Ivan Shishiev on Kuker, the hidden places, and the future surprises An interview by Alexandra Terziyska  – “Sketches of Sofia” – the contemporary visual stories of a multifaceted city existing from ancient times. How did it all start?  – It was a rainy spring day, in a library in Sofia. I wrote down the words …

The 7 Deadly Sins of Live Streaming (Viewer’s edition)

In the past months, the internet has been the best club the world has ever known. Whether in the form of a proper, full-length concert, an evening with friends or a digital tour, life streaming has succeeded in satisfying the audience’s hunger for culture, at least to a degree. Yet, there’s a pattern of people stating that: “it isn’t the same”.  And though the medium is undoubtedly part of the issue, it might be just a little bit our fault too.

“The 7 Deadly Sins of Live Streaming” is a two-part series about the things that ruin the digital concert experience. Bare in mind, we promoters are viewers too, and we are guilty of some of those transgressions ourselves. So don’t take it the wrong way. Rather come along for the ride and laugh with us.

Alex Naydenov of “Hashove” on common beginnings: “Dancing to Stefan Valdobrev’s music, welcoming the sunrise on the 17th floor.”

Alex Naydenov is a well known person within the Bulgarian community in Berlin. In 2012, being the co-founder of the organization “United Ideas for Bulgaria” and a fresh masters student in Berlin, his path met him with the dream of reviving the Bulgarian-German student association “Hashove”. This organisation is also what connects him to Gibelin. Here Alex opens up in an interview about long-lasting friendships and the necessity of challenges.

Georgi from Ostava on touring and the punk renaissance

Their music sounds like a sunset observed from a train travelling from Sofia to Berlin. It leaves traces like the bittersweet taste of “Chocolate”. Here, in the city of “hungry loving hearts”, they feel at home.

Founded in 1991, the band Ostava are to this day one of the biggest alternative rock bands in Bulgaria. They enjoy returning to Germany over and over again. Until now, four unforgettable music journeys have brought them here. Some of those they have experienced alongside Gibelin. We reached out to guitar player Georgi Georgiev remembering our common concerts, talking about creativity in times of quarantine, and looking forward to the creative surprises that the future will surely bring us.

“Follow your path and let people talk whatever they want” оr what are the beliefs of Dilyana from Gibelin

In the late Middle Ages, two major political factions fight for their ideas for the unification of fragmented Italy. These are the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, respectively – adherents of the religious and the secular idea of ​​the world. Gibelin (note – in order to simplify matters some of the letters in the original name were removed) is also the name we will come across numerous times throughout this text to test what is the connection with Pre-Renaissance Italy, who and what is behind Gibelin Events and why such projects matter. We talk about this with the co-founder and manager of the agency – Dilyana Velichkova.