9th May | 10:00 a.m. | Saint Sofia Church European Literature Walk. Literary and Cultural Connections
between Europe and Bulgaria
Map of the Literary Walk

person Walk guide:
Albena Todorova

Starting point

The Day of Europe Walk will take us through familiar streets and corners of the city. However, this time we will try to have a look at the historical and cultural connections between Bulgaria and Europe. They are so many indeed – the Czech artist Ivan Mrkvička was the first illustrator of Pod Igoto, Ivan Vazov’s most famous novel. Slavyanska beseda, the cultural heart of Sofia’s culture life before 1944, has deeply embedded Slovak DNA. Vienna, Zagreb, Rome and many other European cities are a source of immense inspiration for the Bulgarian artists in 19-20 century. In addition to that, we will speak about the European experience for Bulgarian writers as well as the connection of European writers with Bulgaria. We will read wall poetry and try to think and discuss what is our place in the current and the future of our big home which is Europe.

The European Literature Walks in Bulgarian and English are organized under the idea and partnership of EUNIC - the European Union National Institutes for Culture in Bulgaria.

Disclaimer: please wear comfortable shoes, umbrellas or rain gear and sunscreen.
Unfortunately the route is not accessible for wheelchairs.

About your guide

Albena Todorova is a poet with a full time job. When she is not working on her poems, Albena is a venture investor at the Dutch bank Rabobank. Albena has published 3 poetry collections in Bulgarian. Her work has been translated into English, Croatian, Arabic and Spanish. After more than 10 years living abroad in Japan, Germany and the UK she returned to Sofia in 2020 where she lives with her partner and a bunch of balcony plants. She claims her talent for rooting supermarket bought herbs as her secret superpower.

Photo: Yana Lozeva