On 31 March – 1 April, the BEST Foundation and the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) will host Bulgaria’s first international oratory tournament, Balkan Voices. Welcoming students from all over Bulgaria as well as National College I.L.Caragiale in Bucharest, Romania, the tournament will feature an all-oratory competition as well as campus tours, workshops, and faculty panels aimed at introducing participants to the AUBG collegiate atmosphere. President Rosen Asenov Plevneliev will be attending the finals and speaking at the closing ceremony on Sunday
This is AUBG’s 6th time hosting a BEST tournament, continuing a longstanding tradition of partnership between the two entities. Together, BEST and AUBG will host 41 students along with coaches and judges from around Bulgaria and Romania. Several students from AUBG as well as the local Akad. Lyudmil Stoyanov FLHS will also serve as volunteers for the tournament.
Balkan Voices will be the BEST Foundation’s fifth tournament of the 2017-2018 school year. Four previous regional tournaments were held this year in Pleven, Sliven, Sofia, and Dobrich. The upcoming National tournament will be held at the Agricultural University in Plovdiv from 27 – 29 April.