Plovdiv took over the baton of the European Capital of Culture



The city of Plovdiv and the small southern Italian town of Matera accepted the baton of the European Capital of Culture. This happened at the special ceremony in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, which together with Valetta, was the winner of the prestigious title in 2018. 

The Mayor of Plovdiv Ivan Totev and the General Director of the Foundation Matera Basilica received a statuette the symbol of the host. 

Plovdiv's decision to apply for the title dated from 2010 when a group of Plovdiv artists and intellectuals unite around this cause. The initiative was supported by the local government and on September 27, 2011, Municipal Foundation "Plovdiv 2019" was established for the organization and implementation of the project

Plovdiv was elected European Capital of Culture 2019 with the decision of 13-members international jury in September 2014. The concept of the application is "Together". It is considered to be extremely important for the development of the cultural and social life of Plovdiv and is cited as an example of successfully combining of the historical heritage with the challenges of modern life and the vision for future development. Highly appreciated was the ambitious task through culture to unite people from different generations, ethnicities and religions in Plovdiv and throughout the South Central region of Bulgaria.

On May 19, 2015, the Council of Ministers of the European Union officially approved the decision. 

Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria, more than 8 thousand years old. It is older than Rome, Athens, Carthage and Constantinople. It is a contemporary of ancient Troy. The modern city is built on the remnants of many former settlements, which determines its rich cultural heritage. Numerous nations left traces in the 12-meter thick cultural layers and structures of Plovdiv. In 2015 Plovdiv hosted NALAS Annual meeting of Local Authorities from Southeast Europe.

Photo: Ceremony of receiving the statuette


Photos from Plovdiv