A Weekend in PlovdivBy:
A Weekend in Plovdiv for the Bulgarian National Bagpipe Association’s First Conference “*No shoes on his feet – he still wants a new bagpipe*” goes a Bulgarian saying, resonating probably with most of us in this bagpipe realm. The Bulgarian, sensible people, have difficulties conceiving a festive event without this wonderful instrument. As goes another expression: “*a wedding without a bagpipe is like a funeral*”. These are a couple of sayings I wrote down whilst visiting Plovdiv’s ethnographic museum on Sunday 4th November, following the Bulgarian National Bagpipe Association’s first international conference on Saturday 3rd November.