The ECoC Initiative

The title "European Capital of Culture" is an instrument to place culture and art as a local and national priority.

The bidding process

Plovdiv won the European Capital of Culture title for its balanced and convincingly presented programme and a realistic budget.

Mission, Vision, Values

Сulture – effective tool for environmental improvement and human relationships development.


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Board of Directors

Plovdiv 2019 Foundation's board of directors

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Plovdiv 2019 Foundation

Plovdiv 2019 Foundation is the organisation that prepared the application of Plovdiv for the title European Capital of Culture 2019 and is handling the implementation of the project. According its statute the entity is a non-governmental organization that operates in public benefit. It was established in 2011 by a decision of the City Council of Plovdiv.

Plovdiv 2019 works with partner organizations, artists and institutions from the country and abroad for the implementation of the basic concepts and projects in the bid book of Plovdiv. Among the core and most important aims in its work are the initiating, the realization and the organization of the activities in the programme, as well as its monitoring, the development of new audiences, new experience and skills, ensuring the widest possible social inclusion, attracting high-quality international content and popularizing Bulgarian culture abroad.

European Capital of Culture is a unique project for our country, that for the first time gives the chance for developing specific knowledge and expertise of the team of the Foundation and its partners, and which becomes a natural part of the legacy of the initiative.


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