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The Panel discussion with artists Nedko and Dimitar Solakov and art critic Yara Bubnova scheduled for December 5 will be held at Hristo Tsokev Art Gallery, Gabrovo on the same date.

01.12.2019
P R O G R A M M E
December 2019

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Beheadings - solo exhibition of artist Nicolai Panayotov;
Cartoon Salon 2019
- 44th National Cartoon Exhibition;
- Solo exhibition of Milko Dikov, winner of the prize of the House of Humour and Satire given at the 44th National Cartoon Exhibition;
- Solo exhibition of Trayko Popov;
Stingy Doodles - installation by Nedko Solakov;
Nonument - a documentary exhibition focusing on the the Buzludzha monument;
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of and within the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection

December 5
5:30 p.m. - Panel discussion with artists Nedko and Dimitar Solakov and art critic Yara Bubnova (Hristo Tsokev Art Gallery; free admission)

December 7 (Saturday)
11:00 a.m. - Hand Knitting/The Great Knitting - workshop for children conducted by artist Nevena Ekimova in Town Garden ( participation fee - 8 lv.; for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

December 12
5:30 p.m. - New Gabrovo Jokes - permiere show of new video clips by Box Vision (Giraffes Room; free admission)

December 13
6:00 p.m. - Sarp i Chakla (Sickle and Lime Agitator) - meeting with writer Asen Sirakov and cartoonist Chavdar Nokolov about their joint novel Varnitsa (Lime-pit) (Giraffes Room; free admission)

December 14 (Saturday)
11:00 a.m. - Christmas Paraphernalia - art workshop for children (Giraffes Room; participation fee - 5 lv.; for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

28.11.2019
P R O G R A M M E
November 2019

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Beheadings - solo exhibition of artist Nicolai Panayotov;
Cartoon Salon 2019
- 44th National Cartoon Exhibition;
- Solo exhibition of Milko Dikov, winner of the prize of the House of Humour and Satire given at the 44th National Cartoon Exhibition;
- Solo exhibition of Trayko Popov;
Stingy Doodles - installation by Nedko Solakov;
Nonument - a documentary exhibition focusing on the the Buzludzha monument;
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of and within the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection

November 9
11:00 a.m. - Carnival masks workshop (Giraffes Room; prior registration is required on tel: 0878458430 or at priateli@humorhouse.bg; participation fee - 5 lv.; for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

November 14
4:00 p.m. - At Charlie's Club is organizing a screening of the feature film Nikto se nebude smat (No One Shall Laugh) - after a short story by Milan Kundara; directed by Hynek Bocan, screenplay by Hynek Bocan and Pavel Juracek; starring Jan Kacer, Stepanka Rehakova, and others; Czechoslovakia, 1965 / 92 min., subtitled in Bulgarian. (Giraffes Room; admission: 4 lv. for adults; 2 lv. for students and pensioners; free for the the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour.

November 19
6:00 p.m. - Concert performance by Miryan Kolev (Giraffes Room; admission - 4 lv.)

November 21
6:00 p.m. - Presentation of A Big Book. Bulgarian Festivals and Customs by Vihra Baeva (PhD in folklore studies and Associate Professor in section Anthropoly of Verbal Traditions at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) and Veselka Toncheva (PhD in ethnomusicology and Associate Professor in section Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreology at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) (Giraffes Room; free admission)

November 23
11:00 a.m. - Ecoart - creative education workshop for children. (Garden Towm Room; prior registration is required on tel: 0878458430 or at priateli@humorhouse.bg; participation fee - 5 lv.; for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

November 28
6:00 p.m. - Presentation of the book People Who Make Bulgaria Diffrent by Daniel Penev (journalist, marketing expert and translator) (Giraffes Room; free admission)

28.10.2019
P R O G R A M M E
October 2019

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Beheadings - solo exhibition of artist Nicolai Panayotov;
Cartoon Salon 2019
- 44th National Cartoon Exhibition;
- Solo exhibition of Milko Dikov, winner of the prize of the House of Humour and Satire given at the 44th National Cartoon Exhibition;
- Solo exhibition of Trayko Popov;
Stingy Doodles - installation by Nedko Solakov;
Nonument - a documentary exhibition focusing on the the Buzludzha monument;
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of and within the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection

October 10
6:00 p.m. - Lecture on BAUHAUS? German Cultural Influences on Bulgarian Architecture and Art between the Two World Wars given by art experts Vasil Makarinov and Teodor Karakolev from foundation Bulgarian Modernist Architecture (Giraffes Room; free admission)

October 11
4:00 p.m. - Painting master class for children with artist Nicolai Panayotov
6:30 p.m. - Beheadings - opening of a solo exhibition of Nicolai Panayotov (Room 3; free admission)

October 12
1:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Documentary Film Marathon. The films come from the Master of Art Film Festival (Giraffes Room; admission - 4 lv. for adults and 2 lv. for studenets and pensioners; free admission for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour.)

October 17
6:00 p.m. - Presentation of the book Policies and Instruments for Social Development by Prof. Venelin Terziev (Giraffes Room; free admission)

October 18
6:00 p.m. - Cartoon Salon 2019 (Opening of the exhibitions: 44th National Cartoon Exhibition, solo exhibitions of Milko Dikov and Trayko Popov; Room 5; free admission)

October 25
7:30 p.m. - Stingy Scribbles - opening of an installation by Nedko Solakov (Room 6; free admission)

October 26
1:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Documentary Film Marathon. The films come from the Master of Art Film Festival (Giraffes Room; admission - 4 lv. for adults and 2 lv. for studenets and pensioners; free admission for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour.)

30.09.2019
The poster of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial distinguished with a high prize


The House of Humour and Satire won first place in the National Museum Poster Review, Smolyan 2019. It was the third edition of the competition for contemporary posters of permanent and contemporary exhibitions held by Bulgarian museums and galleries, and the third entry of the Museum of Humour and Satire in it.

The prizewinning work is the poster of the 24th Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art, Gabrovo 2019 authored by the young Istanbul designer Christopher Colak. Submitted to this year's competition were 27 posters from 7 national, 9 regional and 7 municipal museums, as well as 4 galleries.

The National Museum Poster Review is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Smolyan Municipality and Stoyu Shishkov Regional History Museum in cooperation with the Association of Bulgarian Museums and the National Academy of Art, Sofia.

27.09.2019
THEATRE PERFORMANCE IN FRONT OF THE BUZLUDZHA DISH
AND NONUMENT EXHIBITION IN THE MUSEUM


13 September, Friday, 18:30 - exhibition opening
14 September, Saturday, 14:00 - performance in front of the House-Monument to the Bulgarian Communist Party on Buzludzha Peak

Towards its end, the 24. Gabrovo Biennial presents Nonument an exhibition at the Museum of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and a performance piece by LIGNA group (Germany), Stephan A. Shtereff and music by Emiliyan Gatsov Elbi, which will take place in front of the Buzludzha Monument (Buzludzha Peak, Balkan Mountain).

Dedicated to Dimensions of Publicness, the Biennial ends with an exhibition exploring nonuments monuments that have transformed or lost their symbolic value due to changes in ideology. Erected as sites of glorification and remembrance nonuments are neglected, forgotten and left to the elements reminders of unattained utopias, coercion and complicity. Presenting examples from Central and Eastern Europe from the www.Nonument.org platform, the show highlights the Buzludzha monument, built as a house of the Bulgarian Communist Party on the Buzludzha Peak of the Balkan Mountain. .

The performance takes the form of radioballet an audio script, listend to and acted out by the audience, whose members are taken on a walk around the Buzludzha Monument, experiencing its architecture, revisiting scenes from its history and instructed to perform casual gestures, some of which remind discreet gestures of protest, such as the ones once performed by Jiri Kovanda in the Prague of 1976 or Erdem Gunduz at Gezi Park in the Istanbul of 2013.

The project is realized with support from Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission, the National Culture Fund of Bulgaria and with the collaboration of Stara Zagora Regional Government.

30.08.2019
P R O G R A M M E
September 2019

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of and within the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova;
Exhibition Contemporary Art - 69 works by 62 artists;
Exhibition Cartoons - 113 works by 90 cartoonists;
Exhibition Nonument;
Park of Humour - the documentary exhibtion is displayed along the riverside lane Avram Gachev; it features the history of the Park of Humour from the conceptual idea to the installation of each sculpture;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection;

September 5
6:00 p.m. - Screening of the documentary film Stealing Rodin (2018, France, Chile; director: Cristobal Valenzuela) as part of the ancillary programme of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial. (Giraffes Room; admission - 4 lv. for adults and 2 lv. for studenets and pensioners; free admission for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour.) The programme of documentary films screenings is realized in partnership with Master of Art Film Festival.

When a celebrated sculpture briefly went missing from a Rodin exhibition in Santiago, the "theft" turned out to be a provocative statement, masterminded by a precocious art student. His actions sparked a public outcry and a furious debate on the nature of art itself. This lively and perceptive documentary revisits the scene of an extraordinary incident that captured the world's attention and challenged the global art community.

September 13
6:30 p.m. - Opening of the exhibition Nonument - part of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art (Room 7)

September 14
10:30 a.m. - Guided tour of the exhibitions of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art
2:00 p.m. - Nonument - free-entry performance in front of the House-Monument to the Bulgarian Communist Party on Buzludzha Peak

September 20
16:00 19:00 p.m. - Participation in the initiative Life Has the Right of Way (Vazrazhdane square)

September 27
6:00 p.m. - Screening of the documentary film Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story (2017, the Netherlands; directors: Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm) as part of the ancillary programme of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial. (Giraffes Room; admission - 4 lv. for adults and 2 lv. for studenets and pensioners; free admission for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour.) The programme of documentary films screenings is realized in partnership with Master of Art Film Festival.

People from all over the world have come to love Israeli writer Etgar Keret for his surreal short stories and his hilarious live performances. As The Guardian wrote: Spending time with him is like entering the world of his stories: suddenly, everything seems slightly off-kilter, full of comic potential.
Both Kerets short stories and the anecdotes from his own life, share the fact that they are very relatable despite their incredible absurdities. How did Keret become such an amazing storyteller?
When two young Dutch filmmakers set out to make a film about Etgar Kerets stories, they knew they had to make use of a lot of different techniques to truly show how his mind works. Through animations of his stories, re-enactments of his anecdotes, peeks behind the scenes and interviews with family and friends (Jonathan Safran Foer and Ira Glass among them) in Tel Aviv and New York, they try to find out why Kerets constant storytelling has kept him alive.


September 28
11:00 a.m. - Worshop for children based on the exhibition Nonument (Room 7; admission: 5 lv; for holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

05.09.2019
P R O G R A M M E
August 2019

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of and within the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova;
Exhibition Contemporary Art - 69 works by 62 artists;
Exhibition Cartoons - 113 works by 90 cartoonists;
Exhibition of all works awarded the Golden Aesop Grand Prix from 1973 until 2017;
Park of Humour - the documentary exhibtion is displayed along the riverside lane Avram Gachev; it features the history of the Park of Humour from the conceptual idea to the installation of each sculpture;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection;
Two Faces. Carnival Traditions in Sardinia. - solo exhibition of Andrea Salvai, Italy

August 9
6:00 p.m. - Screening of the documentary film Antonio Segui, El gran teatro del mundo (2017, France; director: Francois Catonne) as part of the ancillary programme of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial. (Giraffes Room; admission - 4 lv. for adults and 2 lv. for studenets and pensioners; free admission for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour.) The programme of documentary films screenings is realized in partnership with Master of Art Film Festival.
The Argentinean painter Antonio Segui has lived and worked in Paris since the 1960s. In his studio, he appears alone on the screen and speaks. I have been shooting 24 days spread over 2 years and a half, and there is only the painter and me, the filmmaker (Francois Catonne). I film each line of charcoal, each stroke of color, in an intimacy that only images can tell, as if suddenly the camera reveals to us only, the secret of painting. In Le Mystere Picasso, the director Clouzot said: To know what goes through the mind of a painter, just follow his hand. Thats what I did.

August 16
6:00 p.m. - Screening of the documentary film Big Time (2017, Denmark; director: Kaspar Astrup Schroder) as part of the ancillary programme of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial. (Giraffes Room; admission - 4 lv. for adults and 2 lv. for studenets and pensioners; free admission for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour.) The programme of documentary films screenings is realized in partnership with Master of Art Film Festival.

Bjarke Ingels started out as a young man dreaming of creating cartoons. Now, he has been named one of architectures biggest stars by The Wall Street Journal. Big Time follows Bjarke during the course of 5 years (2011-2016), while he struggles to finish his biggest project so far. We are let into Bjarkes creative processes as well as the endless compromises that his work entails, and we are on the side when his personal life starts putting pressure on him, too.
Bjarke Ingels company - Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) - has been given the task of designing and building one of the skyscrapers to replace the Twin Towers, which collapsed on September 11th, 2001 in Manhattan. While Bjarke is creating a building, which will change the New York skyline, he is hit by health-related issues. The film offers an intimate look into the innovative and ambitious Danish architect whom the entire world is celebrating as a genius.


August 22
8:15 p.m. - Summer Cinema in the Park of Laughter - (On the Hook) (2011, Russia, director: Natalia Uglitskih) Free admisssion
This Russian film comedy takes the viewer to exotic places at the very height of the holiday season. Because Rita, a figure skating trainer of children, has set herself an ambitious task. It turns out that her fiance has favoured the sister of filthy rich Vlasov. It's a secret to no one that this Vlasov in question ranks thirteenth in wealth in the country, and that he goes for all sorts of underwater sports devoting much time to his hobby all over Thailand, incognito at that. Only no one knows how the man looks like. But this poses no obstacle to Rita as she is set to make him fall in love with her. So she sets off looking for him on the mystic island of Tao. Journalist Kostya will be helping her in her quest. What happens on the island? Exotic ambience, action, love, infatuation, revelation.... and more.

August 23
8:15 p.m. - Summer Cinema in the Park of Laughter - (Ivan Vasilievich Changes His Job) (1973, Russia, director: Leonid Gaidai, after motifs of Mikhail Bulgakov's play Ivan Vasilievich) Free admission
A mix of comedy, adventures, fabulousness, tsar personas and pickpockets.

August 29
8:15 p.m. - Summer Cinema in the Park of Laughter - Zert (The Joke) (1968, Czechoslovakia, director: Jaromil Jires) Free admission
It is considered one of the last films of the Czech New Wave movement. Based on Milan Kundera's novel of the same name, The Joke tells the story of Ludvik Jahn, a man expelled from the Czechoslovak Communist Party for an idle joke to his girlfriend, and the revenge he later seeks through adultery. The film was produced during the political liberalization of the 1968 Prague Spring and contains many scenes which satirize and criticize the country's communist leadership. Amos Vogel wrote that the film was "possibly the most shattering indictment of totalitarianism to come out of a Communist country"

August 30
8:15 p.m. - Summer Cinema in the Park of Laughter - Ja, truchlivy buh (I, the Sorrowful God) (1969, Czechoslovakia, director: Antonin Kachlik) Free admission
Adolf, the irresistible seducer of women, is fond of Janicka, a novice opera singer. The girl, however, prefers famous men and Adolf thus does not have a single chance with her. One day in a hospital, he meets a Greek partisan named Apostolek who impresses him with his spontaneity and ease in solving all problems, especially those with women. Adolf has an idea for a revenge. He makes Apostolek familiar with social manners, dresses him after the latest fashion and introduces him to Janicka as a Greek conductor. Janicka instantly falls in love with the made-up composer and Apostolek does no better. The film is based on Milan Kundara's first published story.

31.07.2019
Ole Frahm and Stephen A. Shtereff on Radiotheatre and Buzludzha
Reenactment, working through, alienation.
Radioballet as performative remembrance


6:30 p.m., July 12, Friday, Gabrovo, Kamaka Bar, 17A, Orlovo gnezdo Str.


The Museum of Humour and Satire invites Ole Frahm of LIGNA and Stephan A. Shtereff of Informbureau Association at Bar Kamaka to talk about radioballet, to present their practice and to share why the House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party on Buzludzha Peak is an interesting subject for performative remembrance.

LIGNA did a series of performances that are dealing with forgotten historical situations. A wild strike in a former factory that is now the main off-theater in Hamburg, the forgotten mass dance practice of the movement choirs or the new old town that was recently opened in the heart of Frankfurt. The audience was invited to try gestures a kind of play in third person. The lecture will discuss this practice as a means to get a new relation to historical monuments an immersion that opens a new space of agency.

Ole Frahm is member of LIGNA together with Michael Huners and Torsten Michaelson. Since 2002 their work devotes itself to creating temporary situations that employ their audience as a collective of producers an association that can produce unforeseeable, uncontrollable effects which challenge the regulation of a space. One of LIGNAs models of media usage, the radioballet (invented in 2002), provides radio listeners with a choreography of excluded and forbidden gestures in formerly public, now controlled spaces like train station or shopping malls. Others, like The New Man (2008), question the space of theatre itself as an apparatus that shapes subjectivity. More recent works like Rapture and Rage. Studies on the Authoritarian Character (2017) invite the participants to stage a complex interaction on stage, which discloses to them only gradually.

Stephen A. Shtereff is an artist and director of Informbureau Association; co-founder of Antistatic International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance; European Theaters Night; Nomad Dance Academy Bulgaria; Association Toplocentrala. In the 90s he was part of 4xC theatre studio, which worksed at the experimental variety-show theatre of the House of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo.

In 2011 Antistatic Festival invited LIGNA to presentThe New Man in Sofia, and in 2014 Secret Radio. In 2017 LIGNA, Stephen A. Shtereff and Emilian Gatsov produced Rapture and Rage. Studies on the Authoritarian Character, which opened the theatre season in Frankfurt and will be shown in Bulgaria within the autumn programme of Plovdiv 2019 European Capital of Culture (on 30 November).

Ole Frahm and Stephen A. Shtereff are in Gabrovo as part of the MAPS project - https://nonument.org (Mapping and Archiving Public Spaces), co-financed by Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission.

09.07.2019
P R O G R A M M E
July 2019

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of and within the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova;
Exhibition Contemporary Art - 69 works by 62 artists;
Exhibition Cartoons - 113 works by 90 cartoonists;
Exhibition of all works awarded the Golden Aesop Grand Prix from 1973 until 2017;
Park of Humour - the documentary exhibtion is displayed along the riverside lane Avram Gachev; it features the history of the Park of Humour from the conceptual idea to the installation of each sculpture;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection;
Two Faces. Carnival Traditions in Sardinia. - solo exhibition of Andrea Salvai, Italy

July 4
5:00 p.m. Guided tour of the exhibitions of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art.
6:00 p.m. - Screening of the documentary film Chaplin in Bali (2017, France, Belgium, Singapore; director: Raphael Millet) as part of the ancillary programme of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial. (Giraffes Room; admission - 4 lv. for adults and 2 lv. for studenets and pensioners; free admission for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour.) The programme of documentary films screenings is realized in partnership with Master of Art Film Festival.
In 1932, undergoing a midlife crisis aggravated by the coming of the talkies, Chaplin decides not to return to Hollywood after touring Europe to promote City Lights. Instead, with his brother Sydney, he escapes to Bali. The island seems a real peace haven, as he is virtually unknown there. Fascinated by the serene lifestyle of its inhabitants, Chaplin finds rejuvenation and inspiration in their dances, which he films extensively with the help of his brother. Bali helps him resolve his fear of sound, thus enabling him to embark on a new phase of filmmaking that will lead him to Modern Times, the first movie in which he does even better than speak, he sings!

July 6 (Saturday)
11:00 a.m. - Educational programme The City and Art (Dimensions of Publicness) - public space and public art (Room 4; admission - 5 lv; for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

July 19
6:00 p.m. - Screening of the documentary film The Happy Film (2016, USA, directors: Hillman Curtis, Ben Nabors, Stefan Sagmeister) as part of the ancillary programme of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial. (Giraffes Room; admission - 4 lv. for adults and 2 lv. for studenets and pensioners; free admission for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour.) The programme of documentary films screenings is realized in partnership with Master of Art Film Festival.
Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well. He lives in New York, the city of his dreams, and he has success in his work, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the Talking Heads. But in the back of his mind he suspects there must be something more. He decides to turn himself into a design project. Can he redesign his personality to become a better person? Is it possible to train his mind to get happier? He pursues 3 controlled experiments of meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way. But real life creeps in and confounds the process: art, sex, death, and love prove impossible to disentangle. His unique designs and painfully personal experiences mark a journey that travels closer to himself than ever intended.

July 20 (Saturday)
11:00 a.m. - Educational programme It Matters to Us (Dimensions of Publicness) - public debate and public interest (Room 4; admission - 5 lv; for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

02.07.2019
P R O G R A M M E
June 2019

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of and within the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova;
Exhibition Contemporary Art - 69 works by 62 artists;
Exhibition Cartoons - 113 works by 90 cartoonists;
Exhibition of all works awarded the Golden Aesop Grand Prix from 1973 until 2017;
Park of Humour - the documentary exhibtion is displayed along the riverside lane Avram Gachev; it features the history of the Park of Humour from the conceptual idea to the installation of each sculpture;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection;
Two Faces. Carnival Traditions in Sardinia. - solo exhibition of Andrea Salvai, Italy

June 6
5:00 p.m. Guided tour of the exhibitions of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. The tour includes stops on cartoon and contemporary art highlights in the exhibitions, as well as a 'flashback' to all the Golden Aesop Grand Prix winning works from 1973 until 2017;
6:00 p.m. - Presentation of the second revised edition of Radoslav Bumov's book Bodkadzhii(Gitaffes Room; free admission). The event is organized jointly with the Society of Gabrovo Writers.

June 7
5:00 p.m. - Screening of the Polish film Neon (2014, directed by Eric Bednarski) as part of the ancillary programme of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial. (Giraffes Room; admission - 4 lv. for adults and 2 lv. for studenets and pensioners; free admission for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour.) The programme of documentary films screenings is realized in partnership with Master of Art Film Festival.

June 8 (Saturday)
11:00 a.m. - Educational programme The City and Art - public space and public art (Room 4; admission - 5 lv; for holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

June 19 - 20
Workshop on how to create video content - with the participation of Evgeniya Atanasova-Teneva and Vasil Karkelanov (Giraffes Room)

June 21
5:00 p.m. - Screening of the Spanish film I'm Burning (2018, directed by Andreu Signes) as part of the ancillary programme of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial. (Giraffes Room; admission - 4 lv. for adults and 2 lv. for studenets and pensioners; free admission for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour.) The programme of documentary films screenings is realized in partnership with Master of Art Film Festival.

June 22 (Saturday)
11:00 a.m. - Educational programme It Matters to Us - public debate and public interest (Room 4; admission - 5 lv; for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

June 28 - 29
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Activities for children on the topic of Garden Town (On the lane by the Museum; free admission)

June 28
6:00 p.m. - Literary evening. Petar Kraevski and Marin Bodakov in a poetico-satirical dialogue (Giraffes Room; free admission)

29.05.2019
P R O G R A M M E
April 2019

Exhibitions on show:
ATTENTION!" - 27 visual artists from Gabrovo and Gabrovo region;
The World according to Todor Tsonev - retrospective exhibition. A project implemeted with the support of CULTURE Programme of Gabrovo Municipality;
Cartoon Art Salon
The Communist Manifesto - solo exhibition of Martin Rowson, Great Britain;
Art Presidency - works by the irreverent cartoonists Alla and Chavdar Georgiev, Hristo Komarnitski and Tchavdar Nikolov;
Animated Cartoons by Tchavdar Nikolov;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection;
Two Faces. Carnival Traditions in Sardinia. - solo exhibition of Andrea Salvai, Italy

April 1
47th birthday of the Museum House of Humour and Satire, free admission

10:00 a.m. Sketch Comedy a special greeting from Racho Stoyanov Drama Theatre in Gabrovo;
11:00 a.m. - More Smiles (drawing on balloons) a workshop for children in the lobby on floor 3;
2:00 p.m. - Sketch Comedy a special greeting from Racho Stoyanov Drama Theatre in Gabrovo;
2:30 p.m.. The Little Charlie Chaplin - a children's workshop for making bowler hats and moustaches celebrating 130 years since the birth of Charlie Chaplin (in the lobby on floor 3 or in the Park of Laughter in case of fine weather);
5:00 p.m. - Sketch Comedy a special greeting from Racho Stoyanov Drama Theatre in Gabrovo;
#47yearshumorhousegabrovo visitors will have the chance to take photos of themselves in special frames with the laqbel of the 47th birthday on them and to share the day in the social networks.

April 6, Saturday
11:00 a.m. - Space Challenges - education workshop provided by MUZEIKO Children's Center, LEVEL 2, Mission Light (Giraffes Room; suitable for children aged 7 - 12; prior registration is required on tel: 0878458430 or at
priateli@humorhouse.bg; admission - 5 lv.; for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 4 lv.)

April 13
11:00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. - Children's creative education workshop in the exhibition Garden City (room 4, prior registration is required on tel: 0878458430 or at priateli@humorhouse.bg; admission - 5 lv.; for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 4 lv.)

April 16 (all the day long)
Panorama of favourite film comedies dedicated to the 130 years since the birth of Charlie Chaplin - with the participation of Tsvetomir Tsankov (Admission: a ticket to the Museum)

April 26
6:00 p.m. - Concert performance by the group and formal closing of the exhibition Attention! (Free admission)

26.03.2019
P R O G R A M M E
March 2019

Exhibitions on show:
ATTENTION!" - 27 visual artists from Gabrovo and Gabrovo region;
The World according to Todor Tsonev - retrospective exhibition. A project implemeted with the support of CULTURE Programme of Gabrovo Municipality;
Cartoon Art Salon
The Communist Manifesto - solo exhibition of Martin Rowson, Great Britain;
Art Presidency - works by the irreverent cartoonists Alla and Chavdar Georgiev, Hristo Komarnitski and Tchavdar Nikolov;
Animated Cartoons by Tchavdar Nikolov;
Saturday morning -2C, feels like -7C - solo photography exhibition of Kiril Stanoev
120 Years since the Birth of Dechko Uzunov (1899-1986) - works from the Museum collection;
Two Faces. Carnival Traditions in Sardinia. - solo exhibition of Andrea Salvai, Italy

March 1-4
Family Museum Marathon throughout the day including a quiz on the exhibition The World according to Todor Tsonev

March 7
6:00 p.m. - Nevena Kokanova. Godini lyubov (Nevena Kokanova. Years of Love) - presentation of the book, meeting with the author Georgi Toshev and screening of his latest documentary Nevena Kokanova. Patuvane.(Nevena Kokanova. A Journey) (Giraffes Room; free admission)

March 10
11:00 a.m. - Clay Heads - free workshop for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour. (Educational programme to the exhibition The World according to Todor Tsonev)

March 21
2:00 p.m. - Screening of the film Beware of the Automobile as part of the panorama of Russian film comedies organized jointly with the Russian Cultural and Information Centre in Sofia (Giraffes Rooms; free admission)

5:00 p.m. - Guided tour of the exhibition Attention! and meeting with artist Nevena Ekimova (The event is free for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour; all other visitors should buy a ticket to the Museum)

March 22-24 (Saturday and Sunday)
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Master class Graphic Art - RELIEF printing with Palvina Delcheva, a free-lancing graphic designer and art director of IGO-Ortner Gruppe (Admission: 8.00 lv.; 20% reduction for the holders of the membership cart Friends of Humour)

27.02.2019
P R O G R A M M E
February 2019

Exhibitions on show:
ATTENTION!" - 27 visual artists from Gabrovo and Gabrovo region;
The World according to Todor Tsonev - retrospective exhibition. A project implemeted with the support of CULTURE Programme of Gabrovo Municipality;
Cartoon Art Salon
The Communist Manifesto - solo exhibition of Martin Rowson, Great Britain;
Art Presidency - works by the irreverent cartoonists Alla and Chavdar Georgiev, Hristo Komarnitski and Tchavdar Nikolov;
Animated Cartoons by Tchavdar Nikolov;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection;
Two Faces. Carnival Traditions in Sardinia. - solo exhibition of Andrea Salvai, Italy

February 7th
5.00 p.m. - Free guided tour of the exhibition The World according to Todor Tsonev for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour

February 9th, Sunday
11:00 a.m. - Space Challenges - education workshop provided by MUZEIKO Children's Center, LEVEL 1, Rosetta's Journey (Giraffes Room; suitable for children aged 7 - 12; prior registration is required on tel: 0878458430 or at priateli@humorhouse.bg; admission - 5 lv.; for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 4 lv.)

February 13th
2:00 p.m. - The Diamond Arm - screening of the film as part of the panorama of Russian film comedies organized jointly with the Russian Cultural and Information Centre in Sofia (Giraffes Rooms; free admission)

February 16th, Saturday
11:00 a.m. - Gift for My Purring Friend - education workshop (Giraffes Room; prior registration is required on tel: 0878458430 or at priateli@humorhouse.bg; admission - 5 lv.; for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 4 lv.)

February 21th
6:00 p.m. - Opening of a one-artist photography exhibition of Kiril Stanoev (Room 7)

30.01.2019
Gabrovo Game Jam - third edition at the House of Humour and Satire


For the third year running, the House of Humour and Satire is hosting January 25-27, 2019 Gabrovo Game Jam. It is part of the GlobalGameJam (www.globalgamejam.org), one of the biggest game development hackathons in the world. The formal kick-off is scheduled for 5.00 p.m. on January 25th; the names of the winners will be announced on Sunday, January 27th, 7.00 p.m. Organized in teams, fans of computer and board games, programmers, writers, animators, artists and designers will be developing games on a particular theme that will be announced by the GlobalGameJam international organizers on the day of the kick-off. That is the time for sharing ideas and joining teams. Within two days and two nights the participant will have to develop games up to the level of a prototype that can be played. The judging will be done on the basis of standard criteria, however, storylines and characters that deal with Gabrovo and the typical traits of Gabrovo citizens will be awarded bonus points.

This year's sponsor of Gabrovo Game Jam is the global company Acronis, which opened its first office in Bulgaria last year and is looking for 300 computer expert to hire. The company is a world leader in security technologies.

Partners and followers of Gabrovo Game Jam are Gabrovo Technical University, Foundation Let's Play, Foundation Gradishte, Photoplace club, to mention but a few.

Details on the event can be found on http://ggj.unriddle.it and the Facebook event Gabrovo Game Jam.

24.01.2019
P R O G R A M M E
January 2019

Exhibitions on show:
ATTENTION!" - 27 visual artists from Gabrovo and Gabrovo region;
The World according to Todor Tsonev - retrospective exhibition. A project implemeted with the support of CULTURE Programme of Gabrovo Municipality;
Cartoon Art Salon
Idle Cartoons - solo exhibition of Irien Trendafilov;
The Communist Manifesto - solo exhibition of Martin Rowson, Great Britain;
Art Presidency - works by the irreverent cartoonists Alla and Chavdar Georgiev, Hristo Komarnitski and Tchavdar Nikolov;
Animated Cartoons by Tchavdar Nikolov;
43rd National Cartoon Exhibition.
Greeting from...Italy and Bulgaria - illustrated postcards, stamps and coins;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection;
Two Faces. Carnival Traditions in Sardinia. - solo exhibition of Andrea Salvai, Italy

January 17th
2:00 p.m. - Screening of the romantic comedy Station for Two (directed by Eldar Ryazanov), part of the panorama of Russian film comedies organized jointly with the Russian Cultural and Information Centre in Sofia (Giraffes Rooms; admission - a ticket to the Museum; free admission for the holders of the membership card Friends of Humour

January 23rd
6:00 p.m. - Presentation of the book The Life and Death of Lyudmila Zhivkova by Ivo Milev.(Giraffes Romm; free admission)

January 25th - 27 th
Gabrovo Game Jam 2019 - third edition of the biggest hackathon of game development in the world held at the House of Humour and Satire.

07.01.2019

MERRY CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS! HAPPY 2019 YEAR!





50 Years after 'Hot Peppers' literary evening


On December 20th, Thursday, 6.00 p.m., the House of Humour and Satire is holding the last event on its 2018 programme - a talk on the 'wake' left by the book Hot Peppers (Giraffes Rooms) and opening of the exhibition 50 Years after 'Hot Peppers' (Room 7).

The small book of traditional epigrams selected by Radoy Ralin and illustrated by Boris Dimovski turned 50 years this autumn. Hot Peppers came out of print in the turbulant 1968 branded by the events happening in Czechoslovakia. Bulgarian authorities were truly paranoic then and Todor Zhivkov, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party, let himself be persuaded that one of the pages in the book was a direct attck on him. The satire in the Hot Peppers happed to be a breach of the allowed limits, so the publication was withdrawn from all bookstores. No more than two-three thousand copies were sold. Radoy Ralin and Boris Dimovski were fired from work, and for some years no work of theirs would come out of press.

However, the books already in circulation lived their own new life - Xeroxed, hand-copied and re-drawn, they turned into a treasure passed down from hand to hand. The burning of the whole print run did not prove a death sentence to Hot Peppers.

In February 2017 the Museum made a presentation of the documentary book The Case 'Hot Peppers': 1968 compiled by Ass. Prof. Plamen Doynov. This year the House of Humour and Satire celebrates the 50th anniversary of the book by showing an exhibition of the epigrams and drawings in Hot Peppers, as well as by following the intriguing 'wake' the book has left behind. Invited to speak about this 'wake' are Ass. Prof. Nataliya Hristova, PhD., and the descendants of Radoy Ralin and Boris Dimovski - Kin Stoyanov and Valeriya Dimovska.

The talk on the book Hot Peppers will be joined by writer Georgi Kushvaliev and cartoonist Yovcho Savov. Kushvaliev will present his book of epigrams Debili-nedragi illustrated by Savov. Kushvaliev is winner of the prize for the best epigram Krilatiyat kozel (Winged Billy Goat), established in honour of Radoy Ralin.

17.12.2018