Late antiqe and medieval fortress “TUIDA”


The Association “Club of Medieval Martial Arts- Ratina” at Tuida Fortress presented traditional trading techniques within the festival dedicated to the anniversary of the opening of the AltSek monument in the Italian town Chele di Bulgria.
At the invitation of the Ascension Foundation, a delegation of 10 people, headed by Milen Petrov, embarked on the shores of Italy from Sliven. On June 7, 2017. in front of the monument of the Bulgarian leader Altsek group was the main accent in the festive program. The good preparation of members of the Medieval Martial Arts Club, the warm welcome and the common historical memory brought a brilliant and emotional performance to the crowd.
Association " Club of Medieval Martial Arts - Ratina " was founded in 2015, with the seat of the city of Sliven and head Milen Petrov. The club bears its name in analogy to a legendary and long-lost ancient book containing the epic war songs of the Bulgarians. A record of this book is found in the collection of ritual folk songs, "Veda Slovena", Book II, Chapter XXI. Encumbrances.
The main goal of the club is to study the medieval Bulgarian military and preserve it in the form of traditional military art. Activities designed to achieve this goal are aimed at recreating the medieval military culture and its values by exercising the body in certain forms of armed struggle. The club's activities include: reconstruction of the medieval Bulgarian arms and clothing as a response to emerging issues in history, as well as the presentation of the various social and cultural aspects of the military lifestyle and the life of the population in the early medieval Tuida fortress - Sliven. Reproduction period: First Bulgarian State (VII-XI century).
In the club is joined all the team of Tuida Fortress and many other children and adults from Sliven. Since its founding, the Club Rathina and the team of Tuida Fortress have had numerous joint events related to medieval reenactments, martial arts, demonstrations, and participation in folk reunions held in the old cities of Pliska and Veliki Preslav, in the Markeli fortress and Varbitsa, in Aula of Bagatour School in city Stara Zagora, Mezdra, Asenovgrad, Yambol and of course in Tuida fortress.
Milen Petrov and the members of the club express their appreciation to Mr. Ivelin Mihailov and the organizers from the "Ascension" Foundation for the invitation and the opportunity "to show the world a small part of the Bulgarian fighting spirit. For all of us, it was an unforgettable experience. Thank you."
The pleasant surprises for the Sliven club and the Bulgarian delegation did not stop all the time. The Bulgarian bus, with volunteers and participants, was accompanied by Professor Margarita Vaklinova, a long - time director of the National Archaeological Institute with a museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, one of the most famous investigators of the Middle Ages. Interesting discussions, controversies and future plans accompanied the trip. On their arrival in the Campania region, the Bulgarian delegates were greeted with cities decorated with the Bulgarian tricolor, inscriptions that welcomed in the native language with "Welcome!" And many smiles. Local residents had prepared culinary tastings of homemade dishes and pastries. Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Rome , His Excellency Marin Raykov expressed his enormous expectation for the presentation of the Sliven group on their arrival in Chele di Bulgeria.
At the Folklore Festival-Festival was also celebrated the anniversary of the twinning of the town of Veliki Preslav and Chele di Bulgeria.
The three-day program included:
- The twinning of the "St. St. Cyril and Methodius "in the town of Veliki Preslav and the village of Dragoevo and the secondary school" Chernorizets Hrabar "in the municipal center with the primary school in Podderia (Italy)
- Velotour to Mount Bulgaria
- Demonstrations of the Medieval Martial Arts Club Rathina Sliven
- Round table "Twinning ... Opportunities" - Presenters: HE. Marin Rakov Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Rome, Adv. Corado Matera adviser to the Campania Tourism Region and Gino Marotta Mayor of Chele di Bulgaria.
- Painting exhibition
- Bulgarian folklore performances of songs and dances
- Concert of Pierra Lombardi
- Meeting with tour operators from the region
- Closing the school year for schools in Chele di Bulgaria
At the time of the Round Table dedicated to twinning and opportunities, His Excellency Marin Raykov, the Bulgarian ambassador in Rome, handed on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the honorary sign "Golden Lure Branch" to the Mayor of Chele di Bulgria - Gino Marotta. He in turn thanked and merits of the Bulgarian embassy and in particular Assoc. Prof. Nikolay Ninov Foundation Treasure Foundation and Ascension, which is due to the erection of the monument Khan Altsek in the Italian city.
The Italian settlements, allegedly of Bulgarian origin, are over a hundred: Bolgar to Bergamo, Bolger to Terni, Bolgari to Livorno, Bulgari di Cesena to Forli, Bulgarrogras to Como. The most closely connected with our history is Chele di Bulgeriya, which means "cells" from Bulgaria. It is reached after a one-hour voyage by Salerno. A steep mountain road takes you to the Mingardo Valley at the foot of Mount Bulgeria. Similar to a lying lion, the 1225-meter peak touches the southern slope of the Mediterranean Sea.
According to some authors, the Bulgarians arrive here on several waves beginning in the IV-V century, the most significant being their settlement in the 7th century when kin Asparuh's brother, Alsek, moved to Central Europe with his horde, Thousands of people. He separated himself from his older brother, who passed the mouth of the Danube river somewhere around the fortified camp of Ongala and moving along the route passing through today's cities of Sofia, Belgrade and Dubrovnik, reaching the Apennine peninsula. In 668, he asked Langobard King Greenwald let him settle on his land. The King appointed him to military service with himself and sent him with his army in Benevento. There the royal son Romuld provided the Bulgarians with a coastal area in Ravenna, together with the towns of Sepino, Ideirnia, Bolivianum (later called Boyano) and others, located in today's Campobasso area, which Bulgarians have built and developed. For the later relations between Bulgaria and Italy, the fact that in the First and Second Bulgarian kingdoms the country had an outlet on the Adriatic Sea through the Drachma region, which was inhabited mainly by the Bulgarian population, helped. The Maritime Border allowed the continuation of relations and the development of trade exchanges between Bulgaria and Italy. The number of Bulgarians settled in Italy between the third and the sixteenth century was significant. Bulgarian communities have contributed to the development of Italian society. Over the years, Bulgarians have held important positions in government, state administration, magistrates, military aristocracy, and in the institution of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1119, the Bulgarian community in Bologna founded a university called Universitato Bulgaro, one of the oldest universities in Europe. The Bulgarians have left clear traces in the names of geographical areas, mountains, rivers and localities in Italy, especially in Ravenna, Lombardy, Tuscany, Piedmont, Emilia and Umbria. In the 18th century, in the Cesena area there was a municipality named Bulgaria.
Today these relationships continue to exist and strengthen. With contagious curiosity, the inhabitants of Chele di Bulgria are looking for the dimensions of the Bulgarian.
Gino Marotta, Mayor of Chele di Bulgeriya: "I was in Bulgaria and as soon as I arrived I had the feeling that I was home. Nature is similar to ours. I found very close traits between the Bulgarians and the Italians ".
Mr. Marin Raykov, Bulgaria's Ambassador to Italy: "More and more Bulgarians come here, not only because of the incredible beauty of this beach, the place where Bulgaria descends to the sea, but I would also say for the extremely cordial attitude of Local Italians ".
In Chele di Bulgeriya everyone finds their way to the ancient past of Bulgarians and in the first year since the opening of the Altsek Monument, Sliven also left a trail in history. The presentation of the Sliven group was fascinating and memorable. It included demonstrations of medieval combat techniques - archery, scouring, sword, spear, struggle, training of young wars, and various aspects of the lifestyle and culture of ancient Bulgarians - medieval games and crafts. Stanimir Rusev, at the age of 9, was the smallest fighter who caused the greatest applause and pride of all Bulgarians in the audience.
"It was a great honor for us to be invited to this forum. Each of our participants put our heart in the preparation and presentation of the club. We will work in the future more and more committed to the preservation and preservation of the Bulgarian traditions, war, life and culture! "- Milen Petrov - Head of the Ratina Medieval Martial Arts Club at Tuida Fortress Sliven.


Photos: Guida Anna Ida - Photography and Maya Ivanova

Fair of tourist animation and entertainment - Kabile 2017

The team of Tuida fortress took a part in the VI Fair of Tourist Animation and Entertainment - Kabile 2017, which took place from 09.06-11.06.2017. Organizers of the event were the Municipality of Yambol and the National Historical and Archeological Reserve "Thracian and Antique city Kabile".

Participants took over 100 restorers. In addition to Yambol reenovers from all over Bulgaria participated, including representatives of the clubs "Krum Strashnye" - Shumen, "Dux Anticae" - Svishtov, "Mos Mayorum Ulphere Serdice" - Sofia.
Visitors to the event had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the antique age through battles between the Romans and Thracians, to go through the Middle Ages by touching moments in the lives of our ancestors, to shoot with bow and to play ancient games suitable for youngs and olds. Presented were replicas of authentic weapons from the Middle Ages and Gothic armament.
Among the other highlights of the program were the recreation of a Roman court, embodiments of fable Aesop and 7th feat of Heracles, Slaves market, rituals in honor of Jupiter and Dionysus, Tasting of food and drinks - typical of the antique era, crafts market and others. The presence of Harris's Hawk - Drako cause excitement and curiosity among visitors to the ancient town of Kabile. Everyone could have taken a picture of this extraordinary predator.

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International Children's Day - 2017

On the occasion of International Children's Day June 1st,2017, in Tuida fortress were held "Medieval Games". Within two hours, children from different age groups passed through many tests, testing their strengths, precision and wits. Two hours into the Middle Ages - full of smiles and fun.

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sports festival for young and old "Sportacus"

Тhe Team of Tuida Fortress include a sports festival for young and old "Sportacus" with interesting medieval games. In celebration was attended by students and children from kindergartens and schools, children and youth from SEN. The organizers of the event were: REGIONAL CENTER FOR SUPPORT EDUCATION EDUCATION PROJECT - SLIVEN REGION, YOUTH INFORMATION CONSULTING CENTER - SLIVEN AND YOUTH DOMAIN SLIVEN.

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Eurobazaar - Sliven's product with European quality

The team of Tuida fortress on 29.05.2017 for a second consecutive year joined at initiative - Eurobazaar of local products "Sliven's product with European quality", organized by the European Information Center "Europe Direct - Sliven" together with Sliven Municipality, Sliven Public Donation Fund Association and "Tabora Equestrian Club".
The purpose of the event was to promote local producers, companies and organizations. During the bazaar there were interactive games, information stands, eco-workshops, exhibitions and more.

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Workshop "Dyeing from Nature"

The "Dyeing from Nature" project goes to its end. It is implemented with the financial support of the National Culture Fund. Performer is the National Museum of Textile Industry- Sliven in partnership with Nature Park „Blue stones”, Tuida fortress and Professional High School of Textile and Clothing „Dobri Zhelyazkov“. Participants in the project are 4 groups of researchers - students from the Second Primary School "Hristo Botev", headed by Kostadinka Popova; from the 3rd Primary School "Dr. Ivan Seliminski" with leaders Vassilena Zhelyazkova and Tatiana Andreeva, and from the Professional High School of Textile and Clothing „Dobri Zhelyazkov“.
For 10 months the participants studied dyeing with natural dyes, traditions and practices in the past, seek a scientific explanation, they experimented, carrying expeditions made demonstrations in public. On 27.05.2017. The final workshop was held, which was open to all who wanted to join. Hosts of the event were the National Museum of Textile Industry and Tuida Fortress- Sliven.
Participants had the opportunity to learn about the stages through which the wave (from fleece to woven fabric) and participate in the dyeing of textile materials with natural dyes authentic recipes. Guest-Demonstrator - Marieta Nedkova, Association for the Development of Arts and Crafts ARIZ 7

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Quick Hands Project in Tuida fortress on the occasion of the International Museum Day

Nearly 1,500 people visited the Late Antique and Medieval Fortress Tuida in the magical evening with the Quick Hands Project on 18 May 2017.The event was organized by the team of Tuida fortress together with Municipality of Sliven on the occasion of the International Museum Day - 18 May.

On its own behalf and on behalf of Mayor Stefan Radev, deputy mayor Stoyan Markov greeted the audience.He noted that seeing so many people is indicative that not in vain the tourist site won the "Attraction number 1" award for last year in Bulgaria."I want to thank you to Tuida's team for their hard work and for attracting tourists, and citizens who visit the forthress and feel the magic of our history," - said Markov.

Quick Hands Project presented a rich program with card-focused, newspaper-cutting, rope-binding, etc. All the numbers, some of which even dangerous, were served with a dose of humor, which made the audience entertain even more. The happiest were the children who were eager to be called on stage to get involved in the focus. Predictably, some of them had come to the scene.

Before the show with tricks of Quick Hands Project, the open space was presented upcoming participation of a group of "Difficult childhood" in a fortress Tuida of June 1, at 20:30. They performed one of his songs.
It was a beautiful magic.

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Art Workshop - XXI International Children's Folklore Festival

For the third consecutive year, Tuida Fortress opened its doors for the creative workshop organized for the participants in the International Children's Folklore Festival "Friendship without Borders". Together with Children's Complex Sliven we have prepared various interesting workshops, a dance school and a gaming center from the past. A sunny day under the beautiful sky of Tuida!

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Тaking of first witnessеs from Tuida

On 29.04. 2017 was held an unusual adventure - Taking of first witnesses from Tuida! Thank you for trusting our team and we were part of your special day!

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Opening of ennobled playground for kids in the quarter Druzhba

And I was there, jumping and laughing ... The games have existed since ancient times, and today. Kids grow up playing, learn through games, develop, communicate. Let's do more places where our children smile. On March 22nd 2017 the team of Fortress Tuida was a guest at the official opening of cultivated areas for game and a basketball court.Together with the children we showed to adults how games on grandparents can be fun today! We thank the organizers and the children who made this First spring special and smiling! See you soon!

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