European Capital of Culture in Bulgaria - current conclusions and statistics

The European Capital of Culture project is multilayered and its added value and effects can be traced in many directions. Here is part of the statistic results from the National Monitoring 2015 - 2017 made by Analytical Creative Group Ltd:

  • Audience satisfaction of cultural content and event organization: nearly 65% of the respondents have evaluated the events’ content with the highest possible rating (“Excellent”/”Strongly Approve”), and another 29% have given the second highest rating;
  • Increasing trend in the number of visitors to cultural institutions for the period 2016-2017;
  • The share of Plovdiv visitors, whose main purpose of the visit has been to attend a cultural event or see a cultural landmark has nearly doubled in the period 2015-2017.
  • The fact that Plovdiv has been selected to be a European Capital of Culture in 2019 has an influence on almost the half (45%) of the national public’s desire to visit;
  • 20% increase in national and 30% increase in international visitors to Plovdiv;
  • The citizens of Plovdiv are happier by having the chance to live in a city European Capital of Culture. The data shows that for Plovdiv the happiness index is determined also by the culture and the access to cultural events. 

You can read the full text of the report here.



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