Plovdiv 2019 Foundation

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Name of Residency: ADATA AiR

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.

Residency Programme since: N/A
Description of Organisation:

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.


Organisation founded in: 2011
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of an Institution
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Literature
  • Curatorial
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Donation of artwork
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Sofia Airport, Plovdiv Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Plovdiv Central Reailway Station
    Street & Number: 16 Ekzarh Yosif str.
    Postal Code: 4000
    City: Plovdiv
    Country long: Bulgaria
    16 Ekzarh Yosif str.
    Plovdiv 4000 BGR
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