The art project with two prestigious international awards shows how “canals” can be transformed into parks and active public spaces
With slight changes due to the rain, the third edition of the “Rivers of Sofia” art festival begins today, which will pass under the sign of two international awards – the project became the only finalist from Bulgaria in the European Commission’s “New European Bauhaus” design awards, and won the prize for European cultural heritage “Europa Nostra” – the most prestigious award in this field on the Old Continent.
“Just like every year, we’re having a blast at the opening. Regardless, we are starting with full force,” promised the organizers from the “Collective” group.
The festival’s opening ceremony is today at 6:00 p.m. at the Launchee in TSUM. Entrance is free, but the capacity of the hall is up to 50 people. Romanian architect Eugen Vaida, a member of the Jury of the Europa Nostra Awards, will present the organizers of the Collective with a European Cultural Heritage Badge. Vaida gained worldwide fame for his work on preserving cultural monuments in rural areas in Romania. He has experience in how neglected places, where change seems difficult, can be revived and people return to them – as with the rivers of Sofia.
From 7:00 p.m., dancing is planned on the “Lviv Most” square with Doner Muzik. “There has never been anything like this here, come and see and feel it. There is a place for everyone. We continue until late,” the organizers say on the event’s Facebook page. And they specify that today there will be no descent into the bed of the Vladai River – due to the current weather conditions, the event remains at the level of the square. But on Saturday and Sunday, when the synoptic forecasts are encouraging, there will be action at the river as well.
Tthe rare and the mostmassively edition of the festival known to the citizens of the capital so far must convert again the bed of the Vladaiska river kraj “Lion’s Bridge” in a place for music, dance, exhibitions, performances, children’s and sports activities. Part of the stone bed of the Vladaiska River was recognized as a “monument of garden and park art” as early as 1988. Despite the current problems of the river, this status of cultural value shows its potential. This year’s edition includes an increasingly rich program of events, which bythey say how Sofia Rivers can be used such as parks and active public spaces.
On Saturday, the very early risers can join in running to “Lviv bridge“ and an outdoor workout on the river. In the afternoon, all young and old water lovers are invited to a theatrical performance prepared by “Sofian water“ and the beloved Kapcho and Kapchitsa. They will tell about the difficult cycle of water, its path through the city and the “epic” battle of the drops with the Bad Bacteria.
Kinetic light installation under “Lion’s Bridge“ will directs attentionit to the waste of water and the protection of water resources. Events include and screening of short films “On the Stream”, scientific lalaboratory for children, as well as walk around the neighborhood to the Women’s Marketwhere visitors can learn about Middle Eastern cuisine and spices.
In the workshop areathem there will be a lesson on acro yoga, photogram studio with Sito Studio and group drumming session, where even people without musical experience can they try in creating a rhythm together. The musical program is on two stages and includes bossa nova, Argentine tango, a concert by pop singers YAIA & Leena and a DJ sets. Kottarashky will do a contemporary interpretation of Bulgarian folk music, and Döner Muzik have selected pieces from the Middle East suitable for dancing.
At various points around the festival area, soft red armchairs will be scattered, the purpose of which is to remind that our actions bring change and it is up to each of us to make the environment around urban rivers more cozy and welcoming – following the example of a number of world cities.
Under himself “Lion’s Bridge“ throughout the festival, you can also see a video installation, part of the information campaign PromeniKartinkata , which aims to prturn over the attitude towards the indiscriminate disposal of faeces in the city and nature. In partnership with NATFIZ, seven the team of students will present in a creative and provocative way their view of the problem. The nature conservation organization WWF is included with a large-format photo exhibition photos dedicated to the disappearing sturgeons in the Danube River. WellSetars have lived here for 200 million years, and are now under a number of threats – tthe horse story provides a visual representation of what is happening today to biodiversity in our rivers.
The banks of the Perlovska and Vladaiska rivers today remain inaccessible and unused due to various problems, the main one of which is the mixed sewage, allowswant inflow of domestic waste water into them. Although they come crystal clear from Vitosha, the rivers suffer from pollution in their urban part, which is harm Not only on the landscaping of the surrounding spaces, but also nand public health. The festival offers temporary solutions with cleaning and disinfection of the shores, where conduct the events. For the third year in a row, the initiative “The rivers of Sofia“ shows that there is a strong public interest in keeping them cleaner and for the coasts to be used for recreation, sport and culturethe organizers are categorical.