Plovdiv – The new European capital of culture

With the spectacular show “We Are All Colors” Plovdiv officially became the European capital of culture a few days ago. The epicentre of the event has become the so-called Tower of Babylon, an unique of its kind construction, 30 meters high, on 6 levels and with 360-degree visibility, built by German specialists.

The new European capital of culture

On the screens located on the tower, the EU keyword “Together” was written in all European languages. More than 1500 people participated in the show. Numerous viewers, including many foreign guests – officials and tourists – were able to enjoy the performances of the mummers, actors from the National High School of Performing Arts, Trakia folklore ensemble, choristers, bagpipers, and graduates of the Academy for music and dance art, athletes, and others.

The show was opened by the masterly performance of Theodosii Spasov – one of the most famous Bulgarian musicians. Once again the folklore singer Valya Balkanska sang the cosmic song of “Izlel ye Delyo Haydutin” (“Delyo the Hajduk has gone outside”), which is flying in the deep cosmic space since 1977, and finally, the spectators witnessed a unique fiery show.

Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian city, honoured to be the European Capital of culture. Through the all 2019, this ancient city, that preserved an invaluable historical heritage, will be the centre of numerous cultural initiatives. The program includes nearly 300 projects and 500 events that will cover not only the city but also its runners-up in the competition: Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia, and Varna. We will inform you periodically on the blog.

Until the end of January, Plovdiv will host several open scenes with concerts in the Kapana art quarter. Along the main shopping street among the sparrow of the multicoloured facades of the buildings will be the Art of Freedom exhibition with pieces of the Berlin Wall, destroyed under the pressure of the exciting events in Europe just 30 years ago.

As a guest at the Regional Museum of History in Plovdiv, the Muzeiko Museum foundation will present some of the most popular discoveries of the 19th and 20th centuries in the travelling exhibition “Evrika”.
Children will be able to travel into a fun magical world called “Living Planet” at the Natural Science Museum. What else? The Tango Opera “Maria from Buenos Aires” – a premiere for the State Opera in Plovdiv, and a bilingual show titled “Gypsy Wheels” dedicated to the Roma community in the region.

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