What happened in May 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.

May 2019

Listen to Us – Artistic Intelligence,” Deutsche Telekom’s prestigious contemporary art exhibition, was in Plovdiv between 4 April and 20 June 2019. The show added a new dimension of what constitutes an exhibition by offering free educational tours for children and adults alike that helped bring a wider public to the world of art.

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.

Ayliak Parade conquered Plovdiv in May.

We knew already when was born the alafranga style (in translation: in the French manner) and what was also the name given to the wall niches at houses in Plovdiv's Old Town through The Alafranga Time exhibition of the Regional Museum of Ethnography in Plovdiv (18 April – 18 June 2019)

We were exploring the interaction between electronic technologies and the urban environment through the Digital Affects: Reflections from the Future, the contemporary art edition of the Digital Ecologies project.

The nontraditional Plovdiv Fantasy Guide presented the way in which we can fully feel and immerse ourselves into what we call the Plovdiv Way of Life.

We celebrated together the Europe Day, dedicated to peace and unity, with the Festival of Lights

Move Week, the pan-European initiative, which involves over a million of people in this initiative every year, encouraged people to be more active and to recreate the healthy lifestyle.

FLUCA - Austrian Cultural Pavilion was again at its usual address at Otets Paisii Str and presented a rich programme for the 2019’s Season – digital art and new technologies, street art and urban design, music, cinema, dance, theater and literature, exhibitions, concerts, movies, workshops, discussions and meetings with artists.

Check the public events in April HERE.



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