The Conference will take place in the town of Plovdiv.
Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria after Sofia. Plovdiv is a picturesque town, with many parks and gardens, museums and archaeological monuments. Plovdiv’s appeal derives first from its lovely old town, largely restored to its mid-19th-century appearance and full of winding cobblestone streets. It is an imposing open-air museum situated on the three hills of the ancient Trimontium. The Old Town is literally packed with atmospheric house-museums and art galleries and, unlike many other cities with ‘old towns’, has eminent artists still living and working within its tranquil confines. One of the most remarkable sights, the Ancient Theatre (a well-preserved Roman theatre), is located there and is stilled used for open-air performances.
With its innumerable art galleries, winding cobbled streets and bohemian cafés, it would be no exaggeration to call today’s Plovdiv the Paris of the Balkans. Bulgaria's second city equals Sofia in things cultural and is a determined rival in nightlife as well. Being a smaller and less stressful city than Sofia, Plovdiv is also great for walking, offering most of the capital’s amenities. Plovdiv is also a major university town, something that enhances its lively, exuberant spirit and guarantees great nightlife.
Plovdiv’s modern centre, sprawling below the old town, features a shop-lined pedestrian mall, ul Knyaz Aleksandâr, which leads to a splendid square with gushing fountain. The nearby Tsar Simeon Garden is a shady, popular spot for relaxing. Plovdiv’s cafés and bars are widespread, though one concentration of popular places is found in the Kapana district, northwest of the old town. Plovdiv has always been one of Bulgaria's wealthiest and most cosmopolitan cities, and it’s also Bulgaria's second-largest road and railway hub and economic centre.
Plovdiv has been chosen for European Capital of Culture for the year 2019.