Newly acquired: Footage filmed by a British couple, holidaying in Bulgaria and their return to Croydon in London - 1978.

Amateur filming by western tourists in Communist Bulgaria was rare, compared to its neighbours in the same period. Those visits were almost exclusively limited to the big tourist complexes, controlled by the State Security through its officers, agents and other vigilantes.

Like Sunny Beach on the Black Sea. It specialised mainly in West German, British and Scandinavian tourists, and so did the agents of the state. Briefed in an inconspicuous office by the luxurious hotel 'Kuban', the agents scoured from dawn till dusk the beaches and alleys - on scooters, posing as street sweepers, coachmen, or simply butlers.

On Kodachrome 8 mm film.

 

Published in Bulgaria

 

Amateur filming by Western tourists in Communist Bulgaria was rare.

This footage was filmed by a West German visitor, who travelled up and down the Bulgarian Black Sea coast in 1981.

Converted and edited from the original Super 8 mm silent Kodachrome film. Bought at an auction from Mallorca.

 

Published in Bulgaria

 

Amateur filming by western tourists in Communist Bulgaria was relatively rare, compared to its neighbours in the same period. Here is some footage, shot by a group of British youths, who travelled from the Bosphorus to Bulgaria's Black Sea coast. They even filmed in the strictly prohibited border zone on the Bulgarian side!

Converted from Kodachrome Super 8 mm film

Published in Bulgaria

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A journey from 2002

© Velislav Radev