Museums and Galleries

The program NIGHT OF MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES (since 2005) is a program created to support and develop the cultural map of Plovdiv, the cultural institutions of the city and the access to culture.

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The program also covers the practical organization, programming, coordination, advertising, special art projects for the annual Night of Museums and Galleries festival. Realized editions: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The first Bulgarian event of its kind, the Night of Museums and Galleries festival was first organized in 2005 by the founders of the Sariev Gallery Vesselina and Katrin Sarievi. In 2007, the Sarievs founded the Open Arts Foundation which went on to organize the festival’s subsequent editions. The Night of Museums and Galleries was later renamed to Night/Plovdiv. Like similar events in Western and Central Europe, Night of Museums and Galleries provides opportunities for public encounters with artists, art and culture in non-traditional evening and late night hours. With an annual program of more than 100 events and an audience between 40 000 and 50 000, the festival continues to seek new challenges and to expand its scope. A “culture at large” event, Night of Museums and Galleries works with state, regional, private and non-governmental organizations who vary significantly in their organizational models and level of public recognition. In 2012, the Open Arts Foundation created the Museums Fund, later renamed to the Special Projects Fund, which seeks to support organizations and artists by co-funding their festival projects. Night of Museums and Galleries has worked with some of Bulgaria’s most recognized contemporary artists and curators, as well as with many of the most active international cultural institutions represented in the country. With their help over the years Open Arts Foundation  organized,  produced or co-produced special artistic projects at Night, some of them: Steve H. Barovsky (USA) with its horror novel “The Seven Hills of Plovdiv”; the project “Creation of Museum of Contemporary Art in Bulgaria“ by Ivan Moudov; the installation Lighthouse by Vadim Fishkin, curator Iara Boubnova; East Art Map by the Slovenian art collective IRWIN, selected by Iara Boubnova; PLOVEDIV – project for public space by Milen Gelishev and Simeon Todorov;  festival “City and public spaces” curated by Vera Mlechevska entitled “Rituals of the Habitual“; special jubilee program “The Dark Side of the Night” curated by Art Affairs and Documents Foundation; Curatorial program of Night/Plovdiv, 2015 and many others. In 2017 during the festival Night of Museums and Galleries, Open Arts Foundation celebrated its 10 anniversary withe the special exhibition “10 years Open Arts:HERE EVERYWHERE”, curated by Vladiya Mihaylova.

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Projects

Curatorial Program 2019

The curatorial program’s main goal is to present different perspectives on contemporary art and to provide a free space for experiments and new ideas in the specific context of the Night of Museums and Galleries - Plovdiv – time limitations to one or two evenings, its many thousands audience and dynamic atmosphere.

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".

Book „10 years Open Arts: HERE EVERYWHERE“

The book “10 years Open Arts: HERE EVERYWHERE” is an anniversary edition for the jubilee of Open Arts Foundation and the exhibition “HERE EVERYWHERE” curated by Vladiya Mihaylova, which was realized in its context. 

Curatorial Program 2017

The curatorial program’s main goal is to present different perspectives on contemporary art and to provide a free space for experiments and new ideas in the specific context of the Night of Museums and Galleries - Plovdiv – time limitations to one or two evenings, its many thousands audience and dynamic atmosphere.

Curatorial Program 2016

The curatorial program’s main goal is to present different perspectives on contemporary art and to provide a free space for experiments and new ideas in the specific context of the Night of Museums and Galleries - Plovdiv – time limitations to one or two evenings, its many thousands audience and dynamic atmosphere.

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. 

The Economic Effects of Cultural Festivals. Night of Museums and Galleries 2015

The survey of the economic effects of the Night of Museums and Galleries  - Plovdiv 2015 festival was performed by an interdisciplinary team including experts from the initiator organisations – the Bauersachs Foundation and Industry Watch Group Ltd., as well as partners in the survey – the Applied and Institutional Sociology department at the University of Plovdiv Paisii Hilendarski, the Open Arts Foundation and an independent consultant.

Curatorial Program 2015

The curatorial program’s main goal is to present different perspectives on contemporary art and to provide a free space for experiments and new ideas in the specific context of the Night of Museums and Galleries - Plovdiv – time limitations to one or two evenings, its many thousands audience and dynamic atmosphere.

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.

"Special projects" Fund

The fund was initiated in 2012 (then the Museums Fund). It has continued since 2013 as the Special Projects Fund, a financial mechanism to support the artistic content of festival participants.

PLOVEDIV – Project for Public Space

A project by Milen Gelishev and Simeon Todorov completed within the Night of Museums and Galleries – Plovdid, 2011 in the program “City and public spaces”. The project was selected and realized under the “Open invitation for projects NIGHT” of Open Arts Foundation.

Bibliobus „Оtets Paisiy”

New Public Library “Otets Paisiy” (Bibliobus Otets Paisiy) is a project by Studio 8½ completed within the the Night of Museums and Galleries – Plovdid, 2011 in the program “City and public spaces”. The project was selected and realized under the “Open invitation for projects NIGHT” of Open Arts Foundation.

Curatorial Program 2011

The curatorial program’s main goal is to present different perspectives on contemporary art and to provide a free space for experiments and new ideas in the specific context of the Night of Museums and Galleries - Plovdiv – time limitations to one or two evenings, its many thousands audience and dynamic atmosphere.

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