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Bulgaria’s Plovdiv launches capital of culture festivities

PLOVDIV: The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv was on Saturday inaugurated as one of two ancient cities to share the honour of being a European capital of culture for 2019. Plovdiv, Bulgaria 's second city, whose origins date back to the 12th century BC, is known for its Thracian, Roman, Medieval, Ottoman and communist heritage. In a nod to this latest period of history, an exhibition featuring fragments of the Berlin Wall painted by international artists opened on Saturday, kicking off a year of cultural events. Thirty…