Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian city chosen to be European Capital of Culture. In 2019, twenty years after the city was a host of the Month of Culture in 1999, it will celebrate the most prestigious cultural initiative of the European Union.
European Capital of Culture is a unique project for Bulgaria which provides new opportunities for the development of the potential of the city and new international visibility and a perspective on Bulgarian culture as a whole. The program of Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019 also includes activities and events in the South Central Region of Bulgaria.

After four years of preparation, Plovdiv 2019’s lineup will include more than 300 projects and nearly 500 events covering not just Plovdiv but also the entire South Central Region as well as the city finalists from the second round of the competition – Varna, Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo.

The program highlights are chosen according to their potential to gather the most numerous and colorful audience and to build high amplitudes and intense experiences. 

The purpose of the European Capital of Culture program is precisely to challenge preconceived notions towards the purpose and character of art, where it appears and the people who create it. The initiative aims to maximize the authenticity of cultural events within the city, to find actively engage the audience and, above all, to achieve the state which can be gathered simply and clearly in the motto ‘Together’.

We are waiting for you in Plovdiv!