What happened in November a year ago

Plovdiv has been the only Bulgarian city so far to host the European Capital of Culture initiative. In 2019 our city celebrated  this landmark cultural initiative of the European Union.

What happened a year ago

Each month in “What Happened a Year Ago” we look back at some of the highlights in our programme during the landmark year 2019. We call to mind this incredible energy and focus on the efforts and creativity of the hundreds of partners who joined in our programme. More than 300 projects and nearly 600 events engulfed Plovdiv but also the entire South Central Region as well as the cities in the second round of the competition for hosting the title — Varna, Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo.

November 2019

On 1 November 2019, Plovdiv celebrated the National Enlighteners Day as the first European Capital of Culture to write in Cyrillic.
Our partners from the desiners studios Punkt and typedepot, together with the hundreds of volunteers and participants in the first-of-its-kind campaign for joint writing in Cyrillic, created the Font of Plovdiv and gave it to everyone for free use at www.plovdivtypeface.com   

The most active supporters of the initiative - the network of the Bulgarian community centres – Chitalishta contributed the European Capital of Culture to really reach everyone. Poststudio created a new, unique, code and visual identity for them. 

After the success of the Urban Games festival’s pilot edition in 2017, Plovdiv again became a centre of emotions and fun with the Fusion Urban Games, a joint production with Matera 2019. Urban games designers from across Europe were asking important questions about how to develop and learn more about locales, about searching for spontaneous solutions and how to rediscover cities and their hidden potential

8 grand pianos, 16 pianists, 32 hands under the baton of Mr Grigor Palikarov performed 4 concerts in Bulgaria – Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, and Veliko Tarnovo, as one of the closing events in the Plovdiv 2019 programme.

With the puppet performance-installation “The Small Theatre from the End of the World... Opus II“ by the famous French Theatre de la Massue – Companie Ézéquiel Garcia-Romeu the viewer became part of a different world full of metaphors and discovery.

Local and international artists from Plovdiv, Novi Sad, Kaunas, Coventry, Graz, Erevan, Tartu and community representatives and volunteers were involved in the project European Academy for Outdoor Arts School of Participation, a continuation of the successful 2016-2017 School of Spectacles.

We studied the authoritarian character with the Rapture and Rage performance by the German collective LIGNA and Bulgarian artists Stephan A. Shtereff and Emilian Gatsov.

We were “Travelling the World. Art from Germany. Artworks from the ifa Collection, 1949 to the Present“ – an exhibition curated by Matthias Flügge and Matthias Winzen. The exhibited artists include notable names, among them Gerhard Richter, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Sibylle Bergemann, Joseph Beuys, Arno Fischer. See the video below. 

In the jazz-filled autumn nights in 2019 the international Plovdiv Jazz Fest welcomed in Plovdiv some of the world’s most influential jazz artist.

Check out all the public events in November 2019 HERE 



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