The Rose Festival will be celebrated for the 114th time in Kazanlak. The dates for the 2017 celebrations are already announced and they are as follows:
Beginning: 12.05.2017 (twelfth of May, 2017)
Ends: 04.06.2017 (fourth of June, 2017)
You can download the full program in English here, courtesy of the municipality of Kazanlak: Rose Festival Kazanlak Program for 2017 (PDF)
A Few Interesting Facts about the Rose Festival in Kazanlak
Did you know that the first rose celebration was in 1903 and its theme was not only the production of rose oil from Rosa Damascena, but it also celebrated the virtue of mercy and focused on gathering donations for poor families, orphans, old people and people who suffer from tuberculosis.
Throughout the last century, the rose festival has grown throughout the Rose Valley and is now celebrated in many towns and villages across the valley including Pavel Banya, Rozovo, Gorno Izvorovo, Karlovo etc.
The celebrations now include a wide variety of cultural, historic and artistic events such as Photo plain air of famous photographers, International Folklore Festival, Mini Rose Queen and Miss Rose Valley, merchants street and much more.
The first Friday of June is the official day of Kazanlak – the new Rose Queen is coronated and the last three days of the festival begin – and much fun is had (no Yoda pun intended). During the weekend, the days and nights are filled with various events across the valley, with the most known ones being the official Rose picking (rozober) and Rose boiling events followed by:
The epic Carnaval parade – the biggest in Bulgaria.
On Sunday noon, students, dancing ensembles, volunteers, school classes, choirs and many many other local groups prepare to walk down the main street in Kazanlak, showing their dance moves, magic tricks, singing proficiency or simply wave to the crowd. You shouldn’t miss that!
What is the address of the Rose Festival in Kazanlak?
The Rose Festival will be held in various locations around Kazanlak municipality. However, the parade which marks the end of the whole event will happen here: