It's the first official weekend of summer, and the city under the hills is full of people and events! And the best part is that during all the warm months there is an extremely rich program that not only attracts tourists and visitors, but also inspires the locals to rediscover their favorite places.
The imagination of the organizers, artists and performers who have yet again chosen Plovdiv this year is endless and they all promise many new emotions and shared moments.
The team of the digital guide under the hills has collected all formats and events for you, so that you can choose which ones to visit according to your own interests and preferences, and why not invite guests and friends, too:
Opera Open 2023
from 20.06. to 18.08.
The tenth-anniversary edition will present one of the most iconic productions over the years – The Force of Destiny by Stefano Poda on 24.06. and The Mercy of Titus on 15.07 by Vera Nemirova. Among the highlights are David Garrett's concert and the exceptional Diane Reeves (collab with Plovdiv Jazz Fest). The programme also includes the audience favourites Anna Karenina, Nabucco, Turandot, Jesus Christ Superstar, and more.
A State Opera Plovdiv project and part of the Plovdiv 2019 Legacy Programme.
FIRST® LEGO® League
Students from all over Bulgaria will participate in the global format to test their "superpowers" in a competition with Lego robots. The audience will also meet some of the most innovative high-tech companies in the country, join workshops and robot demonstrations, and enjoy a Lego fan zone, a music stage, and Lego exhibitions.
A Plovdiv 2019 project #together with the Center for Creative Learning, SAP Labs Bulgaria, FRGI, Professional Association for Robotics and Automation (PARA), and Ucha v Plovdiv.
Rowing Canal Plovdiv
After the unique musical and visual experience of last year featuring Armin van Buuren, Topic, and Skepta, this summer SOLAR FESTIVAL presents for the first time in Bulgaria the legendary Afrojack and the pioneer of electronics - Fedde le Grand, together with the dance star Laura van Dam and the Brazilian artist Öwnboss.
A Solar Summer Festival project and part of the Plovdiv 2019 Legacy Programme.
INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL
from 24.07. to 28.07.
Ancient Theatre, Stefan Stambolov Square
Annually, the festival hosts international folklore groups performing diverse cultures' authentic music and dance. The 29th edition of the festival is a long-awaited celebration and will once again present the traditional processions in the city centre and memorable concerts on key open stages.
Plovdiv Jazz Summer
from 04.08. to 06.08.
The festival annually welcomes in Plovdiv the most influential artists from the Bulgarian and world scenes. The summer 2023 selection includes Ivo Papazov-Ibryama and the Trakia Orchestra, Antoni Donchev Jazz Quartet with the Eva Quartet, and the Destino Tango Trio: Ludmil Angelov, Cristina Vilallonga, Victor Villena
Plovdiv Jazz Fest is organized by the singer Miroslava Katsarova and the Blue M Company, and it is part of the Municipality of Plovdiv Cultural Calendar.
Shake That Hill
from 01.09. to 03.09.
Plovdiv Stage Park
The 9th edition of the traditional Plovdiv festival once focuses on the sustainable lifestyle and slow living in the ayliak pace and everyday life of Plovdiv. The three days programme includes the loved handmade format with a national network of authors, the Street Culture Camp with its dance battle and skate areas, graffiti zone, and colorful music line-up.
Аn Association Creative Complex Incubator project and part of the Plovdiv 2019 Legacy Programme.
THE INTERNATIONAL PUPPET-THEATRE FESTIVAL THREE ARE TOO MANY, TWO – NOT ENOUGH & THEATAIR
from 01.09. to 06.09.
Puppet Theatre – Plovdiv + open air
The festival is an emblematic puppet theatre biennial in Plovdiv. The programme also includes the TheatAir format for circus, music, and performance on the open stages in the city.
A Three Are Too Many, Two – Not Enough NGO and the Puppet Theatre – Plovdiv project and part of the Municipality of Plovdiv Cultural Calendar.
Station Street Festival
5.09. and 06.09.
Ivan Vazov Street
The event is a continuation of the festival held with the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation in 2021 for the 7th anniversary of the inauguration of Plovdiv as the European Capital of Culture. In 2023 music, theatre, literature, history and a TV studio will take place on the symbolic Ivan Vazov Street that until 1920 was called Station Street and was the first modern one in the city.
A Troleypatna Stantsia (TROLLEY STATION) project and part of the Plovdiv 2019 Legacy Programme.
See all projects and events from the Legacy Program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019.