Dear visitors to,

On this page you can read some of the impressions and reflections in the BOOK OF HONOURABLE VISITORS to the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE left by political figures, foreign ambassadors, worldwide famous artists and cherished humorists.

Daryl Cagle, cartoonist, jury member for the 23rd Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art, Gabrovo 2017
October 7, 2017

"A unique museum which should not be missed and which reminds us of the great opportunity for any human being to excel at irony, too.
Congratulations to Gabrovo!"

Luigina Peddi, director of the Italian Cultural Institute, Sofia
April 21, 2016

"A great THANK YOU on the occasion of my solo exhibition!"

Paolo Dalponte, cartoonist, Italy
April 21, 2016

"I am exceptionally surprised at the cordial hospitality at the House of Humour and Satire! It feels like I've acqired the spirit of a Gabrovian!"

Nenad Ostojic, cartoonist, Croatia
April 1, 2016

" I am not writing anything this year! You sure know I love you all, don't you?"

Ivailo Tsvetkov, cartoonist, chairperson of FECO-Bulgaria
April12, 2016

Trayko Popov, cartoonist, deputy chairperson of FECO-Bulgaria

April 1, 2016

"I am greatly honoured to have my works displayed at the Museum."

Damir Novak, cartoonist, Croatia
April 1, 2016

"The smile is happiness!
The smile attracts!
The smile inspires us!
The smile makes us better people!
May we all smile in defiance of daily troubles, for the world lasts because it laughs, doesn't it?"

Tsvetan Stoyanov, artist, photographer, Bulgaria
April 1, 2016

"Long live Gabrovo with its House of Humour and Satire - the best place for the devils in the world! In deep gratitude!
The best harvest is treasured here".

Kalin Nikolov, artist, Bulgaria
April 1, 2016

"Like everything sinful in this world, the House of Humour and Satire was conceived in sin too... The totalitarian state wanted to turn it into a CAGE for all more daring and blithe birds. But... Gabrovians have outsmarted everybody! Soon after they welcome their guests and have enough of the medley of their songs they let them fly on their stronger wings out in the AZURE EXPANSE OF FREEDOM."

Gashar (Rumen Gasharov), painter, Bulgaria
February 25, 2016

"When someone has no sense of humour he must at least be intuitively aware of it. Luckily, I have always suspected that I do have it. I was irreversably convined of it when I received the Bulgarian award ALEKO. The visit to your marvellous House is a substatial bonus to the prize. Let's hope we'll keep laughing together in the future!"

Uladzimer Arlou, satirist, public figure, Belarus
January 14, 2016

"May the world survive never ceasing to enjoy hearty laughs!"
"The most wonderful House of laughter! With best wishes for the days to come!"
"Keep up making the world laugh!"

Velyana Popgencheva, Emanuela Bayrakova, Stanislava Bayrakova, three generations of women artists in the Popgenchev family
October 29, 2015

"Gabrovians further the idea that we have to smile more and sulk and hate each other less. I join up their club!"

M. Damyanov
October 10, 2015

"We are happy for being a part of the most humorous and the most positive museum staff! This has been great experience to have the opportunity to be interns at the House of Humour and Satire! Thank you very, very much!"

Alise, Laura, Marika, interns from Latvia under ERASMUS Programme
August 14, 2015

"It's been my second visit to Gabrovo, and I am convinced that the town and the people here are worthy of love and victories. My conviction was confirmed because I fell in love with a bear I caught in the mountainous National Park, but we made a deal... It promised to wait for me until the next time, so, see you soon. I'll do my best to win a new prize. This is what I promised the bear. I love you all and will never forget you."

Ilja Bereznickas, cartoonist, film director, Lithuania
May 20, 2015

"Words fail me to express how happy I feel with the good-will here, at the House of Humour and Satire and BLAGOLAZH! Thank you on behalf of the American Storytellers' Society and on my own behalf. I deeply appreciate the work you do here at the House of Humour. Thank you from the bottom of my storyteller's heart!"

Priscilla Howe, professional storyteller, USA
May 18, 2015

"...It is delightful to see that the Gabrovo Biennial maintains a high level - there are a lot of young artists, contemporary interpretation of ideas, concept, a variety of techniques employed. I am already convinced that I will take part in the next biennials to come. I wish the organizers to keep up the good work because Bulgarian culture and Bulgarian art are in need of staunch support. From a personal perspective, I am looking only forward."

Ivan Yanev, graphic artist
May 16, 2015, 100 Vesti newspaper

"It is my first entry in the Gabrovo Biennial. I was so eager to come here, both to participate in the exhibition and to visit the humour capital. Many of my Istanbul friends had told me stories about Gabrovo. It was from them I learned that Gabrovians docked the tails of the cats and that they were very economical people. Friends again informed me that I had won a Biennial prize. I am most delighted! And here I am at the 22nd edition - happy with the prize! I am very impressed with what I have seen in the six categories. I have seen many a successful work, for artists have portrayed the laughter of the world, what people actually laugh at. Politics is communicated in a different way. I am positve that if people are deprived of laughter, the world will stop exisiting."

Mehmet Tekirdag, painter, musiciam, film director, Turkey
May 16, 2015, 100 Vesti newspaper

"After my entry in the last, 21st edition of the Gabrovo Biennial the world opened up to me. The solo exhibition I am showing now is comprised of works I have never done before, works that bear humour. It is the humour of the Gabrovo Biennial that has played a great part in inspiring me to view things from a different perspective. Very few people knew me as an artist before I won the GOLDEN AESOP Grand Prix. Then I started working more and more people started recognizing me. People from different countries began writing to me and congratulating me. I am so grateful to the House of Humour and Satire for all that is happening to me."

Cemalettin Yildiz, designer, poster artist, Turkey
May 16, 2015, 100 Vesti newspaper

"... May the Gabrovo Biennial keep the bar high, keep up the tradition. Twenty-two editions make an impressive number. I haven't heard of another biennial art event in Bulgaria that can boast such a long tradition. The Gabrovo Biennial is not only a Bulgarian trademark, but a world trademark as well."

Prof. Todor Vardzhiev, artist, graphic designer
May 16, 2015, 100 Vesti newspaper

Trayko Popov, cartoonist, deputy chairperson of FECO-Bulgaria
April 2,2015

Ivailo Tsvetkov, cartoonist, chairperson of FECO-Bulgaria
April 2, 2015

"Many thanks for all. Thanks for visiting the Ethnographic Museum!

My contribution to ethnography."

Bernard Bouton, cartoonist, FECO President General, France
April 2, 2015

"Thank you so much for the warm Gabrovo welcome and good luck!"

Assoc. Prof. Emil Bachiyski, sculptor
March 19, 2015

"Numberless thanks to the team of the House of Humour and Satire for the chance to be part of this great event. I landed in an incredible world of beauty, laughter and contemplation."

Desislava Dikova, artist, senior expert in Directorate Cultural Heritage, Museums & Fine Arts at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
March 19, 2015

"It is here where I first felt the delight of ensuring prizes for high-quality art."

Svetoslav Dragiev, artist-photographer, manager of Photographic Systems Co.Ltd.
March 19, 2015

"To provoke a smile through one's art is a God's gift! Praise be to the citizens of Gabrovo! May their town remain the Mecca of humour in the future so that the good could prevail in man!"

Prof. Todor Vardzhiev, artist, graphic designer
March 19, 2015

"Yet another stopover at the House of Humour and Satire means yet another encounter with the joy of art and laughter! Thank you!"

Galina Pavlova, graphic artist
Match 19, 2015

"I congratulate the 155-year-old town of Gabrovo, known for being the most economizing place in Europe, that its thriftiness does not refer to its investments in the art of humour and satire."

Chavdar Georgiev, cartoonist
March 19, 2015

Valeriu Kurtu, cartoonist, Germany
March 19, 2015

"Heartfelt wishes of joy to my friends at the House of Humour!"
Your fan,

CHAP (Prof. Georgi Chapkanov), sculptor
February 20, 2015

"Today, February 20th, 2015 Georgi Chapkanov and I were here and had fun. Best wishes to this holy House of Gabrovo for achieving broader fame than the Louvre and for enjoying a winding stream of foreign visitors in front of the ticket office!"

Plamen Barakov, manager of Golden Apple Bio-products Co.

"The House of Humour (a continent of the happy spirit) is a phenomenon that will always be spoken of as an unparalleled phenomenon. Unparalleled world phenomenon at that! I wish you a long life and good luck!"

Kalin Nikolov, artist, art critic
October 24, 2014

"Humour is indeed universal, and very well represented in the middle of Bulgaria, in this unique museum. Keep on going, please, we need you!"

Cathrine Cullen, President of UCLG Culture Committee
October 16, 2014

"This is a place for me - a Museum of Cats!"

Florian Doru Crihana, cartoonist, Romania
July 10, 2014

"Thank you for the opportunity to show an exhibition at this wonderful museum!"

Lisa Jahsnowski, graphic artist, Germany
March 19, 2014

Steffen Jahsnowski
, cartoonist, photographer, Germany
March 19, 2014

"It's a great honour to me to visit the Museum of Humour. I hope Gabrovo will continue developing humour in the future.

Cats come back to Gabrovo because their tails stay here and so do people!"

Takashi Koizumi, Ambassador of Japan in Bulgaria
March 11, 2013

"I am visiting the Gabrovo House of Humour for the twentieth or thirtieth time, and I am delighted to see that it lives and makes progress! "

Yordan Popov, writer, satirist
February 27, 2014

"I have finally visited Gabrovo. Your House is wonderful! I charged myself with humour. May I wish you and us great creative achivements!"

Vladimir Soldatov, cartoonist, Russia
October 31, 2013

"Congratilations! The museum is unique! To live longer you have to die of laughter every day!"

Andi Popescu, Targu-Jiu, Romania
October 15, 2013

"Congratulations on the good work and on the building and development of this place which one inevitably leaves with a smile on. I was genuinely pleased to find out considerable testimony to the host of friendly contacts that bond the town and its humour with Belgium. I hope, or rather, I am positive that further contacts will come in the future."

Anick Van Calster, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Bulgaria
September 17, 2013

"Beloved House of Humour and Satire, may you all stay as we know you, for there is no more hospitable, open-hearted and welcoming place in the world than this in Gabrovo."
Most affectionately,

Asparuh Yordanov, Planet EARTH
May 19, 2013

"It is the second time I have found myself in this lovely town. I was welcomed with hospitality, amity and sincerity. All this made the days spent here worthwhile. Thank you for all! "

Hayat Ulusay, Anadolu University, Turkey
May 18, 2013

"Dear Gabrovo, all my relatives are looking forward to my return from Gabrovo. I have so many wonderful things to tell them. See you soon!"

Cemalettin Yildiz, designer, poster artist, Turkey
May 18, 2013

"Dear Gabrovo, I felt so much at home here, for it is the birthplace of my ancestors. When I strolled through the streets of Gabrovo I had the feeling every hundredth person was a relative of mine. I wish I saw you again, Gabrovo!"

Prof. Dr. Recai Dormez, Anadolu University, Turkey
May 18, 2013

"My sincere thank-you goes to the Biennial organizers and the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE. I am very glad that the particiation of Mashhad photographers and the winning of a couple of prizes by Iranians contribute to the acquaintance of the Iranian people with Gabrovo and vice versa. I hope for the future of the established contacts and for the opportunity to have Bulgarian artists on show in Mashhad and the region."

Mohsen Panahande
Cultural Center of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Sofia
May 20, 2013

"Gabrovo and Bulgaria are very important for the Iranian photographers, especially those in Mashhad. Our colleague photographers are truly fond of Bulgaria, and over the past years have had entries in the Biennial; for instance, out of the 19 selected photographers in the 21st International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts, 13 come from Mashhad. I am all the happier that these 13 are members of our club. I thank the organizers, espcially Mrs. Tsankova, for the enjoyable stay in Gabrovo."

Morteza Lotfi, photographer, Iran
May 20, 2013

"I am very glad to be able to visit Gabrovo and the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE for the second time, as well as to attend the 21st International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts. I took good photos and gained excellent impressions of Gabrovo and Bulgaria. I thank the people who have organazined this event because it requires lots of efforts."

Seyyed Jalil Hosseini Zahraei, photographer, Iran
May 20, 2013

"I was with great pleasure that I embarked on this journey to Gabrovo, the world humour capital that unites the people in our ragged world cementing it through humour. Best wishes for many more fruitful years of the Biennial of Humour and Satire."

Temur Kozaev, cartoonist, Russia
May 18, 2013

Cat:"I am no more a Berliner, I am a Gabrovian now!"
Bird: "So am I!"

Steffen Jahsnowski, cartoonist, photographer, Germany
May 17, 2013

"I was honoured to be part of the competent international panel of judges of the Humour and Satire Biennial in Gabrovo.
Each time I leave this wonderful place, a smile stays with me. It accompanies me in my daily routine and reminds me that I have to revisit Gabrovo one day soon!"

Svetoslav Dragiev photographer, manager of Photographic Systems Ltd., Sofia
March 20, 2013
"Dear friends,
Thank you for your hospitality. For yet another time you've proven your professionalism and indispensable role in the cultural life of Gabrovo and Bulgaria. I hope that our friendship and cooperation will continue in the future. I wish you good health and success! Thank you!"

Lora Atanasova, artist, chief expert in Cultural Heritage Directorate at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
March 20, 2013

"I thank the competition organizers for the opportunity to visit the unique House of Humour and Satire and to sit on the international jury of the contest known the world over as the Gabrovo Biennial.
I was immensely pleased to communicate with new friends and with the works on display at the House of Humour and Satire."

Andrey Rizhov, cartoonist, chairperson of Mediasayuz Cartoonists' Guild, Moscow, Russia
March 20, 2013

"Unparalleled experience, emotions and final compromises. Our stay in Gabrovo will remain imprinted in our memories."

Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz, graphic artist and cartoonist, director of the Museum of Cartoon Art and Caricature, Warsaw, Poland
March 20, 2013

There is no place like this all over Bulgaria! Respectfully and admiringly!

Kremena Tsankova
December 7, 2012

"Whenever I happen to come to this 'HOUSE', I feel like coming home!"

Plamen Bratanov, sculptor
December 7, 2012

"Cats are said to live nine lives. May the House of Humour in Gabrovo live like cats!

Kuti (Ivan Kutuzov), cartoonist
October 5, 2012

"Bulgaria is in my heart! Sincere thanks for this wonderful exhibition and hospitality!"

Michael Streun, cartoonist, Switzerland
September 27, 2012
"On behalf of NEBELSPALTER magazine, I would like to heartily thank for the opportunity to display this exhibition in this renowned museum. We appreciate the warm welcome and hospitality, as well as the beginning of a constructive echange. Cheers!"

Marco Ratschiller, NEBELSPALTER editor-in-chief, Switzerland
September 27, 2012

Keld Moseholm, sculptor, Denmark
September 26, 2012

"Thank you for such a warm welcome to your excellent museum! I loved seeing all the displays and talking with you all. You have inspired me to do an exhibition of humour art at my museum."

Eve Haddow, National Mining Museum, Scotland
P.S. We have many cats at our museum! Coal Mine Cats!"
May, 2012

"Thank you so much for such a fascinating and humorous visit. The variety of interpretations of humour is examplary."

Prof. Fiona MacLean, Scotland
May, 2012

"Such a pleasure to visit here and see your wonderful museum, to encounter humour that is so similar to that of Glasgow."

Elaine Addington
Glasgow Museums
May, 2012

"Congratulations on your anniversary, dear friends at the House of Humour and Satire! May you enjoy excellent health, stamina and inspiration! Keep on promoting Gabrovo all over the globe!"

Galina Bankovska, Katya Koleva
Members of the 41st National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria
April 1, 2012

Congratulations on your 40th anniversary, House!

Ivailo Tsvetkov, cartoonist
April 1, 2012

"Humour and jokes help us to go on living, for joy. On the eve of the 40th birthday of the House of Humour and Satire I want to wish all the best to all people who have been working since the beginning at this excellent place. I am very impressed! I wish you next wonderful 140 years! "

Agnieszka Kosciuszko, Director of the Polish Institute in Sofia
March 23, 2012

"To the House of Humour:

Humour is the spirit and the soul of every country! Good luck for the future!"

James Warlick, US Ambassador
April 6, 2011

Tomiyuki Sakuta, graphic artist, prizewinner at Biennial 2011, Japan
May 20, 2011

"Thank you for your hospitality and friendliness. We love Gabrovo and have really enjoyed Bulgaria. You're welcome to visit Scotland any time!

(Aberdeen joke: man with short arms and long pockets so he won't spend money.)"

Megan, Sarah, Cheralynne, Ewan and James
Scottish national heritage representatives
May 20, 2011

"My first visit to Gabrovo was on my 40th birthday. Then I came back for my 50th anniversary followed by a revisit on my 60th birthday. Well, I am 70 now and I am here again. So will it be when I turn 80, 90, 100 and so on because I have lots of friends in Gabrovo. With much love and look forward to - "

Tan Oral,cartoonist, Turkey
May 20, 2011

"Best wishes for the 20th Biennial in Gabrovo".

Prof. Bernhard Hollemann, Austrian graphic artist, GOLDEN AESOP Grand Prix winner for 1995 г., long-standing member of the International jury and a great friend of the House

May 24, 2011

"Many thanks for the opportunity to feel at home in the most fun-filled museum in the world - the House of Humour and Satire! I would be delighted to visit you again and again - may you always be!"

Hristo Komarnitski, cartoonist
October 20, 2011

"To the wonderful friends at the House of Humour and Satire - with affection and deep gratitude."

Sergio Cavallerin, painter, Italy
March 31, 2010

"Dear HHS,

We meet again after so many years... I am so glad that you are alive and smiling and presenting people with a Smile. I wish you and your friends numerous years of joy, high spirits and gifted humorists!

Alla Surikova , film director, President of Smile, Russia ! film festival
October 3, 2011

"What a wonderful institution this House of Humour and Satire is! Thank you for the warm welcome and the hospitality. Humour makes life easier and more versicolored. What is more, people shouldn't take themselves in earnest. Quite so according to the saying that 'Happy are those who can laugh at themselves, too.' They will never be short of fun!
With regard to this - sincere greetings from Thun, Switzerland."

Ueli Jost,, entrepreneur; District Council of the Canton of Bern
Raphael Lanz, Mayor of Thun
Carlo Kilchhere, entrepreneur; District Council of the Canton of Bern
Jasmina Stader, project coordinator, Thun
Anelia Zankova, project coordinator, Gabrovo

September, 2011

Peter Pocs, poster artist, prizewinner at Biennial 2009, Hungary
May 17, 2009

"Dear hosts and friends,
Please accept our sincere admiration for the high spirits and the wonderful sense of humour you have charged us with. Keep on spreading laughter among sad people. Thank you for the enjoyable tour of the world of the Gabrovo citizen, of the cartoonist and of GABROVO planet.
With all respect to your work,"

FORUM newspaper team, Ruse
November 28, 2011

"Only positive impressions! I am fascinated with the scope of activities carried out by the House of Humour and Satire which would not be what it is without the efforts of all employees here. I hope to transfer the success story of Gabrovo and the House to Strumica, Macedonia. The best of success in the future! "

Risto Filcevski, Association Evro-Viziya, Strumica, Macedonia
November 11, 2011

"I am very happy to be here for the second time. I thank you for my prize."

Julian Pena-PAI, cartoonist, prizewinner at Biennial 2007, Romania
May, 2007

"I am truly honoured to receive this prize! Thank you so much!"

Heidi Heindl , photographer, prizewinner at Biennial 2011, Austria
May 19, 2011

"I am happy to be today, April 1st, 2011, at the House of Humour in Gabrovo. I hope that my design of the post stamp '35 Years of Minor Planet GABROVO' will enhance the joyful atmosphere that dominates on this day. My thanks go to all friends at the House of Humour and Satire."

Associate Professor Georgi Yankov, artist, lecturer in poster art and visual communications at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia
April 1, 2011

"I wish you to have a sharp Damocles pair of scissors always at hand!!!"

Valeri Aleksandrov-Valex, cartoonist
February 3, 2011

"I wish that smoke come out of the chimney of this House of Mirth for long years; that the smoke make our eyes smart, but the tears in them be tears of laughter."

Lyubo Mihailov, cartoonist, chair of Cartoon section to the Union of Bulgarian Artists
24 март, 2011

"I believe that you have really succeeded in turning your vocation into avocation. Enjoy excellent health, and may each coming Biennial be more rewarding than the previous one! Good luck!"

Lora Atanasova, artist, chief expert in Cultural Heritage Directorate to the Ministry of Culture of R. Bulgaria
March 24, 2011

"Laughter is related to health ...and Rabelais is France's greatest envoy. Long life to the Museum of Humour in Gabrovo!"

Gilles Rouet, Attache to the Embassy of France in Sofia
February 1, 2011

"I congratulate the House of Humour and Satire on its 35th anniversary, and wish it financial prosperity, creative achievements, happiness and humour! Thank you for my first solo exhibition, and may it not be the last one!"

Vyacheslav Bibishev-BIB, cartoonist, GOLDEN AESOP Grand Prix winner for 2005, Russia

Slava Bib is mending the cat's tail.
May 18, 2007

"Congratulations on the excellent exhibiiton 'The Classic Masters of Bulgarian Animation'! It is such exhibitions that keep up the spirit and the art of Bulgaria. I wish the House of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo many more encounters with the oustanding names in Bulgarian art. Thank you!"

Arch. Blaga Dinova, daughter of Bulgarian cartoonist and animator Todor Dinov
October 13, 2010

"I am honoured to be at this junction - the one and only in the Universe - which is the realm of humour and laughter because 'The World Lasts Because It Laughs'. I share it in every way! Thank you for your attention and hospitality."

Stayo Garnoev, painter, Panagyurishte
September, 2010

"May it be the history of one view on the road along which we have laughed in the course of time."

Vezhdi Rashidov, sculptor, current Minister of Culture
March 28, 2007

"Thank you for the opportunity to show part of my work at the House and to get directly acquainted with Bulgarian people and traditions. Joyfylly, "

Grete Werner-Wesner, artist, Germany
September 2, 2010

"This fantastic House of Humour is a symbol of the happy and hospitable people of Gabrovo. Thank you for the warm welcome...and now good riddance!"

Ilse Uyttersprot, Mayor of Aalst, Belgium
May 15, 2010

"To the one and only House of Humour!"

Simeon Spiridonov, painter
October 10, 2005

"Thank you to all friends at the House of Humour and Satire for the invigorating dose of high spirits. In the hope that all our dreams will come true, we congratulate you and present you with smiles from Nichelino!"

Giuseppe Catizone, Mayor of Nichelino, Italy
March 9, 2010

"So I wrote in Norwegian: Thank you for all and this is first the beginning. I end this meeting with a typical Norwegian proverb: 'I am happy it was not the cow,' the man said when his wife died.'"

Heidi Dahlsveen, storyteller, Associate Professor of drama art at the College to the University of Oslo
May 17, 2009

"I am writing these lines in a House not only of humour and satire, but of our national culture as well."

Prof. Rumen Skorchev, graphic artist and Eli, wife
October 16, 2005

"I am happy for this huge House of Humour, on this island of humour. In a world full of problems, Gabrovo is amassing the most humane of riches - humour!"

Agim Sulaj, cartoonist, painter, GOLDEN AESOP Grand Prix winner for 2009, Italy
May 16, 2009

"Stay as vivacious, energetic and smiling as you are, with an exhaustible sense of humour! Sincere thanks to the entire team of the HHS for the hospitality, warm welcome and shared moments of joy. "

Daniela Aroyo, photographer, prizewinner at Biennial 2009
May 16, 2009

Sasha Dimitrijevic, cartoonist, winner at Biennial 2005, Serbia
May 20, 2005

"The visit to Gabrovo was a great experience. Thank you for the invitation, the reception and the interest in Satyrykon in Legnica. This is the beginning of our constructive cooperation, no doubt. Long live Gabrovo, long live Satyrykon!"

Grzegorz Szczpaniak, Director of the Cultural Centre in Legnica, Poland
March 24, 2009

"I am grateful to the House of Humour for having housed a couple of my paintings; this makes us bonded for good! Success to the people who care for the museum."

Prof. Andrey Daniel, painter
March 18, 2009

"Best wishes!"

Valeriu Kurtu, cartoonist, prizewinner at Biennial 2005, Modova/Germany
May 25, 2005

"It's an exceptional pleasure and joy for us to be back with our friends in the House of Humour and Satire and among Gabrovo lovers of poster art. The creative achievements and performances of Poster House are sentimentally related to Gabrovo and the House of Humour and Satire. We are positive that the feelings are mutual."

Lyuba Tomova, poster artist, prizewinner at Biennial 2007 and Nenko Atanasov, poster artist, prizewinner at Biennial 2009
February 12, 2009

"On behalf of the Ministry of Health - excellent health! On my behalf - love! Eternal blessing from the skies above! It is lovely that you live with humour, through humour and for humour. Humour can free, immortalize and ennoble! May it be so with the student artists from the National school competition 'Are You Modern or Do You Smoke?' who will remain faithful admirers of the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE in Gabrovo. I take a bow to Director Tanya Tsankova and the entire hard-working and committed team!"

Viliya Velikova, Directorate Public Health to the Ministry of Health
November 20, 2008, World No Tobacco Day

"I am fascinated by the warm, good-tempered, bright people who abide in the House of Humour and Satire!"

Vladimir Kazanevsky, cartoonist, prizewinner at Biennial 2007, Ukraine
May 28, 2003

"I am most delighted to be part of this successful family, as well as to be the first black African showing his works at a place of such a world renown."

Didier Deokor, DIDY painter, Canada
October 10, 2008

"How rich and multi-faceted humour can be. I was wondering how the House of Humour of Gabrovo should be. It surpassed my expectations. I wish much success with your creativity and look forward to your future initiatives. See you soon, "

Marc Michielsen, Ambassador of Belgium
November 21, 2008

Kristiina Lehtonen, graphic artist, prizewinner at Biennial 2001, Finland
May 25, 2005

"We are very pleased with our visit to the House of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo. Compared to the museum in Eskisehir, the one in Gabrovo is huge and very rich. Thank you very, very much for what we saw and the topics we discussed. We look forward to welcoming you in Turkey!"

Prof. Atila Ozer, cartoonist, Director of the Cartoon Museum in Eskisehir, Turkey
May 18, 2007

"The attitude to the humour of a nation is a benchmark for the nation's intellectual and mental health. I wish the House of Humour and Satire to continue being the healing station of the Bulgarian spirit."

Yulia Borcheva, Director of IMEON-BALKANI Foundation
18 май, 2007

"After a sitting of the Supreme Ecclesiastical Council of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Sokolski Monastery we give our blessing to Mrs. Tatyana Tsankova and her devout co-workers. May they work for many years and with satisfaction for the common good of the people in the world and particularly for Gabrovo, "the pearl" of Veliko Tarnovo eparchy!
We invoke the Lord's blessing and leave those working here praying to Jesus Christ."

Veliko Tarnovo Metropolitan Grigoriy
October 22, 2004

"Friendly greetings,"

Georges El Bahgoury, painter, Egypt

"Question: Will you let us come for the carnival, Niki?
Quetion 2: You shouldn't say 'let'. Better say 'will you send us on a business trip?'
EPM's reply: I will send you on a business trip - at your own expense!

May you be hale and hearty, and great success to the Museum. I hope to welcome you soon in Bruxelles in order to have a good laugh at red tape together.

Nickolay Mladenov
Member of the European Parliament
March 19, 2008

"I see nothing more vital in this life than laughter. May your House live forever."

Respectfully and affectionately,
Nikola Manev, artist
October 23, 2004

Dimitar Rashkov, sculptor
March 23, 2005

"With due admiration for the selfless work and spirit of the genuine Gabrovians at the House of Humour and Satire. If it is true that 'humour is the blood circulation of society', then Gabrovo must be its heart.

Ina Kileva
Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria
May 21, 2005

"The years do fly, and the problems do persist...."

Boris Dimovski, Bulgarian cartoonist
May, 2001

"I am grateful to Gabrovians at the House of Humour and Satire for not doing the same thing to me!"

Jacques Pasquier, painter, France
July 16, 1984

"We congratulate the citizens of Gabrovo on taking such a pride in their culture and history. Except 'love', 'humour' and 'laughter' are the best words."

Korean Society for Experimentation in Contemporary Design
May 23, 2005

"I had to turn 50 to realize that I had no other home but the House of Humour and Satire!"

Anatoliy Stankulov, Bulgarian cartoonist
October 26, 2006

"Whichever way you look at it, Gabrovo is the world centre of humour and satire."

Delcho Mihajlov, Director of the World Cartoon Gallery in Skopje, Macedonia
March 24, 2005

"Goodbye and thank you!"

Mordillo, cartoonist, Argentina
May 29, 1983

"One of the most basic human rights is that of the right to smile and laugh. The Gabrovo museum is the museum of that right. May its unique spirit make millions more smile."

Neil Buhne, UN Resident Coodinator for Bulgaria
November 27, 2003

"The House of Humour and Satire calls to mind that life can be humourless, too."

Solomon Pasi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria
November 10, 2004

'Lovely House of Humour!
Lovely show!
Lovely country!
Lovely town!
And best of all - lovely people!

Ross Thomson, cartoonist, Great Britain
May 21, 2006

"If I write down that the House of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo is a singular phenomenon in the cultural history not only of Gabrovo, but in that of Bulgaria, Europe and the world, I'll say nothing new.This inimitable cultural institute is a beacon to the entire human culture because humankind, tired of economic hardships and political roundabouts, can find a saving way out both in harmless humour and in scathing satire. I wish the team great success in the future!"

Prof. Dimitar Ovcharov, historian
November 1, 2005

"May the House of Humour stay unsullied and congenial to the future generations who will be tired of technology and fastness. Greetings from a slow-developing humorist."

Boris Dimovski, cartoonist, illustrator of the booklet 'Gabrovo Anecdotes'
August 21, 1974

"I wish the House of Humour and Satire numberless excellent works of art, and may each day contribute to more effective entertainment of people and higher quality of education of the nation."

Nguyen van Dac, Ambassador of Vietnam in Bulgaria
November 11, 2004

"I am grateful to the House of Humour and Satire for the opportunity to stage my fisrt solo show here. Thanks to you, the team of the Mirthful institution, Gabrovo ranks among the front-line advocates, admirers and champions of art and culture in Bulgaria. Thank you!"

Nenko Atanasov, winner of the Prize for poster of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism at '05 Biennial
October 19, 2006

"With deep respect to the efforts of all who have succeeded in gathering and preserving this wealth of Bulgaria and the world for the generations to come!"

Georgi Parvanov, President of the Republic of Bulgaria
May 17, 2003

"Memento from Gabrovo and the festival."

Adolf Born, graphic artist, Czechoslovakia
May 23, 1977

"Humour is a manifestation of wisdom and humanity, and threfore the world lives and evolves through laughter. The citizens of Gabrovo and all Bulgarians enjoy having a laugh. And so do Chinese. I wish understanding and long-lasting friendship between the Bulgarian and Chinese peoples on the sound basis of laughter."

Xie Hanshun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of China in Bulgaria
November 11, 2003

"Dear citizens of Gabrovo,
Thank you for the smiles. I'll be back again in spite of your greeting WELCOME AND GOOD RIDDANCE!".

Antoaneta Georgieva, Mayor of Pernik Municipality
May 26, 2004

Nikolay Kapusta, cartoonist, USSR
May 18, 1975

"There are many things to say about your work and the House of Humour and Satire. I say to you that Romania wishes to have such an institution. You all, dear friends, are an inspiration for my work. Congratulations! Hope to do wonderful things together!"

Florian Doru Crihana, Romanian cartoonist
May 16, 2003

"I am delighted to visit the House of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo - an exceptionally exciting and matchless museum. I am strongly impressed with the order and the maintenance of the site behind which show the proficiency and love of the staff running this house of culture. I wish the museum curators success in their highly prestigious work to the further development of national culture."

Prof.Bozhidar Abrashev, Doctor of the science of art
Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria
September 5, 2003

Jurg Furher, cartoonist, Switzerland
May 18, 1973

"I would like to express my admiration for the uniqueness of this House of Humour and Satire where, contrary to what evil tongues hold, I was received with great generosity."

Dr. Paulo Tiago Jeronimo da Silva, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Portugal in Bulgaria
March 9, 2004

"The great sense of humour in Gabrovo is well-known. Jokes, satire, carnival give to life a special dimension which makes life easier and makes people come together in a better feeling. Especially because Belgium is the country where cities as Aalst, Binche and Jeper have also a carnival tradition, my visit to Gabrovo gives me a very special feeling."

Philippe Becke, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Bulgaria
April 1, 2004