We Are All Colors
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.
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. 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’.
LIVE STREAMING ON 12 JANUARY 2019, 7 PM EET (6 PM CET): OPENING EVENT OF PLOVDIV - EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2019 WITH THE WE ARE ALL COLOURS SHOW!
BULGARIAN NATIONAL TELEVISION LINK! (FROM BULGARIA ONLY)
The show's focal point is a 30-metre-high 360-degree-visibility tower, designed at six levels specially for the opening of Plovdiv 2019.
The renowned Bulgarian kaval player Teodosii Spasov will open the 'We Are All Colors' show with a specially composed work. More than 200 kukeri from the Plovdiv region, the Trakia ensemble and students from the National School for Stage and Screen Arts will participate. Performers from the Music, Dance and Performative Arts Academy will offer a laser harps surprise.
The Bulgarian composer Hristo Namliev will offer a segment featuring more than 200 choir singers from all Plovdiv choirs, directed by Dian Chobanov and accompanied by 20 bagpipe players. A group of 1,000 Plovdivians will come onstage to give a real-life expression of the initiative's TOGETHER message. They will be joined by 150 children from the Vasil Levski Sports School.
The 'We Are All Colors' show will wrap up with a spectacular fireworks display and a performance by the noted Bulgarian folk singer Valya Balkanska and her bagpipe accompanist Petar Yanev. After the show, the renown German electronic musician Schiller will indulge the audience with an exclusive electronic DJ performance.
Artistic director: Sven Sören Beyer. Technical director: Steffen Fuchs. Director: Peter Brix. Light Design: Björn Hermann
Interactive Video Design: Frieder Weiss. Visual Design: Hajo Rehm/Daniel Bandke. Composer: Hristo Namliev. Musical Supervision: Christian Steinhäuser/Max Trieder. Stage Director spoken theatre: Gustav Rueb, Staiko Murzhdev. Dance Choreography: Lydia Klement. Costume Design: Pedro Richter.
Where: Tsar Boris III Obedinitel Blv.
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.