For most, Bulgaria is known for its reasonably-priced travelling packages, its spotless beaches, and its spectacular ski resorts. What travel catalogues seem to keep secret are the wide range of festivals, the rich traditional life, and the customs that make living in the country so special. There’s a festival dedicated to roses, during which residents cover entire towns in rose petals. There’s the festival dedicated to comedy, at which people dress up as their favourite character and stride along the carnival whilst enacting the role. There’s even a festival of 1000 national costumes in one place, where the folk-aficionados gather in Rozglov to show off their spectacularly-crafted, one-off attires. Bulgarian culture holds so much more than travel magazines represent. So join us as we go beyond the ‘sunset, beach and dusty sand’ paradigm.