Bulgaria's oldest city honored as European culture capital

People take pictures of exhibits at the Art Liberte exhibition, the first traveling exhibition to mark the 30 years anniversary of fall of the Berlin

People take pictures of exhibits at the Art Liberte exhibition, the first traveling exhibition to mark the 30 years anniversary of fall of the Berlin

People look at exhibits at the Art Liberte  the first traveling exhibition marking the 30 years anniversary of fall of the Berlin wall in the town of

People look at exhibits at the Art Liberte the first traveling exhibition marking the 30 years anniversary of fall of the Berlin wall in the town of

People walk past an exhibit showing the American singer Lou Reed which is part of the Art Liberte exhibition, the first traveling exhibition marking t

People walk past an exhibit showing the American singer Lou Reed which is part of the Art Liberte exhibition, the first traveling exhibition marking t

People take pictures at the Art Liberte exhibition, the first travelling exhibition in an occasion of 30 years anniversary of fall of the Berlin wall

People take pictures at the Art Liberte exhibition, the first travelling exhibition in an occasion of 30 years anniversary of fall of the Berlin wall

People take selfies with Trabant car exhibited as part of Art Liberte, the first traveling exhibition marking the occasion of the 30 years anniversary

People take selfies with Trabant car exhibited as part of Art Liberte, the first traveling exhibition marking the occasion of the 30 years anniversary

People walk past works part exhibits of the Art Liberte exhibition, the first traveling exhibition celebrating the 30 years anniversary of fall of the

People walk past works part exhibits of the Art Liberte exhibition, the first traveling exhibition celebrating the 30 years anniversary of fall of the

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Plovdiv, the oldest city in Bulgaria, has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture for 2019.

Some 50,000 people gathered on a central square Saturday to watch the opening show dubbed "We are all colors" with 1,500 local and foreign artists on several stages.

Squeezed between the Balkan and the Rodopi Mountains, Bulgaria's second-largest city has survived for thousands of years on the crossroads between Western Europe and the Middle East.

Plovdiv claims to be the oldest continually inhabited European city, with more than 6,000 years of history. Evidence of that can be seen in many architectural landmarks dating back to Thracian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman times.

Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian city to become a European culture capital. It shares the title with the Italian city of Matera.