This week in Plovdiv we'll practice our public speaking skills and we'll listen to jazz

17th December

Christmas charity bazaar

The traditional Christmas Bazaar, organized at the initiative of the Russian Center, this year will be held in co-organization with Confucius Classroom. The stands of the Bazaar will be located in the central lobby of the New Building and in the F10 bistro, and the collected funds will go to Children's Oncohematology at St. George University Hospital.

17 – 18 December
10 am – 3 pm

18th December

Presentation of

OPEN ARTS Foundation and Plovdiv 2019 Foundation are pleased to invite you to the first public presentation of the new bilingual website for Bulgarian contemporary art, part of the project "Open Art Files: Topics, People, Spaces, Files in Bulgarian Contemporary Art" that seeks to popularize Bulgarian contemporary art in Bulgaria and abroad. This is a new project of Open Arts Foundation, part of its long-standing educational platform "Introduction to Contemporary Art" and is part of the official program of Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019.
The presentation will be held on 18 December 2018, at 5:30 pm at SKLAD, 16 Ekzarh Yosif Str., Plovdiv.

The site presents a database and archive of contemporary Bulgarian art, an online library, and specially created thematic critical texts. is bilingual and will be updated and supplemented to create a more thorough picture of the processes, main topics, artists and events in the contemporary Bulgarian art scene.
The content is built into four main panels: Topics, People, Spaces and Files, presented in a clear and accessible way. The Topics panel features specially created for Open Art Files authors‘ texts by critics, curators, art historians, and artists serving to navigate the readers. In the People panel can be found individual profiles of artists, curators, gallerists, art historians and critics, and in Spaces – information about state institutions, non-profit creative organizations, private galleries, donor organizations, informal unions – all included on the basis of the content of thematic articles. The Files panel is an online library (articles, exhibition brochures, catalogues, video archives and other links and archives, some of which have never been available online) generated by the other three panels.

Currently, the site starts with about 100 profiles in the People panel, 20 spaces, 15 key articles, and a library of more than 12300 resources. By the end of the year, the site will grow to more than 120 individual profiles, over 30 spaces, 25 articles, and 14000 library resources. In 2019 the site content will be complemented and will be finally released in February. The following year, within the project "Open Art Files: Topics, People, Spaces, Files in Bulgarian Contemporary Art" will be held an exhibition promoting the website, an educational panel and a program of working visits and lectures by international art professionals, which will be realized in Plovdiv.

5:30 pm
Free entry

19th December

Join an energizing evening with the Toastmasters of Plovdiv!

Join a wonderful evening of well-prepared speeches on interesting topics and constructive feedback giving in a vibrant club of young and intelligent people, keen on personal development, public speaking and the English Language. After the event, there will be some quality networking over a drink in Kapana!

The Toastmasters help you see and understand the various approaches of public speaking through their experienced members who will present speeches with targeted objective every time.

Do you think that Critical Thinking and Effective Presentation Delivery are the two most important skills for a confident speaker? If the answer is "Yes", then you must visit this event and train those skills.

The event is held in English.

Biz Labs
7 pm
Free entry

20th December

Next Step Project @Bee Bop Café

Bee Bop Café will welcome the jazz-fusion project, Next Step:
Vladimir Karparov - Saxophone
Nikolay Karageorgiev - Guitar
Miroslav Turiyski - Keyboards
Hristo Yotsov - Drums

In their program, they will present original music.

Bee Bop Café
9 pm