SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Plovdiv, the most seasoned city in Bulgaria, has been authoritatively introduced as the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Somewhere in the range of 50,000 individuals assembled on a central square Saturday to watch the opening show dubbed “We are all colors” with 1,500 local and foreign artists on several stages.
Squeezed between the Balkan and the Rodopi Mountains, Bulgaria’s second-biggest city has made due for a large number of years on the crossroads between Western Europe and the Middle East.
Plovdiv claims to be the most seasoned persistently possessed European city, with over 6,000 years of history. Proof of that can be seen in numerous architectural landmarks dating back to Thracian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman occasions.
The city on the two sides of the Maritsa River is likewise known for its ethnic diversity. A significant number of its 340,000 inhabitants belong to the nation’s Turkish, Roma, Armenian, Greek and Jewish minorities, all of which have a significant solid impact on the city’s vibrant cultural life.
Instances of this impact were exhibited amid the opening music, light and dance show under the motto “Together.”
Some 350 social occasions are planned for Plovdiv this year, including a show highlighting pieces of the Berlin Wall to mark 30 years since its fall.
Plovdiv, the primary Bulgarian city to become an European culture capital, was additionally named among The New York Times’ list of 52 spots to go in 2019. It shares the 2019 culture title with the Italian city of Matera.