Since mid-April start the first creative residencies within the ADATA AiR programme, produced by Plovdiv 2019 Foundation in partnership with Goethe-Institut Bulgaria and the Polish Institute in Sofia. At the end of the last year, an invitation was announced calling for artists to join the project by working in Plovdiv for a while, creating artworks especially for the public spaces by the river banks, the river island Adata, and other urban spots, related to the programme of the European title. Despite the short terms, this opportunity for a residency stay in Plovdiv received a very strong positive response and a total of 320 artists from all over the world sent their portfolios and initial ideas to the Foundation within one month. A selection of 37 artists from Germany, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Portugal and other countries were chosen to come and work in Plovdiv during the upcoming spring-summer months. Each artist or creative team will stay in the city in a different period - from two weeks to two months. At that time, they will have the task of developing projects for installations, sculptures, performances and all sorts of interventions in the public space to turn the river area and other forgotten urban spaces into a large outdoor gallery in 2019. The ADATA AiR program is one of the main highlights of the Plovdiv programme for 2019. The artists' participation and their work on site will create additional opportunities for engagement of locals and interactions between them, while also significantly support the diversification of the cultural climate in the city, which is one of the main objectives of the initiative. The new premises of the Foundation in the Tobacco City - SKLAD - are also planned to be the main meeting place for the international guests, providing shared studios for them within the building and venue for public presentations of their work.
The working process and all public events of the artists during their residency stay in Plovdiv will be presented at the newly created especially for that goal Facebook page: