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When you are not the Danish prince | Silvia Lulcheva

She is Silvia Lulcheva - the golden voice of Bulgaria. The theatrical and film actress loved by all. As diverse as her profession is, Sylvia admits that she always dreams of learning something new. Her greatest wealth is meeting people. For her, “to be” starts with personal responsibility, with the proactive attitude, with the honest everyday personal choice to be yourself, vulnerable with your own imperfections, no matter what.

5 hindrances to self-mastery | Master Shi Heng Yi

Meet Shaolin Master Shi Heng Yi in his serene talk about self-discovery. Learn why rainfall is an essential part of each flowering. And every small step – part of the journey to the highest peek. The hindrances along the way to self-discovery and personal growth are easy to overcome. Learn how from his talk. For more than 30 years, Master Shi Heng Yi has been studying and practicing the interaction between mind and body. His strength is the ability to smoothly combine this knowledge with physical exercises and to practice Martial art –Kung Fu and Qi Gong. “The universal law of being successful and happy at the same time means finding the balance”, says master Yi. 

Your roots are there to help you | Rozmari De Meo

Rozmari De Meo is the bestselling author of Bulgaria's most successful book in recent years ("God's mastress")and is also holding seminars around the country about some of folklore's forgotten tales and traditions. Globalization is good but if we forget where we've come from, then this global exchange is no good: take care of your roots and they will take care of you, Rozmari says. For years Rozmari has been teaching traditional folklore practices and holding seminars on them. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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How Staff Attitude Affects Everything | Anna & Gianfranco Chiarin

Their vast experience and stellar career of chef Gianfranco Chiarini and chef Anna Chiarini have led them to Bulgaria and inspired them to settle down and build a restaurant in the tiny village of Devino with only 10 inhabitants, hoping to bring the country's first Michelin star. Talking about professionalism in the hospitality business they believe everything starts with leadership and passion for what you're doing. And we, as customers, should also take responsibility by demanding better service and more respect.

How Criminal Intelligence Can Help Save the Pangolin from Extinction | Sarah Stoner

Sarah Stoner is keen for illegal wildlife trade (tigers, elephants, turtles etc.) to be examined from a criminal perspective and to be treated as a serious transnational crime. She currently leads the Intelligence Development Unit at the Wildlife Justice Commission. On the stage of TEDxVitosha COUNTDOWN Sarah tells the story of the pangolin - the most trafficked mammal on the planet. By using criminal intelligence she shows how tracking of the criminals happens across the globe, and how by means of technology and data we can fight illegal wildlife trade.

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Love at first sight | Dora Ivanova | TEDxVitosha

Dora is a young architect, who founded the Buzludzha Project Foundation and nominated the monument for the Seven Most Endangered Cultural Heritage Sites in Europe. She is not afraid to “pull the future forward”, she believes in the “dissonant legacy” and is a passionate protector of the cultural heritage - as valuable as it is.

Anyone can sing | Gergana Nikolaeva | TEDxVitosha

“Anyone can sing” is a project that Gergana saw in her dreams and then decided to make it come true. She invites people to break all the boundaries they have set after childhood by challenging them to sing. She believes that our voice is a great weapon, and our everyday life is a stage. On the TEDxVitosha stage she shares a few tips and tricks on how we can all sing in the right way.

Fear Is Not An Option | Victoria Georgieva | TEDxVitoshaWomen

Gentle appearance with a fierce voice – an unsurpassed and victorious combination. At TEDxVitoshaWomen Victoria shared with us more about the process of creating her song ‘Tears Getting Sober’ and how her life has changed since her Eurovision announcement. She is one of the most promising music stars in Eastern Europe, close to winning the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest before it got cancelled. Her song ‘Tears Getting Sober’ conquered the most prestigious TV and radio charts in Europe. In 2021 Victoria will represent Bulgaria at Eurovision in Rotterdam where she is going to perform on the spectacular stage in front of 200 million people from around the world. 

The Constitution above all | Simona Veleva | TEDxVitosha

Simona wanted to choose a profession with added value. So, she became a lawyer with love for the Constitution. She sincerely believes that the Constitution and knowledge of media law are part of educating the society in democracy. She believes that every Bulgarian citizen should uphold the values of their own generation.

To be or not to be… perfect | Mario Bakalov | TEDxVitosha

He is the pilot who in 2016 caused nationwide admiration by landing the largest aircraft in the world - Airbus A380 at Sofia Airport. Mario was born in Germany, but he grew up in Bulgaria. His dream was to become a pilot. In his talk he explains the difference between “blame culture” and “just culture” that leads to “growth culture”? He also shares how important the human factor is and how we can turn failures into an invaluable lesson.

Rowing across the Atlantic in the hurricane season | Maxim Ivanov | TEDxVitoshaWomen

Without any prior boat building experience, Max together with his father Stefan built an ocean rowing boat in their garage and called it NEVEREST - meaning "You should never rest until you reach your Everest". In the summer of 2020, amid Covid lockdowns, without seafaring background, they took off to cross the Atlantic in their rowing boat during the most active hurricane season on record and succeeded in realizing an impossible dream. Ocean rower, Max broke the world record for the youngest person to row across any ocean.

Dancing with the Wind | Iliyana Stoilova | TEDxVitoshaWomen

She is a relentless engine that constantly draws public attention to environmental issues. Iliyana is the founder of surf school ‘Akasha’, where the social initiative for clean sea – WIND2WIN was born. In 2018, together with Yoan Kolev, she crossed the eastern border of Bulgaria by windsurfing with a mission – to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the Black Sea. The ability to dance with the wind is her strength, which she passes on to both kids and adults. Iliyana is the founder of surf school ‘Akasha’, where the social initiative for clean sea – WIND2WIN was born. She has been teaching water sports for the past ten years. Nominated for Woman of the Year 2019, and together with Yoan Kolev – for Awakener of the Year 2019. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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The Things We Don't (should) Talk About | Valentina Dimitrova | TEDxVitoshaWomen

Dr Dimitrova's mission is to overcome the stigma in Bulgaria regarding mental health and to show more people that there are no shameful problems – only unspoken ones. Changing attitudes in a sea of conflicting opinions in a Balkan country is no easy task, but Valentina welcomes the challenge with a smile and professionalism. Valentina Dimitrova is a family therapist and co-founder of ‘Nuance’ – a Family Happiness Center. Dr Valentina Dimitrova works intensively with individual clients, couples and families. She is the author of numerous articles, creator of the series ‘This is not talked about’, as well as a guest therapist in leading tv programs. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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Know Your Rights to Eliminate All Fears | Momiana Guneva | TEDxVitoshaWomen

Psychologically we are not created to live in constant fear. Momyana Guneva is a member of the Pardon Commission at the administration of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria. As of 2020 she is an expert consultant to the Ministry of Economy and to Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court and its High Court of Justice. In the last 15 years, she has been mostly involved in teaching. Momyana Guneva is responsible for the full course of lectures in criminal law at the law faculty of Burgas Free University. Momiana Guneva is a member of the Pardon Commission at the administration of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria. As of 2020 she is an expert consultant to the Ministry of Economy and to Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court and its High Court of Justice. She did her post-graduate work (doctorate and habilitation) in penal law at the Institute for State and Law Sciences at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and specialized in penal and penitentiary law at the most prestigious institutes in Europe. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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Don't Fear - Fight | Guirguina Stoyanova | TEDxVitoshaWomen

In today’s unusual times, a new task arises – overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic. The battle continuous despite the difficulties and often extreme physical exhaustion. Dr Stoyanova does not hold back, quietly and calmly following her path with faith in her own strength and love for the humankind. Guirguina Stoyanova is a doctor, head of the gastroenterology department at the Fifth Hospital in Sofia, where she has worked for over 30 years. She specializes in gastroenterology and dietetics, as well as in laser endotherapy. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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Say It in a Plate | Leo Bianchi | TEDxVitosha

Today Leo is probably the most famous Italian in Bulgaria, and we find his charisma both in the dishes he prepares and on the music scene. Leo cooks, sings, travels, and now hosts the TV series "Life is wonderful" – a show dedicated to Bulgarian, ecologically clean food. Let's hear what he has to say about Kilometro Zero - the future of food. Today Leo is probably the most famous Italian in our country, and we find his charisma both in the dishes he prepares and on the music scene. Leo cooks, sings, travels, and now hosts the TV series 'Life is wonderful' – a show dedicated to Bulgarian, ecologically clean food. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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Innovations + Protected Nature = Countdown to Success | Vesselina Kavrakova | TEDxVitosha

Think of a caring mother who is trying to protect her child no matter what. Well, this is the feeling we get when listening to Vesselina Kavrakova and the way she talks about nature conservation. Over the last 20 years she has been part of WWF Bulgaria, for the last 13years she is the leader of the organization in Bulgaria. Vesselina has been involved in the green non-governmental movement in Bulgaria since its beginning. She is a certified WWF Conservation and Innovation Leader, mentor and coach. Her impressive biography includes her being a jury of the annual Responsible Business Awards of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum and jury for the European Commission’s European Business Awards. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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Planting the Seed of Good | Nikola Rahnev | TEDxVitosha

Nikola won the Green Person award for 2020 in Bulgaria. 'I believe that together we create the world we live in, if we unite and everyone does something nice, green, good and useful', says Nikola. Let's find out how it feels to know that 903 000 trees are planted across the country because of you and how we can all contribute in the name of a greener planet. Nikola Rakhnev is one of the people whose love for nature is evident in his every move. Founder of the largest volunteer initiative for planting new forests and trees in Bulgaria, Nikola participates and conducts numerous campaigns for the greening of schools and kindergartens. That’s how he manages to inspire the youngest ones to care and love nature. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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Plast-tonia - The Dance of Salvation | Plast Tonia | TEDxVitosha

Plast-tonia - The Dance of Salvation | Plast Tonia | TEDxVitosha
Being able to tell a story, to convey a message, to excite, to provoke, to create through movements of the body is truly… magical. What does the Earth look like after the apocalypse of the global environmental crisis? Who are the survivors? What is the new order to follow? The memory of ‘Life Before’ is fading. There is no going back for the plast-tonnians. What about us? We are running out of time, BUT! We can still change the course of the events. Project ‘Plast-tonia’ - Behind the idea stands a true artist – the actress and choreographer Ina Gerginova. The performance of Deyan Georgiev, Mariana Kapustyanova and Nikolay Raychev under the music of Alexander Evtimov and Rossen Zahariev will make us feel chills on our backs. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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