Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture, 2019

In our series “Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture, 2019”, Radio Bulgaria presents some of the highlights in the cultural calendar of the first Bulgarian city selected to be a cultural capital of Europe. 

Here you will find intriguing information about the history, the life and the authentic spirit of one of the oldest still-inhabited cities on the continent – Plovdiv. 


Annie Pilibosian living between Plovdiv and Paris

Annie Pilibosian was born and raised in Sofia, she studied and graduated in Sofia, and then became French language teacher. And then her life turned around – she left for France where she married. She always comes back to Bulgaria, but for the past..

published on 9/18/19 3:31 PM

“Fire from the fire” festival in Plovdiv’s Old Town

Fire brings warmth and creates a sense of home, and it is fire that will run like a fiery thread through the events from the Old Town Festival in Plovdiv. With the approach of autumn the people of Plovdiv will breathe new life into streets and..

published on 9/13/19 1:11 PM

An exhibition in Plovdiv showcases weapons as a male ornament

An exhibition on in Plovdiv until November 30 will challenge visitors to see weapons, a symbol of dominance and power, in an entirely new light. “The aim is to display weapons as apotropaic and a male ornament,” explains Grozdelina..

published on 9/12/19 2:10 PM

Three enormous moons will shine down on NIGHT festival in Plovdiv

Town squares, churches, galleries, but also ancient Plovdiv’s nooks and corners will turn into shared spaces for art, the visions and the values of the world. After a one-year pause the NIGTH festival is back to make conversations more sincere,..

published on 9/11/19 3:07 PM

Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture, 2019 celebrates is successes

For more than 7 months Plovdiv has successfully been implementing the European Capital of Culture, 2019 programme. On Sunday, Plovdiv celebrates five years since the city was chosen to be Bulgaria’s European capital of culture,..

published on 9/1/19 8:35 AM

Kapana Gallery launches "Open Art Files"

The Plovdiv-based Kapana Gallery hosts the exhibition “Open Art Files – notes below the line”. The exposition is organized within the frame of the platform for popularizing contemporary Bulgarian art of the Open Arts Foundation. It is part of..

published on 8/21/19 12:52 PM

Family of artists with joint exhibition at “Mexican House” in Old Plovdiv

Under the motto "Together Again", the “House of Mexican Art” in the Old Town of Plovdiv attracts visitors with works by Krasimir Slabakov, Maria Slabakova and their son Stefan. For the first time the family has organised a joint exhibition in..

published on 8/17/19 8:45 AM

Biggest Bulgarian cigarette pack collector considers opening museum

Many think collecting is a hobby for rich or famous people who collect artwork, weapons, expensive old cars, and more. This passion, of course, requires big spending. But the truth is that not every collector needs a lot of money. Most often..

published on 8/11/19 8:00 AM

Staro Zhelezare village once again hosts Street Art Village Festival

Until the end of August, the village near Plovdiv is once again hosting Staro Zhelezare Street Art Village Festival. The village itself has no more than 400 inhabitants. Every year the people behind this project – artists Katarzina and..

published on 8/4/19 9:05 AM

Plovdiv hosts International Folklore Festival between July 29 and August 2

Dance groups from three continents will arrive in Plovdiv for the International Folklore Festival that will be held between July 29 and August 2. The festival will be held for the 25 th consecutive year. Folklore groups and ensembles from..

published on 7/28/19 9:25 AM