Delicate colour splashes, as if gently soaked in water, somehow spilled out and out of brush control, subtly capture the beauty of everyday life. More often dedicated to nature, but also to the quietness of the city life, in a cozy moment of contemplation or contentment. Attracted by Veronica Belcheva’s drawings, we invite her to borrow one of her illustrations to celebrate the end of summer season and to use it as a cover for our Facebook page. We take this opportunity to pay her artistic approach a closer look. You will see for yourself that Belronika is delightful.

About yourself
I grew up in Sofia with frequent vacations in the countryside, which explains my affinity for living in quiet green places with rivers and trees. For several years I have been painting, illustrating books and other publications, and nowadays I am a secretary of a castle-residence for artists in the deep French countryside, running drawing activities for children and all sorts of other things.

Style of drawing
Sentimental-naive, innocent drawings. I see myself somewhere between the aesthetics of the Japanese drawings and the Scandinavian illustrations.

First-aid kit for the painter
A few months ago I acquired a driving license and a new world opened. I take the car and the dog and drive all over Bulgaria. The sketchbook is always in the backpack – I draw waterfalls, forests, buildings, people, eco trails, fill dozens of notebooks with pictures, the dog steps on the sheets, it rains, in general, I live on the field with my works and I am quite happy. Probably the watercolors remain my favorite way of expression and they are the cheapest paints, I like Schminke, Sennelier, but I also have a palette of 20 colors for 10 leva, which I love and use for months. Recently a friend brought me a bag of acrylic gouache Holbein from Japan, great. Over time, paints are slowly losing their meaning and it becomes more important what I have to express; who knows – someday I can start drawing with blueberry juice and coffee, all the same, the important thing is that I love to paint.

All illustrations are Belronika’s. Find more of them in Instagram or on her web site.


What a better season than summer for an ice-cold melba. Our compact team is heading to the epicentre of summer vacations – the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Burgas is the host, and our lecturers have everything to do with the sea.


The Lab For Play is an initiative dedicated to the unconventional design of children’s environments. The mission of the project includes both reconstruction of abandoned or neglected sites and the construction of new ones with the thought of nourishing the imagination, empathy and physical culture. The founders of the lab Arch. Mariana Sarbova and arch. Dessislava Stoyanova have been working for years in Burgas and are associated with significant contemporary architectural events in Bulgaria such as the reconstruction of Magazia 1 (with a special award from the competition “Building of the Year” 2016) and the competition for the reconstruction of Toplocentrala in Sofia (winner for the implementation of the project in 2017).


This August marks the 7th birthday of the independent print edition ВИЖ!, which celebrates the work of Bulgarian visual creatives. From the beginning the magazine’s mission has been to engage different audiences in valuable contemporary culture initiatives. Among the chaos of coming and going media platforms ВИЖ! is an example of high-quality niche product, which we hope will be increasingly consumed. Two of the founders – Kamelia Velichkova and Maya Stefanova – will delve into the context of their work and the choices they make about the visual layout and content creation in order to have a new issue at the beginning of each month.


The Bulgarian fashion brand SQUARE is famous for its collections that are carefully influenced by hand-drawn illustrations and a consistent line of sports and casual clothes and accessories for people with an open-minded look. The feeling of being connected to the sea, sun, wind and mountains makes SQUARE a favorite label of different generations with a sense of design and freedom. MELBA LIVE 7 welcomes SQUARE’s founder – Bojidara Ionova, who tells more about the design of the latest spring / summer 2019 collection. She also prepared a special collage gift for the first 100 guests of the event, realized by our partner Fashion Days.


(photo of collection SS’19 – Vassil Germanov, collage – Божидара Йонова)


when: Thursday, August 8, 18:30

where: Флора Бургас

entrance: free

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