world premiere

© George Anastasakis


in the programme


© Ralph Larmann


platforms and projects


10 years

Bulgaria and Romania in the EU

© Pravdoliub Ivanov / Courtesy of Sariev Contemporary


open calls

Welcome to the website of Plovdiv 2019

Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian city to be the European Capital of Culture. After four years of preparation, the programme is already a fact, with more than 300 projects and nearly 500 events covering not only the city but also the whole South Central Region as well as the citie finalists from the second round of the competition – Varna, Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo.

Most of the projects in the programme started in 2017 and 2018 and will develop and manifest in the year of the title. Within the framework of the initiative, many traditional city events have gained new strength and have expanded, new festivals have emerged, and an extraordinary amount of new experience with cultural content and its management, will surely remain as a legacy of the initiative.

The purpose of the European Capital of Culture programme is precisely to challenge the stereotypical attitude towards the functions and character of art, the places where it appears and the people who create it. The initiative aims to maximize the authenticity of cultural events within the city, to find a way to the audience and, above all, to achieve the state which can be gathered simply and clearly in the motto ‘Together’.

Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Artistic Director of Plovdiv 2019 Foundation

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Check our programme highlights HERE.

Stay tuned!

Multi Kulti Kitchen 2018

Programme Fuse


Programme Revive

The Monthly Newsletters of Plovdiv 2019

Results on the second deadline of the Open Call for Last Minute project propolsals

Beginning of ONE DANCE WEEK 2018

Last Minute Open Call - IМPORTANT


General partners

EU Japan Fest

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