The ninth annual Night of Museums and Galleries in Plovdiv brought thousands of visitors to the streets of Bulgaria’s second city.
Notwithstanding its name, the “Night” spanned September 20 and 21 and there were associated events during the day, such as children’s art in the City Garden.
With 67 locations and hosts of participants and volunteers involved, along with the city’s impressive array of cultural venues, not everything about the festival was dauntingly highbrow – children of various ages enjoyed their visit to the Aviation Museum at Krumovo outside Plovdiv to inspect the collection of aircraft and venture for short trips in a hot-air balloon.
A popular spectacle was the street performance, at swift pace from the Military Club to the Roman Stadium, by member of the troupe from the Milen Ruskov play Възвишение (Summit), set at the time of the Bulgarian Renaissance, topical enough given that it took place on the eve of September 22, Bulgaria’s Independence Day.
A major drawcard was the new jewel in Plovdiv’s archaeological crown, the opening to the public of the Small Basilica, the fifth century CE Christian place of worship.
These notes are just a small sample of the many attractions in the city during the event, ranging from jazz performances to avant-garde performances such as Jamal Jam and Vincent Gaillot’s By Nightfall and the project by Olivia Robinson and Jesse Stiles at the Roman Stadium.
(Photos: Clive Leviev-Sawyer and Leah Sawyer)