ADATA AiR is the artist-in-residence program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019, focused on the urban landscape of the city Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It’s a project run since end of 2017 by Plovdiv 2019 Foundation in partnership with Goethe-institute Bulgaria and the Polish Institute in Sofia.
The initiative aims to revitalize and open up forgotten and dysfunctional spaces in the city using the full capacity through the means of art and culture. To give a space for a creative exchange that fosters intercultural dialogue and interaction.
Focus of the program is the urban landscape of the city related to some of the most prominent architectural and monumental achievements from the recent past, especially the Soviet heritage in the city, on one hand, and on the other – the whole river area and the largest river island situated in the heart of the city – the Adata island.
In 2018 invited were artists, architects, designers, etc., from Europe to join the special pre-capital-of-culture stage for the development of the Bulgarian city Plovdiv – a European Capital of Culture in 2019. During their stay, the residents had the opportunity to develop new projects and interact with the local communities and the complex cultural realities of the city.
18 proposals of all received from the artists who participated in the residency program are supported for realization in Plovdiv in 2019, as part of the official program of Plovdiv – ECoC 2019.
Plovdiv 2019 Foundation was founded in 2011 to prepare the city’s bid for title, which was eventually won in 2013. Since then the organization continues to work on the project by further development and implementation of the main cultural program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019.
Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian city chosen to be European Capital of Culture. In 2019, twenty years after the city was a host of the Month of Culture in 1999, it celebrates the most prestigious cultural initiative of the European Union.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Part of an Institution
- Weeks: 2
- Months: 1
- Visual Art
- Production costs
- Public talk
- Donation of artwork
- Open Studios