Summer Scriptwriting Base “Digital Village” will take place in the village of Bozhentsi in central northern Bulgaria. Bozhensti was established after the incursion of Ottoman Turks in Veliko Tarnovo, the former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, in the 16th century. Many residents of the capital then fled to settle in remote and secure parts of the mountains. According to the legend, among them was the young female noble Bozhana, who chose to hide in the area where the village today is, and gave it its name. The noble's sons engaged in trade and the village gradually grew to become an important trade junction during the National Revival towards the middle of the 18th century. The main production consisted of leather, wool, beeswax and honey. The peak of the history of Bozhentsi was in 18th and 19th century.
Bozhentsi lies 15 km east of the city of Gabrovo and it is noted for its well-preserved Bulgarian National Revival architecture and history, and is thus a well-known tourist destination in the area. It was proclaimed an architectural and historical reserve in 1964. Due to this, there is a ban on the construction of any buildings that do not fit with the village's style. Today, the permanent population of Bozhentsi is only 41 people.
As the settlers during the Ottoman rule were mostly wealthy people, many of the houses have two storeys, the first being used as a cattle-shed and the second being inhabited by the owners. Characteristic features of the Bozhentsi architecture are the verandas, the stone-plate roofs, the corner fireplaces and the ceiling woodcarvings. The pavement of the streets in the village is only cobblestone.
The participants will be housed in traditional 19th century beautiful houses. For those of the participants who want to be closer to the nature, there will be possibility for pitching tents in the houses’ yards. The workshops from the program of the Summer Scriptwriting Base “To Die Laughing” will take place in the former class school which was constructed in 1872 and was situated in an imposing building near the entrance to the village.
The capital of Bulgaria and it's biggest city with about 1.7 million citizens. Today, Sofia is a dynamic Eastern European capital, distinguished by its unique combination of European. Ottoman and Communist-style architecture as well as many beautiful orthodox churches. Furthermore, it claims to be one of the few European capitals with beautiful scenery and a developed ski-resort so close to it - the Vitosha mountain
The inauguration of the Summer Scriptwriting Base and the first lecture will take place in Sofia
Summer Scriptwriting Base 2018
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