The Alternative Map of Plovdiv

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv is a tourist guide of the uncharted and unfamiliar Plovdiv. It is made for those willing to explore beyond the city’s surface, discovering its history and potential for themselves. The Alternative Map of Plovdiv also draws attention to some landmark architectural and cultural sites that are threatened by destruction or neglect.

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv features several routes comprising a number of thematically related sights, as well as unexpected stopover opportunities such as side-street cafés and restaurants, and observation points.

Four of the routes were designed as a result of the public discussions held in 2012 at artnewscafe under the general theme “An Arbor for the City”, with the following sections: Plovdiv’s Communist Heritage, Plovdiv’s Tobacco Warehouses, the Kapana Quarter and Bauhaus Under the Hills. The routes Religions and Otets Paisiy St. were added with a view of creating wider awareness of Plovdiv’s history and life style.

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv aims to activate a social and cultural curiosity for the city’s past and present on the basis of tolerance, avoiding ideological or nationalist bias. Simultaneously, it aims to provoke public reflection and recognition that the city is both a complex living organism and a stimulating place for relaxation.


Print edition Alternative Map of Plovdiv, 2013

Written by: Vladislav Kostadinov / Antonia Vulkanova, Studio 8 ½, Katrin Sarieva, Open Arts Foundation
Translation: Boris Deliradev
Graphic Design: Punkt, Georgi Lazarov
Circulation: 10 000

Its publication and distribution are supported by the Municipality of Plovdiv.

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The Alternative Map of Plovdiv supports Plovdiv’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2019

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv is a project of the
Open Arts Foundation
and Studio 8 ½