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Atrium - Piloting in Bulgaria

The pilot experience of the project “ATRIUM – Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XX Century in Urban Management” took place during 01-03 of September 2013 in Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria. The program included numbers of events - exhibitions, concerts, performances and workshop. The theme of ATRIUM has been also approved as the theme of the European heritage days for Bulgaria 2013 by the Ministry of culture.

Our guests from the project during the pilot experience were partners from the Municipality of Forli, Italy – presented by Marino Mambelli, partners from Iasi, Romania –presented by Damian Costel and experts from the other Bulgarian partner – National Institute of Immovable Cultural Heritage, Sofia. The program started with the opening of the exhibition “Europe – in the footsteps of ATRIUM” which was presenting the countries, partners and heritage involved into the future cultural route. The most interesting event in the first day of the pilot experience was the performance for the opening of the ATRIUM wall bass relief by the partners and citizens.

Mr. Ivo Dimov – Mayor of the Municipality of Dimitrovgrad together with the partners from the project and the citizens have finished the wall panel presenting the logo of ATRIUM – a sign for the cultural heritage that unites the partner countries from South East Europe. The second day from the Bulgarian initiatives of ATRIUM was made up by a number of exhibitions and by a concert of the famous newly formed band “Acoustic Beatles project”. The Liverpool band “Beatles” is recognized as a phenomenon in the world of music. Near 2 hours the central square of Dimitrovrgad has been singing the greatest hits of the band performed from one of the most famous Bulgarian musicians - Donny, Kotseto - Kalki, Slavcho Nikolov – the guitar player of the BTR rock group, and the former drummer of the “Te” band – Venko Poromanski.

The exhibition “Dimitrovgrad- in the footsteps of ATRIUM” represents a retrospective view of Dimitrovgrad and its most significant architectural examples saw by the photographer Vassil Ravenski. The highlights of the exhibition are the Central “Bulgaria” boulevard, formerly named “Georgi Dimitrov”, the “Tolbuhin” district, today called “Slavyanski” and the “Penyo Penev” park. All three locations are included as casestudies in the project ATRIUM "Architecture of the totalitarian regimes of the XX Century in Urban Managements ". The third day of the pilot experience started with the interesting exhibition “TOT and antiTOT”. The purpose of the exhibition is to find out and to trace the antitotalitarian expression in the art of caricaturists who lived and worked in Bulgaria in the period from the 1960s to the 1980s. Another interesting project was the performance of the three partner organizations presenting the different aspects of the Bulgarian underground of the 80’s through the art heritage of Dimitar Voev. Sofia University was presenting the exhibition “Youth Counterculture in Bulgaria during 70’s and 80’s of the last Century”.

Foundation “Dimitar Voev – New Generation” was presenting 20 black and white pictures which present the subculture, inspired by the cult to “New Generation” in the 80-th. The two exhibitions gave us an idea for the way of clothing, the hair-style and also about the different discreet signs of the otherness of these generations. Young street musicians will enlarged the message of these three sided project by one spontaneous contact with the audience presenting a wonderful music. The highlight of the pilot experience was the great Retro night organized in the summer garden of the City library and Historical museum- Dimitrovgrad. The Retro night brought back all the visitors to the atmosphere in the time of the communist regime in Bulgaria – manifestation, dance performance, workshop for souvenirs, posters and all the other typical things revived in one night. The pilot experience of ATRIUM in Dimitrovrgad showed the potential and ambitions of the Municipality to preserve and promote its heritage and history on a European level. The message that we all have to share is to remember our history, rethink of the mistakes from it and to dedicate the respect of who we are to the next generations. Because everything that happens to us is our priceless experience and our memory without which there will be no future.

Our guests from the project during the pilot experience were partners from the Municipality of Forli, Italy – presented by Marino Mambelli, partners from Iasi, Romania –presented by Damian Costel and experts from the other Bulgarian partner – National Institute of Immovable Cultural Heritage, Sofia.

The program started with the opening of the exhibition “Europe – in the footsteps of ATRIUM” which was presenting the countries, partners and heritage involved into the future cultural route. The most interesting event in the first day of the pilot experience was the performance for the opening of the ATRIUM wall bass relief by the partners and citizens. Mr. Ivo Dimov – Mayor of the Municipality of Dimitrovgrad together with the partners from the project and the citizens have finished the wall panel presenting the logo of ATRIUM – a sign for the cultural heritage that unites the partner countries from South East Europe.

The second day from the Bulgarian initiatives of ATRIUM was made up by a number of exhibitions and by a concert of the famous newly formed band “Acoustic Beatles project”. The Liverpool band “Beatles” is recognized as a phenomenon in the world of music. Near 2 hours the central square of Dimitrovrgad has been singing the greatest hits of the band performed from one of the most famous Bulgarian musicians - Donny, Kotseto - Kalki, Slavcho Nikolov – the guitar player of the BTR rock group, and the former drummer of the “Te” band – Venko Poromanski. The exhibition “Dimitrovgrad- in the footsteps of ATRIUM” represents a retrospective view of Dimitrovgrad and its most significant architectural examples saw by the photographer Vassil Ravenski.

The highlights of the exhibition are the Central “Bulgaria” boulevard, formerly named “Georgi Dimitrov”, the “Tolbuhin” district, today called “Slavyanski” and the “Penyo Penev” park. All three locations are included as casestudies in the project ATRIUM "Architecture of the totalitarian regimes of the XX Century in Urban Managements ". The third day of the pilot experience started with the interesting exhibition “TOT and antiTOT”. The purpose of the exhibition is to find out and to trace the antitotalitarian expression in the art of caricaturists who lived and worked in Bulgaria in the period from the 1960s to the 1980s. Another interesting project was the performance of the three partner organizations presenting the different aspects of the Bulgarian underground of the 80’s through the art heritage of Dimitar Voev. Sofia University was presenting the exhibition “Youth Counterculture in Bulgaria during 70’s and 80’s of the last Century”.

Foundation “Dimitar Voev – New Generation” was presenting 20 black and white pictures which present the subculture, inspired by the cult to “New Generation” in the 80-th. The two exhibitions gave us an idea for the way of clothing, the hair-style and also about the different discreet signs of the otherness of these generations. Young street musicians will enlarged the message of these three sided project by one spontaneous contact with the audience presenting a wonderful music. The highlight of the pilot experience was the great Retro night organized in the summer garden of the City library and Historical museum- Dimitrovgrad. The Retro night brought back all the visitors to the atmosphere in the time of the communist regime in Bulgaria – manifestation, dance performance, workshop for souvenirs, posters and all the other typical things revived in one night. The pilot experience of ATRIUM in Dimitrovrgad showed the potential and ambitions of the Municipality to preserve and promote its heritage and history on a European level. The message that we all have to share is to remember our history, rethink of the mistakes from it and to dedicate the respect of who we are to the next generations. Because everything that happens to us is our priceless experience and our memory without which there will be no future.

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