The Floating Piers through the Lens of...

An exhibition of amateur and professional photographs that have captured Christo and Jeanne-Claude's latest project The Floating Piers is opening on 12th October at 5.30 p.m. in Avram Gachev river lane in Gabrovo. The display is an item on the ancillary programme to the forthcoming exhibition at the House of Humour and Satire dedicated to the art of Christo Yavashev and the life of his family in Gabrovo. The event is organized by Gabrovo Municipality, the Museum House of Humour and Satire and Society Our BIGGER Gabrovo.

Participating in the exhibition are: Gabriela Pashova, Tsvetanka Uzunova, Kaloyan Iliev, Antoniya Koleva, Rumi Lafchieva, Aleksandar Mitev, Kaloyan Konstantinov, Ivan Shumkov, Nikolay Marinov, Diyan Mitev, Emil Madzharov, Iva Saykova, Paolo Fassoli, Meglena Shkodreva, Teodora Shkodreva-Yaneva, Ivan Gospodinov, Stefan Yavashev and Yana Shushkova. The selection of their photographs was done by a judging panel consisting of Rosina Pencheva, Pencho Tihov and Ilko Nemtsov. The photographs will be on show for Gabrovo citizens and visitors to enjoy for a month.

October 2017

05.10., 6.00 p.m. Cartoonists' Descent:
- 42. National Cartoon Exhibition section Cartoon to the Union of Bulgarian Artists shows a selection
- 100 Years since the October Revolution exhibition of Arhigum Club, Ukraine
- Trump - Nine Months Later world cartoonists presented by Daryl Cagle, USA
- Daryl Cagle. Editorial cartoons - solo exhibition
- Metaphors and Propaganda. Papagal newspaper from 1939 to 1953
- Starshel and Friends history of the newspaper and its authors and artists
- Wit(out) Words solo exhibition of Margarita Yancheva

12.10., 5.30 p.m. The Floating Piers through the Lens of ... exhibition of photographs of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's project of the same name

17.10., 7.30 p.m. Welcome to Bulgaria performance by Contemporary Alternative Art and Culture Organization 36 Monkeys

27.10., 6.00 p.m. Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Projects exhibition of posters and video materials of emblematic projects

27.10., 6.00 p.m. Born in Gabrovo exhibition dedicated to the life of Christo Yavashev and his family in Gabrovo


Prof. Ivan Gazdov Donates 50 Original Cartoons

The Museum House of Humour and Satire added a new donation to its extensive collection of works left by Bulgarian and foreign artists. This time the generous benefactor is Prof. Ivan Gazdov, an established master artist in the field of graphic and poster art and illustration. He donated to the Museum 50 original cartoons drawn in the span of 1962-1977. The works are executed in ink, pen and spray on cardboard. The collection dates back to the early years of the artist's career and reflects subject matter relevant to the public life at the time.

Prof. Ivan Gazdov is the founder of the artist poster in Bulgaria and the father of the style graphicature. The latter remains in the annals of world art as an art trademark registered and reserved for the territory of Europe. It has established itself in more than 300 works of handmade serigraphy. The artist has shown over 50 solo exhibitions and has won 37 prestigious prizes and awards.

The team of the House of Humour and Satire accepts Prof. Gazdov's donation with deep gratitude. In the spring of 2018, the artist will put on a new dsiplay of graphicature in the Museum's exhibition rooms.


Beer, Sex and Pras'n'Press - a new album available at the gift shop

A new publication - Beer, Sex and Pras'n'Press - has become available at the gift shop of the House of Humour and Satire. It offers 144 pages of fun with 86 cartoons by the 'disrespectful cartoonists' Chavdar Nikolov, Hristo Komarnitski, Alla and Chavdar Georgiev, as well as jokes and humorous texts by Kalina Todorova, Ventsi Mitsov, Ivo Balev, Ivan Bakalov, Samuil Perkanov and Veselin Poryazov. The book is issued under the editorship of journalist Ivan Bakalov.

The title itself hints at the topical subject matted tackled by both cartoonists and humorists. The butt of their scathing attack are non other than household figures from the public and political life in Bulgaria, with no exception at all - politicians, men of law, oligarchs, lobbists, monopolists and many more.

Beer, Sex and Pras'n'Press is a wonderful summer read and potent pill against negative emotions. However, the printrun is limited, so hurry up! The price is 12 lev.


The Floating Piers through the Lens of...

Exhibitionof amateur and professional photographs taken during Christo and Jeanne-Claude's project The Floating Piers

Soon a documentary exhibition dedicated to the life and art career of Christo Javacheff-Christo will open in the town of Gabrovo. The organizers envision an ancillary photography event and announce an open call for amateur and professional photographs that have captured Christo and Jeanne-Claude's latest project The Floating Piers.

The initiative aims to feature the project and convey the emotions and the experience of the visitors who had the chance to find themselves on The Floating Piers in 2016. All submitted photographs will be presented in online and print media while a jury of professional photographers shall select the frames to be exhibited in the urban space of the town of Gabrovo.

The Floating Piers through the Lens of... will open on 12th October, 2017. The exhibition is organized on the initiative of Gabrovo Municipality, the Museum House of Humour and Satire and Society Our BIGGER Gabrovo.

Anyone willing to participate may send his or her photographs directly to (or in case of heavy files, may use the platform no later than 8th September, 2017.

The following information should accompany the photographs: the entrant's three names, telephone and e-mail address. It is desirable that the photographs be in their original resolution and maximum size.

By sending photographs, each entrant takes responsibility for their contents and entitles the organizers to disseminate them whithin the framework of the initiative in online and print media, as well as by means of printed reproductions in an open-air exhibition.

The selection of the photographs to be displayed in the exhibition will be entrusted to a jury consisting of Rosina Pencheva, Pencho Tihov and Ilko Nemtsov.

For further information: and telephone 066 803 526 or 0879 98 71 18 at the Museum House of Humour and Satire.


"To Die Laughing"

Marko Stamenkovic (Ser): "To Die Laughing"
31.07.2017 (Mon) 18:00 - 20:00
House of the Humour and Satire, Gabrovo
Free entrance

Andrea Brunello (It): "Turning Scientific Ideas into Emotions"
02.08.2017 (Wed) 18:00 - 21:00
House of the Humour and Satire, Gabrovo
Free entrance

Fernando Sanchez-Cabezudo (Sp): Storywalker - a new theatrical experience"
04.08.2017 (Fri) 18:00 - 21:00
House of the Humour and Satire, Gabrovo
Free entrance

Tui Mamaki (New Zealand)
Kottarashky & The Rain Dogs (Bul) + surprise guest
09.08.2017 (Wed) 18:00 - 22:30

working language: English

Organizers: Arte Urbana Collectif Sofia, Museum of the Architectural Historical Reserve Bozhentsi and the Municipality of Gabrovo.
Partners: Institut Francais Bulgaria, Museum of Humor and Satire Gabrovo, British Council - Bulgaria, Famille Mundi - Paris, Maison d'Europe et d'Orient, Eurodram, Zona urbana
With the support of: Municipality of Sofia
Media Partners: BNR, BBC Knowledge, Eight, Bulgarka


Valuable Donation from France

Just days ago the House of Humour and Satire received a donation of 12 printed books and 4 disks with images sent by Mr. Jean-Marie Bertin. Mr. Bertin was an international jury member for the 23rd Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art, Gabrovo 2017 and guest of honour at its fromal opening. During his short stay in Gabrovo, he was able to acquaint himself with the Museum's extensive book collection, which houses albums and books of drawn humour from all over the world, and expressed willingness to contribute to the enlargement of this rare collection. Mr. Bertin has kept his promise.

The donation comprises albums of themed collections by cartoonists Claude Serre (1938-1998) and Jean-Marc Reiser (1941-1983) from France and Philippe Geluk (b.1954) from Belgium; the illustrated book Humour et Management (M.B.S.A.-Management by Smiling Around); annual dossier-books of satirical newspaper Le Canard enchaine (2009-2012); two catalogues of public auctions of cartoons, satirical drawings and humorous books. The disks contain personal dossiers of 50 noted cartoonists, a result of Mr. Bertin's research and collection of many years.

Jean-Marie Bertin is one of the most notable collectors of cartoon publications in the world. The holdings of his library number more than 1 600 books; his personal archive contains close to 5 000 documentary units. Though a dentist by vocation, Mr. Bertin has been fascinated by the art of cartooning since childhood.

The team of the House of Humour and Satire expresses a deep gratitude for the valuable donation.


23rd International Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art, Gabrovo 2017

19 th May - 30th September 2017

International jury consisting of: Joerg Bader (Switzerland), Francis McKee (Ireland/Scotland), Anton Staykov (Bulgaria), Marko Stamenkovic (Serbia) and Margarita Dorovska (Bulgaria) awarded the following

prizes in section Contemporary art

Golden Aesop Prize a statuette and 5 000 BGN

Gascar Prize of the town of Gabrovo a statuette and 3000 BGN
TOMAS MORAVEC (Czech Republic)

Special prize for contemporary art 2000 BGN

Special prize given by Skalni Materiali JS Co-Rouse 3000 BGN
/divided between two artists/

International jury consisting of: Jean-Marie Bertin (France), Daryl Cagle (USA), Andrei Popov (Russia), Christo Komarnitski (Bulgaria) and Yordanka Shiyakova (Bulgaria) awarded the following

prizes in section Cartoons

Grand Prix 3000 BGN

Prize for cartoon 2000 BGN

Prize for printed cartoon publication 1000 BGN

The International jury presented honorable mentions to the artists Lyuben Petrov (Bulgaria), Caglar Okur (Turkey), Patrick Topitschnig (Austria), Ruben Sanchez and Mohammed Chndy (Spain) and Sandra Araujo (Portugal).


Literary evening with Bogomil Gerasimov - honorary citizen of Gabrovo, diplomat and writer

On 11th April, Tuesday, at 6.00 p.m. the House of Humour and Satire is hosting a meeting with diplomat, writer, journalist and public figure Bogomil Gerasimov in the Giraffes Room. The event honours the 45th anniversary of the foundation of the Museum. Mr. Gerasimov is among the people who remember well the laying of the foundations of the House of Humour and Satire, and has a lot to relate about his early encounters with Gabrovo humour and the founding fathers of the Museum.

Bogomil Gerasimov's interest in the phenomenon of Gabrovo humour is long-lasting and unfailing. As a press secretary to the Bulgarian Embassy in London (1963-1968), he made an outstanding contribution to the popularization of Gabrovo humour in the United Kingdom and to establishing the first contacts between the cities of Gabrovo and Aberdeen. It was the time when his collection A Smile from Aberdeen. Scottish Humour came out of press. The publication features parallels between Gabrovo and Scottish humour made by the compiler of the book. In 1979, during his service as an ambassador in Mexico, he was able to enlarge the House's collection with Mexican pieces of sculpture. Later on, as an advisor to the then prime minister of Bulgaria, he aided the House of Humour and Satire in obtaining a hard currency grant for purchasing modern equipment for the Experimental Satirical Variety Theatre being under construction at the time. For his outstanding service to promoting worldwide the traditions of Gabrovo in the field of humour and satire, Bogomil Gerasomov was conferred the title of honorary citizen of Gabrovo in 1971.

Another focal point of the literary evening will be Gerasimov's publications - novels, travelogues and novelletes, some of which had had five and more re-prints. The books present the author's travels across the globe and 'encounters' with gods, monsters and mysteries.


10:00 a.m. Our humour comes from the world over, our band - from Gabrovo
Good morning anf Happy birthday with Band Gabrovo
Park of Laughter

10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. A smiling selfie in front of the distorting mirrors
We provide the mirrors; you - the shared photos of smiles
Ground floor entrance hall

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The first 45
Video recordings from the archives of the House of Humour and Satire
Lobby in front of the Giraffes Room

10:30-11:00 a.m. Cunning is art; smiling is a magic! Whose treat is it?
Magic show of Quick Hands Junior
Room 6

11:00-11:30 a.m. How to become a Gabrovian
Sketches acted by members of the Theatre School to Racho Stoyanov Drama Theatre, Gabrovo
The Roots of Gabrovo Humour Room

11:30 a.m.-12:00 Ready to take off on 2206 Gabrovo flight
Funny game for children
Gabrovo Planet Room

1:00-2:00 p.m. Laughter yoga with Friends Club
Giraffes Room

2:30-3:30 p.m. Whatever granddad does, he never fails
Puppet show of Small Theatre Company
Long Live the Carnival Room

4:00-5:00 p.m. Time for formal greetings and congratulations
Director's office

Presentation of the Humour Publications of the House of Humour and Satire

On 28th March 2017, at 5.30 p.m. Mrs. Darina Marinchevska, specialist at the House of Humour and Satire, will make a presentation of the Museums publishing activities from the early years to the present day at Chudomir Museum-house in the town of Kazanlak. The event honours 45 years since the foundation of the House of Humour and Satire and is held within the framework of this years Chudomir festivities.

The presentation follows the numerous and multilingual editions of the collection Gabrovo Anecdotes; the catalogue-albums of the international and national humour art competitions held by the Museum; the scientific books, periodicals and publicity materials published in the course of time. A focal point in the presentation is the latest publication the catalogue-album The Humour of the Peoples (175 artworks from the museum collection) dedicated to the 45 th anniversary of the foundation of the House of Humour and Satire.


A Gift for My Purring Friend - creative workshop for young and old

On 25th February (Saturday) at 10.30 a.m. the House of Humour and Satire is organizing a creative and educational worshop addressed to children, their siblings, parents and friends in the Giraffes Room. The event is prompted by the World Cat Day; it is a secret to few that the citizens of Gabrovo cherish the purring black cat with the docked off tail as one of the favourite symbols of the town. The admission charge is 3 Lv. Informationa is obtainable on telephone 066/807229.

The objective of the workshop is for the childten to handmake toy-gifts for their pet cats in the atmosphere of fun. The gift can be a house of a cardboard box, pasteboard mice, birds of yarn or other objects for cat play. The essential thing is that the children enjoy themselves making use of their imagination, voice and body.

A Gift for My Purring Friend is the first for this year creative and educational workshop. The House of Humour and Satire is planning to hold similar events every month at the weekends and during school holidays. Artists and actors from all over this country are expected to attend and conduct the workshops to the end of helping the children and encouraging them not only to develop and apply their imagination but to learn how to appreciate and enjoy art.

The ambition of the team of the House of Humour and Satire is both to give meaning to children's free time and offer them productive, however, amusing and memorable experience in the world of art. The creative and educational workshops will be announced on the Museum's monthly programme.


The 'Hot Peppers' Case - literary discussion

It is the second literary evening in 2017 that the House of Humour and Satire is holding on 13th February at 6.00 p.m.. in the Giraffes' Room. The event is dedicated to a discussion occasioned by the collection The 'Hot Peppers' Case. Documents and Recollections compiled by Assoc.Prof. Plamen Doynov, PhD. from New Bulgarian University.

The book reflects one of the most clamorous scandals in the literary history of Bulgaria from the 1970s involving satirist Radoy Ralin (1922-2004), auhtor of the booklet Lyuti chushki ('Hot Peppers') and the illustrator of the booklet Boris Dimovski (1925-2007).

Assoc.Prof. Plamen Doynov's book brings together documents from the archives and records of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, the Sofia City Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, the Union of Bulgarian Artists, the Union of Bulgarian Writers, the editorial-board of Starshel newspaper and others. Part of the material became available to the public as late as 10th November, 1989. In his comprehensive study opening the book, the compiler Plamen Doynov follows and analyses all matter he has found out on the case.

It is worth bringing back to mind that in the days when Radoy Ralin and Boris Dimovski were anathemized and rebuffed in Sofia, Stefan Fartunov, the first director of the House of Humour and Satire, virtually 'recruited' the creative tandem for the cause of the newly opened Museum and the establishment of the town of Gabrovo as a Bulgarian humour centre.

The literary event will be attended also by Boris Dimovski's daughter Valeria Dimovska and Radoy Ralin's son Kin Stoyanov.


GABROVO GAME JAM-a 48-hour hackathon focused on game development

January 20-22, 2017 the town of Gabrovo is playing host to the event Gabrovo Game Jam which is to be held for the first time here. It is organized by the Museum House of Humour and Satire which also provides the venue; Gabrovo Municipality is co-organizer. The event is held in partnership with Gabrovo Technical University and the Faculty of Art to St. St. Cyril and Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo. The general sponsor of the hackathon is the technological company STEMO Ltd.

Gabrovo Game Jam is part of the biggest hackathon focused on game development in the world, GlobalGameJam 2017 ( Instrumental in making the event possible is the cooperation of regional organizations working in the field of culture, education and technologies; the ultimate objective is to contribute to the establishment of the region as a place of innovations and creativity.

For 48 hours running, fans of table and computer games, programmers, animators and artists will be creating games on a general theme. The latter will be announced by the international organizers GlobalGameJam on the kick-off day of the event. Within two days and two nights the games have to be developed to the level of a prototype that can be played. Presentations on the game industry will make part of the programme.

The winners will be announced on Sunday evening (22nd January) by a jury consisting of: Margarita Dorovska - director of the House of Humour and Satire, Svetlin Nikov - founder of SoftUni and Marin Uranzov - CEO of ParizaGames. All prizes are provided by the general sponsor STEMO Ltd. Gabrovo Game Jam is also sponsored by the following local companies: VEDA Consult, Community Bakery Club Ltd., Detelina Nuts Ltd., Sevlievo, MIG Miroslav Stoychev Sole Trader.

Except in Gabrovo, game hackathons will be taking place simultaneously in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas, as well as in more than 80 countries across the globe.


In the Wake of the Words - literary evening

A literary event opens up the 2017 cultural events calendar of the House of Humour and Satire on 12th January. It is dedicated to the latest novel - In the Wake of the Words - of Gabrovo honorary citizen, author and satirist Yordan Hadzhiev. The beginning of the literary event is scheduled for 6.00 p.m., in the Giraffes Room.

Yordan Hadzhiev is not a 'pure-blooded' Gabrovian. He was born in the town of Byala Cherkva, but he completed his studies in the Aprilov High School; his entire career as a legal adviser and creative life as a writer have been closely linked with Gabrovo, therefore, it seems fair to qualify him as a Gabrovo author, a satirist at that. He is winner of the Aprilov Award for lifetime achievement.

Similar to other Bulgarian writers in the recent years, Yordan Hadzhiev has obviously written In the Wake of the Words with the intention to share with and leave his personal memories and affairs to the future generations of Gabrovo citizens and not only. On the vast canvas of literary life in socialist Gabrovo Hadzhiev paints verbal portraits - in detail or with fewer than a couple of punchy phrases - of a myriad of national and a dozen of local wordsmiths who left their mark on the literary history of Bulgaria before the changes in 1989. The book reserves a special place for the author's personal affairs with the powerful decision-makers of the day, top level party officials whose decisions at times would leave the professional consel speechless. Those who happen to know Yordan Hadzhiev are well aware that as a person of the word he finds it difficult to contain words that simply gush within him. Therefore, the floor at the liteary event in the Girffes Room will be mainly given to the satirist, the connoisseurs of his work, the critics and simply the fans.



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