Full program for the celebration of the 137th anniversary of the Unification of Bulgaria and a celebration of the city of Plovdiv, September 6:
10.00 a.m. – Cathedral Church “Holy Virgin”
Solemn prayer, celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Nikolay of Plovdiv
11.00 a.m. – Monument to Zahari Stoyanov in the Dondukova Garden (behind the Regional Natural History Museum)
Laying wreaths and flowers
11:30 a.m. – Memorial plaque of Major Raicho Nikolov (next to the Roman Stadium)
Laying wreaths and flowers
12:00 p.m. – “Stefan Stambolov” Square, in front of the Municipality of Plovdiv
Festive concert program with the participation of Big Band Plovdiv, conductor Nikolay Geshev
12:30 p.m. – Saedinenie hall of the Regional History Museum
The chairman of the Municipal Council, Eng. Alexander Durzhikov, and the mayor of the city, Zdravko Dimitrov, will present the award “Honorary Citizen of the City of Plovdiv” to Evgeniy Todorov and relatives of Neri Terzieva, who was awarded posthumously.
Municipal Council – Plovdiv awarded the two with the highest honorary award of the city of Plovdiv with its decision No. 282 of 07.07.2022, voted unanimously. Evgeniy Todorov was awarded the title because of his significant contribution to objective, honest and critical journalism, as well as his authorship of journalistic books and film scripts, which contributed to the national and international prestige of Plovdiv. The title “Honorary Citizen of the City of Plovdiv” was posthumously awarded to Neri Terzieva in connection with her significant contribution to modern journalism, exceptional professionalism and support for freedom of speech.
7:00 p.m. – Central Square, in front of the Military Club
Reconstruction of the events of September 6, 1885 by the “Patriotism” committee
On this day, thanks to the courage of Chetniks from Golyamo Konare, as the city of Saedinenie was then called, a historical injustice was corrected. About 300 people went to Plovdiv and arrested the Governor General Gavril Krastevich. The heroic events will be recreated on Central Square in front of the Military Club in Plovdiv in a reenactment of the events of September 6, 1885. The “Patriot” Committee will recreate the moment when the Unification becomes a fact, after a series of riots and the meeting of the Chardaphon’s Great Branch detachment with the people of the Governor-General Gavril Krastevich. By tradition, the proclamation of the Union will also be read.
7:30 p.m. – “Stefan Stambolov” Square, in front of the Municipality of Plovdiv
Concert-performance “Jazz & Traditions Vol.2” with the participation of Nina Nikolina, Kalin Velov, Martin Tashev, Miroslav Turiyski, Tanya Parvanova
The repertoire includes new songs from the singer’s new concert album and the most popular songs, presented in a modern mix of ethno and jazz, as well as previously unreleased Bulgarian folk songs, which are viewed differently from the traditional way, gathering folklore, ethnojazz, flamenco and vocal and instrumental improvisations. The concert takes place with the support of the Municipality of Plovdiv and the Ministry of Culture.
7:45 p.m. – Regional History Museum, Saedinenie Hall
Viewing the exposure. There is also the assembly point for all the officials who will take places in front of the monument for the ceremonial dawn – inspection.
Regional History Museum – Plovdiv will open two of its exhibitions free of charge – the “Union of Bulgaria since 1885” exhibition on “Union” square (during the day, before the beginning of the celebrations on the territory of the monument, when the area will be closed, and the traffic on “6th September” Blvd., closed for car traffic) and “Bulgarian Revival” exhibition on “Tsanko Lavrenov” St. in Old Plovdiv.
8:30 p.m. – Union Square
Ceremonial dawn-check on the occasion of the 137th anniversary of the Unification of Bulgaria and the Feast of the City of Plovdiv. The military ceremony was attended by a brass band, representative companies, torch bearers, wreath bearers under the command of the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command and head of the Plovdiv garrison, Major General Yavor Mateev.
Official speeches will be delivered by the Mayor of Plovdiv Zdravko Dimitrov and the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev. The actors from the Plovdiv Drama Theater – Petar Toskov and Maria Gencheva – are leading.
We remind you that the 46th International Memorial Marathon “Saedinenie” is being held in the morning. The start is traditionally in the city of Saedinenie, the finish and the award ceremony in Plovdiv. On September 6, the movement of vehicles along the marathon route on the territory of Plovdiv.