Summer School 2017

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!

Tim Johnston
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.

Kushal Sohal
Hi friends! I study History – particularly political philosophy. As a first generation British Indian, I look forward to engaging with Danubian migrants in London.

Lina Wale
Hey, I study Economics! I wanted to learn more about the cultures of Eastern Europe and compare Bulgarian to other Cyrillic  languages.

Yashil Gudka
Hey! I study Natural Sciences. I’m excited to immerse myself in Bulgarian culture and share these experiences through our projects.

Andreea Vlădulescu
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.

Aditi Mathur
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!

Aashish Paulraj
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.

Xing Liu
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.

Romani Culture Along the Danube

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

Romani History 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

Hello everyone!

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!

Bartók’s Bulgarian Rhythms

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

Why is there a lack of integration and opportunities for Roma people in Bulgaria?

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?

The Danube and Its Metaphors

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

Conversation with Aleks Roussinov

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

Visit to the Church & Embassy

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