The exhibition “Bridge” was strongly fortified with an interfaith concert in the Cultural Capital of Europe – Plovdiv

After the successful reception and wide-ranging echo of the Parliament “Bridge-Inter-Cultures” exhibition, the 22 panels are on the road to new challenges in several Bulgarian cities with the support of local government and religious communities. Starting with Stara Zagora and continuing with Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv, Belitsa and Rousse.

The exhibition presents distinctive moments, emotions, experiences of the days together, shows how 18 young people from Bulgaria and the Netherlands had the opportunity to get to know people of different religious and cultural identities, to look for ways to build bridges of trust contributing to positive transformation in the local communities. The story of co-living is shown through the eyes of оur professional photographers Kalina and Boris Borisovi. Two years ago by accident they joined the camp and noware unseparated part of the team. Their incredible photos answer many questions and helps us to see the meaning of building bridges.

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Plovdiv as the European capital of culture 2019 is an important part of the tour of the exhibition. It wasexhibited at the TRAKART Museum Cultural Center from 1 to 10 May 2019. From the Armenian community, with the active cooperation of the Armenian Charity Association "AGBU" and Mrs. Hripsime Erniasyan, are our wonderful hosts and partners in Plovdiv who actively participated in the organization and the preparation of the official opening of the exhibition. 

The official opening took place on May 9 at 5.30 pm, together with a biginterfaith concert with a varied palette of musical performances of the choir "Evmolpeia", Nina Kuyumdjiyan, a violinist from the Church of Jesus Christ the Latter-day Saints, and three Armenian dance formations at the "Parekordzagan" Plovdiv Branch. Program was led by our amazing Gabi, Melani and Ani, participants in the camp; who shared how inspired were they after the project last year and what they have learned from that experience. About 200 guests enjoyed the interfaith concert.

Catering with Armenian specialties was prepared at the Yerevan restaurant, with owner and chef Arto Tutyan, with the financial help of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BRIDGESprovided a glass of good wine from "Angel’s Estate" for all guests. 

All day 9.05. in the Cultural center TRAKART, training and lectures were held for youngsters devoted to tolerance by Peter Gramatikov, Chief Expert on Religious Affairs at the Social Policy Directorate, Plovdiv Municipality and URI E Global Trustee. Several dialogues were held, focusing on dialogue and inter-religious partnership.

Especially for these interfaith events arrived our partners from URI The Netherlands, who are going to partner us again for the 4th edition of the interfaith youth camp “Bridge-Inter-Cultures” 2019.  At the evening together we celebrated Mala’s birthday.

The exhibition and concert "Bridge-Inter-Cultures" in Plovdiv are testimony of how fruitfully they are partnering with the various religious communities in the city.

From Plovdiv the exhibition continues on its way to Belitsa.