The official ceremony of the opening of European Capital of Culture, Plovdiv 2019, attracted the attention of millions of spectators online all over the world. More than 50,000 people gathered in the central part of the city to watch the multi-cultural opening ceremony ‘We Are All Colours’. Tens of thousands tuned in online within the country’s borders to watch the event.
The mayor Ivan Totev, the Board of the Directors and the team from foundation ‘Plovdiv 2019’, would like to send their gratitude to the people of Plovdiv, the volunteers who took part and all their guests, for creating unique atmosphere in this historic time for the city and the country. Great appreciation goes to all institutions who were involved and made this spectacle come to live.
Around 350 journalists, out of which 70 were from the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands , Italy, Slovakia and Turkey were present at the event. The opening ceremony was covered by the well-known USA Today, Euronews and many more.
Representatives from more than 20 cities, which will and have been selected for the title European Capital of Culture attended the ceremony. More than 100 delegates participated in more than 30 events through-out the opening weekend in Plovdiv. Special guests were the representatives of Matera – the other city selected as European Capital of Culture for 2019.
More than 1 500 people from Plovdiv and Bulgaria took part in the opening show ‘We Are All Colours’. Theodosii Spassov was the first to open the ceremony with a melody, which was specially composed for the occasion. More than 200 kukeri got up on the stage and danced to fight the bad spirits away. Young actors from the National High School of Stage and Film Design in Plovdiv sent messages regarding the main points in the programme. Dancers from ensemble ‘Trakia’ had an unusual part to play - presenting a modern choreography combined with visuals arts. A choir of 230 people from Plovdiv added to the atmosphere, with the help of conductor Dian Chobanov and director Hristo Namliev. The show also included the melodies of 20 bagpipes. Quartet ‘Intro’ surprised the audience with their take on laser harps. More than 1100 volunteers got up on the stage to spread the motto of the ceremony, ‘together’.
The opening show ended with a performance by Valya Balkanska and bagpipe player Petar Yanev, under the chords of DJ Schiller and a 15 minute breath-taking firework display. The opening programme for the weekend continues today as well.