The Bulgarian Minister of Culture, Krystyu Krastev, presented Valentin Dishev with the Orpeev Wreath Grand Prize for Excellence in Contemporary Poetry on Sunday, June 18, 2023, during the official opening ceremony of the Plovdiv Reads Festival at the Antique Theater in the city below the hills.
The Bulgarian Ministry of Culture took to its official social media handle on Monday, June 19, 2023, to honour the Bulgarian Minister of Culture Krystyu Krastev, who was recently presented with the Orpeev Wreath Grand Prize for Excellence in Contemporary Poetry on Sunday, June 18, 2023, during the official opening ceremony of the Plovdiv Reads Festival at the Antique Theater in the city below the hills.
On receiving the prestigious Orpeev Wreath Grand Prize, Minister Krystyu Krastev expressed his gratitude and honour to all the dignitaries presented with the award and highlighted several things from the next edition of Plodiv Reads.
READ HERE: Krustyu Krastev’s Statement from official opening ceremony of the Plovdiv Reads Festival
“I’m glad you are here again, where for so many years, a wonderful and spiritual thing begins – the next edition of Plovdiv Reads.” Why Plovdiv? Because, I would say, this is where he belongs. And it is very beautiful and trustworthy because the Ancient Theater is a sacred place for Plovdiv, for the world culture, I would say. And from here began many great deeds that have been done in culture,” said Minister Krastev. He shared with the audience what reading is for him – a universal key to the past, present and future of human beings; a universal spruce to the secrets of the human soul, the Bible of human life; the alpha and omega of the human ability to seek humility, reconciliation and harmony within themselves. “Reading is a gift from the Gods, and it is our duty to pass it on to future generations. “So this mission is great, and I am happy that it is happening in Plovdiv,” the Minister of Culture said.