Plovdiv hosted the spring meeting of European Capitals of Culture
The team of Plovdiv 2019 welcomed 29 representatives from 16 capitals of culture
The "Family of European Capitals" spent three intensive days in the city under the hills. The first day of their work program started in the new cultural location called SKLAD in the Tobacco warehouses, where they were welcomed by a rehearsal of the Plovdiv State Opera. The Executive Director, Kiril Velchev, greeted them with the words: "I am sure that every city that’s been a European Capital of Culture, brings its own uniqueness, but I know that Plovdiv will find a special place in each of you."
During the two days, the colleagues from Europe delivered presentations of their biggest challenges in the preparation and implementation of projects in their cities, on the topic "Worst Practices".
The second working day was dedicated to the role of the Balkans in the European Capital of Culture, and the topic was moderated by the directors of the future capitals of culture; Novi Sad (Serbia 2021), Rijeka (Croatia 2020), Elevsina (Greece 2021) and Plovdiv (2019).
The other representatives were from Stavanger (Norway 2008), Ruhr (Germany 2010), Maribor (Slovenia 2012), Guimaraes (Portugal 2012), Umea (Sweden 2014), Mons (Belgium 2015), Wroclaw Denmark 2017), Leeuwarden (Netherlands 2018) and Matera (Italy 2019), Kaunas (Lithuania 2022) and Еsch (Luxembourg 2022).
A big surprise in the program was the first solo exhibition by Umea 2014 artistic director, Frederik Lindegren - ”Worst Practises – From an Artistic Director’s Standpoint”.