The longest Night of Plovdiv returns this September for its thirteenth consecutive edition, for the first time in three evenings – 15, 16, 17 September.
Launched as “Night of Museums and Galleries” in 2005 as an initiative of Vesselina and Katrin Sarievi (founders of SARIEV Gallery and Open Arts Foundation), today the event is gathers numerous local, national and international art projects that enrich the cultural map of Plovdiv each September. In recent years, the audience of the festival is between 40 and 60 thousand people, with over 120 artistic projects located in 60 to 70 places in the city.
This year, the organizers will choose from over 70 project proposals from all fields of art – contemporary and traditional visual art, theater, cinema, contemporary dance, performance, etc., to be included in NIGHT/Plovdiv. The 2017 program will be traditionally divided in thematic sub-programs: “Museums, Galleries, Studios” – for the first time, the studios are accentuated as an equal part of the program so that the audience can peer into these specific workspaces of the artists; “City and Culture” – presents the cultural content of theaters, libraries, community and/or religious centers, cultural houses, cinemas; “Club and Music” – presents the alternative club spaces in the city; “Public Spaces” works for the development of the cultural map of Plovdiv by presenting artistic projects in open air public spaces; and in the “Little Night” traditionally the organizers include events for the youngest audience.
A special highlight in NIGHT/Plovdiv, 2017 will be the “Open Arts” program with the slogan HERE EVERYWHERE. The organizers, in partnership with some of the most active international cultural institutes and embassies, will present a special selection of artistic projects from Austria, France, Israel, USA, Finland, Spain, Indonesia, Korea and Bulgaria. For the first time Open Arts Foundation as member of the international platform for art in public spaces IN SITU, will present art project part of the network. Special surprise on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Open Arts Foundation, will be a jubilee exhibition which will be presented installations, art pieces, videos, photos and archives part of the most interesting projects and activities from Bulgaria and abroad that have worked with Open Arts during the last decade.
Details for the entire program of NIGHT/Plovdiv will be revealed very soon. Until then “Save the Night for Plovdiv – 15, 16, 17 September”!
NIGHT / Plovdiv and this year is being co-organized with the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Plovdiv Municipality. For the international artistic program, the event works together with the Embassies of Austria, Israel, Finland, USA and Indonesia, as well as with the French Institute of Bulgaria, Cervantes Institute in Sofia, IN SITU. The festival is pleased to work in partnership with United Bulgarian Bank, VISA, Absolut, MentorMate, EVN, MF Plovdiv 2019 and others.
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