round 50,000 people gathered in the important rectangular of Bulgaria's oldest city for the inauguration rite dubbed "we are all colours."

The enjoyment covered traditional Bulgarian folks dancers, 2 hundred choir singers, a brass orchestra and a musical and laser spectacle. 

"This 12 months might be a turning point for Plovdiv. We have spent four years to prepare all activities. I'm positive that Plovdiv will by no means be the same," Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, the artwork director of Plovdiv 2019, told reporters.

Plovdiv lies in significant Bulgaria, a hundred and forty four kilometers (90 miles) southeast of the capital, Sofia. It claims to be the oldest always inhabited european metropolis, with extra than 6,000 years of records. 

records and variety attracts travelers

evidence can be seen in many architectural landmarks dating back to Thracian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman instances.

along its historic historical past, the multicultural town sees Orthodox Bulgarians, Turks from the time of the Ottoman Empire, Armenians, Jews, and Roma stay peacefully aspect with the aid of aspect. 

Already a famous traveler destination, organizers now wish traffic from all around the international will take part in more than 500 events that deliberate for the subsequent 365 days.

The cultural program gives track from opera to jazz and rock in addition to theater performances and exhibitions. 

One deliberate exhibition will characteristic fragments of the Berlin Wall to mark 30 years due to the fact that its fall and every other with 30 short movies and debates on how artwork can foster liberty.

Bulgaria's second-biggest metropolis, Plovdiv turned into additionally named among The the big apple instances' listing of 52 locations to go in 2019. 

the european Capital of lifestyle is an initiative of the eu Union, provided to two towns every year.

mm/sms (AP, DPA)