In the last week of September, Plovdiv welcomed art lovers from around the country to its sixth annual Night of Museums and Galleries. Following the overwhelming popularity of previous editions, the program this year was organized in two days – 24 and 25 September. A total of 61 organizations took part in the event, in 61 locations.
Based on the numbers provided by museums, galleries and participants, 40 000 visitors attended the Night. The first night (24th September) attracted a total of 25 000 visitors, while the second (25th September) was attended by 15 000.
For the first time in its history, the effect of the Night of Museums and Galleries on Plovdiv and the public was measured through a sociological survey conducted by the Scala Research Agency. You can download the survey and picture at Press section on this site.
For the sixth consecutive year, Plovdiv welcomes art lovers from around Bulgaria to its annual Night of Museums and Galleries. Following the overwhelming popularity of the event in previous editions, the program this year is organised in two days – 24 and 25 September (Friday and Saturday), starting at 7.00 p.m. on each of the days and closing at 1.00 in the morning.
There are three main programs to choose from: Museums and Galleries (on 24 September), Culture at Large (on 25 September) – organised jointly with the cultural institutes, bookshops, informal art spaces and clubs in town, and Arts in the Open (on 24 and 25 September). All three programs are simultaneously entertaining and serious, educational and fun. If you are a parent, mark down 25 September which hosts the Children’s Night of Museums and Galleries (11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.).
In the last six years, the Night of Museums and Galleries in Plovdiv has grown into one of the biggest art events in Bulgaria – an artistic landmark for both the country and the region. Following the example of other cities across the world, the Plovdiv Night provokes the local art community – gallery and museums directors, curators and artists – to present their work in the most attractive and appealing way. Each year it hosts a wide variety of exhibitions, interactive performances, screenings, workshops, concerts, live events and others, in a format accessible to a wider public. Audiences this year will have a chance to attend a program of 20 hours which will run simultaneously in 58 locations, across two days.
The new visual identity of the Night of Museums and Galleries is minimalist, typography-based and content-driven, and was developed by the Poststudio for Visual Culture.
Students in art management and the humanities from different universities will get a chance to acquire hands-on skills and experience in the Night’s Internship Program.
The Night of Museums and Galleries is organised by the Open Arts Foundation in co-operation with the Municipality of Plovdiv and the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Vivacom.