A project about a book cataloguing cultural, tourist and social undertakings from Bulgaria's Southern Central Economic Region.
The project, "RegionalE," focuses on the variety of Bulgarian culture by presenting intriguing and characteristic traditions and customs, crafts and art, up to the large number of annual festivals and the activities of community centres in towns, cities and across the countryside. These are locales, people and customs that too often remain underappreciated or face oblivion or extinction.
Preservation and display of local cultures is a priority in the authors' choice of subject matter and events. An important aspect is the improvement of the links between generations and the passing down of experience and memory. Highlights in the presentation are the festivals and how they address culture and education.
The edition assembles a host of natural phenomena characteristic for each area. The region includes the districts Kardzhali, Pazardzhik, Smolyan, Haskovo and Plovdiv (the region's biggest city and core area). Also covered are large portions of Stara Planina and the Rhodope Mountains, the ranges of the Sredna Gora and Sakar mountains; the bigger rivers – Maritsa, Tundzha, Arda, Stryama; the reservoirs Krichim, Pyasachnik, Koprinka, Zhrebchevo, Kardzhali, Studen Kladenets, Ivaylovgrad, Golyam Beglik, Belmeken, Batak, Dospat, Shiroka Polyana; the mineral sources Hisarya, Banya (in the Karlovo region), Velingrad, Devin, Narechen.
The edition presents routes and highlights meant to help travellers take a focused look at the region, getting to know its people, traditions and rich culture – all of which remains underrepresented in standard tourist guidebooks.
Link to the project on Facebook HERE.
A project of Studio Punkt.