Video Check-In: Folk Dancing at Bulgaria’s Kazanluk Rose Festival

Video Check-In: Folk Dancing at Bulgaria’s Kazanluk Rose Festival

MIR Tour Manager Michel Behar and his group of travelers on a departure of our Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses small group tour, stopped to smell the roses and enjoy the festivities of Bulgaria’s colorful, fragrance-filled Kazanluk Rose Festival.  It’s a yearly celebration of the town’s prized Kazanlashka rose with its heavenly scent and precious rose oil, grown in this “Valley of Roses” for more than 300 years.

Along with lively parades and traditional national costumes, Michel and the MIR group watched several troupes perform Bulgarian folk dancing, known for its complex asymmetrical patterns which require dedication, skill, and hours of practice to master. Michel shared this video of high school students performing their fancy footwork.

Michel has seen the Kazanluk Rose Festival many times, and says he especially enjoys the dances of the local Bulgarian schoolchildren. He says it’s one of the biggest events of the year for them, and they work hard in dance practice to perfect their steps.

It always strikes me how Bulgarian, Armenian and Georgian children all dance so well, it must be part of the curriculum. I loved that one young girl lost her shoe but continued to dance, anyway!

– Michel Behar, MIR Tour Manager 

More Interesting Articles and Photos of Bulgaria 

Here are more highlights travelers see and experience on MIR’s Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses small group tour:

Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar

Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Photo credit: Michel Behar

Travel to Bulgaria with MIR

MIR has more than two decades of Bulgaria travel experience, offering on-the-ground support and quality you can trust, and guides and tour managers that clients rave about. MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

Bulgarian folk dancing and the Kazanluk Rose Festival are just a few highlights on our June departure (there’s also a September departure) of MIR’s Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses small group tour, which explores the complex history and culture of these two countries. 


MIR can also create a handcrafted custom, private journey of the Balkans, Romania and Bulgaria, focusing on your special interests and timeline.

Contact MIR today at or 1-800-424-7289 to learn more.

Intricate painting in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. Photo credit: David W. Allen

Intricate painting in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Photo credit: David W. Allen

(Top photo:Young dancers await their turn to perform at the Kazanluk Rose Festival in Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar)

PUBLISHED: June 10, 2015

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