The Cyrillic alphabet came alive at an emblematic place in the center of Rome. This was done with the partnership of the Plovdiv Municipality and the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation with unique 3D mapping and in the presence of the Mayor Eng. Ivan Totev, the Executive Director of the Foundation Kiril Velchev and Deputy Mayor Rozalin Petkov.
The lights of the Capitol Square were shut down for the start of a 3D mapping show on the facade of Rome City Hall. It told the story about how Bulgarian literature helped for spreading Christianity and led the audience to an exciting journey outlining the Bulgarian contribution to the European cultural identity.
The presentation of Plovdiv is part of the campaign for popularization of our city as European Capital of Culture 2019. In Italy this happened in the historic heart of Rome, with the Colosseum in the background.
"I thank all those who have worked so hard - both from the Bulgarian and the Italian side, to be here today in this unique, emblematic place not only for Rome but for the whole world. I would also like to thank you, for spending part of your time, of your life, for sharing our emotions" - with these words, the Minister of culture Boil Banov welcomed the audience.
The prestigious event was also attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Italy Marin Raykov, the deputy chairman of the Italian Senate Paola Taverna and Karola Pena, chairman of the Commission for International Relations of the City of Rome, as well as the mayors of the cities, which will be European Capitals of Culture in 2019 – Plovdiv – Eng. Ivan Totev and Matera - Rafaelo De Ruggeri, as well as the executive director of Plovdiv 2019 - Kiril Velchev.
There were also tourists from Plovdiv who shared their excitement of witnessing this unique event, and their pride of the fact that next year our city will be the European Capital of Culture.