See what's happening in Plovdiv this week


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11th October

Travelling the world

The exhibition is the largest retrospective of works from the collection of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. Consisting of 320 works by more than 90 artists and covering the period from the 1950s to the present, the exhibition is the most comprehensive display of works of art from the institute's possessions. The show is a round-up of the trends in the art worlds of Eastern and Western Germany, as presented by their most prominent artists.

The curators emphasize specifically to the art created after the end of the Second World War, moving between Realism and Abstraction, Pop art, Fluxus and social photography, among a host of art movements and styles.

The exhibited artists include notable names, among them Bernd and Hilla Becher, Sibylle Bergemann, Joseph Beuys, Arno Fischer, Katharina Fritsch, Hermann Glöckner, Andreas Gursky, Matthias Hoch, Candida Höfer, Rebecca Horn, Barbara Klemm, Reinhard Mucha, Nam June Paik, Dieter Roth, Thomas Ruff, Karin Sander, Thomas Schütte, Wolfgang Tillmans, Günther Uecker, Wolf Vostell, Ulrich Wüst, Gerhard Richter and more.

Having visited Tel Aviv, Moscow and Rio de Janeiro, the exhibition 'Travelling Around the World. Art from Germany' is back in Europe. After a stay at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade at the end of 2018, it will now take up the spaces of the two newest exhibition halls in the European Capital of Culture.

Ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is Germany's oldest organisation managing the international cultural exchange and the popularisation of German culture around the world. ifa is the organiser and producer of various programmes, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, among a host of events focused on German culture. ifa is the commissioner of Germany's pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2019 the institute celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Kapana Galleryand 2019 Exhibition Hall                               
11 October – 8 December
Opening: 11.10, 6:30 pm

Mitch Walking Elk

World renowned blues artist Mitch Walking Elk (USA) will play blues in Petnoto.

In addition to the tracks Mitch is preparing for his eighth studio album, fans of blues music in Plovdiv will be able to hear his biggest hits.

During the concert, the book "THERE WILL BE NO SURRENDER - The Autobiography of Mitch Walking Elk" will be presented.

8 pm
Entry: 10 BGN

12th October

Brodnik + Cheren Shtarkel at Post Culture

A very special event will be held this Saturday at Post Culture. The concert is a natural sequel to the last live performance of UPYR, after which, unfortunately, we lost the bright star of Boro Brodnik forever. The new metamorphosis of our well-known beast returns to Plovdiv in combination with members of the post-metal beasts TRYSTH.

The young boys from Cheren Shtarkel joined the concert at the last possible moment.

Post Culture
7 pm
Entry: 8 BGN

Being Alyosha

"Being Alyosha" is an artistic experience that represents the "exchange of bodies" of the viewer with the Alyosha monument. To make the experience happen, viewers split into two groups and one watches in real-time with virtual reality headset the body of the monument, shot from a drone above its head, as if Alyosha was bending over and looking at his feet. During this time, the other viewers touch the ones with the headset in synchrony with the surface that the author moves at the base of the monument towards it, so that it’s as if it is still approaching Alyosha's stomach ... This project is based on several scientific illusions: an out-of-body experience, body swapping, and the already well-known rubber hand illusion. Participation only requires patience and desire, and it doesn’t matter if you love or hate the Alyosha monument because the aim of the project is its demythologization!

In good weather, the experience will be held every weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 4 pm at the top of Bunardzhika Hill and will last until November 10.

Roman Patkolo - the virtuoso contrabassist

Roman Patkolo - contrabass, winner of the Instrumentalist of the Year 2018 Award by OPUS KLASSIK AWARD and Margarita Ilieva - piano, will play on October 12 at the tenth anniversary edition of Balabanov House Music Days.

Balabanov House
6:30 pm

13th October

Cologne virtuosos

The name of the unusual German ensemble - Arccordion is a witty combination of Arc and Accordion. The violinists and the accordion player decided to play together a few years ago, finding that such a band was very attractive. The accordion is in full synchronization with the strachists, not only placing rhythmic accents and harmonizing with the other instruments, but also shining with their solo melodic performances. The Cologne virtuosos actively perform today, delighting the audience with their art, through their own joy of playing music.

Balabanov House
6:30 pm