A year and more than 320 projects, selected in open calls in accordance with the Bid Book, have been sorted chronologically and thematically into four programme platforms – Fuse, Transform, Revive, and Relax.
Plovdiv, the first Bulgarian city to become a European Capital of Culture, faced a series of challenges in order to accomplish its year of culture ‘ TOGETHER’. It had to invent and rediscover production methods in order to realize such a large-scale project in the local conditions. Plovdiv managed to achieve its goals thanks to its openness and its democratic way of programming, two approaches that enabled everyone to take part and develop ideas and events within the programme.
The Plovdiv 2019 programme kicked off as early as 2017, with extensive music festivals and upgrades to the city’s traditional cultural events. The project’s aim is to contribute to building capacity in the management of cultural projects, engage the local scene, involve large and small independent organisations and community centres, and boost the consciousness of Plovdivians’ as European citizens. To achieve these goals, starting on the first day of the preparation work, Plovdiv 2019 directed much effort and resources to educational meetings, projects about and with communities, as well as to activities that change a person’s usual experience with art, directly involving the city’s residents.