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Bulgaria’s Plovdiv launches capital of culture festivities

Lifestyle2019-01-13

The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv was on Saturday inaugurated as one of two ancient cities to share the honor of being European Capital of Culture for 2019.Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city, whose origins date back to the 12th century B.C., is known for its Thracian, Roman, Medieval and Ottoman heritage.In a nod to this latest period of history, an exhibition featuring fragments of the former Berlin Wall painted by international artists opened on Saturday, kicking off a year of cultural events.A woman walks past an art piece painted by French artist Christophe Bouchet on a section of the former Berlin wall, as part of the "Art Liberty – From the Berlin Wall to the Street Art" exhibition, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, January 12, 2019. /VCG PhotoThirty years after the fall of the wall “presenting this new collection in Plovdiv makes a lot of sense,” in particular against the backdrop of fresh divisions in Europe, curator Sylvestre Verger said.Hundreds of visitors were able to see around 30 fragments of the wall covered in “street art” or portraits of singers such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.A city of 350,000, the southern Bulgarian city will host dozens of other exhibitions and shows during the year, including a concert in June in which local Roma artists will take part.People look at a Trabant, a former East German car, painted by French artist Thierry Noir, as part of the exhibition "Art Liberty – From the Berlin Wall to the Street Art," in the south-central Bulgarian town of Plovdiv on January 12, 2019. /VCG PhotoThe city will also invite artists from other Balkan countries to showcase the cultures of southeastern Europe.Plovdiv shares this year's title of European Capital of Culture with another ancient city in southern Italy, Matera, which is known for its cave dwellings.While the Bulgarian Black Sea coast attracts most of the tourists to the country, Plovdiv hopes to double the number of visitors this year.In the old town, renovated in recent years, visitors will find cobbled streets featuring many traditional 18th and 19th century houses, elaborately decorated by traders who prospered in the city. And the city also boasts a number of fine mosaics.(Head Image: A man poses next to the artwork "David Bowie and Iggy Pop's Portraits" [2016] by French artist Jef Aerosol on January 12, 2019. /VCG Photo)(AFP)

The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv was on Saturday inaugurated as one of two ancient cities to share the honor of being European Capital of Culture for 2019.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city, whose origins date back to the 12th century B.C., is known for its Thracian, Roman, Medieval and Ottoman heritage.

In a nod to this latest period of history, an exhibition featuring fragments of the former Berlin Wall painted by international artists opened on Saturday, kicking off a year of cultural events.

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A woman walks past an art piece painted by French artist Christophe Bouchet on a section of the former Berlin wall, as part of the "Art Liberty – From the Berlin Wall to the Street Art" exhibition, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, January 12, 2019. /VCG Photo

Thirty years after the fall of the wall “presenting this new collection in Plovdiv makes a lot of sense,” in particular against the backdrop of fresh divisions in Europe, curator Sylvestre Verger said.

Hundreds of visitors were able to see around 30 fragments of the wall covered in “street art” or portraits of singers such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.

A city of 350,000, the southern Bulgarian city will host dozens of other exhibitions and shows during the year, including a concert in June in which local Roma artists will take part.

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People look at a Trabant, a former East German car, painted by French artist Thierry Noir, as part of the exhibition "Art Liberty – From the Berlin Wall to the Street Art," in the south-central Bulgarian town of Plovdiv on January 12, 2019. /VCG Photo

The city will also invite artists from other Balkan countries to showcase the cultures of southeastern Europe.

Plovdiv shares this year's title of European Capital of Culture with another ancient city in southern Italy, Matera, which is known for its cave dwellings.

While the Bulgarian Black Sea coast attracts most of the tourists to the country, Plovdiv hopes to double the number of visitors this year.

In the old town, renovated in recent years, visitors will find cobbled streets featuring many traditional 18th and 19th century houses, elaborately decorated by traders who prospered in the city. And the city also boasts a number of fine mosaics.

(Head Image: A man poses next to the artwork "David Bowie and Iggy Pop's Portraits" [2016] by French artist Jef Aerosol on January 12, 2019. /VCG Photo)

(AFP)

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