Plovdiv Together: Elimination of the Ghetto Boundaries

“Plovdiv Together: Eliminating of the Ghetto Boundaries” is a project dedicated to the social integration of Roma children in Stolipinovo, as well as encouraging these children’s creativity and improving their communications skills. The activities include creativity-boosting courses directed at people interested in photography, as well as weekly sporting events involving young people aged 10 to 17. All the activities take place in a specially-set-up studio at the Vrattsata Stadium in Stolipinovo.

“Plovdiv Together” was launched in 2017, when the participants were put into groups and the schedules were drawn up. It will continue in 2018 and 2019, concluding with sports competitions and an award ceremony. Joint exhibitions will be mounted featuring photos shot by the participants.

The Ball in Plovdiv (6-7 May 2018)

An event took place on 6 and 7 May 2018, part of the first sporting activities under the project, in conjunction with The Ball initiative, the football equivalent of the Olympic flame. The Ball travels through many countries as a symbol of football, the game that unites millions around the world, and has so far made stops at key landmarks of the Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019 initiative. Children’s football teams took part in a special fair play workshop. The organisers explained the rules of the game in an accessible manner using exercises devoted to paying attention and showing tolerance. Find details about the events at www.facebook.com/2019plovdiv/posts.


The Ball’s message is One Ball, One World. It is aimed at encouraging initiatives that affirm European values; support disadvantaged communities; provide training and access to culture and sports to children and young people, economically disadvantaged people, refugees and people who have suffered racial discrimination, stigmatization and hatred. The initiative has been made popular by noted ambassadors, among them Jürgen Klopp, the manager of the British football club Liverpool.  Find details about the initiative theball.tv/2018.


“Plovdiv Together: Eliminating of the Ghetto Boundaries” is a project by the Plovdiv-based Stolipinovo – Evropa 21 Association.


"Plovdiv Together: Elimination of the Ghetto Boundaries" and The Initiative The Ball in Plovdiv - 6-7 May 2018

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