Last change: 31 May 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

Place: Arena of ancient Roman town "Novae"

  • 10:00 to 14:00: "Antique faster, leaner, stronger": The challenge of the ancient sports games, with the participation of schools and clubs from Svishtov and neighboring municipalities. Competitions in the events of the ancient Thracian and Greco-Roman sports games.

Place: Historical Museum

  • 16:00 to 18:00: Scientific conference with the participation of leading national and international experts, professors and researchers in the fields of archeology, history and tourism.

Place: Kaleto Amphitheater

  • 20:00 to 21:30: Opening of the Twelfth Festival of Ancient Heritage "Eagle on the Danube". Igniting the fire of the Festival. Inauguration of the flags of the participating groups. Presentation and demonstration of the groups. Vocal performances by the First Bulgarian Choir "Yanko Mustakov" and guests. Award for conservation of historical and cultural heritage "Eagle on the Danube" to MOTO PFOHE Bulgaria Company. A unique fire show.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Place: Ancient Roman town "Novae"

  • 09:00 to 12:00: Antique Culinary Show: Ancient field preparation of meals with tasting, hosted by Uti Bachvarov. Roman wine – how to prepare it, degustation. Culinary contest with prizes, Chairman of the jury - Uti Bachvarov.

Place: Arena of ancient Roman town "Novae"

  • 11:00 to 13:00: Morning show in the heart of the Legion: Demonstrations by the groups. Gladiatorial fights. Antique dances. Riding. Archery.

Place: Arena of ancient Roman town "Novae"

  • 13:00 to 14:00: Games and competitions with the audience: Volunteers are competing in attractive power events – a race on the stage at Novae; a competition of pulling a cart loaded with 200 l. of wine; throwing a giant stone; a 200 m. race sprint dressed in full armor. Big cash and material prizes from the sponsors of the festival, enrollment in place.

Place: Ancient Roman town "Novae"

  • 14:00 to 18:00: Everyday life and habits: a Roman settlement; a Thracian camp; Barbaric tents; ancient crafts and customs. Opportunity for the audience to see the camp and the ancient town, to shoot a bow, to cast a spear, to dress in antique robes, to ride a horse, to turn a potter's wheel, to fully immerse in the life of ancient inhabitants of our land. Demonstrations of ancient crafts.

Place: Arena of ancient Roman town "Novae"

  • 19:00 to 22:00: Evening show in the heart of the Legion: Award of promotion of cultural heritage to Mr. Marco Montecchi - President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. The "Svishtov Winery" Award. Demonstrations by the groups. The Grand Battle of Reenactors – Barbarians against Romans.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Place: In the main streets of Svishtov

  • 11:00 to 14:00: Reenactors’ Grand Parade. All groups march through the main street of the town, and line up on the central square in front of Svishtov Municipality office. Awards to representatives of each group. Closing ceremony of the Twelfth Festival "Eagle on the Danube“.

Laureates of the awards from previous editions of the Festival:

Incomplete list


  • HE Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes - Ambassador of France in Bulgaria
  • Assoc. Prof. Pavlina Vladkova - Archaeologist
  • Assoc. Prof. Evgenia Gencheva - Archaeologist
  • Kiril Marichkov - Musician


  • Theodosii Spassov - Musician
  • HE Leszek Hensel - Ambassador of Poland in Bulgaria
  • Andrzej Biernacki - Archaeologist
  • Tadeusz Sarnowski - Archaeologist
  • Plamen Krayski - Chairman of Buditel Circle


  • John Lawton - Musician
  • Stefka Kostadinova - President of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee
  • Lyudmil Vagalinski - director of the National Archaeological Institute


  • Djoko Rossich - Actor


  • HE Stefano Benazzo - Ambassador of Italy in Bulgaria


  • Boyko Borissov - Prime Minister of Bulgaria


  • Bojidar Dimitrov - director of the National Historical Museum