What happened in October a year ago
Plovdiv has been the only Bulgarian city so far to host the European Capital of Culture initiative. In 2019 our city celebrated this landmark cultural initiative of the European Union.
What happened a year ago
Each month in “What Happened a Year Ago” we look back at some of the highlights in our programme during the landmark year 2019. We call to mind this incredible energy and focus on the efforts and creativity of the hundreds of partners who joined in our programme. More than 300 projects and nearly 600 events engulfed Plovdiv but also the entire South Central Region as well as the cities in the second round of the competition for hosting the title — Varna, Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo.
Throughout the year the Children’s Science Centre Muzeiko was in Plovdiv with “Eurika” (at the Museum Centre for Contemporary History), an exhibition telling about some of the most popular discoveries of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The edition of the international Love Swing Dance Festival in 2019 gathered once again swing dance and culture enthusiasts from around the world.
The Building Together: Learning from Stolipinovo project encouraged togetherness through architectural workshops, where we learned from the craftsmen of Stolipinovo and from each other.
As part of the educational platform Forum 2019, students and teachers from Stolipinovo and Sheker Mahala districts in Plovdiv and Croatian artists took part in creating concepts and different objects connected to the global idea of zero waste
In Kapana Creative District, young actors from the Class Association and students from the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts, with the support of the State Puppet Theater in Plovdiv, created a performance for the good person, based on Bertolt Brecht’s play.
In 2019, within the programme of European Capital of Culture, ONE DANCE WEEK Festival marked the largest-scale edition in its history – featuring 22 shows from 17 companies from 14 countries, as well as a rich accompanying programme. The 12th edition looked at Europe as a source of identity, an area where ideas are exchanged and a generator of global cultural processes. Traditionally, the roster of events included the Young Choreographers module and, as a highlight, dancing from a country from Eastern Europe.
We were “Travelling the World. Art from Germany. Artworks from the ifa Collection, 1949 to the Present“ – an exhibition curated by Matthias Flügge and Matthias Winzen. The exhibited artists include notable names, among them Gerhard Richter, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Sibylle Bergemann, Joseph Beuys, Arno Fischer. See the video below.
In the jazz-filled autumn nights in 2019 the international Plovdiv Jazz Fest welcomed in Plovdiv some of the world’s most influential jazz artist.
The intriguing performance ‘100% Plovdiv’ by one of the most famous groups in the field of documentary theatre in Europe – the German Rimini Protokoll created a living, breathtaking portrait of the city: partly theater, partly reality, but 100 % Plovdiv.
Link to the book “100% Plovdiv“: https://bit.ly/3hGd0Xi
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXvljPlRQsQ&feature=emb_log
Check out all the public events in October 2019 HERE