The 9th edition of the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries will take place on 20 and 21 September (Friday & Saturday) 2013. Following the tradition from previous years, the program will be divided into three sections: Museums & Galleries, Culture & Club, and The City and Public Spaces. Over the course of two days, more than 60 museums, galleries, art spaces, clubs, bookshops, cultural institutes, studios, performance halls, and historical and archeological sites will enliven Bulgaria’s second largest city into the early hours of the morning with a rich cultural program and loads of positive energy.
Preparation for the festival started at the beginning of 2013, when the Open Arts Foundation announced the appointment of Mr. Victor Yankov to the newly created position of festival director of the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries. The festival’s new management is committed to developing Plovdiv’s cultural scene by presenting quality new art and fostering relations between artists, institutions and the public.
In 2013, the Open Arts Foundation has also invited the America for Bulgaria Foundation to become co-organizer of the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries. By accepting the invitation, the America for Bulgaria Foundation has agreed to present its own cultural program within the Night’s framework, which will feature content from the festivals and initiatives it traditionally supports.
Building on its Museums Fund initiative of 2012, the Open Arts Foundation, jointly with the America for Bulgaria Foundation and the Municipality of Plovdiv, has set up a special projects fund to support organizations willing to develop original content for the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries. Following clear and transparent selection criteria, it has now provided funding for a total of 38 projects.
For the second time in its history, the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries will be organized over the course of two days, Friday and Saturday, 20 and 21 September.
The Museums & Galleries Program will take place on Friday, 20 September, featuring original projects produced by 26 private and public museums and galleries.
A total of 23 cultural institutes, bookshops, informal art spaces and clubs will take part in the Culture & Club Program, which will be organized on Saturday, 21 September.
The 20 projects in the City & Public Spaces Program will take place on both festival days in selected locations across Plovdiv.
The main program on both evenings will open at 7:00 p.m. and close at 1.00 a.m., with a children’s program from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in some of the locations.
The blog of the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries has regularly published articles about forthcoming events and projects, as well as interviews with artists, festival partners and friends, and visitors’ information on Plovdiv since the middle of July. It can be found at http://night.bg/blog.
Visitors will be able to access the program of the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries at http://night.bg from the beginning of September, as well as in the guidebook and map, which will be distributed freely in Plovdiv and Sofia.
The Info Kiosk of the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries will once again be located in Stanislav Dospevsky St. (across from the Municipal Art Gallery), offering detailed information about the festival’s program from 16 September until the early hours on 22 September. It has been designed by the young architects from the Plovdiv-based Studio 8 ½.
The 9th Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries has a new visual identity and logo, which is based on the idea of attentive looking and designed by Punkt Studio.