exciting moment is the meeting with the local women who make those as their mothers and grandmothers did. And while they knead or roll out they share the story of their life.
With Mariana Assenova in Denova’s house

17.00-18.00
Conversation with Nikola Mihov about his exhibition – “HELLO AND WELCOME TO PARIS”

big hall
The last series of photography by Nikola Mihov “Hello and Welcome to Paris” – can be seen everywhere around Bela Rechka. Created in the days after the November 13th attacks,they explore the product “Live from Paris” by shifting the focus toward the media faces and the key words that remain imprinted in our consciousness. The language used by media is unified and follows the rules of the editorial routine. Reporters with a uniform look and gestures read pre-fabricated lines, while the segments begin with the mandatory “Welcome to Paris.” Is that an oversight on the part of the editor or a trend in the global news industry?

Nikola Mihov was born in Sofia in 1982 г. He lives in Sofia and Paris and comes regularly to the GOATMILK Festival. His first photographic book „Forget Your Past” (Janet 45, 2012) was announced as one of the best photo books by the prestigious British magazine British Journal of Photography. Nikola is one of the creators of the platform for contemporary Bulgarian photography - Bulgarian Photography Now. (www.bulgarianphotographynow.com).

15.jpg18.30 – 20.00
“SPACE OF PURE THOUGHT”
- Balkan Premiere!
documentary,Estonia, 2015, 75 min, director:Puu Estonia
screening and talk with the director
big hall


Jan Jõemetslives the life many only dream about – in seclusion, alone, in the forest. He is one of the most unique thinkers of the new generation of Estonia. In the 1990s he became a cult lecturer at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, while at the same time he has no university degree yet..Jan is a man who is concentrated on focusing and intensity, and in every moment he lives in and through his object of study - Theatrum philosophicum…

If Jan finds the ideal life of every humanitarian at every moment, why does no one else have the courage to imitate it so perfectly? A film about being, the use of time, and choices through philosophy.

Puu Estonia was born in 1972, he graduated first a Waldorf pedagogical school and worked as a children teacher, after that he studies theater and theater anthropology in Estonia, India, Vietnam, Thailand..”Space of pure thought” is his first feature documentary. He comes to Bela Rechka attracted by the festival and the possibility for goatmilking

The screening is in English


25.jpg20.30- 22.00
TZVETAN MARANGOSOFF, FILM DIRECTOR IN GERMANY

Short films from the 60s and 70s in Munich, Germany
curator: Bernhard Marsch, Cologne

big hall
The short fims of Tzvetan Marangosoff from the 60s and 70s in Munich are screened for the first time in Bulgaria in 2016 – in a common project of Goethe Institute Bulgaria, Sofia Film Fest and GOATMLK Festival.
Tzvetan Marangosoff – known as the writer Marangosoff in Bulgaria and as the filmmaker Marran Gosov in Germany – is one of the important central personalities behind the New German Film in the 60s and belongs to the so called „Munich Group“ that wrote a remarkable filmhistory in Germany, similar to the Nouvelle Vague in France. His rich film legacy (more than 30 short films) is an unique observation of the Westgerman mentality from those years. The Cologne curator Bernhard Marsch rediscovered Marran Gosov for the German audience in the last years and now presents a selection of his best films – especially for the GOATMILK Festival – in two programmes.
In Bulgarian, German and English, with Bulgarian subtitles

PROGRAMM PART I

К.I.N.О
BRD 1968 - 11 min- b/w
Cast: Margit Haberland, Walter Gnilka, Tom Riedl, Marran Gosov
A cinema visit turns into a nightmare.

SABINE 18
BRD 1967 – 12 min- b/w
Cast: Veruschka Mehring, Sabine A. Wengen, Martin Müller, Klaus Lemke
Sabine has not done it yet. Her boyfriend is shocked. What else can she do? She asks a friend to help her.

PFEIFFER
BRD 1967 - 21 min. - b/w
Cast: Dieter Augustin, Martin Müller, Heinz Klopp, Max Zihlmann
Gustl wants to start a new political newspaper. Everybody who wants to write must first pay. An idea how to overcome the constant lack of money.

THE OLD MAN
BRD 1968 - 12 min. - b/w
Cast: Friedrich Pauli, Henry van Lyck, Wigbert Wicker
An old man cannot stay at home and starts creating problems in the neighbourhood.

BEAUTIFUL FAREWELL
BRD 1970 - 10 min. - b/w
Cast: Friedrich Pauli, Towje Kleiner
An old man hires a guestworker for a special favour.

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Concert: THE PACO BAND

Youness Paco (Маrocco) – vocal, gambri and other african instruments
Michael Heid( Austria) – saxophone, Alpian horn

big hall
Youness Paco is a real musical treasure. Born in 1975 in Essaouira, Marocco, in an exceptional musical family – his grandfather was a Sufi musician, his father Abderrahmane Paco was a legend – as a singer for the group Nass El Ghiwane, he played with Jimi Hendrix in the 60s. His father group was also famous for the perfect playing of gnawa - the traditional spiritual music of Africa, for the revolutionary use of western instruments and for the strong social critical texts of the songs. Gnawa is considered to be a healing music (can cure from fears, for example) and in the past was performed at the so called Lila nights – when the people looking for healing were gathered together at one place.

Youness Paco played first with his father and brothers and after the death of his father he founded his own group The Paco Band. His aim is to continue the tradition of Gnawa and to look for new musical connections with western music. Youness comes to Bulgaria for the first time – attracted by GOATMILK and Bela Rechka. He will play together with the Austrian saxophone player Michael Heid.

MONDAY 23.05

2.jpg8.00 -11.00
Mountain walks with the goats and a local guide

meeting at the pavillion at the pub

9.30-11.00
Slow Food Bela – market and workshop:
sweet and salted homemade snacks that bring us back to childhood or recount about the childhood of our parents.
Cheese or doc pastry, or polenta, or sugar cookies … the most exciting moment is the meeting with the local women who make those as their mothers and grandmothers did. And while they knead or roll out they share the story of their life.
With Mariana Assenova in Denova’s house

11.00-13.00
GOATMILK for KIDS/ФЕСТИВАЛ ЗА ДЕЦА

Festival building terrace
Let’s meet the monster!
Dear adults, we invite you for a meeting with our monster. He has questions for you. And you? Do you want to ask him something?

Presentation of the children monster workshop

11.00 – 17.00 GOATMILK for KIDS
“Patilansko” Kingdom in Firefly Mountain home

Hosts – Mathew, Dora, Plamen and Galina Dimovi and in collaboration with Anguelina Ranguelova

Games and entertainment for young and old. Expedition “survival: prosperity” in nature. Talks about gardens and Perm culture. Shake and smoothie bar. And more activities for children from 0 to 100 years old.

gray920.png11.00 – 12.00
Listening Sessions - Group Action with Craig Havens (US)*
White hall
Craig will conduct a private musical listening session for limited group of participants (max 10 people). Each session will focus on songs that present possible strategies for facing and overcoming fear. Audio will be selected from the songs submitted by festival participants during the Music Exchange action as well as from the artist’s extensive archive of popular American recorded music. Participants will be given the opportunity to experience full-length performances of rare musical selections in high-fidelity. Audio presentations will be accompanied by spoken musical histories and reflections on Fear in real-time by the artist.
10 participants maximum, in English, with translation

12.00 – 13.00 THE FEAR OF LIVING H E R E
What does it mean to live here – in Bela Rechka and Northwestern Bulgaria – whar are our personal and collective fears, in and around ourselves. An attempt to go under the skin of the fear.
Workshop and discussion
big hall


12.00 – 13.00
FOR THE BALKAN AND THE PEOPLE

blue hall
Workshop for traditional for the region handicrafts with women from “Dushichina” Association in Chiprovci

23.jpg15.30-17.30
The Dream Eater– workshop with Ludger Boensch

blue hall

The daughter of the king cannot sleep because she dreams horrible nightmares. All wise people from the whole country gather and try to help her. Nobody can. The desperate king starts traveling around other countries in a search for a cure. Vainly. At the end, broken, he finds himself in an abandoned place. There he meets a creature that is eating only bad dreams. Happy, the king promises him /her to have enough food – until he eats the nightmares of his daughter. The two return to the palace and finally the daughter is cured.

(from the book “The Dream Eater”of Michael Ende - German writer of fantasy and chidren’fiction)

What can help us against our fears and nightmares? In this workshop everybody will paint or create his own “dream eater”, to whom we want to give our nightmares. How does it look, what qualities does it have? In this creative search we might find sleeping abilities and strengths that hide behind our fears.

The workshops is suitable for both children and adults.
Ludger Boensch is an art therapist in Cologne, Germany. He believеs in everyone’s ability to discover and develop his individual potential.


16.00-18.00
Slow Food Bela – market and workshop:
sweet and salted homemade snacks that bring us back to childhood or recount about the childhood of our parents.
Cheese or doc pastry, or polenta, or sugar cookies … the most exciting moment is the meeting with the local women who make those as their mothers and grandmothers did. And while they knead or roll out they share the story of their life.
With Mariana Assenova in Denova’s house

17.30-18.30
Dear Fear: Countermonumental Strategies

Artist talk: Craig Havens (US)*
Big hall

Using the function of Monuments as a departure point, the artist will present his research regarding the contemporary evolution of the Countermonument in relation to German Holocaust memorials and sculptural histories of the 1980’s and 1990’s. A visual presentation and discussion will reflect on dealing with legacies of Fear within national histories and the possible application to this issue within lens-based artistic practices such as photography, film and video.

18.30-20.00
HAVE NO FEAR – LIKE A BEAR

practical workshop for proverbs, sayings, stories, making postcards and more
with Galya Ivanova & Georgi Dimitrov
Festival Shop/Outside


During the whole festival the workshop will explore the topic of FEAR through the proverbs, sayings, legends, stories, songs – all the stories we hear around us from early childhood. The pre-selected collection of the two authors will be available for reading in the festival shop and on special places in the open. The third day today everybody can make own postcard – memory from the festival – with the most personally moving story about fear. All needed materials will be available on place.

19.00-19.45
Dr David Ethics

Performance/ improvisation by Lee Griffiths (UK)
big hall


What are we afraid off? Dr Ethics rifts off into the unknown, investigating our fears, and what it is to be in fear of them – how to embrace fears, rather that run away, what it is to be permanently in low-level fear (as we all may be, whether we realize or not). The performance is improvised and will respond to discussions and presentations at GOATMILK.

Lee Griffiths is part of the artistic group Friction Arts, Birmingham (UK) – one of the big friends and supporters of the GOATMILK Festival. He has been part of Friction Arts artistic interventions at many places around the globe – Brasil, South Africa, Netherlands ect…

20.30-22.00
TZVETAN MARANGOSOFF, FILM DIRECTOR IN GERMANY

Short films from the 60s and 70s in Munich, Germany, curator: Bernhard Marsch, Cologne
big hall

The short fims of Tzvetan Marangosoff from the 60s and 70s in Munich are screened for the first time in Bulgaria in 2016 – in a common project of Goethe Institute Bulgaria, Sofia Film Fest and GOATMLK Festival.

In Bulgarian and German, with Bulgarian subtitles

PROGRAM PART II

TANA
BRD 1969 – 11min - b/w
Cast: Klaudia Littmann, Peter Lohmann
Saying, she wants to take a shower, a young woman stays overnight at the flat of a man.

THE LONG MARCH
BRD 1970 – 14 min. - b/w
Cast: Dieter Augustin, Siegfried Graue
Gustl is a master of surviving and lives on the streets. He rents from a carnaval shop a police uniform in order to earn some money. But…

TRANSIT FLIGHT STOP
BRD 1973 - 13 min. - b/w
Cast: Mitko Vulev, Lilith Ungerer
A film about pride – being Bulgarian in West Germany.

STEPS
BRD 1974 - 10 min. - b/w
Cast: Dieter Augustin, Hans Jakob, Bernd Fiedler, Marran Gosov
Complicated world, with upside down desires.

PLAYING IN GERMANY
BRD 1975 – 12 min - b/w
Cast: Marran Gosov, Iraj Trabizi
A scene with a Turkish guestworker must be shot. Suddenly things become complicated.

22.30
CONCERT: CALUM PRATT (UK)

acoustic guitar, vocal
big hall

Great voice, delicate songs, masterful guitar play…These are some of the feedback about the young composer and singer Calum Pratt. He describes himself as „ folky-ish songwriter from the south of England, now playing my craft in Berlin.” Calum already had some very strong shows there – for example, at the Melodica Acoustic Festival Berlin 2015. Now he is coming for the fisrt time to Bulgaria – and directly to GOATMILK! - with new compositions and songs.

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AKSINIA MIHAYLOVA
poetic reading
big hall

Bulgarian poetess Aksinia Mihaylova - the first Bulgarian writer who
won the Prix Apollinaire, the most prestigious French poetry 
award, for her book “Ciel a perdre” (”A Heaven to Lose”) in 2014 – will read at the GOATMILK Festival for the first time! Aksinia was born in Rakevo (a village in Northwestern Bulgaria not far from Bela Rechka), now she works as a translator and teacher in Sofia. We love her for the honesty, friendship, language, openness – and invite you for a real celebration!













TUESDAY 24.05

8.00 -11.00
Mountain walks with the gotas and a local guide


meeting point at the pavillion near the village pub

9.30-11.00
Slow Food Bela – market and workshop:
sweet and salted homemade snacks that bring us back to childhood or recount about the childhood of our parents.
Cheese or doc pastry, or polenta, or sugar cookies … the most exciting moment is the meeting with the local women who make those as their mothers and grandmothers did. And while they knead or roll out they share the story of their life.
With Mariana Assenova in Denova’s house

11.00-12.30
HANSEL & GRETEL GAME

workshop in the open, with Angelina Rangelova
This is a game where you are allowed to take somebody in the forest and to leave him/her there. It can happen that you are left in the forest too. What happens at that moment with all participants in the game?
Suitable for adults

11.00-12.00
HAVE NO FEAR – LIKE A BEAR

practical workshop for proverbs, sayings, stories, making postcards and more
with Galya Ivanova & Georgi Dimitrov
Festival Shop/Outside


During the whole festival the workshop will explore the topic of FEAR through the proverbs, sayings, legends, stories, songs – all the stories we hear around us from early childhood. The pre-selected collection of the two authors will be available for reading in the festival shop and on special places in the open. Today is the last day – you can see the exhibition of the hand-made postcards from the participants!

11.00 – 17.00 GOATMILK for KIDS
“Patilansko” Kingdom in Firefly Mountain home

Hosts – Mathew, Dora, Plamen and Galina Dimovi and in collaboration with Anguelina Ranguelova

Games and entertainment for young and old. Expedition “survival: prosperity” in nature. Talks about gardens and Perm culture. Shake and smoothie bar. And more activities for children from 0 to 100 years old.

12.00 – 13.00
FOR THE BALKAN AND THE PEOPLE

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Workshop for traditional for the region handicrafts with women from “Dushichina” Association in Chiprovci

12.00 – 13.00
REAL BIG SEWING

Mariela Gemisheva in the reality of memories or back to the private origin

Consultant: Petya Djukelova
Assistants: Victoria Dineva and Petya Baleva
With the special appearance of Varshets Brass Orchestra

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The author’s idea is through the intimate process of undressing and dressing to provoke sharing of memories and realization and presentation of a fashion collection for local women in style performance in the rural context of Fashion. Mariela provokes us to experience the incompatibilities - urban and suburban fashion or fashion as socio-cultural “urban phenomenon”, related both to the future and to the past; the fashion - there, where the time stopped with the white shirt of grandmother Todorka or there, “where the goats are more than the people”.

But the project is also inspired by the author’s personal memories of her first attempts in sewing clothes, once in the 70s in the Northwest. The main device used in the process of collection realization is the original sewing machine of Mom Mia (Mariela’s grandmother from Hajredin village, Vratsa region) with the idea of age “going back” and the Authentic I rediscovery.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mariela Gemisheva, fashion designer and artist in the field of performance, installation and object, is known for her numerous unusual and memorable experimental solutions in the field of fashion and art-performance. “Art is: practice, communication, process, and restlessness - dynamics in which you measure your daily rhythm”, she says. Essential element in her works is provocation and according to the American curator Roger Conover she is “unique in transforming limitations into advantages.”
http://www.marielagemisheva.com


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BRASS ORCHESTRA VARSHETZ

The Varshetz Brass Orchestra was created in 1971. In their best years they reached 32 people and won 4 national golden medals. In the 70s their conductor was one of the biggest Bulgarian brass maestro - Diko Iliev.
They are our favorites and each year create one of the best music and dance party at the Goatmilk festival. They play Balkan, National and Northwestern rhythms.




16.00-18.00
Slow Food Bela
– market and workshop: sweet and salted homemade snacks that bring us back to childhood or recount about the childhood of our parents.
Cheese or doc pastry, or polenta, or sugar cookies … the most exciting moment is the meeting with the local women who make those as their mothers and grandmothers did. And while they knead or roll out they share the story of their life.
With Mariana Assenova in Denova’s house

17.00-19.00
LOCKED TIME (Verriegelte Zeit), 1990, 90 min, documentary, director: Sibylle Schoenemann, DEFA (Silver Dove 1990, DOK Leipzig )

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Sibylle Schoenemann asks questions in this film. She was a film director at DEFA in East Germany in 1984. At that time she filed an application to leave the GDR and was arrested by Stasi, The East German Secret Police, and sentenced to 12 months in prison. In July 1985 she was expelled to West Germany where she lived and worked ever since. In 1990 she returned to the old surroundings in GDR. Delicate, stubborn, curious, driven, fragile – she asks the people who traced the way for her arrest – why did you not defend me? Do you remember what happened to me?

A film about our personal responsibility.

In German, with Bulgarian subtitles
part of the film initiative “Voices Unlocked” by Goethe Institute Bulgaria

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MEMORY FOR PETER MANOLOV

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poetry reading, music and memories
Mono Petra, voice
Simeon Germanov, guitar


The poet and dissident Peter Manolov died on February 7th 2016. He was a poet of exceptional resistance, a free spirit who has overcome fear (before and after 1989). In 1989 he was arrested by the Bulgarian State Security (DS) as the secretary of the Independent Society for Human Rights, established in 1988. His literary works were confiscated and the poet went for 31 days on hunger strike. Many intellectuals around the world supported his fight – Kurt Vonnegut, Allen Ginsberg, Isaak Asimov…
This is a special reading by Mono Petra, from the book he published in memory of his father.







20.30
THE SINGING SOCIETY OF BELA RECHKA

In Bela Rechka we sing quite a lot. Every year. Even if not written in the program. This time we invite you for this special closing event. Come and sing with us! Today is a celebration day!

*In cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Sofia

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OPEN CALL GOATMILK 2016


Friends and guests of GOATMILK festival of memories,

This year we chose to talk about FEAR in all of its contexts - personal, collective, political, physical and metaphysical..
For the opening on 21st of May we invite you to bring and share with us:

- A text in your mother language which helps you in moments of fear, that you love and will to read;
- Music that you choose – to listen or play, when you feel anxiety, fear.

Send the texts (up to one page) or the music file (MP3 file) to New Culture Foundation mail till 30th of April. Or let us know if you prefer to play life your music (and which instrument you play on).

novakultura@gmail.com

So to start talking about FEAR – Saturday, 21st of May,

TOPIC: FEAR, LET’S TALK ABOUT IT

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“A time full of hope has been replaced by a time of fear”, said Svetlana Alexievich in her 2015 Nobel Prize in literature winner’s lecture.

In 2008th when we replaced the stolen bell in Bela Rechka, the main issue on local people’s minds was FEAR. Fear of new theft, of new harm. A man suggested a spell to guard the new bell, another one - to fence it with barbed wire and to hide it so no one could see it. In the end our common desire to do something good and our intuitive feeling that this is not the way to protect ourselves from the evil prevailed.

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In the same year of 2008 in “Fear of Barbarians” Tzvetan Todorov writes: Fear becomes a danger for those who experience it, and this is why it must not be allowed to play the role of dominant passion. It is even the main justification for behaviour often described as ‘inhuman’. The fear of death that menaces me or, even worse, menaces those who are dear to me, makes me capable of killing, mutilating and torturing. The fear of barbarians is what risks making us barbarian.

Since 2008 - the festival GOATMILK in Bela Rechka keeps going with the hope that we don’t need to isolate ourselves from evil and forget FEAR, neither shall we be afraid of it, and that with openness and sincerity, we will be able to change, little by little, the traumatic environment around us and to create one less fearful.

Are we naïve?

Today the idea that we can protect ourselves from evil with barbed wire, spell or even with murders seems more and more attractive – both here in Bulgaria and beyond it. Fear (in all its aspects, unknown, uncertain), security (read: home, food, care, love, shelter), pain (of leaving home and safety), hatred (towards the other, the different, the unknown, the alien), anger and revenge … feelings that come to the surface in times of nearby “danger”, real or illusory. Feelings which, as the French psychologist Jean-Pierre Vouche said after the terrorist attacks in Paris, you need to put into words in order to be able to move forward.

What are we afraid of? Why is fear such a powerful tool? Are we aware of our terrors; do we accept them? Isn’t it a utopia to think it’s possible to not be afraid? Where is the boundary which separates the protective fear from the dangerous, alarmist one that makes us easy to manipulate?

We invite you to explore and discuss the aspects of FEAR at the GOATMILK festival 21-24 May, 2016.

An open call for ideas will go out by the end of January.

Mariana Assenova
Diana Ivanova
GOATMILK managers and curators

YOGA WEEK OF PURITY


28 August – 4 September

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photo by Diana Ivanova

A week in the silence and nature of the village Gorna Bela Rechka devoted to purity: the experience of external and internal purity. Through combination of Yoga exercises – Hatha Yoga cleaning practices (shatkarmas) – Laghoo and Neti, physical exersices – asanas, meditative techniques for calming down the mind and emotions (Yoga Nidra, Antar Mouna, Antar Darshan), walking in nature, collecting herbs, singing with the local people, simple vegan local food – everyone will have the opportunity to experience the quality of purity and ways to achieve it. There will be practical and theoretical guidance and explanation for every exercise.
During the week alcohol, meat and milk products will be prohibited. It is recommended to check your health before signing up for the week. The program is suitable for everyone, including yoga beginners. Full program will be sent individually to every participant after signing up.

The number of participants is limited. Maximal number of people: 12

145 euro ( if payment is made till 1st August, participation fee & full board, accommodation in double room)
160 euro for all payments after 1st August
for single room additional payment of 30 euro

Signing up after sending an e-mail to novakultura@gmail.com
and sending the amount of money to BG60RZBB91551060434614
Raiffaisen Bank Sofia
BIC: RZBBBGSF

New Culture Foundation presents a new initiative: BELA RECHKA SUMMER 2015


reading room, tea house, vintage atelier, permanent exhibition, workshops and screenings
every Saturday,starting 4th of July
9.30 – 11.00 // 18.00 – 20.00

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photo by Diana Ivanova

• reading and tea room
in the renovated white hall in the school. The local people and the guests of the village could have tea or coffee and could read the weekly newspapers. Since years press is not available in the village and the locals have no access to newspapers and magazines. With the support of some leading publishing houses the following newspapers will be available for reading: “Capital”, “Culture”, “Literary newspaper”, “Third age”, “L’Europeo”.

• atelier “Bela Rechka Vintage”
in “White Shirts” hall in the school. The atelier will be the place to leave different materials to be recycled, old jeans (despite the type, the colour or the size), aprons from the socialism, old neckties. (Clothes should be washed!) Guests could also see “White shirts from Bela Rechka” collection by Galina Ivanova, to dress with old white shirt, to order or buy a shirt.

• exhibition “Recycling the meaning”
in the school foyer. You could see again the project of Galina Dimitrova-Dimova and Plamen Dimov. The exhibition will be opened for new participants till the end of September.

and the special Saturdays
25th of July // 22nd of August

• “Bela Rechka Vintage” workshop– to make your new product using some of the materials to be recycled.
• Slow Food Bela Rechka workshop– for hand-made banitza pastry, home-made jam and goat-milk curd.
• Mountain paths WALKING IN MY SHOES – a tailor made tourism – wild herbs, fruits and mushrooms collecting.
• Evening cinema – short documentaries, produced in Bela Rechka in 2013 by participants in the workshop “knowhowshowhow”; “Soul food stories” (2013, 69′,Tonislav Hristov, Bulgaria/Finnland ); “A simple day” (1980s, 20′, Ministry of Interior, Directed by Mladen Nestorov).

KEY! Participation in the workshops on 25th of July and 22nd of August require those who wish to join to send an email to: novakultura@gmail.com . Participants should be up to 15 people! Deadline to send requests: Monday, 20th of July; Monday, 17th of August.

Accommodation: Local people’s houses and tents.
Food: Home made.

Since 2003 New Culture Foundation (NCF) is active in the field of memories and is organizer of Goatmilk festival of memories. The projects initiated and developed by NCF research recycling, abandoned places, nature, unique food, local traditions and celebrations, and the recent history as a factor for future development of Montana region.
For questions and booking:

Mariana Assenova
marianaassen@gmail.com
novakultura@gmail.com
+359888310667
New Culture Foundation
Slow Food Bela Rechka

NEW! Second hand shop GOATMILK

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Second hand shop GOATMILK opens in Gorna Bela Rechka – 21st of May, Thursday, 18:00 – Sedma Str.!

This shop differs from the second hand shops that surround us. Bring an object you are not using anymore and donate it to the shop. New Culture Foundation will start a new initiative with the funds collected by sales – SECOND HAND Academy. To learn more – come in place.

GOATMILK 2015 SECOND HAND: PROGRAMME


Download and print your programme HERE
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SECOND HAND: permanent workshops, pubs, teahouse & shops

New! second hand shop, every day, Seventh Str., at the small bridge, 11.00-20.00
This shop differs from the second hand shops that surround us. Bring an object you are not using anymore and donate it to the shop. New Culture Foundation will start a new initiative with the funds collected by sales – SECOND HAND Academy. To learn more – come in place.

pubs:
Didi&Gergana – at the Kazan – every day lunch 13.00 – 15.00, dinner 19.00 – 21.00
Slavcho&Valeri – The Pub - every day lunch 13.00 -15.00, dinner 19.00 – 21.00

slow food workshop& shop: Siyka’s yard – every day 10.00-14.00, 16.00-18.00

festival shop & tea house: White Shirts hall - every day 11.00-13.00, 15.00-19.00

PROGRAM
FRIDAY MAY 22

9.00
Morning Yoga with Mina (India/Finnland)

Minna lives in Munger, India, where she is undergoing training in yoga and sannyasa. Previously, she tried to make peace in war-torn countries - Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Now she focuses on peace within; a future project involves introducing tools of yoga to people suffering from war trauma.
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10.00
Turkish coffee – storytelling workshop with Adem Murat (Turkey/Czech Republic)

Fortunetelling with coffee is an art of storytelling where the imagination of the storyteller combines with the imagination of the listener –thus old symbols and myths are bought back to life and new meaning and story are born. Adem Murat was inspired for this workshop by the stories of women in his own family and by the special rituals of making and drinking coffee at home.
pavilion, max 10 people

13.00
Slow Food Bela Rechka

home-made pastry for banitsa workshop in lelya Siyka’s house with local women
It’s always fun to mess your hands with flour. Your personal experience and rediscovery of the magic to touch the dough, the rolling pin and fire.
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14.00
The Singing Society of Bela Rechka

Each year since 2008 we sing again and again the old songs recorded by New Culture Foundation during the first meeting with the women of Bela Rechka in 2003. Milevka, Nikolina and Todorka are not amongst us today but their voices are with us. In this singing workshop was born also the hymn of Goatmilk Festival. This year two women from Bela Rechka will teach us their two favorite songs.
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16.00 – 18.00 GOATMILK for KIDS
Yoga for kids and fairytales with Eli (Eli Koleva) and Lina (Angelina Rangelova) – space for the youngest guests of the festival.
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16.00 – 17.00
MEGPIE’S NEST – the winner of the Open call

Workshop with the authors Priscilla Howe (professional storyteller and folktale collector), Eireene Nealand (an award-winning writer and teacher of creative writing) and Megan Lueneburg (an American architect, studying anthropology).
Writers, it’s said, are magpies. Once upon a time, village storytelling was the ultimate place for collecting, recycling and weaving together old and new experiences. At the Bela Rechka Festival our storytelling team asks participants of the Goat Milk festival to help collect story-fragments, folk tales, and objects into our magpie’s nest. In a six part writing workshop spread over three days, you, the holders of our stories will literally weave together the literal, fantastical, mythical aspects of your lives using ribbons, thread, ink, yarn, goat hair, and your own voices.
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16.00
Tsifteteli– Traditional Dance Academy with Murat

Tsifteteli (Greek: τσιφτετέλι; Turkish: Çiftetelli) is a rhythm and dance of Anatolia and the Balkans with a rhythmic pattern of 2/4. In Turkish the word means “double stringed”, taken from the violin playing style that is practiced in this kind of music. There are suggestions that the dance already existed in ancient Greece, known as the Aristophanic dance Cordax. However it is widespread in Greece and Turkey, but also in the whole former Ottoman Empire region. For the first time in Bela Rechka Murat (professional dancer and musician) will teach this dance in a series of workshops every day during the festival. Price of one workshop: 10 BGN, price for the whole Academy with 3 workshops: 20 BGN
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17.30
“White Shirts from Bela Rechka”– 10 years later– opening exhibition of Galina Ivanova

”One shirt for me, the others – for gifts”
10 years ago Galina Ivanova created her first artistic project “White Shirts from Bela Rechka”, inspired by the names of the women who made the white shirts in the past (Ivana, Maria, Bogdana, Milevka, Sofikya, Nikolina, Tima, Dona, Nadezhda, Petra) as well as by their purity and simplicity. Another inspiration have been the words of Todorka: “When I put the white shirt on, I feel better, somehow richer”. During the last 10 years the project developed with old and new shirts and always added new elements. Inspired by the first family meeting last year of the Denov Family in Bela Rechka and rediscovering a new Todorka sentence “One shirt for me, all others – for gifts”, Galina is developing now the project with focusing on the old photos and stories in the Denov family about making, wearing and giving shirts as gifts. The exhibition includes old and new shirts as well.
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19.00
GOATMILK 2015 Opening

Presentation of the Winners in the Open Call Second Hand, annual awards for volunteering GOATMILK
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20.00
Film Screening LISTEN

The documentary LISTEN (76m) by Diana Ivanova ( Debut Award for Director at the Golden Rython Festival Plovdiv 2014) tells as main narrative the story of Radio Free Europe – established by US in Germany after the Second World War and considered the biggest enemy of communist Bulgaria. But there is also another narrative – through stories of listeners, State Security officers, radio journalists, unknown archives – about truth and propaganda before 1989 and about our ability to feel the suffering of others. In that sense, this is film also about Northwestern Bulgaria at the end of the 80s. Exactly this narrative inspires New Culture Foundation to initiate several events during the festival. More about the film: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Чуй-Listen/585109204948110
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22.00
Concert: Valmon&Junior Cardoso (Brasil)

VALMON and Júnior Cardoso have designed their individual and style in a unique fusion of modern Música Popular Brasileira and its countless rythms like Afoxé, Baião, Maracatú and Samba with elements of Jazz and Mystic Rock - timeless and independent, modern and traditional, soft and wild. They personify an almost magic symbiosis which is representing the explosive power of a vulcan, spiritual sensuality, poetic ballads - and the wonderful Brazilian joy of life.
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24.00
Reading by candlelight “When they took my name”

“Because the prisons were full with Turks proclaimed against the forced assimilation, around us in every village of the district Mihailovgrad lived at least one family or person interned.” Anthology “When they took my name” is the first literary collection that gathers the traumatic experience of Bulgarian Turks in the times of their forcible renaming. Northwestern Bulgaria is also a silent participant in this process as a place where many of these people have been displaced.
This reading is late, but sincere expression of our commitment to the tragedy with the deprival the names of Bulgarian Turks, as this process passed silently in our homelands in Northwestern Bulgaria. Everyone is invited to read one or more pieces from the book that will be available.
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SATURDAY MAY 23

8.00
Discover Bela Rechka
– historical walk in the mountain with a local guide
meeting point: pavilion

9.00
Morning Yoga with Mina (India/Finnland)

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10.00
Bulgarian Dance

Lessons for newcomers and advanced in traditional horo-dance (to feel at home for the village dance on 24thof May!) Two simple dances (Dunavsko &P ravo) and one less simple (Chichovata). With two local teachers who spent their young years with horo-dances!
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11.00
Discussion: The Second Life of Trauma. The place of Northwestern Bulgaria in the process of forceful renaming of Bulgarian Turks in the 80s. About silence and breaking the silence.

Between 1984 and 1989 the Bulgarian communist government forced Bulgaria’s Turkish community – 900,000 people or 10 percent of the country’s population, to change their names with Slavic ones. This assimilation campaign was sold to the ethnic Bulgarian majority as an attempt for national “revival” and was called by the authorities the “The Revival Process”. The ideology behind the term (originally used for the less publicized attempts at assimilation of the Pomaks in the early 1970s) was the claim that the targeted minority had originally been Bulgarian before its conversion during the Ottoman rule. Thus, the assimilation was supposedly justified by it being a restoration of the population’s original “real” identity. During the campaign which happened in the South of Bulgaria there were no news in the media. Nobody knew about the use of violence. Many Bulgarian Turks who protested the change of their names were forcefully separated from their families and displaced in other areas of Bulgaria- especially in Northwestern Bulgaria where there are almost no Bulgarian Turks. What happened here? How the local population received the newcomers? How local people responded to the tragedy? These questions have not been asked and explored till now, more than 25 years after.
With the participation of: Zlatko Enev, editor of “Liberal Review”, Berlin, d-r Vihren Chernokozhev, co-author and editor of the book “When they took my name”,Mihail Gruev, historian, Evelina Kelbecheva, historian, Mariana Assenova, Diana Ivanova, New Culture Foundation
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11.00 – 13.00 GOATMILK for KIDS
Yoga for kids and fairytales with Eli (Eli Koleva) and Lina (Angelina Rangelova) – space for the youngest guests of the festival.
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13.00
Slow Food Bela Rechka

home-made pastry for banitsa workshop in lelya Siyka’s house
It’s always fun to mess your hands with flour. Your personal experience and rediscovery of the magic to touch the dough, the rolling pin and fire.
lelya Siyka’s house

15.00
Workshop:Mask – a second look. Part One.

The first look. Sometimes we believe the first look is enough. But if we can allow ourselves a second look it can open new doors. When we look at ourselves into the mirror, we see the face that we show to others. If we feel good or bad at the moment – not everybody can see that and not everybody must see that, although we would love to be seen as accepted as we are. In this workshop of creating a mask the participants can explore both sides – outside and inside. In the first part we will make carefully the masks with gypsum. In the next second part we will paint individually the outer and inner parts of the masks. Maybe we would love to share this with each other, maybe we will experience surprises…
Ludger Bönsch works as an art therapist in Cologne, Germany. He believes the most important for everybody in life is to develop their individuality. Max. Number of people: 15
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15.00
Workshop: The Propaganda and Me

Our GOATMILK coordinator Kaloyan Assenov changed Varshets with London. Now he comes especially for the festival to share with us his firsthand experience and to invite us to an unexpected journey towards ourselves.“My cultural shock in my new life here was this one – no one is talking with their neighbors. This is hard for me. I would love to understand better the culture I carry with myself and to compare with what I find around me. The question about my attitude toward my neighbor is part of the question about my attitude toward myself.”

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16.00 -20.00
MEGPIE’S NEST – the winner of the Open call

Workshop with the authors Priscilla Howe (professional storyteller and folktale collector), Eireene Nealand (an award-winning writer and teacher of creative writing) and Megan Lueneburg (an American architect, studying anthropology).
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16.00
Tsifteteli– Traditional Dance Academy with Murat

Price of one workshop: 10 BGN, price for the whole Academy with 3 workshops: 20 BGN
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17.00
Group: The power of Imagination in Healing Trauma

In the trauma psychotherapy a special attention is given to the feeling of security and stability that the traumatized person has to find inside. In this group session each participant can experience finding such place inside them. Martin Dietrich, trauma and group psychotherapist in Bonn, Germany, will lead the participants in this experience with some special imagination exercises developed in the trauma therapy. These exercises are best suited also for healthy people. All you need is to find a comfortable place, close your eyes and follow the voice. At the end, you can share your experiences with the others, if you wish.
In English with Bulgarian translation
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18.00
Workshop with local craftsmen “in the backyard”

Do you want to take a memory from the GOATMILK with you? Or do you want to make something and leave it as a present for the festival? Two local craftsmen from Bela Rechka will help you to make a personal souvenir from old abandoned wood. Take some comfortable old clothes. And bring some symbolic small gift for the masters.
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18.30
Recycling the Meaning– Exhibition Opening and Talk with Galina Dimitrova-Dimova and Plamen Dimov

“Last year with my wife we bought a house in Bela Rechka. In the barn of the house we found piles of photographs from exhibitions at the Former House of Soviet Science and Culture in Sofia. The former owner worked there and took them after the exhibition finished in order to do some work with them, a kind of recycling. Some are large sheets of plywood, others have wooden frames.” Part of these old photographs we can see now exposed in the entrance of the festival building. And here are some more questions that Plamen asks us: “The archive is pure communist propaganda material, but the pictures are full with people. Faces, places and colors - a whole world. Can we just erase it? Can we look for a new meaning to recycle, not to resurrect but maybe to save the souls of the pictures, if you like to put it that way? Are we not obliged to test our ability to find meaning when it is most difficult? ”
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18.30
She – from Bulgaria, He – Ocean Deep

Bulgarian language course for beginners: a short demonstration of learning Bulgarian via Suggestopedia, the method developed by the Bulgarian psychiatrist and brain physiologist, Professor Doctor Georgi Lozanov. The demonstration will be led by Vanina Bodurova, a suggestopedia teacher and Vladislav Damyanov, philologist.
How could we use the potential of the unused capacities of our brain/mind? How to learn at least three to five times faster, easier and use the acquired knowledge in a creative way? How to have better motivation to learn, to feel the joy of learning and experience the inner freedom? The answer is in the Seven Laws – (conditio-sine-qua- non) of Suggestopedia. The method,which is one of the the Bulgarian contributions to world education was developed by D-r Lozanov more than 40 years ago. The Laws are: Love; Freedom; Conviction of the Teacher that Something Unusual is Taking Place; Manifold Increase of Input Volume; Global-Partial, Partial-Global; Partial through Global; The Golden Proportion; Use of Classical Art and Aesthetics.
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20.00
Film Screenings: The invisible trauma

GOATMILK continues the tradition of showing old Bulgarian documentaries whose real life starts long after their official screening- as if these films were made to be viewed precisely today. Some of the films were forbidden, some – not made for public viewing at all. In this selection we add a special screening of the new documentary “Plamen” about the young artist who set himself on fire 2013 as a form of political protest. In this way past and present merge together and the questions about the invisible trauma in our daily life remains open.

In the name of sport (1983, 32′, Directed by Adela Peeva)
One of the films of Adela Peeva banned during the communist regime in Bulgaria. The film reveals the hidden from the public inhuman methods of training of the elite athletes seeking to prove at all prices the advantage in sports of the so-called „most human society”. Already before it was finished, the film and all the resource materials were confiscated. The first public projection of the film was after the democratic changes in Bulgaria and took place in 1989. In 1990 it received the Award of the Film Critic at the National Non-fiction Film Festival “Golden Rython”.
A simple day (1980s, 20′, Ministry of Interior, Directed by Mladen Nestorov)
This is the first public screening of the film. The film is a so called “training film” produced only for internal use by the Communist Ministry of Interior in the early 80s. The film was not intended for public screenings. The film portrays one day in the life of Bulgarian militia in Sofia. Starring Rashko Mladenov. The film is part of the project “The Unknown Film Archives of Bulgarian State Security.”
In Bulgarian, with English subtitles
Plamen (2015, 17′, Director Andre Andreev)
In 2013 Plamen Goranov, a 37-year-old photographer and construction worker from Varna, Bulgaria set himself on fire as a form of political protest. PLAMEN (also meaning “flame” in Bulgarian) explores what led the young activist to his protest and ultimately to his death, thus setting a disturbing trend of self-immolations in Bulgaria. http://www.plamengoranovfilm.com/
Audience Award Thessaloniki Film Festival 2015
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23.00
Concert: Severozapadnyatsite

Severozapadnyatsite (people living in North-West) perform ethno-pop-rock-punk, musically and textually harmonized with Northwestern Balkan motifs. Because they want to return to their roots and to give a second life to the dialect of their ancestors. Every one of the text is based on a hidden real Northwestern story, including from Bela Rechka - “tree without roots does not grow.”
Who are Severozapadnyatsite:
Ivan Kostov – guitar, vocalist, brass
Milen Venkov - drums
Nikolay Venkov - bass
Lybomir Panayotov – guitar, back-vocalist
Nikoletka Dimitrova – back-vocalist
Kiril Makedonski - trumpet
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SUNDAY MAY 24

8.00

Discover Bela Rechka – historical walk in the mountain with a local guide
meeting point: pavilion

9.00
Morning Yoga with Mina (India/Finnland)

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10.00
Bulgarian Dance

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10.00
Loughter yoga (or hasyayoga) with Lina (Angelina Rangelova)

It is practice which combines unconditional laughter with yoga breathing.
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11.00 – 12.00
MEGPIE’S NEST – the winner of the Open call

Workshop with the authors Priscilla Howe (professional storyteller and folktale collector), Eireene Nealand (an award-winning writer and teacher of creative writing) and Megan Lueneburg (an American architect, studying anthropology).
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11.00
Workshop: Mask – a second look. Part Two.

In this second part of the workshop people will paint individually the inner and outer part of the already created masks. Maybe there will be a wish to share that with others, maybe there will be some surprises?
Ludger Bönsch works as an art therapist in Cologne, Germany. He believes the most important for everybody in life is to develop their individuality. Max. Number of people: 15
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11.00
Photography and Meditation: talk with Babak Salari

After one year stay in India, where he learned Yoga and Meditation, Canadian-Iranian photographer Babak Salari is coming back to GOATMILK. Most people in Bela Rechka connect him with the project “Traumas and Miracles. Portraits from Northwestern Bulgaria”. In this talk Babak Salari shares his new ideas iabout photography nfluenced by India.
More about Babak Salari http://babaksalari.com/
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12.00
Recycling: Artists Talk with Brazilian Artists Valmon & Junior Cardoso. Presented by Vera Wieschermann (Germany).

Brazilian Musicians Valmon & Junior Cardoso are coming to Bela Rechka inspired by the topic of Second Hand. They work on different recycling projects in Brazil and Germany. Vera Wieschermann, manager of their European tour, also a recycling artist, presents them in an open talk about the hidden beauty of garbage and other stories.
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13.00
Slow Food Bela Rechka

home-made pastry for banitsa workshop in lelya Siyka’s house
It’s always fun to mess your hands with flour. Your personal experience and rediscovery of the magic to touch the dough, the rolling pin and fire.
lelya Siyka’s house

14.00
Concert Brass Orchestra Varshets

Varshetz brass band of Mitko Peev was established in 1971, in his best years it reached 32 people and has won 4 gold national medals. In the 70s the orchestra has been conducted even by the patriarch of brass bands Diko Iliev. They are loved by all and are our brand each year. They play horo-dances, overtures, suites. They have a dance, Varshtechkoto or Belorechkoto which is played left. See what happens in Bela Rechka as they play it. Instruments: trumpet, flugelhorn, clarinet, saxophone, percussion.
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16.00
Tsifteteli– Traditional Dance Academy with Murat

Price of one workshop: 10 BGN, price for the whole Academy with 3 workshops: 20 BGN
big hall

18.00
Presentation & Exhibition: Traces from the Ottoman Era in Bulgaria: A Personal Encounter with a Small Library in 14 Languages in Chirpan

In 2010, translator Boris Deliradev learned that the library in Chirpan, South-central Bulgaria, where he was born, had an unknown number of unidentified books dating back to the Ottoman era. He eventually found 182 books in fourteen languages. Intrigued, Boris set out to research them and will share his findings with us. Some of the books will be on view. “Going through so many pages in so many languages was a special experience, and it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that it changed my understanding of Ottoman and Bulgarian history.”
big Hall

18.00
She – from Bulgaria, He – ocean deep

Bulgarian language for beginners: course-presentation based on Suggestopedia method with Vanina Bodurova, suggestopedia teacher and Vladislav Damyanov philologist.
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20.00
Film Screenings

“Gekommen, um zu bleiben” (2014, 13′, Austria, Thomas Lindermayer & Antina Zlatkova)
In the late ’60s the first “gastarbeiter” from Turkey and Yugoslavia started coming to Austria. Now, over 50 years later, they and their families are still living and working in Vienna. “Gekommen, um zu bleiben” (”Here to stay”) is a portrait of two such families and the way the recruitment agreement affected their life through four generations. After the film there will be a short talk with the authors.
In German, with Bulgarian and English subtitles.
“Soul food stories”(2013, 69′,Tonislav Hristov, Bulgaria/Finnland )
In the Bulgarian village of Satovcha, there are as many philosophies of life as there are inhabitants. Orthodox Bulgarians and Islamic Turks live here alongside gypsies and communists. Violent conflicts are a thing of the past, and the villagers are united by friendly clubs they have set up themselves. Soul Food Stories zooms in on seven members of one of these clubs – all men, who meet regularly and say they can solve all the world’s problems over a good meal. The food they always have at the meetings works as a lubricant. They begin to talk when food is served, and finish talking when eating is over. This documentary is itself like ‘soul food’, which enables audiences to savor the confused history of Bulgaria by encountering it placidly and cheerfully at a small table, in a small town.
In Bulgarian, with English translation
Sin embargo (2003, 49’, Australia, Directed by Judith Grey)
After the revolution of 1959 and the U.S. embargo that followed, the people of Cuba were left to fend for themselves. Deprived of even the most basic goods, they scavenge the alleys and scrap heaps, giving new vitality to the discarded. Their recycled products are often remarkably ingenious and creative. For Andres the sculptor, Tomas the canary breeder, and the other subjects of Sin Embargo, even the greatest pressure – whether levied by government or circumstance – cannot crush the spirit nor quash the desire to forge a better life for themselves and their families. Shot entirely in Cuba, Sin Embargo is a look into the hearts and dreams of struggling peoples and a tribute to their optimistic and resourceful determination to survive.
Best Documentary, Festival de Cine de Granada, Spain, 2003
in Spanish and English
big hall

20.30
Artist Talk with Nikola Mihov: Presentation of the project (RE)FORGET YOUR PAST

Forget Your Past is a photography project by Nikola Mihov that started in 2009 and was produced as a book in 2012. It traces the fate of the most important communist-era monuments in Bulgaria. Until now, the project has been shown at the GOATMILK Festival and in many places in Europe including London Photomonth, the Month of the Photography in Bratislava, Amsterdam ect.
In 2014 Nikola Mihov gave a copy of the book to some of the leading Bulgarian contemporary artists and asked them to transform it into their own artwork. The photographer will present now this “second life” of his book. Nikola will present, some of those unique objects at Bela Rechka for the first time.
white hall

22.00
Music of the body / Concert under the stars with Amara +

In this experimental concert under the skies of Bela Rechka the musicians from Amara + will try to connect classical music with Sanskrit mantras associated with various energy centers in the body. In this journey of sound and energy we will be guided by Nikolay Kumanov - first violin, Valentin Toshev - viola and their colleagues from Amara +.
Diana and Galya’s barn

24.00
Poetry Reading with candles

Every year Bela Rechka gathers many people who write. Now is the time to read something from the own diary and books or just to share with others favorite verses. Everybody is welcome to read! Bring some printed or hand written pages with poetry and give them to somebody – as a gift – till next GOATMILK.
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Musicians from Brazil to open GOATMILK festival in Bela Rechka


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GOATMILK starts on 22 of May with Musica Popular Brasileira by Valmon and Junior Cardoso from Rio de Janeiro. Valmon is also contemporary artist. He is famous with his sculptures, loves recycling and has prepared more surprises for the guests of the Festival. The musical focus on Saturday, 23 of May is a combination of ethno-pop-rock-punk with Northwestern Balkan motives in the concert of Severozapadnyatsite (residents of the Northwest) band.

The main theme this year - SECOND HAND - attracts many artists, writers, directors, musicians, psychotherapists - people from Germany, Finland, India, USA, Canada, Austria, Czech Republic, Turkey, UK, Norway and Bulgaria.

In 3 days, 22 – 24 of May, everyone could experience and choose his own perspectives to the topic – from recycled papers to recycled propaganda. What does it mean “recycling” to us? Conscious return to more meaningful way of life? Matter of survival? Lack of choice? Tool of power? How should we live in this period of time when the future looks dull and vague and “the past has never been as good as today?”

Special attention in the program – with film screening, discussion and reading – is given to an unmapped topic – the fate of Bulgarian Turks displaced in Northwest Bulgaria in the 80s. How then and now the local people experience this quiet and silenced tragedy?

Three American authors together with guests of the festival will develop the “Magpie’s nest” – the open call for “SECOND HAND” ideas winning project.

A series of workshops with local craftsmen and women from Bela Rechka – already traditional SLOW FOOD hand-made pastry for banitsa, workshops for wood souvenirs, old songs and dances, propaganda materials exhibition - these are just some of the highlights.

As always GOATMILK offers a quality selection of documentaries that differently treat the topics of second use, recycled propaganda and trauma.

- “Listen” by Diana Ivanova, showing for the first time State Security archive videos and inspiring the discussion about Northwest Bulgaria in the 80s;
- “In the name of sport” by Adela Peeva, whose real life started just after the changes in 1989;
First public screening of “A simple day” from the State Security archive showing the life of Bulgarian militia in Sofia, produced only for internal didactic use by the Communist Ministry of Interior;
- The Australian “Sin embargo” shows the creative approach of Cubans to the lack of basic necessities;
- “Soul food stories” (Bulgaria-Finland) by Tonislav Hristov about the special place food has in the life of people with different religions in the small town of Satovcha;
- The Austrian “Gekommen, um zu bleiben” telling the story of the first “gastarbeiter” families in Vienna.
A special screening will have the documentary “Plamen”, recently awarded with the Audience Award of Thessaloniki Film Festival 2015, about the human face of the young photographer who set himself on fire two years ago in Varna.

A MAGPIE’S MULTI–TIERED NEST WINS THE OPEN CALL

SECOND HAND GOATMILK 2015 (22-24 май)

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Architecture in three parts of the magpie’s nest

The jury of the OPEN CALL for the festival of memories GOATMILK 2015 announced the winning project is A MAGPIE’S NEST, developed by Americans Howe, Nealand and Lueneburg. The authors Priscilla Howe (professional storyteller and folktale collector), Eireene Nealand (an award-winning writer and teacher of creative writing) and Megan Lueneburg (an American architect, studying anthropology) interpret Second hand storytelling.

This year New Culture Foundation, organizer of the festival, invited the representatives of all areas of the arts, writers, psychotherapists, researchers, historians, teachers, and students to submit their ideas on the topic SECOND HAND.

The special jury with members Chris Baldwin (director, teacher), Galina Ivanova (structural engineer, designer), Elena Saraivanova (IT) and Galina Dimitrova-Dimova (curator and art manager) received 7 projects – 3 from Bulgaria, 1 from UK, 1 from USA and two by joint teams – Bulgaria/USA and Bulgaria/Denmark.

The jury’s choice is based on 6 criteria: originality, potential, methodology, outcomes, financial, involvement of the local people.

A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE DEADLINE FOR IDEAS SECOND HAND GOATMILK 2015 (May, 22-24)

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photo: Karola Nunu

30.03.2015 is the final day to submit your proposal - idea for a workshop, presentation or artistic work on the topic SECOND HAND.

The OPEN CALL is addressed to the representatives of all areas of the arts, writers, psychotherapists, researchers, historians, teachers, and students.

The idea has to be developed in the village of Gorna Bela Rechka and should involve local people.

The author of the idea will be provided financing up to 500 BGN for the project, volunteers for the realization of the idea and housing in the village, courtesy of The New Culture Foundation, organizer of the festival.

Submit your ideas to: novakultura@gmail.com - the deadline is 30.03.2015.

A special jury will choose one idea that will be realized and presented during the festival of memories GOATMILK 2015 (May, 22 - 24).

Members of the jury are:

Chris Baldwin
Curator Interdisciplinary Performance, Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016. Director, teacher, writer, permaculture designer. Leading artist in 1989 – Mapping the Northwest project, New Culture Foundation, 2009/ Gorna Bela Rechka.

Galina Ivanova
Structural engineer, designer, works with natural materials and in the area of waste recycling and scrap. Author of workshops for notebooks and bags from recycled materials as well as of copyright collections. Her family on the maternal side is from Gorna Bela Rechka.

Elena Saraivanova
She works in the field of Information Technologies. Loves the nature, hiking and cooking. Her favourite entertainment is to renovate their old family village house in Gorna Bela Rechka.

Galina Dimitrova-Dimova
Curator and art manager. She works mainly in the area of public art projects, digital arts, and socio-cultural projects. Project coordinator in Credo Bonum Foundation and curator of the eponymous gallery. Since one year has a house in Gorna Bela Rechka.

The jury will announce the results on 15.04.2015.

See the OPEN CALL: http://novakultura.org