School of Spectacle

Fire sculpture, air dance and video projections were the culminations of “School of Spectacles ” in Plovdiv (1 – 06.10.2017.) 25 artists from Bulgaria and from abroad were gathered for one week by “Plovdiv 2019”, which gave them complete freedom in their artistic solutions for urban interventions in order to recreate the Adata Island –little known for some people and completely unknown for others, urban oasis, located in the heart of one of the most dynamically developing cities in Bulgaria. The island, along with the Maritsa River, is among the main focuses of the program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture ever since the time of applying for the title.

Plovdiv School of Spectacle was a free seven-day intensive outdoor arts training school for Creative Practitioners based in and around Plovdiv, Bulgaria and invited international artists. The school delivered training designed to build skills that creatives need for making outdoor events and civic celebrations and was held between 1st October 2017 and 7thOctober 2017 in the Military Club of Plovdiv.

The main aim of the school was to give creative practitioners a greater understanding of the purpose and creative possibilities of procession as outdoor arts celebration. Space was provided to critically debate and develop new ideas and creative thinking, gain understanding in production, gain and share skills in sound, performance, 3D mapping and site décor.


Stanislava Tasheva, Project and Programme Manager, Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019 Foundation (Bulgaria)
Danielle Chinn (UK) Walk the Plank
Alexander Neidert (UK) Walk the Plank


Petko Tanchev, Artist (Bulgaria)
Maria Koycheva, Artist (Bulgaria)
Plamen Ivanov, Artist (Bulgaria)
Guérassim Dichliev (Bulgaria/France)
Jym Darling, Artist (Ireland)
Liz Pugh, Producer & Co-Founder Walk the Plank (UK)
Alexis Johnson, Learning Director Walk the Plank & Participatory Artist (UK)
Rob Hill, Artist (UK)

Guest - PhD Vessela Statkova (Bulgaria)

The school is led by Walk the Plank in partnership with Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019 Foundation with international partners Pafos 2017, Cyprus; Bulgaria; Limerick City & County Council and Fidget Feet, Ireland; that together make up the European Outdoor Arts Academy.

Photo Credits: Lina Krivoshieva / Violeta Dincheva (Gallery HERE)

Video: Teodor Stoyanov

The training is made possible through the kind support of Creative Europe; SNF and Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019 Foundation.



General partners

EU Japan Fest
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