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Plovdiv expecting to be crowned European Capital of Culture

A partner of the ancient Bulgarian city is the Italian city of Matera - an ancient one with interesting architecture. It was the place where Mel Gibson shot his movie "The Passion of Christ".

Preparations for the big forum in Plovdiv have been mostly completed. We managed to create a wonderful team able to carry out the entire process of applying to the realization of the projects, Plovdiv Mayor Ivan Totev said in an interview with the Bulgarian National Radio. We see enthusiasm among people. We also have many volunteers who are helping us - currently they are over a thousand. Several hundred people will participate just at the opening event, the mayor said and added that the construction and repair of all important sites related to the cultural events during the year will be completed in due course. The huge stage downtown Plovdiv is still being built.