Journalists from all over the world posted positive articles about Bulgaria and its first European Capital of Culture.
The opening weekend of the European Capital of Culture for 2019 in Plovdiv, has sparked a huge media interest. Video coverage and articles have been released in the last few days from almost every country in the Old continent, USA, China, India, Russia, etc. Media such as Figaro, The New York Times, ‘Euro News’, La Repubblica, ‘Daily Telegraph’, ‘Deutsche Welle’, RAI TV, The EconomicTimes, German national television ZDF and ARD, ‘France-Presse’, ‘Reuters’, ‘TACC’, Chinese agency ‘Xinhua’, Associated Press, just to name a few. In the last two days more than 120 international articles presented the events which took place in the long opening weekend. Here are some of the comments:
‘Light show and 1500 participants, on Saturday, marked the opening of the Bulgarian city, Plovdiv, as European Capital of Culture for 2019’ (Xinhua).
‘The Southern city of Bulgaria, Plovdiv, began its year as the European Capital of Culture for 2019 with a musical light show performed on a 30 metre tall stage. Despite the cold weather the show and the fireworks attracted a number of people in the late hours of the night’ (Reuters).
‘Plovdiv 2019: Historical moment in a historical city’ (Deutsche Welle). A city, ready to step in to the spotlight in front of the world as the European Capital of Culture for 2019’.
The foreign media also attended the opening of the exhibitions SMOKE ‘Tobacco Stories’ and ‘The Art of Freedom’ Pieces of the Berlin wall, the fire show at the Singing Fountains and many more. A walk through the sides in the city presented the thousands of years of history and the upcoming events for the year. They all had the chance to gather information from citizens and from the organisers of the events for Plovdiv 2019.
They are planning to visit Plovdiv again in order to cover the events in depth. One of the main aspects of the city, gaining the title European Capital of Culture, is to position itself and advertise itself in a positive way, and to gain valuable cultural credits. The statistics show that in 2019 there will be more than 2 million people wanting to visit the city because of its title. There has already been a record visits for the opening weekend, where more than 10,000 people from Bulgaria and abroad came to the city of culture- Plovdiv.