Figures of Plovdiv

Figures of Plovdiv

Assen Kisimov (1936-2005)

Assen Kisimov (1936-2005)

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The actor Assen Kisimov was born on May 3rd, 1936, in Plovdiv.

Ever since he was 12 he participated actively in radio performances. In 1959 he graduated from the Film and Theatre Arts Academy in Sofia, Major Acting, in the Prof. Georgi Stamatovs class, and became an actor first in the Bourgass Drama Theater and later in the BG Army Theater.

He played more than 120 characters in theater plays and more than 35 ones in the cinema. For almost 40 years in row he spent each Saturday behind the microphone in the Conversation with the Audience radio show at the Hristo Botev channel, which could have successfully won him a Guinness record for hosting the longest surviving radio show.

All of his professional life has been dedicated to children. Ever since 1962 he had been telling fairy tale stories on TV. A large number of the films he played characters in were also focused on kids world.

Assen Kisimov died unexpectedly on July 13th, 2005, while in the town of Blagoevgrad for the opening of the exhibition Art + Love = Paris. He loved children and always treated them with great respect as he believed them superior to adults. With kids it is always fair competition, no treachery, no actions behind ones back. Just fair competition.

Nayden Todorov (born 1974)
Nayden Todorov (born 1974)
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Nayden Todorov was born in 1974 in Plovdiv. He received his first piano lessons at the age of five, and by sixteen had led his first concert as conductor. He studied with Alexander Vladigerov in So...
Dimitar Kirov (1935-2008)
Dimitar Kirov (1935-2008)
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Eminent Plovdiv artist. He graduated in 1959 from the academy of Arts in Sofia. He lives and works in Plovdiv. Winner of numerous art awards. His name has been connected to the so called P...
Hristo G. Danov (1828 -1911)
Hristo G. Danov (1828 -1911)
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Teacher, man of letters, founder of the organised publishing in Bulgaria; member of the BG Literary Society (todays Bulgarian Academy of Sciences). In the period 1854-56, while a teacher ...
Alexander Bourago, Captain / later Colonel (around 1853 - 1883)
Alexander Petrovich Bourago was an eminent military figure. He graduated from the Nikolaevsko Military Cavalry School in Sankt Petersburg, Russia. Captain Bourago was the comander of a cavalry squa...
Yosafat Shishkov, Father (1884 - 1952)
Yosafat Shishkov was born on February 9th, 1884 in Plovdiv, in a catholic family. In 1900, he became a novice in Turkey and accepted the name of Yosafat. He studied Philosophy and theology in Belgi...
Hristo Hristov (April 11th, 1926 - April 17th, 2007))
Hristo Hristov is among the most eminent film directors and screen writers in Bulgarian cinema. He was born on April 11th
Georgi Atanassov, Maestro (1882 - 1931)
Conductor, composer, pioneer of Bulgarian opera. He graduated as a student of Pietro Mascani at the Rossini College in Pesaro, Italy, as Maestro di Musica. Atanassov made his early career as a mili...
Theodosii Spassov (born 1961)
Theodosii Spassov (born 1961)
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The eminent Bulgarian musician is often a guest to his beloved Plovdiv on various cultural occasions. The virtuoso, who is the most popular shepherd flute “kaval” ‘s jazz performer, is practically ...
Tsvetana Maneva (born 1944)
Tsvetana Maneva (born 1944)
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She was born in Plovdiv on January 30th, 1944, and her artistic career starts from here. Today, most Bulgarian consider her an “intellectual type of actress “. The eminent Bulgarian actress makes h...
Atanas Samokovliev (1832 - 1905)
Atanas Samokovliev (1832 - 1905)
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Atanas Samokovliev (also known by the nickname Atanas Samokovets) was born in 1832 in the town of Samokov. He was a trader and a public figure. He was the first Mayor of Plovdiv ...