"Bacho Kiro - 1869" people`s cultural club

The cultural club's old building of 1912, now restored and renewed
The cultural club's old building of 1912, now restored and renewed

The first village cultural club in Bulgaria, founded in December 1869 by the revolutionary and cultural worker Bacho Kiro, became a centre of the Bulgarian spirit. Serious educational and literary activities, closely connected with the revolutionary struggles, took place here. It was here that the seed of revolution was planted, and 101 rebels against the Ottoman rule - all menbers of the cultural club - followed their teacher to the battle in Dryanovo Monastery during the April Uprising in 1876.

Bacho Kiro set up a theatrical company in 1870, staged revolutionary plays and organized performances in the neighbouring villages. The cultural club started the first library. It was the first publisher of Bacho Kiro's works. The club now bears the name of its founder.

The club acquired its own building in 1912. The construction of a club hall started in 1939 The present house of culture in Byala Cherkva was built in 1944. The beautiful club building is situated in the town centre and has a library, a large hall with 370 seats and a small hall with 200 seats. The library has a stock of 33 000 volumes and a subscription to 60 periodicals. Numerous donation funds have been founded during the club's existence. Theatrical, song and dance groups and musical schools have worked with the club.

The club laid the foundations of the Town Historical Museum, which emerged soon after the National Liberation in 1876 as a museum collection of the club. A school of sport dances for children aged from 6 to 14 works here all the year round. The club organizes together with the town's museums celebrations and exhibitions on various occasions.

The "Bacho Kiro" Cultural Club is one of the founder members of the BARET (Bulgarian Association for Rural and Ecological Tourism). The club has computer, photocopying, photographic and video equipment.

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