City and Culture

City and Culture is a programme of Open Arts Foundation that studies and works with our surrounding urban environment - its history, architecture, specificity, problems and potential to be part of the cultural development and awareness. 

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The focus of the programme includes themes such as architecture, urbanism, method of city dwelling, specifics of certain urban spaces, alternative locations for culture and art, conservation of cultural heritage, etc. The programme is mostly focused on the specifics of the city of Plovdiv, and the Open Arts projects within these themes were as follows: A City Arbour, An Alternative Map of Plovdiv, Debates/Lotus, Otets Paisiy Street Festival, the theme about the Kapana quarter with the projects – Kapana Between Istanbul and Berlin (a conceptual project in 2010, unimplemented), Project 01, Project 0 by Kiril Kuzmanov, and Let’s Talk About the Market. In 2011, Open Arts was part of the initiative to rescue the iconic for the city Cosmos cinema from demolition, and participated in the organisation of discussions, a petition and an exhibition to attract the public and the media attention to the issue. Following the regaining of the status and the conservation of the cinema, the foundation held a number of international cultural events in the cinema building with a view to showing and consolidating the potential of the Cosmos as a venue of culture and art. Open Arts Foundation is an active participant in citizens’ initiatives related to the matters of the urban environment, architecture and infrastructure.

Projects

FLUCA – Austrian Cultural Pavilion Season 2020

Fluca – Austrian Cultural Pavilion is an open stage for art and culture located in the middle of an artistic microclimate set up at the end of Otets Paisiy St in Plovdiv, as part of the white cube of the Sariev Gallery, the artnewscafé meeting point, and the office of the Open Arts Foundation.

FLUCA – Austrian Cultural Pavilion Season 2019

Season 2019 is a culmination for the project with a rich program of art events, performances, presentations and parties for the audience and is a highlight in the program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019.

FLUCA – Austrian Cultural Pavilion Season 2018

In season 2018 FLUCA presented a rich and varied program of artistic projects from Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, USA. The FLUCA season was opened in Sofia where it stayed for 4 months, in connection with the consecutive presidency of Bulgaria and Austria of the Council of the EU. 

FLUCA – Austrian Cultural Pavilion Season 2017

FLUCA: Austrian Cultural Pavilion is an innovative project for a mobile cultural stage with a shipping container transformed into an art installation. It’s a collaborative project of Open Arts Foundation and Austrian Embassy in Bulgaria.

FLUCA – Austrian Cultural Pavilion

FLUCA: Austrian Cultural Pavilion is a joint project of Open Arts Foundation and the Austrian Embassy in Bulgaria. The initiative for the project originated in the winter of 2015-2016 as a joint idea of Open Arts Foundation and Austrian curator Ursula Maria Probst.