What is Ayliak? Discussions and Workshops
What is ayliak?
The discussions kick-start the first leg of the Ayliak Parade project by the ZHAR Theatre-Art-Culture Foundation in partnership with art organisations from the UK and Italy as well as Plovdiv-based cultural institutions. For details, see the end of this text.
During the discussions we will try to find out what lies hidden behind the concept of ayliak as a philosophy of life and a specific point of view of the world, what makes it so special and valued not only for us Bulgarians but also for Europe and the world today. We will be searching for the “forms” of aylyak; we will certainly be scratching our heads over how we can visualize this worldview; we'll be telling each other stories about aylyak from the near and not-so-near past; we’ll remember some of aylyak’s true masters.
- The first meeting is at 2 pm on 17 April 2018 in the IDEA Club at the Mladost 1983 Community Centre in Plovdiv's Trakia quarter, one of the project’s local partners. Feel free to come. Learn more about the event here - www.facebook.com/events/583771868653293.
- Similar discussions will take place at several other locations in Plovdiv by the end of April 2018: the next one is at the Vazrazhdane 1983 community centre (in Plovdiv's Old Town), another local partner, on 19 April, Thursday, at 5:30 pm (Learn more about the event). The third one will take place at 2 pm on 26 April (Thursday) at the Retirees Club of Plovdiv’s Central region.
- Further discussions will also take place in May 2018 and February 2019. For details about the places, as well as about the partners and the exact dates, visit www.facebook.com/ayliakparade.
- Go to Facebook to follow the training for the carnival workshops (stilts walking, group choreography, spinning of poi and flags, among other features) in May, June and July 2018. These will take place at the Mladost 1983 Community Centre and the Olga Skobeleva Center for Social Services.
- Workshops for crafting of carnival masks, costumes and accessories will take place again in May, June and July 2018 at various locations: the Community Centres Mladost 1983, P.R. Slaveykov 1908, Nâzım Hikmet 1922 and Nikola Vaptsarov 1928; the schools Viktoria and Kirkor Tyutyundzhian, Dusho Hadzhidekov, Todor Kableshkov (in the Proslav quarter), the Olga Skobeleva Centre for Social Services, the Centre for Support of Personal Development and the Municipal Children's Complex. Learn more about the workshops here - www.facebook.com/events/583771868653293.
- The July workshops dedicated to the crafting of large parade dolls (some 3 metres in height), personal carnival masks and outfits which you can use at the Aylyak Parade are open for everybody.
The first round of workshops took place on 18, 19 and 20 July; the next will be on 24, 25, 26 and 27 July in SKLAD (11 am to 2 pm; and then 4 pm to 7 pm).
The invitation is meant for young people and adults with a creative bent who are interested in the design of large parade dolls. Also welcome are families and groups of people who want to join the parade collectively – they will be free to make for themselves masks and costumes and then take them to the parade.
- The workshops in October and November continue. They are on 27 October (Saturday), 3 and 4 November, 10 and 11, and 17 and 18 November 2018 (Saturdays and Sundays), from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00, at the SKLAD (fl. 4, to the left of the elevator). On November 24th, the general rehearsal for the little AYLAK* parade will be held. Everyone is welcome. You will be able to create your own carnival mask and parade suit using some of our already developed models and templates, or by creating a unique model, fitting the overall concept of the parade, either yourself or with our help. If you need help, advice or guidance - we will be there. We will provide you with materials, tools and space to help you creativity. Those who were already with us during the previous series of open workshops but have more work will be able to finish their costumes and masks.
On November 25, 2018, you will be able to take part in the small AYLAK-PARADE in Lauta Park, Trakia, and show your masks and costumes created by you or with your to with friends, relatives, and the audience.
And on May 4, 2019, you will have the opportunity to join the GRAND EVENT - the real AYLAK PARADE - with checked, refined or changed costumes.
More about the events - www.facebook.com/events/583771868653293.