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Heather Broadbent

Kickstarter Project - Music Classes for Children in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and Online Violin Videos

January 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

IMG_0930The children of Gabrovo, Bulgaria are full of light like all children.  Gabrovo is a beautiful city along the Yantra river, nestled in the Balkan mountains.   It is the longest city and located in the center of Bulgaria.   It use to be considered the Bulgarian Manchester because of all of its manufacturers and had almost 100,000 people at its peak.  With the fall of communism, the manufactures declined and so did the population of Gabrovo.  Many people moved to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, in order to find work.


Coming from America, it is safe to say that the people of Gabrovo have many financial hardships.  There is not much work and the work that may be found in the city has a lower monthly wage than the cost of living.  If people do not have a house in the family they are most likely not able to afford to buy a house or flat.

This does not allow money for activities outside of academics for their children.

The people of Gabrovo love the arts.  Every concert given by the Gabrovo Chamber Orchestra is standing room only.  The concerts are given in a beautiful art gallery.  It is quite the experience to perform beautiful music surrounded by amazing visual art.  The last concert here in Gabrovo had to turn away almost 300 people because there was no room for them.

As an orchestral musician coming from the states, we would love to have that problem.  Many times there are more empty seats than people in the concert halls.

Here in Gabrovo they love culture.  The orchestra has almost three concerts a month on average and each concert has special guest concerts surrounding the orchestra concert.

I have travelled many places in the world and the wonderful people here not only in Gabrovo, but in the country of Bulgaria, have made such an amazing life changing impression on me.  I have been inspired to create a kickstarter project that exposes the children of Gabrovo, raised in a cultural community, to music lessons at a young age, something many people take for granted. I am very excited to start the music classes for children here in this city that I consider my "Brigadoon."

In order for these music classes for children to come to fruition my kickstarter project needs to be fully funded by February 9, 2013.



Click here for my Kickstarter Page.


I firmly believe in the success of this project and cannot wait to start the music classes for the children of Gabrovo, Bulgaria.

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