There is less than a month left until the longest NIGHT in the country, which is taking place in Plovdiv for the 13th year already. In 2017 for the first time the programme of NIGHT/Plovdiv is in three nights on 15, 16, 17 September and will include specially arranged exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops, parties etc., at more than 70 locations in the city under the hills.
In the first evening of the NIGHT between 19:00 and 01:00 the participating museums, galleries and ateliers will be open. Also then will be open the anniversary exhibition of Open Arts Foundation which is the main organiser and initiator of the festival. Curated by culturalologist Vladiya Mihaylova under the motto HERE EVERYWHERE, the exhibition will include archives, installations, artworks related to the topics and activities of the organisation. They show its path of development through the years, its values and ideas, its interest in the city and contemporary culture and its care for developing audiences.
On the 15 September could also be seen exhibitions of Plovdiv art students from AMTII in the ateliers of the Green and Blue schools in the Old town, which are participating in the NIGHT for the first time. Another highlight would be the exhibition “Behind the doors of the UBB tresor” marking the 25th anniversary since the founding of United Bulgarian Bank. it is organised with Regional historic museum in Plovdiv in a new, previously unopened wing of the museum where people can learn about the history of banking in Bulgaria through a rich collection of artifacts and documents. In the same night, Museum of aviation – Plovdiv will introduce its visitors to the topic of Space where some of them could even try “space food”, specially prepared for the occasion. The visitors of the NIGHT could also participate in a virtual tour of some of world’s most famous museums, thanks to the global payment system Visa. Visa Gold, Platinum and Infinite cardholders will have the opportunity to attend exclusive tours of Plovdiv galleries and art spaces.
In the first night of the festival could also be seen exhibitions of plovdivian artist Angel Vasilev in City art gallery – Plovdiv; the yet unseen paintings collection of Regional ethnographic museum for which the “Let’s bring the paintings back to the museum” donor campaign was created, the exhibitions “Encounters in Plovdiv” in gallery “Resonance”, “Capital views, an homage to Julia Krasteva…” in gallery U-park and the solo show of the famous american artist Mike Bouchet in SARIEV Contemporary, and many more.
At the steps next to the television building there will be a live stream of State puppet theatre – Plovdiv’ s performance of the famous show “Queen of Spades” during the Russian festival “Ryasanskiye smotrini”. On the stage of the Puppet theatre itself will take place “Clouds” – Theatrum Philosophicum performative reading of Meteor on the new book by Boyan Manchev, featuring Leonid Yovchev and the Japanese philosopher Futushi Hoshino.
On 16 September, the highlights of the programme are urban spaces and the international part of the HERE EVERYWHERE curated programme. Part of the latter is the world premiere of the audio-visual performance “Liminal” by American Mary Franck, which has to do with real and virtual architecture and spatial sculpting with light and sound. In the open space, at the Lapidarium in the Old town could be seen the short documentaries from the KineDok platform, at the steps of Kamenitsa – videos from the teen platform Reporteen. Those who wish can attend Interactive – sense installation at Nebet Tepe prepared by center “Alos”, or enjoy the shows of “Cirque de la Liulin”. On Saturday night, at the Roman theatre, will take place the concert of Fortissimo, which, as any other events of the NIGHT, is free entrance. The evening will offer a diverse programme within the Plovdiv clubs as well, and will finish appropriately with the official Absolut party, which for few years already has been setting the tone of the festival in the little hours.
The programme of the LIttle Night this year mixes with the traditional events and on the 15th and the 16th will offer many workshops where kids can learn graphic and iconographic techniques, can play games, knit and have fun, learn about iconography, cosmic architecture, the connection between geometry and art, as well as to develop their digital and entrepreneurship children skills.
On 17 September expect afternoon workshops, walks within urban space through special technology which changes the sense of reality and sensory perceptions, more exhibitions and screenings.
Open Arts foundation’s longest running project – the NIGHT/plovdiv festival, started in 2005 as one of the events that are changing the city. The festival developed through the years with the support of Plovdiv Municipality since 2008 and of America for Bulgaria foundation since 2009, creating a unique and memorable atmosphere for more than 40 000 visitors each year.