The Plovdiv 2019 Foundation and the Plovdiv Municipality invite the citizens and guests of Plovdiv to celebrate together the fourth anniversary of Plovdiv's winning the title to host the European Capital of Culture initiative.

In a series of festive features, the ceremony will present the Plovdiv's programme for 2019 and the highlights and opportunities for a thrilling cultural experience.

The get-together, which will take up the entire day, is directed at people of all ages and will welcome all manner of audiences. It will start at 10 am and will end at 11 pm.

Children's Programme

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Chelik Fest, a one-day outdoor festival, is paying a visit to the Dondukov Garden (behind the Regional Natural History Museum) in Plovdiv, featuring beloved children's games. Come to enjoy many interesting outdoor games and he participation is free.

Family Programme

11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Music Stage I (11:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Open Stage in front of the Plovdiv Municipality, featuring a music programme

Music Balconies (3:00 – 7:00 pm)

Thanks to State Opera Plovdiv, Plovdiv's favourite pedestrian street will become an area for an afternoon symphonic stroll. Plovdiv's main street's lovely balconies will liven up with beloved classical music.

3:00 – 3:30 pm The Balcony opposite the Afreddo Gelateria

3:40 – 4:00 pm Balcony Plovdiv Municipality

4:20 – 4:40 pm Balcony Plovdiv Drama Theatre

5:00 – 5:20 pm Balcony opposite Kamenitsa

5:40 – 6:00 pm Balcony Daris

6:20 – 6:40 pm Balcony Dzhumaya Sq

Music Buses

4:00 – 5:00 pm

A bus line will be taking those keen to enjoy the virtuoso performance of one of the musicians of the Brestovitsa Orchestra. The line will make rounds in the quarters Trakia, Kichuk Paris, Karshiaka and Smirnenski.

Music Stage II

5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Open Stage in front of the Plovdiv Municipality. Concert of Stenli and band.

Evening programme:

7:00 – 8 pm

Presentation of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019 Programme


A ceremony at the Plovdiv Drama Theatre will present the main stages in the history of the initiative, the people involved in its realization, the current team working on the project, as well as the calendar of the key events for 2019. The direction will be in the hands of Chris Baldwin and will feature the participation of the composer Miroslav Turiyski; dancers from Lindy Hop Bulgaria; choreography from Yanitsa Atanasova; the brass band musicians - Venelin Georgiev (saxophone), Darin Ivanov (trumpet), Blagoi Geshev (trombone), Tsenko Melin (tuba),  Alexander Lekov (bass) and Kristian Zhelev (percussion), a string quartet from the State Opera - Plovdiv: Dobrina Nikolova, Zafirka Angelova, Tatyana Filipova, Antoaneta Ryahova, Yasko Argirov and “Brestovitsa” Orchestra; the incredible folklore singers from Nedelino – Denitza Gotcheva and Snezhana Kisyova and one of the best Plovdiv-based visual artists: the studios Punkt, SensLab and Kamen Slavov’s team; and more friends and partners of Plovdiv 2019. 

9 – 11 pm

100 Days to the Start – Mapping on the Building at 2 Raiko Daskalov Street

Plovdiv is known for its special, unique clocks – the Danov Hill Tower clock; the Dzhumaya Mosque sundial; the emblematic Post Office clock; and the one at the heart of the city, in the dome of the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation. The latter keeps time without fail thanks to Georgi Dolchinkov from Plovdiv. This clock will start the countdown of 100 days to the start of the Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019.

Link to the event in Facebook HERE.



General partners

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