The News as It Was: Lifestyle in 2006The News as It Was: Lifestyle in 2006
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UNESCO Church in Sofia Reopens with New Frescoes
4 December 2006, Monday.
The unique Boyana Church, on the outskirts of Sofia, has reopened after thorough restoration work for over 50 years. The hardest work was paid for restoration of the medieval frescoes of the church, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. Painted by an unknown artist and some dating back to 1259, the frescoes stand among one of the most important collections of medieval paintings.
Bryan Adams Fans Ecstatic after Sofia Concert
30 November 2006, Thursday.
For one night only, Sofia was treated to an evening like no other, an evening that sent shock waves throughout the city as Bryan Adams well and truly rocked the city. This was the last concert of Bryan's 2006 European tour, and he certainly didn't disappoint his fans in his two hour long set at Winter Palace of Sports in Sofia.
National Geographic Dedicates Cover Story to Bulgaria's Gold Treasures
18 November 2006, Saturday.
Bulgaria's Tracian gold treasures won the cover picture and cover story of National Geographic magazine for its December issue. The cover story, entitled "Bulgaria's Gold Rush" claimed that for looters, Bulgaria was El Dorado, a vast trove of buried treasure where some graves have harbored gold since at least 4000 B. C. Bulgaria's top archaeologists reacted strongly to the article on Thracian heritage in the magazine, saying it aimed to discredit the country and drive foreigners away.
"Three Elements" of R&B Storm Sofia
12 November 2006, Sunday.
The Bulgarian audience lived through a unique experience with the "three elements" of Earth Wind & Fire. The band emblematic with Al MacKay, virtuoso guitarist and multi-platinum songwriter, performed at Sofia Jazz Peak in November.
Seal's Gigs Moves Sofia
25 October 2006, Wednesday.
British pop soul star Seal brought his melodic tunes to Bulgaria for the first time. The show proved to be a unique one, especially bearing in mind the singer's reputation for making each concert a true spectacle. Seal's concert in Sofia was special, for it managed to bring together two rivalling companies.
Heating Workers Stumble upon Ancient Tombs in Sofia
24 October 2006, Tuesday.
Construction workers, digging for heating pipes, stumbled upon a surprising discovery right before the building of the Agriculture Ministry in Sofia. Two tombs that were most likely connected with the West Serdika necropolis were unearthed in the digs. Thrilled by the discovery, archaeologists explained that the 2-meter-deep tombs were full of human remains, but most had been disturbed. There was just one intact skeleton, experts said.
British Band Duran Duran Rocks Sofia
21 October 2006, Saturday.
The world famous British new wave band Duran Duran held a unique show in Sofia's Winter Palace of Sports. The show started with an hour of delay but when the front man Simon Le Bon finally appeared on stage with the opening words "Good evening, Sofia" fans burst into applauses. The band drove to madness the fans with their hits "Come Undone" "Serious", "Notorious", "Dance into the Fire".
Europe's Hottest Stars Gather Thousands under Sofia Sky
16 October 2006, Monday.
Thousands of Sofia youngsters gathered in October at the city's Batenberg Square to see live some of the hottest stars from all over Europe. Music channel City TV teamed up with mobile operator Mtel in celebrating the TV's first birthday and the launch of the Vodafone Live service. Controversial Nato, Danzel, Sylver and Clea were just some of the stars who shared the stage in the 2-hour long concert that ended with a magnificent fireworks display. Hit Bulgarian rap trio Upsurt, and local favourites Mastilo, Lilana and Lily Yoncheva, also shared the stage with some of hottest international appearances on the air like Akcent, Elize, September and Velvet.
Discovery Films Ancient World's Sanctuary at Perperikon
7 September 2006, Thursday.
A team of Discovery Channel commenced filming the royal palace at Perperikon - ancient sanctuary believed to be more respected than Delphi Oracle. The world-popular travel channel has sent its team for the first time in Bulgaria, intrigued by the yet not completely known world of ancient Thracians. The team including a producer and a photographer toured all the sites related to the history and culture of Thracian tribes.
Glenn Hughes Inspires Rock Delirium for 10,000 Bulgarians
22 August 2006, Tuesday.
Bulgarian fans of the old-time rock sound partied in August with Deep Purple legend Glenn Hughes, backed by local stars. The warm-up for the show was entrusted to Bulgaria's landmark Signal and BTR, as well as the Hipodil band. According to reports, 10,000 had gathered at seaside Kavarna's Kaliakra Stadium to enjoy the deafening gig. It was not only a holiday to the audience, but also to Hughes himself, as "the voice of rock" was celebrating his 55th birthday that night.
Bulgarian Mom of 3 Crowned Super Model of the World
15 August 2006, Tuesday.
Bulgarian woman, mother of three, won the title Super model of the world, in the beauty contest Mrs. United Nations that took place in USA in August. Mrs. Bulgaria 2005 Desislava Grubleva, 30, is the first Bulgarian to enter the beauty pageant. As the winner of the contest Grubleva appeared on the cover of American magazine "Super model'' and will be the face of Mrs. United Nations 2007.
12 000 Bulgarians Party with Whitesnake
27 July 2006, Thursday.
Hard rock legend Whitesnake swayed 12,000 at Bulgaria's seaside in July. David Coverdale's company performed at Kavarna's Kaliakra Stadium, in front of over 12,000 fans. Another 2,000 were enjoying the hard sound while comfortably seated at nearby pubs. The crowed was warmed up by B.T.R., one of Bulgaria's most popular rock bands over the last decade.
Thousands Party with Billy Idol in Bulgaria's Kavarna
11 July 2006, Tuesday.
Rock megastar Billy Idol performed at Kavarna's Kaliakra Stadium in front of thousands of fans in July. Before the concert the 50-year-old Brit had a special feast of fish soup, crabs, mussels and pork grill. Well into the era of Elvis, Billy Idol's support band for Kavarna was "Beatles Unlimited", an Austrian band that plays the hits of the Liverpool wonders and has managed to capture even California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ramazzotti Mega Show Sets Sofia on Fire
4 July 2006, Tuesday.
Eros Ramazzotti and his sensual pop made the night for thousands of Bulgarians at Sofia's Locomotiv stadium on July 4, 2006. His close interaction with the audience warmed many a heart, and an especially lucky fan walked away with his hat. Ramazzotti quickly won over the Bulgarians by speaking to them in their own language and appearing with a D&G custom made shirt with the Bulgarian flag and the words "Sofia, thank you" on it.
Depeche Mode Leave 35,000 Bulgarian Fans Breathless
22 June 2006, Thursday.
New wave megastars Depeche Mode left over 35,000 of their Bulgarian fans breathless in a major Sofia gig. Depeche Mode's concert, the most impatiently awaited gig of the year, took place at Locomotive stadium in June in the capital Sofia. Bulgarian band Nova Generatsia (New Generation) warmed up the crowd for the mega starts of Depeche Mode, whose appearance on stage drove the crowd mad.
Bloodhound Gang Craze out Sofia
21 June 2006, Wednesday.
US band Bloodhound Gang visited Sofia for the first time in June, and true to their style gave fans one show to remember. Warm-up band Montreal from Germany, also put on a good show, warming up to the point that all players took off their clothes and played in their boxer shorts.
Bulgarian Ladies Impress 50 Cent
17 June 2006, Saturday.
Millionaire rapper 50 Cent was quick to acknowledge the beauty of Bulgarian women, during his first visit to the country. The US megastar performed in the seaside resort town of Nessebar in June. Before the gig, "Fifty" held a press conference for local journalists. Reporters say he was in an apparent good mood, and said ladies here were "amazingly beautiful."
20,000 Groove with Old Sting Hits in Bulgaria
13 June 2006, Tuesday.
About 20,000 people gathered in Nessebar at Bulgaria's seaside despite the crummy weather to see rock legend Sting live in June. Sting, who looks amazingly well for his 54 years of age, surprised the audience with a medley of old hits. The rock dinosaur did not include any of his latest songs, but generously compensated the fans with favourites from his time with The Police.
Bocelli, Bulgarian Soprano Enchant Sofia
21 May 2006, Sunday.
Angel-voiced Andrea Bocelli and acclaimed Bulgarian soprano Tsvetelina Maldzhanska enchanted Sofia at the National Palace of Culture in May. The 90-minute long show only included opera pieces, to the dismay of those who prefer Bocelli's lighter songs. Nevertheless, the concert proved to be a memorable one for the 3,000 lucky connoisseurs who managed to grab the tickets.
Thousands Flock to See Simply Red's Gig in Sofia
2 September 2006, Saturday.
The legendary Britons performed for their audience some of their greatest hits alongside tracks from their latest album "Simplified". The gig took place at Sofia's Winter Palace of Sports. The tickets for vocalist Mick Hucknal and nine other musicians' concert were sold at EUR 17.