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

Night of Museums and Galleries 2019

The fourteenth edition of the longest NIGHT of Plovdiv in 2019 is held in three evenings - 13th, 14th and 15th September and is the main focus of the program of "Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019".

Night of Museums and Galleries 2016

The twelfth edition of the Night of Museums and Galleries welcomed over 40 000 people on both festival evenings in the city under the hills. 

Night of Museums and Galleries 2015

On September 11 and 12, 2015, the eleventh edition of Night of Museums and Galleries - Plovdiv was held. A study is conducted on the economic effects of non-economic services, such as Night of Museums and Galleries - Plovdiv is used as a laboratory case. 

The Dark Side of the Night

ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM FOR THE TENTH EDITION OF THE NIGHT PLOVDIV 2014
Curated by the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation

Night of Museums and Galleries 2014

Tenth Anniversary Edition of Night of Museums and Galleries - Plovdiv. The program featured more than 120 events and a special anniversary bonus.

Night of Museums and Galleries 2013

For the second time in its history, the Plovdiv Night of Museums and Galleries was organized over the course of two days, 20 and 21 September, 2013.

The Rescue of KOSMOS cinema

The rescue, the improvements and the commissioning of cinema Kosmos as a building for art and culture is a long-standing cause for Open Arts Foundation. Over the years, the Foundation has organized numerous events focusing on the cinema building. The beginning of our systematic efforts in that direction date from January, 2011.

Home-atelier "Zlatio Boyadjiev"

For the first time Plovdiv residents and guests will be able to see the unique murals of Zlatio Boyadjiev in the courtyard of the studio where the artist worked until the end of his life. The murals were made in 1973 on the ceiling and walls of the outside toilet of the house and on the wall facing the street.

Night of Museums and Galleries 2005

The Night of Museums in Bulgaria was held for the first time on a large scale on the 30th of September 2005 in the town of Plovdiv. From then on “The Night of Museums and Galleries – Plovdiv” became an emblematic event on a national level offering a program with various events, high attendance, attracting of young audience, positive energy and organization.