Plovdiv’s Night of Museums and Galleries, one of the biggest drawcards for Bulgaria’s second city, will draw thousands of visitors to the events around the town on September 20 and 21.
Started in 2005, the project this year involves 25 museums and galleries in events including book launches, exhibitions and documentary showings.
A small sample from the long list of attractions includes, at the A+ Gallery, the launch of the book Northeastern Bulgaria: a Traveler’s Guide, with the participation of the authors Velina Hristova, Gavrail Gavrailov and Zahary Karabashliev.
Northeastern Bulgaria: a Traveler’s Guide is the first comprehensive guide book on the Northeast’s history and culture. Published by Mercury Commerce 97 (Dobrich), it is available in Bulgarian, English, Russian and Romanian.
At the Resonance gallery at 9pm, there is The Journey / The Trace – a dance performance by Duende Dance Studio
“The performance is a descriptive summary of the different stages of human life. The main idea is that despite the inevitability of the human life cycle, and the resulting sense of hopelessness, the meaning of Existence can be found in the Energy of the Spirit, which moves us forward and remains behind us when we are gone,” in the words of those promoting the event.
At the Philippopolis art gallery and museum at 7pm, Evmolpeya Young Women’s Choir will be in concert, with Rada Slavinska conducting.
At the Municipal Art Gallery, Zlatyu Boyadjiev and Baratsite – an exhibition is being held.
Zlatyu Boyadjiev’s 110th anniversary will be marked in October 2013. Until 1951, the year he suffered a stroke, Boyadjiev’s style was reminiscent of 16 and 17th century Dutch painting – he produced portraits, daily life paintings and landscapes. During this period he befriended the artists David Perets (1906–1982) and Vassil Barakov (1902–1991) with whom he shared similar philosophical and aesthetic views. The three of them often worked together and traveled across the Rhodopes, painting landscapes. They became known as “Baratsite”, after the surname of the eldest group member.
At the Regional Archaeological Museum, from 7pm, there is Ancient Philippopolis – a documentary by Nona Yotova, with a lecture by Elena Kesyakova, architect.
The documentary presents the history of ancient Philippopolis and Plovdiv’s rich archaeological heritage, with an emphasis on large-scale construction projects such as the Roman Stadium. Kesyakova’s lecture will build on the information provided in the documentary by adding newly-discovered details from the 2012 excavations of the Roman Forum and Odeon in central Plovdiv.
And at the Regional Aviation Museum, the attractions include Adventures In and Beneath the Sky II – “Flying in a hot air balloon: the bravest visitors will get a chance to see the Museum’s exterior exhibit and surroundings from a bird’s eye view, and will get a certificate for it.”
For a full list in English of all the events that part of the 2013 Night of the Museums and Galleries in Plovdiv, please click here.