Opening Weekend

Over the course of an extended weekend a series of events will take place at various in- and outdoor spaces across the city. Its peak will be on Saturday, 12 January 2019, with the ‘We are all Colors’ show.

Programme for 11 January 2019:

  • 9.00 – 17.30
    Ungraspable for Kolyo K.
    City Art Gallery (15 Alexander I Battenberg Str.)
    A large retrospective ( 7 – 30 January 2019) at the City Art Gallery presents the multifaceted work of the renowned Plovdiv artist Kolyo Karamfilov.
  • 10.00 – 17.30
    Children’s Programme of City Art Gallery Plovdiv
    City Art Gallery (15 Alexander I Battenberg Str.)
    Inspired by the works of Kolyo Karamfilov, children paint in the City Art Gallery. This is an accompanying event to the exhibition Ungraspable for Kolyo K.
  • 11.00 – 21.00
    Cinema Programme
    Lucky House of Cinema
    Special winter selection of some of the most award-winning new Bulgarian films (English subtitles).
  • 17.00
    The Song of the Wood (Opening)
    Regional Ethnographic Museum
    The exhibition presents traditional folk musical instruments alongside some newer ones (violin, viola, zither, mandolin), which became popular after the Bulgarian Liberation of 1878.
  • 17.30
    Plovdiv Artists (Opening)
    Plovdiv City Art Gallery (20 Avksentii Veleshki Str.)
    The exhibition (11 – 31 January) collects 30 works of artists from the Union of Plovdiv Artists.
  • 17.30
    From Antiquity to the Present (Opening)
    Balabanova House
    Exhibition (11 – 31 January 2019) of paintings, drawings and sculpture by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georgi Trifonov.
  • 18.00
    Smoke. Tobacco Stories (Opening)
    SKLAD (16 Ekzarh Yosif Str.)
    This is an exhibition produced especially for the opening of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019 and dedicated to Tobacco City, one of ECOC’s flagship projects. This exposition, by some of the most renowned Bulgarian artists, features archives, photography, video, films, and art works that explore the history of Plovdiv through the tobacco industry. The exhibition is from 11th of January to 30th of March 2019.
  • 18.00
    Balabanova House
    A chamber concert commemorating the 120th and 110th anniversaries of, respectively, Pancho Vladigerov and Marin Goleminov.
  • 18.00
    Rediscovery of Heritage (Opening)
    Regional Ethnographic Museum (2 Dr Stoyan Chomakov Str.)
    The photos in the exhibition (11 – 31 January 2019) reflect cityscapes, and offer glimpse into the atmosphere of a Balkan urban environment.
  • 19.00
    Drama Theatre Plovdiv (38 Knyaz Alexander I Battenberg Str.)
    With this theater performance the audience travels into the crepuscular lands of passion, crosses the Lethean stream and learns the language of inexplicable and eternal love.
  • 20.00
    Kapana 2019 THE BEGINNING
    Yadroto Open-Air Stage at Kapana Creative District (14 Zagreb Str.)
    The music programme presents live performances of prominent Bulgarian musicians.

Detailed bilingual programme for the Opening Weekend you can find here: 

We are most thrilled to invite you to join us in celebrating the opening of the ECOC 2019 with the most attractive and momentous highlight in its programme – the ‘We are all Colors’ show, on Saturday, 12 January. The very heart of Plovdiv will welcome the ceremony. The show, combining music, light and dance, will give the key to the whole year ahead and to the basic concept of the European Capital of Culture project, in which the citizens themselves are not only audiences and actors, but also creators of events. More than 1500 participants from Bulgaria and abroad will recreate on the open stage a large and colorful metaphor of all the main themes of the programme ‘Plovdiv 2019’ and their relationships under the motto ‘Together’.

The ECOC opening event is produced by the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation in partnership with international organizations, the major cultural institutions in Plovdiv, Plovdiv Municipality, artists and performers from Bulgaria and abroad. The concept of the event is created by the German artistic network phase7 performing.arts, artistic director Sven Sören Beyer.
The opening weekend programme is made jointly with partner organizations from Plovdiv and Bulgaria.



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