• On the Poetic Side

    11 September 2008

    text Alexander Velickov, photos Iliian Rujin

    Rumen Barosov is well spoken and seemingly calm but he can't hide his enthusiasm – the Sofia: Poetics festival, organized by himself and colleague Yasen Atanasov is close at hand. And it is a thing to be excited about indeed – eight years after the first Bulgarian festival combining urban poetry and modern music comes its second incarnation. And it shapes up to be quite good – 32 poets, 15 bands and DJs, 3 dance miniatures and one whole evening of art improvisation, on 21 September, under the stars and right next to the water lillies lake.
  • A New Start

    4 September 2008

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzin

    On 09.10.2008 the first Bulgarian music television will have an awards ceremony and these are not just annual awards but statuettes of the decade. Yes, time flies and it is time to find out who are the nominees. Before that we asked the unbiased director of the MM Awards Dimitar Kocev-Shosho about his expectations, personal passions and other details.
  • The Girl Next Door

    28 August 2008

    text Veronika Hadjieva

    Raya is 18, she likes listening to music and snowboarding. She's just like the cute girl next-door. The only difference is that instead of watching her through her window, we will have the chance to watch her on the TV screen. The audience of MAD chose her among 4000 candidates for a VJ of the First от 7 Days MAX broadcast.
  • The Old School

    28 August 2008

    text Nikola Shahpazov

    Niko Tuparev is a serious player. He changed the balance of forces with one move – parted SIA and made media market much more interesting. He soon gathered a strong team to work with, named his company Old School Productions and starts a systematic attack at the tv air. It will be a strong beginning with eight shows that will present almost everything starting from real love drama (Caught Red-handed) and a positive reality (Dancing Stars) and a women's talk show (4 Women). We are surprised that despite having such a heavy schedule Mr. Tuparev was willing to answer our curious questions.
  • Mediterrani Forever

    31 July 2008

    text Diana Tomova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    It is rumored that Mediterrani, one of the sweetest bars in Sofia is closing and that news is hanging like a dark cloud over the city. Two days ago we saw it with our own eyes – at the entrance of the bar there is a white A4 that says Mediterrani is at Shishman Street only until mid August. How terrible! After 5 years in that bar we just can’t accept that the story ends up here. That is why one Sunday afternoon we sat in the small yard with the owners – a super family, consisting of Emi – computer engineer, Alex – lawyer and Maxim who is just one year old. While Max is toddling around the tables checking everything with his little fingers, we are talking with Emi and Alex about Mediterrani and its past and future and we leave with two good news.
  • Against the Wall

    17 July 2008

    text Irina Marinova, photos Nova tv

    We know Rumen Lukanov from Sblusuk and particularly from Deal or not but we will soon see him as the host of a totally different type of show.

  • Known By His Voice

    10 July 2008

    text Elena Peneva, photos Valentin Danevski for Angel Kotsev Studio

    Dr. House is going to a rally. Take it easy, the freak from the famous tv series had not thrown away his walking stick and his caustic remarks on the speedway. It's only Daniel Tsochev who doubles him in Bulgarian language and who has found a more extreme way of expressing his actor's talent. He is the narrator in the new 3D movie NASCAR.
  • A Playboy Without Armour

    3 July 2008

    text Elena Krasteva

    39 years of age. Clean record. Still a bachelor. This is Georgi Nedelchev – former editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian Playboy magazine and the author of My Life in Playboy: The Memoars of An Editor-in-Chief. We talked with him about women and work, of course.
  • Heavy Fractured

    26 June 2008

    text Aneliia Aleksandrova, photos Iliian Rujin

    The only metal tv show in Bulgaria turned 10 years old. Vasil Katincharov is the Fracture mainman – creator, writer and host. First we thought of making him a monument but then decided to simply ask him some questions.
  • The Day After Tomorrow

    19 June 2008

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    Momchil Nikolov is one of the so-called Fastliterature writers, but sometimes his writing happens to be a little bit slow – his new book Round Fish is the result of ten years hard work. Shortly after the premiere we asked the author what kind of fish is this and we understood that this is a story about the end of the world – the second part of a trilogy, whose beginning is still to come.
  • For One Euro

    5 June 2008

    text Ivan Hadzhivelikov

    The next month will surely be exciting for Diema football commentator Borislav Borisov. He already won our trust by commenting the english Premiership but now will have to take on the much harder job of analysing the European championship. For the very first time it will not be broadcasted by the state tv but by Diema instead. We caught up with Borislav just as he was packing his bags for Austria and had a nice talk about the way he was preparing for the task and who would win the title this year.
  • Cinnamon for Fans

    30 May 2008

    text Nikola Shahpazov, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    This text is about theatre, poetry and the C section on Bulgarian Army stadium. The common element among these three topics is Elin Rahnev – a journalist, a passionate fan of the football team CSKA, capable of representing life in Bulgaria as a minibus or glorifying the football predilections of the Pope. We met Elin in a café, a hundred meters away from the Satirical Theatre and discussed his new book of poetry Canela (cinnamon) and some other things.
  • Street Law

    23 May 2008

    by Diana Tomova, photo Ilian Ruzhin

    Street Fashion blogs became so popular that every big city on the planet has its own. Sofia had to catch up. Just a few weeks ago the team behind fashion website ViewSofia.com made it all happen in Bulgaria - they started sofiastreetstyle.com, the first street fashion blog in this country. We met Ivana, who is a bag freak and Iva, who hates the leopard print, looking for an answer of the simple question what does it mean to be fashionable these days.
  • Around the World

    3 April 2008

    text Ekaterina Chilikova

    The name of Ilija Trojanov is usually mentioned in connection with his books, but the author is known also as a journalist, publisher, script-writer and director. He is always on the road passing through South Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. In March we found him for a while even in Bulgaria. We managed to ask him several questions about the publication of his new books and the screening of two movies during the Sofia Film Fest. We’ve got it as a blitz interview – short and clear.
  • European Tales

    13 March 2008

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    The Bulgarian press market is full of magazines but we still miss something. We are waiting for the change in the middle of April when QM Media starts publishing the Bulgarian version of the Italian L’Europeo – a collector’s issue for the lovers of serious themes and interesting stories. We are curious what we are going to read and how the preparation of the first issue is going on. That’s why we asked its editor in chief Kalina Androlova, whom we know well from magazines like Max and Amica.
  • Something new on the TV screen

    22 November 2007

    text Diana Tomova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    Watch out – on November 25th at 5 p.m. the forth national TV channel called TV2 starts broadcasting fully covering the country. You can watch it everywhere only by using an ordinary antenna with no need of cables or other additional appliances. The start is strong with several provocative programmes. At present the channel broadcasts only 7 hours a day, but the full programme is expected to happen in spring. We asked the programme director Borko Chuchkov how they are going to entertain us till then. He is sure there is no such TV like TV2 and we are likely to believe him.
  • True Romance

    15 November 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Bogdanov and Misirkov

    November 10th has already passed away but this year we had another good reason to think about our socialist past and the time of democratic changes – Party House written by Georgi Tenev has become the novel of the year in the VIK foundation contest. We were really looking forward the moment when a young and talented writer wins the award thus we immediately addressed Georgi with some important questions about writing and reading.
  • Wild years

    27 September 2007

    text Elena Peneva, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    After promising writing his “big novel of the 90's” Bogdan Russev has really done it. It’s entitled Come to Me and since September 24th has been already on the market. Here is what the author thinks of parties, foolish love and writing before drinking the first coffee for the day.
  • I can hear your voices

    21 September 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    On the day of celebrating the holiday of Sofia, September 17th, a brightly new radio programme named Sofia started broadcasting. It is the third programme of the National Radio besides Horizont and Hristo Botev. We turned on the radio, heard what it’s all about and looked for the editor in chief to praise him on the good work. Responsibly the programme is headed by Georgi Liubenov – the same whom you know as the host of Polet nad noshta, Noshten Horizont, 24 Kvadrata, etc.
  • Georgi Gospodinov: Honestly and balladically speaking

    24 August 2007

    text Anelia Alexandrova, photos Ilian Ruzhin

    Recently Georgi Gospodinov has published a new book collecting poems from all his poetry volumes up to now plus some new ones from the upcoming World’s Sundays. He plans presenting it at the new edition of the Apolonia festival – with a trumpet, voice and may be... a walking stick. We caught him just before leaving to the seaside and talked about poetry and prose, soccer, long sunsets in Sozopol and most of all about his ballads and breakdowns.