Meet the Crew!
Zora Kostadinova – Navigator
Hello everyone! I’m looking forward to navigate a mixed group of bright UCL students from diverse cultural backgrounds and the creative journey that awaits us. I’m excited to learn from, and with you. Good way to take a break from thesis writing, eh?
Nadiah Saleha M. Idham
Hi everyone! I’m a first year studying Chemical Engineering! I’m looking to the outcomes of this project and gaining new experiences!
Hello! I do Mathematics. I did this strand as I am interesting in music and I am planning to write about Bela Bartok’s six dances in Bulgarian rhythm.
Hi friends! I study History – particularly political philosophy. As a first generation British Indian, I look forward to engaging with Danubian migrants in London.
Hey, I study Economics! I wanted to learn more about the cultures of Eastern Europe and compare Bulgarian to other Cyrillic languages.
Hey! I study Natural Sciences. I’m excited to immerse myself in Bulgarian culture and share these experiences through our projects.
Heya! I am a Comparative Literature student at UCL. I am really interested in everything and anything and looking forward to explore another part of the Danube.
Namaste friends! I’m currently studying Social Sciences and I’m looking forward to learning more about Eastern Europe this year. I can’t wait to share our knowledge and experiences of Bulgarian culture through our group activities!
Hey! I’m an economics student. I believe that in turbulent socio-political times such as this, it becomes even more important to broaden our cultural awareness to a global level.
Hello everyone! I am in my first year studying psychology. I was really excited to pursue this strand as it involves plenty of intercultural interaction and interesting stories.
By Karoline Wale Roma (or Romani) is an overarching term describing various groups of gypsies, mainly living on the shores of the Danube in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia (though many have moved further west). Despite being Europe’s largest ethnic majority, little was known about their culture until very recently as they were not formally … Continue reading Romani Culture Along the Danube
By Aashish Paulraj Roma (or Romani) is an overarching term describing various groups of gypsies, mainly living on the shores of the Danube in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia (though many have moved further west). Roma are Europe’s largest ethnic minority, and have existed predominantly on the shores of the Danube for over 1000 years. … Continue reading Romani History Along the Danube
At some point around the seventh to the ninth century, the Slavic people began writing down their language with a new alphabet that used characters from both Greek and Latin scripts. This alphabet was known as the Glagolitic alphabet, and it was from this that the Cyrillic alphabet emerged in its embryonic state around the … Continue reading The History of the Cyrillic Script in Bulgaria
Here’s us brainstorming on what kind of new ideas we could bring to you this year! There’s so much content that students in the previous years have shared with us about Bulgarian culture and history. So here’s a quick heads up: our issue this year is centred on Bulgarian people and their identities. We’re going … Continue reading Hello everyone!
In western classical music all students learn two basic forms of rhythmic scheme. There is simple time, where each beat is own entity, and where rhythms (very generally) occur in divisions of two; and there is compound time, where the fundamental unit of rhythm is a triple. Bulgarian folk music uses a constant mixture of … Continue reading Bartók’s Bulgarian Rhythms
Today’s lecture led by Philip Baker focused on the Danube and it’s history of its highways and floods. He talked about the paradoxical nature of the Danube as a river and its history. We learnt that the sheer multiplicity of the Danube and what it means to the different peoples of the Danube Basin. Rivers, … Continue reading Danube: A History of Highways and Floods
By Karolina Wale and Aashish Paulraj Discussion of Roma people can be a sensitive subject in many European countries, including Bulgaria. Roma (or Romani) is an overarching term describing various groups of gypsies, mainly living on the shores of the Danube in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia (though many have moved further west). Despite being … Continue reading Why is there a lack of integration and opportunities for Roma people in Bulgaria?
From the beginning of time, people settled around rivers. Water became a symbol of different things (life, fertility, disaster etc.) and this can be seen in the prolific life of towns around rivers, in images of ancient gods and in stories of old sailors. Undoubtedly, the Danube has many metaphoric meanings that make it a … Continue reading The Danube and Its Metaphors
On the evening of Thursday 1 June 2017, I conversed with Aleks Roussinov – a Bulgarian student studying at UCL. I was particularly intrigued by Aleks conceptualisation of the ‘global good’ and his idea of a “non-Brexit Brexit”. We discussed both Bulgarian and Danubian culture, namely with reference to language and religion. It was a … Continue reading Conversation with Aleks Roussinov
The Bulgarian Crew present to you a guest feature written by one of UCL’s very own, Gergana Marincheva. Read on to explore a personal experience of an individual who has arrived in London from one of the most culturally rich parts of Bulgaria, Ruse. Water has always been the key element of life. Whether we talk about … Continue reading Greetings from the Danubian city Ruse: by Gergana Marincheva
Our excursion to the Bulgarian restaurant at Turnpike Lane, ‘Sunny Beach Restaurant’ was an exhilarating experience! All of us trooped together from the station to the restaurant where we were welcomed warmly by the hostesses. We took our seats and in absolute excitement opened the menus, only to find that every word of it was … Continue reading Our Dining Experience at the Sunny Beach Restaurant
On Thursday 2nd June a sub-team from the Bulgarian group and our language teacher, Yordanka, went to South Kensington to visit the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, St. Ivan of Rilski, and the Bulgarian embassy. Our main purpose was to capture the story of our chosen character, the priest of St. Ivan of Rilski, through a portrait … Continue reading Visit to the Church & Embassy
One of the main outputs of the programme was to create a portrait photograph and write a summary of a chosen character who migrated from Bulgaria to London. The work was exhibited at UCL Festival of Culture exhibition entitled ‘A Sense of Belonging: Mosaics from a New Portrait of London’. It was so rewarding to … Continue reading Our exhibition during UCL’s Festival of Culture