Otets Paisiy St. Festival 2013

On June 7, 8 and 9, 2013 in Plovdiv was held the fourth edition of the festival of urban culture Otets Paisiy Street. The theme of the festival was BEHAVIOR, considering human behavior in all its forms and its impact on the urban environment through various events. The program was curated by Stefka Tsaneva. 

In every single context the meaning of the term behavior can be interpreted in a different way. In biology, for instance, there is behavior of hunting, reproducing or survival. In psychology the focus is on personality – the way of acting (or not acting), speech, manners, body language, outfit. Politics concentrates on civil position, political activism or passivity. In society behavior includes certain understanding of ethics, normativity – acceptable or not. But no matter in which area or context the definition always leads to the basic statement that behavior is every kind of exchange with the environment – social, natural or urban environment. And exactly because of human’s behavior, a result of conscious or subconscious impulses, the space becomes a place.

The place which will be the starting point for artistic explorations and interpretation for collective re-thinking and for dialog, is Otets Paisiy Street in Plovdiv. The festival with the same name will explore human’s behavior in all of its forms and reflections on the urban space through different events including lectures, discussions, workshops, performances, exhibitions, installations and screenings.

In this infinite field of possible interpretations of the behavior organizers suggest the provisory conceptual frame REFLECTIONS-CHANGES-PERSPECTIVES. Not to limit but to inspire and guide the collective creative energy of the participants in a direction which corresponds with the concrete place and festival’s main goals. The three conceptual points are in a metaphoric and linguistic circle which allows to construct an entity around the motto BEHAVIOR.

75 projects of over 100 artists from different fields of art take part in the festival. For the fourth year in a row, the festival Otets Paisii Street enlivens the eponymous Plovdiv street with many bold and interesting artistic events (exhibitions, installations, actions, performances, cinema screenings and concerts), gathered within three days.


Stefka Tsaneva (b. in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) lives in Berlin and is studying Scandinavian and media studies at the Humboldt University. She has worked at the Bulgarian National Radio – Stara Zagora as moderator and co-scriptwriter of the shows “Insomnia” and “Fire on air”. In 2010 she worked at the Bulgarian National Television – Plovdiv during its media partnership with “Night of museums and galleries – Plovdiv”. She has also worked for Façade Video Festival 2011, Week of Contemporary Art 2011, Art Positive – MINI 2012 organized by Art Today Association – Center for Contemporary Art Plovdiv. In 2012 – assistant of the curator of the festival “City and public spaces – Rituals of the Habitual” in Plovdiv. In 2012/13 – assistant of the curator of the exhibition program at transmediale 2013 BWPWAP – festival for art and digital culture in Berlin. Her main interests are in the fields of cinema, media art and gender studies. She is also a contributor for the online magazines Blister and Drugoto kino.


What is the behavior of the people on Otets Paisiy Street? What is special about it and what distinguishes it from other streets in Plovdiv? How is the festival "Otets Paisiy" perceived and what is its significance for the city? These are some of the questions we asked different people who work on Otets Paisiy Street. In this way, we aim to explore how people perceive the street and what their behavior is on it, but also to give festival visitors the opportunity to get to know it and its inhabitants better. The project is part of the festival "Otets Paisiy St." 2013 - BEHAVIOR. Watch all the videos here.

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Диан Йорданов

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Диан Йорданов

Ⓒ Диан Йорданов

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Диан Йорданов

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Ania Krezel (Poland)

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Мария Иванова

Ⓒ Мария Иванова