On November 1, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. in the Regional Ethnographic Museum – Plovdiv will be held the opening of the exhibition of the ethnologist Iliya Valev PhD “When the boy becomes a man...” The barracks during “those” 45 years”.
The exhibition examines conscription in the context of the socialist development of Bulgaria. A time that is still controversial, but already far away enough from us to be able to make a clearer and more impartial assessment of it. It presents the barracks in parallel on two levels. The first examines the normative state framework that sets and regulates the military service, and the second concerns the public representations that shape the image of the barracks as a mytho-ritual process related to the growth of boys and their construction as “real” men.
The exhibition presents some interesting historical facts related to the Bulgarian army during socialism, traces the customs and rituals related to the barrack transition and the boys’ manhood, and presents the daily life of the soldiers inside the barracks.
Come to step back in time and see the barracks from a different perspective, which for some will remind and for others will give completely new knowledge about our recent past.
The exhibition was realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Executive Agency “Military Clubs and Military Recreation”.
You will be able to view it in the Exhibition Hall of REM – Plovdiv until the end of November.

On November 2, at 6:00 p.m., in the Regional Ethnographic Museum – Plovdiv, we will open the exhibition dedicated to the stone bridges in the Rhodopes. Stone in/in stone The exhibition presents the results of the project “Historical stone bridges in the Rhodopes – modern methods of presentation and preservation” developed by the Association “Mestra – traditional knowledge and crafts”, in partnership with the Municipality of Ardino, Historical Museum – Ardino and Regional History Museum – Kurdzhali.

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