Tsvetoslav Ionov: I‘ve always believed that the festival will grow into something bigger

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2008. Vola Peak. It was very warm and everything happened very easily. This is the memory that is printed in the mind of Tsvetoslav Yonov from the first edition of the Vola Open Air festival, some 13 years ago. He is born in Mezdra and has graduated from the Building and Technical High school in Vratsa. Today he works in the field of television, cinema, and concert promotion. Now he is preparing the eighth edition of the festival, which has become an integral part of entertainment events that bring people from the Vratsa home, even in the middle of summer.

“I‘ve always believed that the festival will grow into something bigger and will remain over the years. I had no doubts. When I start something, I finish it, although it costs me a lot of effort and money. For 12 years, the event did not make any money, but always costed more than I managed to secure. But there is always a balance with which we manage not to go bankrupt “, added Tsvetoslav.

He believes that the Balkan and the magic that Okolchitsa brings are not the main reasons for the festival to survive over the years. For him, Vola Open Air is like returning home. And the most valuable resource is the people’s energy.

“The reason for our friends to return from far away or from all corners of Bulgaria is the festival itself. This is our main idea – for people to meet at the same signature place, where they can hang out together, “said Tsvetoslav.

He shares, that his brother Emil was the one to come up with the idea and he took up with organizing it. They picked the location quite easily. Tsvetoslav works in the field of show business and is adamant that Okolchitsa is the most suitable place for such events.

“We hail from Chelopek, we know the area and we thought that this place has the potential to be developed as a tourist destination. The infrastructure is good and we began work. Everything became very easy. The artists participated for free and everything was done on a voluntary basis. In all these years, however, we have seen how everything, like infrastructure on the spot, declined. Now, despite our extensive experience, we invest a lot of effort and resources to create impeccable conditions for both guests and participants, and today we can boast of an organization above the average for Bulgaria. Every time we build a small town,” he added.

“We hail from Chelopek, we know the area and we thought that this place has the potential to be developed as a tourist destination. The infrastructure is good and we began work. Everything became very easy. The artists participated for free and everything was done on a voluntary basis. In all these years, however, we have seen how everything, like infrastructure on the spot, declined. Now, despite our extensive experience, we invest a lot of effort and resources to create impeccable conditions for both guests and participants, and today we can boast of an organization above the average for Bulgaria. Every time we build a small town,” he added.

The children of our friends have also grown up here. They sometimes tell us that when we grow old, they would take up the organization of the festival. We’ll certainly endure until then” he added.

Despite the pandemic, the interest in the festival this year is great. Promotional tickets are almost sold out, and anyone who wants to reserve a special place under the starry sky can do so on the website: https://volaopenair.com/.

On July 16 and 17, the Balkan will once again welcome the guests of Vola Open Air 2021. The very happening of the eighth edition is the biggest success for the main engine of the organization. Tsvetoslav revealed to the team of www.openvratsa.bg that this time something special will happen! Each day of the festival will be streamed online on various video channels and social networks, all thanks to funding from the National Fund “Culture”.

There will be 3 scenes at the emblematic place, but one of them will remain non-musical. The team has already prepared a lot of surprises, but they will still be kept secret.

The first artists will be announced by the end of February.

“For now, we are selecting Bulgarian names. There is also interest from foreign musicians, but we are waiting to see how the constantly-changing situation with the pandemic, vaccination, and measures will develop, ” Tsvetoslav added.

According to him, the Vratsa Balkans has a huge potential for development and anyone can contribute to making it an even more attractive place. This is the message he sends to young people – to follow their dreams and make them come true. Boldly. Because there nothing is impossible. And when you set a goal – you can achieve it.

His personal formula for success is work – consistency – faith.

“And always listen to the music that is in their heart.”