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International Folklore Festival Pautalia

  The International Folklore Festival Pautalia is organized under the patronage of the Mayor of Kyustendil. The artistic director is Lyudmila Hristova, and the technical director - Iliana Kirilova.

 

The main purpose of the festival is to provide a field for folk groups and singers from different countries to show the richness of their folklore, to preserve and promote Bulgarian folk art and and to show its well-deserved place among the other nations.

 

  The festival has a competitive character and takes place within three days.

 

  On its fifth edition in 2011 more than 3,000 artists took part. They presented different culture areas and regions. All this shows that this festival has confirmed itself as one of the leading folk events in Bulgaria.

Do you know that:

  • Pautalia means “fountain”, “spring city” in translation.
  • two world champions in rhythmic gymnastics - Iliana Ilieva and Tsvetomira Philipova grew up and trained in Kyustendil.
  • the house of Prokopiev is the oldest preserved house of the period of Bulgarian National Revival in Kyustendil.