Goatmilk 2013 TOPIC: 10 YEARS FESTIVAL OF MEMORIES

10th Festival of Memories GOATMILK

24-26 May 2013

Gorna Bela Rechka


 

24 May (Friday)

 

9.00 – 10.00

Morning Yoga

Blue Hall

 

With this morning class – a tradition since the 2004 – we invite everybody to experience some of the basic and simple rules of yoga – awareness of the body and body movements, breathing (pranayama), awareness of the sounds around us.

 

10.00- 11.30

Make your own festival diary

Paper workshop with   Galina Ivanova

White shirts hall

 

After the 10th Goatmilk Festival everybody (who wants) can go home with a hand-made book-diary  from the festival. This is the idea of Galina Ivanova who will teach you how to make this book with recycled and old paper.

Every year Galina (or Galya) is offering new ideas for hand-made objects during the festival. In 2005 she prepared the installation «White shirts from Bela Rechka» inspired by the old and simple white shirts people used to wear in the past (and which she remembers from the old photos by her grandma and her mother, both born in Bela Rechka).

Galya is also author of the Bela Rechka logo and of the Festival Collection of herbs and bags. In 2008 she was the main person behind the construction of the new bell tower in the village.

 

 

Belly Dance

With Murat (Turkey)

Blue hall

 

Murat has lived in Prague, London and Istanbul, in the last 10 years he lives mainly in Gemlik, near Bursa, in Turkey. The other place he can be seen is the GOATMILK Festival in Bela Rechka. 

Murat is a professional musician (drummer) and dancer and this year he will reveal the secrets of oriental dances to all candidates.

Price for 1 lesson: 10 BGN

Price for a festival pass (3 lessons): 25 BGN

 

 

11.30-13.00

The Singing Society

Old songs from Bela Rechka with Diana

Blue hall

 

The idea of the «Singing Society» started in 2010 – to learn and sing together the songs recorded by the first New Culture Foundation expedition in 2003 from the old women in Bela Rechka – Todorka, Milevka and Nikolina. This year we will focus on the Botev Song by Todorka and on  2 festival hymns – «Imja tvoe» and «Bela Rechka, Bela Rechka». The workshop gives the possibility for improvisations and the use of different musical instruments. Take some with you!

Free entry

 

 

13.00-15.00

Lunch and Degustations

 

Gergana’s kitchen

Simple and Gourmet-food, traditional Bela Rechka dishes and modern cuisine – Gergana offers a big variety!

 

Slow Food Bela Rechka  degustations

Make your own kozlenka!

Since 2011 Bela Rechka has its own convivium and is part of the international movement SLOW FOOD. Local products degustations are one of the favorite places during  every  festival. Now there will be even some surprises with goat curd!

 

Old pub

By Slavcho you can have mainly beer, rakia and kebapcheta (grilled minced meetballs). A favorite place too!

 

15.00-16.00

Selfawareness: group dreams

Workshop by Elisabeth Vykoukal (Vienna)

Big hall

 

In telling a dream we give space for new experiences for ourselves and for those who listen. The individual impressions of the dream become triggers for exchange and encounter within the group.

The work on dreams is based on the method of free association. Each member of the group contributes personal ideas and this leads to self-awareness and the establishment of commonality.

Elisabeth Vykoukal is a group psychoanalyst in Vienna where she teaches at the Sigmund Freud University. She is also a friend of Bela Rechka. In 2008 she hold the lecture “Why we need to forget?”

 

The Abandoned Northwest – Milanovo/Osikovo

Photography installation by Nikolay Cincarski (BG)

(every day)

Nameless  hall

 

Nikolaj Cincarski was born 1975 in Sofia and graduated photography at the New Bulgarian University. His family roots (from his father’s side) come from Milanovo (Osikovo), a neighbouring village to Bela Rechka. Since 2008 Nikolaj is devoting himself to documenting and photographing the region around Milanovo –  www.osikovo-milanovo.com

He will present his new project at the festival – photography of old ruins and buildings in the village of Milanovo (Osikovo) mixed with audio recordings from authentic songs.

His questions: “Did we lose forever our past? Did the moment come when we have to explore the earth in order to understand something about ourselves?”

(open every day)

 

 

16.00-18.00

Concert

Brass Orchestra Varshetz

FESTIVAL OPENING

Open Air

 

The Varshetz Brass Orchestra led by Mitko Peev was created in 1971, in their best years they reached 32 people and won 4 national golden medals. In the 70s their conductor was even the big brass maestro Diko Iliev.

They are favorites of all Goatmilk festival guests. They play Balcan,

National and Northwestern rhythms.

 

 

16.00-20.00

My body – my choices

Christian&Mariana(BG)

          

Workshop to explore the way we do our choices through body, movement and instincts

 

Close your eyes, follow your inner motion, mark the traces of your own memories, bring back to life an abandoned house…

Topics to be explored:

  1. To what extent we recognize our body language?
  2. And what if we move with closed eyes?
  3. The way we move is significant for the way we remember?
  4. Can we find the traces of our past by exploring our physicality?
  5. How to mark our memories by using our body and instincts?

 

Traces to be found:

 Flash back (2013) – > Me & the abandoned Northwest (2012) – > Abandoned houses – Abandoned Northwest (2011) – > Me, the Storyteller (2010) – > 1989 – trauma or miracle (2009) – > The Bell of Bela Rechka (2008) – > The Letters (2007) – > GOATMILK III – Festival of Memories (2006) – > GOAT MILK festival Explore your memories under a walnut tree! (2005) – > Goat Milk festival of new media and memories multimedia, open air screenings, live music, local goat milk delicatessen (2004)

 

 22, 23, 24 and 25 May

 performance 25 May, 21.00

free entrance

 

 

18.00-19.30

Reading

Performance in abandoned house by

Mila Velcheva&Milena Karadzhova

 

Mila Velcheva was born 1966 in Veliko Tarnovo and graduated the University there. Author of two poetry books. Loves hiking in the mountain. She was in Bela Rechka as a guest together with Milena Karadzhova at her ethno-jazz concerts.

Now Mila and Milena will read poetry together.

 

The readings in abandoned house started 2011 in Bela Rechka. Till now several international and Bulgarian writers and poets took part  – Elizabeth Kostova(US), Jeremiah Chamberlin (US), Maria Doneva, Antina Zlatkova, Antoni Georgieff, Anguelina Rangelova (BG), Stefano Vincieri (IT), Rea Stavropulis (UK).

 

 

10 years Goatmilk – The festival and Me

Self-awareness group led by Martin Dietrich (Bonn)

Big hall

 

The Festival is a place for intensive meetings and experiences by people from different cultures and worlds. Not always remains place to look into ourselves – what is happening with me? What are the questions and feelings that move me and I would love to share with others? This group is such place – a place to understand the personal when we are together with others.

 

These self-awareness groups started in 2012. The idea was given by Martin Dietrich, group therapist, medical doctor and photographer in Bonn, a friend of Bela Rechka and part of the festival since 2010.

 

 

Time  

Workshop by Agnieszka Cwielag (Poland)

Blue hall

(2+ hours)

 

The question of the time elapse depends on our individual stories. Those stories indicate how much do we live in the past, how do we experience the presence and how do we think about the future…The workshop gives a possibility to reflect on an individual perception of time in the context of individual stories and the relation past – presence – future.

Agnieszka Cwielag lives in Wroclaw (Poland) and works as a cultural manager, social psychologist and performer. She is one of the founders of the Bela Rechka Project in 2003 and  one of the most true friends of the GOATMILK Festival. Thanks to her, several partnership projects have been realized –  the first artistic residency exchange between Poland (Krzyzowa) and Bulgaria (Bela Rechka) in 2008, the collaboration with the anthropological theater  ATROPOS of Stamatis Efstathiou (Greece)  and many others.

 

19.30-21.00

Dinner&Degustations

 

Gergana’s kitchen

 

Old pub

 

Reservat Severozapad

(Northwestern soup & literature with Nikolaj Fenerski&friends)

 

 

20.00 – 21.00

Screening Documentary

Big hall

 “Why this Friday will be wonderful”

by Borjana Pandova &Ivan Nikolov(BG)

2008, 27’

 

In this documentary produced by WCIF (Workshop for Civil Initiatives) we can see brass musicians, craftsmen, amateur singers – colorful, nice and good hearted people from all parts of Bulgaria.

If this is the Bulgarian cultural heritage – Bulgaria is a rich and wonderful country, provoke us the authors. What to do with everything Bulgaria already has?

This question inspires the Bulgarian designer Dima Stefanova living in Amsterdam (she is the author of the platform knowhowshowhow.net). It was her idea to make a workshop for video producing and documenting oral traditions before the festival. The results of the workshop will be presented after the film.

 

 

21.00-22.00

Concert

Amara+

Classical formation by musicians from Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

Big hall

 

The classical musicians Nikolay Kumanov (first violin), Hari Eshkenazy (second violin), Valentin Toshev ( viola) and the charming magician cook Jolanta Delibozova (chello) will play for the second time at the festival, this time  with surprising new “add-ons”. In 2012 “Amara” made a historical first concert in the abandoned stone quory in Chelyustniza – part of the efforts of New Culture Foundation to bring life to abandoned places through innovative cultural events. The word “amara” is Sanskrit by origin and means “eternity”.

 

 

23.00-24.00

Screening

New Bulgarian Cinema

“July”

2012, 95’

by Kyril Stankov

Big hall

 

«July» is the first feature film by documentary film maker Kyril Stankov who studied cinema in Israel and lives between Bulgaria and Canada.

The film tells the story of 3 women from the generation who lost their hopes in the post-communist years in Bulgaria. In a remote village on the Blacksea North the 3 women try to escape the vulgar reality. But the idyllic picture does not last long.

Special Award of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers, 2012, «Golden Rose»

www.julymovie.com

With the  participation of the director Kyril Stankov

 

 

 

25 May (Saturday)

 

8.00 – 9.00

Morning yoga class

Blue hall

 

 

9.00 – 10.00

Making bread with personal history  with Slav

(3 hours)

 

Slav was once in Bela Rechka and loves the place. With this sourdough breadmaking workshop he wants to contribute to the richness of the festival. Slav believes that the bread –  like everything at the festival  – will be special because will be made with your hands and stories. Slav’s love for the bread is connected with the mountain where he used to live and where his grandma used to tell him – in the mountain you never go without bread. After that he lived in Austria where his love for the sourdough bread started.

The first day different breads will be made and baked.

The second day the participants will be guided to make own bread that tells their own story, to feel the breadmaking and baking as an expression of their feelings.

Workshop fee: voluntary, all breads will be baked in the local oven and sold during the lunch SLOW FOOD degustations. The collected money will be donated for the development of Bela Rechka.

The place of the workshop will be announced during the festival.

 

 

Selfawareness: group dreams

Workshop by Elisabeth Vykoukal (Vienna)

Big hall

 

 

10.00- 11.30

Make your own festival diary

Paper workshop with Galina Ivanova

White shirts hall

 

Belly Dance

With Murat (Turkey)

Blue hall

 

The Singing Society

Yodelling – the voice of the forest – wih  Karin Sommer (Munich)

Big hall

In this special workshop you can learn the secrets and basics of yodelling (jodeln in German). The melodies from Bavaria will be presented by Karin Sommer from Munich (www.karinsommer.de) who loves singing and leads the International Artist House Villa Waldberta. Known as the voices of the forests, these songs will help us to become aware how the environment where we grow up affects our voices.

 

 

11.30-13.00

10 Years GOATMILK – what is next?

Talk and discussion

Big hall

 

Does remembering protects us against the manipulations of people in power? How?
 Why do we need to forget? 
Authenticity – is that the new mythology?


These are some of the questions the GOATMILK Festival raises in his 10 years existence.

At the same time the festival has own philosophy (no funds from the Ministry of Culture, for example), is a private initiative and  explores every year a specific topic – with actions inspired by local examples from Bela Rechka and the Northwestern region – the stolen and destroyed common places for the people in the village, the abandonment, the personal and regional memories about important events from our past, the human as a storyteller and other spontaneous ideas.

Everybody welcome!

With the participation of the organizers, volunteers, people from the Municipality and Region Montana.

 

 

Yoga & Games for kids with Eli Koleva

Blue hall

Eli Koleva woks  as children- and Yoga- teacher. Festival kids love her! She is friend of Bela Rechka and as always will give her best for your kids so that you will be free to discuss and do other things.

 

 

13.00-15.00

Lunch&Degustations

Gergana’s kitchen

 

Make your own kozlenka

Slow Food Bela Rechka degustations

 

Old pub

 

 

15.00-16.00

Political typography

Workshop by Raycho Stanev&Radomir Dankov, Nagledna (BG)

White shirts hall

 

Raycho Stanev is interested in the relationship between typography and ideology and in this practical workshop he will present his works from the last years – “The Year of Our Discontent”, “The Bright Future” and others.

Raycho is graffic designer and illustrator, lives and works in Bulgaria. Author of the GOATMILK posters and visual identity. In 2007 he founded Nagledna (Studio for visual communication) together with Evgeni Bogdanov and Radomir Dankov. The idea about Nagledna was born during the Goatmilk Festival in 2007. The work of Raycho Stanev on the book and project “The Bell of Bela Rechka” was awarded in 2008 with the Special Award of the Sofia Biennale for Bulgarian Design.

 

Art for All

How to make a sculpture together – with Wolfgang Dokulil

(Kunstbetrieb, Vienna)

(3 hours)

Open Air

 

The beauty of art is more likely in producing art and less looking at art, says Wolfgang Dokulil, a sculptur who lives and works in Vienna (Kunsterfahrung.wordpress.com).

In a collective art project the participants experience joy and gain experience through productive, creative work. One just has to get involved in the beautiful adventure of creative activity with an uncertain outcome.

The key words for this experience are re-cycling, motivation and joint action.

 

 

Social games

(Axel Bagatsch, Berlin)

Open Air

 

Axel Bagatsch, former theater director, actor, musician and Goatmilk Festival participant, offers now a place for games.

Now is your turn! Board games, card games… Memories? Rediscover your childhood! “Man only plays when he is in the fullest sense of the word a human being, and he is only fully a human being when he plays.” Friedrich Schiller

 

16.00-18.00

10 years Goatmilk – The festival and Me

Self-awareness group led by Martin Dietrich (Bonn)

Big hall

 

 

16.00-20.00

My body – my choices

Christian&Mariana(BG)

 

 

18.00-19.30

10 mirrors for Goatmilk

Presentation and discussion with Friction Arts (Birmingham,UK)

Big hall

 

Friction Arts (Sandra, Lee and Simon) will present “10 mirrors for Bela Rechka” – a reflection of 10 different works/moments Friction Arts has under taken at Goatmilk Festival over the last 5 years.   “From workshops to celebrations for each year’s festival theme – we will take you on a personal journey with talk, song and images so that we can reflect together on the depth and importance of this village festival”, says Sandra.

Friction Arts has become one of the most important partners of the New Culture Foundation in the last years.

 

19.30-21.00

Dinner&Degustations

 

Gergana’s kitchen

 

Old pub

 

Reservat Severozapad

(Northwestern soup & literature with Nikolaj Fenerski&friends)

 

 

Drumming

Workshop with Murat (Turkey)

Open air

 

This workshop is open to all who love  rhythm. Murat, professional drummer, will lead the group in creating a common composition.

 

 

20.00 – 21.00

Screenings Short Documentaries

Big hall

 

“Flower of the sun”

Jaanis Valk (Estonia)

2011, 26’

 

«Flower of the Sun» is the last documentary by Estonian filmmaker Jaanis Valk, born in 1979. In 2012 Jaanis was guest to the festival with his documentary «From one side to the other».

«Flower of the sun» tells the story of a food-bank in Estonia and the founders who try to collect and distribute food to the poorest people in the society.

 

 

“The Bright Future”

Evgeny Bogdanov, Nagledna (BG)

2013, 40’

 

“Let’s enter the bright future with shiny shoes!”

 (communist slogan above shoe polishing outdoor place)

 

Evgeny Bogdanov is part of Nagedna (Studio for visual communication). He works more than 10 years in  cinema and TV- production and post-production.

Raycho, Rado and Evgeny are friends with a common socialist childhood, grown up in the transition. Transition between two political systems, between analog and digital technologies, between old media and Internet. Generation who witnessed the drastic change in the  public space. More than 20 years after the end of socialism, only the neon letters (above the closed down former coffee-houses, restaurants, cinemas and shops) carry on the spirit of this time.

These neon signs are the main protagonists in «The Bright Future». Abandoned, forgotten, rusty, nostalgic – and completely invisible for most of the people.

 

21.00-22.00

Performance

My body – my choices

With Christian&Mariana(BG)

Abandoned house

 

 

22.00-23.00

Concert

Milena Karadzhova (ethnojazz)

Big hall

 

Milena Karadzhova was born in Elhovo, Strandzha Mountain. She graduated the University in Veliko Tarnovo. Her first album “Awakening” (jazz interpretations of folk songs from Rhodopa Mountain) in 2009 opened her road to the stage. The first concert of Milena was in Bela Rechka in 2009, after that followed concerts in Macedonia, Serbia, Luxemburg, France, Belgium. In 2010 Milena gave her second concert in Bela Rechka. She published also the albums “In Between”(folk songs from Bulgaria, 2010) and “In the Middle of Earth”(folk songs in classical interpretations, 2011).

 

23.00-24.00

Concert

Shem (Rock, Blues, Ethno&Poetry)

Emanuil A.Vidinski & Petar Tchouhov

(with Murat & friends)

Big hall

 

The band „Shem” is the newest creation of the two poets and writers Petar Tchouhov and Emanuil A.Vidinski. Both writers are known also as musicians. They met first in the ethno-rock formation “Gologan” (where they played  together with  poet and musician Ivan Hristov and American singer Angela Rodel) and made several concerts, produced an album. Tchouhov has played in different bands (Subdibula, Tutaxi, Stenly, Cocarda), at the moment plays in the group for poetry and alternative rock LaText. Vidinsky used to have his own band in Bonn, in Deutsche Welle, where he used to work.

In “Shem” both musicians play mainly own compositions combined with Blues,  Rock, Alternative rock and  elements of Reggae, Samba, Bulgarian folk.

They will be supported by the Turkish drummer Murat. There will be a special  surprise for the audience.

 

 

 

26 May (Sunday)

 

9.00 – 10.00

Morning yoga class

Blue hall

 

Making bread with personal history  with

Slav (3 hours)

 

 

10.00- 11.30

Make your own festival diary

Paper workshop with  Galina Ivanova

White shirts hall

 

Selfawareness: group dreams

Workshop by Elisabeth Vykoukal (Vienna)

Big hall

 

11.30-13.00

Belly Dance

with Murat (Turkey)

Blue hall

 

The Singing Society

Yodelling – the voice of the forest – wih  Karin Sommer (Munich)

Big  hall

 

 

13.00-15.00

Lunch&Degustations

Gergana’s kitchen

 

Make your own kozlenka

Slow Food Bela Rechka degustations

 

 

15.00-16.00

Screenings Documentaries

The unknown film files of the Bulgarian State Security

premiere

 

The film archives of the Bulgarian Communist State Security are still unknown in Bulgaria – due to the facts that these materials have been collected only in the last few years and the State Security Archive Commission does not have the nessesary technical equipment for their research. At the moment available for research are only few digitalised films.

Diana Ivanova discovered those facts by workimg in the archives on a project for a future Museum of the Communist State Security (together with Vessela Nozharova, Georgy Gospodinov and Maya Zaharieva).

The films (short parts of 2 films)  will be shown for first time.

 

Yoga&Games for kids with Eli Koleva

Blue hall

 

 

16.00-18.00

Screenings Documentaries

Big hall

 

“Rezervat Severozapad” (Protected Zone Northwest)

Nikolay Fenerski

2011, 24’

 

The founders of the website http://www.severozapad.org/ believe that although the Northwest might be the poorest region in Europe, this fact is only a piece of dry information that provokes unnessesary regrets. In this «reservat» (protected zone) there are many hidden treasures and it’s inhabitants can tell you how to escape the crisis of spirit.

The film will be presented by the authors who will serve every evening a special Northwest soup and literature to the guests of the festival.

 

 

“Atropos – Energia Project”

 Pavlos Kavadias (Greece)

2013, 34’

 

ENERGIA is a theatrical-anthropological project, the annual gathering of people close related to Atropos (atropostheatre.blogspot.com) – the anthropological theater of the Greek director Stamatis Efstathiou.

Stamatis is a good friend of Bela Rechka and has been here already twice – at the GOATMILK Festival 2011 and for special workshops in the summer of 2011 and in the winter of 2013.

ENERGIA is happening in a place close to nature and far from civilisation. The focus is performer’s craft and transformation, space specific explorations and involvement of the local community through different events.

The film of Pavlos Cavadias documents the first edition of ENERGIA in the Polish village of Nowina. The second edition of ENERGIA will be in Bela Rechka between  June 16th and July 7th 2013.

 

Kosmos – the theater vision of Stamatis Efstathiou

2013, 10′

In the frame of the summer residence in Bela Rechka (July 7th-14th) Atropos will announce the start of a new long-term project – KOSMOS – in partnership with New Culture Foundation, Nowinart (Poland), Kani Theater (Iran) and the National Theater of Tuva. What is Kosmos and why Kosmos? The answers are in this short documentary.

 

Both films will be presented by Agnieszka Cwielag and Diana Ivanova

 

 

18.00-19.30

Reading

Performance in abandoned house by

Vanja Zhekova

 

Vanja Zhekova’s creativity flows in many directions. She is author of several documentaries and the book “Sincerely about the Eiffel Tower” where she explores the topic of political violence, executions and death in the communist regime through her personal family history. Her current work in the State Security Archives Commission gives her new perspectives to the past.

At the moment she collects the personal stories of people from her grandma’s village for her new book. At the Goatmilk Festival she will tell stories about love, being young and carefree – in composition of texts she knows from childhood.

 

19.30-21.00

Dinner&Degustations

 

Gergana’s kitchen

 

Old pub

 

Reservat Severozapad

(Northwestern Soup & literature with Nikolaj Fenerski&friends)

 

 

20.00 – 21.00

Performance

In Abandoned house

By Agnieszka Cwielag (Poland)

 

“When you hear the music, you have to dance…”

Inspired by a novel of Haruki Murakami “Dance, Dance, Dance”, this short performance deals with themes of loss and abandonment. Alienation, inner contradictions, absurdity and the ultimate discovery of a human interconnections and relations are source of exploration. The performance is also a very personal reflection on the connection to the place and thanks given to it’s people. Bela Rechka…Bela Rechka…Bela Rechka…

 

Agnieszka Cwielag is one of the founders of the Bela Rechka Project in 2003.

 

21.00-22.00

Drumming

Improvisation workshop with Murat (Turkey)

Open air

 

This workshop is open to all who love  rhythm. Murat, professional drummer, will lead the group in creating a common composition. 

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