Valery Lekov – an intricate personality, born in the Roma neighborhood in the town of Kyustendil, where he grew up in poverty, raised by his grandfather.
When he was a small boy, there was an active cultural life in the library club and cinema in the neighborhood. One of his relatives worked in the cinema and he was privileged to see the films without paying. They were subtitled, however. As soon as he could read the first word, “the line flew away”. Since he sensed a sort of magic in the cinema hall, he made it his ambition to read fast, visiting the local library club. He grew to like very much books and thus emerged his passion for speech. He was artistic and together with some local enthusiasts they created an amateur group for humorous and satirical performances. They started to write sketches, to supplement them with costumes and props from the local library club and to entertain the Roma during their numerous holidays and celebrations. In the meantime, Valery got married and 3 children were born to him, about whom he seldom spoke. They purchased an apartment with his wife in the town in close proximity to the Roma neighborhood. They are paying off a big credit for purchasing the apartment.
Valery has always wanted to become a professional actor, but he stayed with his amateur group and made his living as a driver of fixed route taxi, as builder, picking olives in Greece, etc. In the years of the “big investments in Roma integration” he managed to complete a two-year course for journalists. Currently, he is employed as reporter in the Bulgarian national Radio. He still lives in Kyustendil and, although his job is note directly related to the building of BNR in Sofia, he has to visit it frequently, which involves excessive costs.
Valery's personal blog (in Bulgarian) http://valerilekov.blogspot.com/2010/07/blog-post.html