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The remarkable writer Yordan Radichkov, described as the incredible Bulgarian and the Kafka of Sofia, is to address the Pope with a short speech at Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture May 24 (www.popeinbulgaria.com). The writer will be on the right side of the stage, about twenty metres away from the Pope, who will sit in a grand arm chair on the left side of the stage. The speech will be followed by the Pope’s address in Bulgarian to the representatives of the Bulgarian culture, science and art. About 2,5000 invitations have been sent to Bulgarian intellectuals on the occasion of the Day of the Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slav Letters. Performances of Teodosii Spasov (kaval), Mincho Minchev ( violin), opera singers Alexandrina Pendachanska and Tsvetelina Uzunova, The Mystery of the Bulgarian voices, Philip Kutev ensemble and Joan Kukuzel choir and the choir of the Bulgarian National Television are included in the concert. At the end of the concert all artists will go on stage together for the hymn of the Saints. It took some time before Radichkov agreed to the high honour of adressing the Pope, after being unanimously selected by the Organization Committee as most worthy to do this. Hampered by his poor health, he has preserved a keen interest in everything that happens in the country, and gets easily excited when recalling some of his memories. The May 24 concert will present him the opportunity to meet the Pope for the second time after the first took place in the Vatican back in 1994.
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