On 16th January 2018, Europa Nostra – Europe’s leading heritage organisation – announced its new list of “the 12 most endangered heritage sites in Europe”: and the Buzludzha monument has been included.
Since the Buzludzha monument was nationalised in 1992, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) have expressed interest in claiming ownership of the site. Their most recent bid was made just a month ago: a formal application submitted on 16th June 2017.
This Summer, between 7-9 July, Buzludzha will provide the venue for a one-off rock festival.
Here's what we know so far.
In the ongoing campaign to save the Buzludzha Monument from ruin, the Buzludzha Project has reached out to the World Monuments Fund for support.
The Buzludzha Monument was featured just recently on the travel section of CNN.com. An article by freelance travel writer Jarryd Salem, published on January 18th, introduces the monument to a worldwide audience.
The Buzludzha Monument is no stranger to music videos. Over the years it has been used by various bands from around the world, all looking for the perfect otherworldly backdrop for their promotional clips.
This new video uploaded by Berg Audio takes it in a new direction though, finding a resonance between Buzludzha’s clean concrete curves and the stripped-back sound of dub techno.
On 24 November 2016, the Bulgarian parliament passed a new law that bans the public display of communist symbols. This ruling builds upon existing laws relating to the ‘Criminal Nature of the Communist Regime,’ and follows similar developments in countries such as Poland and Ukraine, where processes of de-communisation are already in effect.
However, the new Bulgarian law raises questions regarding the ongoing safety of Bulgaria’s communist-era memorial sites.
It seems that not even Buzludzha has escaped the global gaming phenomenon that is Pokémon Go...
The Buzludzha Monument made its debut on the silver screen this year, with an appearance in the latest Jason Statham action movie, Mechanic: Resurrection.
Have you ever wished you could go back in time, to see Buzludzha in its glory days? Well, now you can... sort of.
On 19th September, an exhibition at Sofia's National Palace of Culture (NDK) presented the idea of a restored Buzludzha Monument to the nation's capital.
An open-air exhibition in Kazanluk has treated the public to a celebration of the Buzludzha Monument – as captured by photographers from around the world.