On 17.9.2019 in the art-gallery under the "Expanding the Center for Mutual Assistance, Integration and Support” of the National Rehabilitation Center for the Blind - Plovdiv" Project, was held the social experiment “A cup of coffee in the darkness” with a great interest by the visitors. The guests of the gallery had the opportunity to put on black eyeglasses, which absolutely limited their eyesight, thus engulfing their selves in the world of the visually impaired. After that, accompanied by an assistant, they had a cup of coffee and some sweets, while discussing the problems of the visually impaired people and the challenges in their every-day life. The participants expressed their feeling and impressions in an album and the prevailing feeling among them was a surprise by the overwhelming and powerful feeling of helplessness, which they felt.

корица духът е воляThe academic university press “Talent” to the University of Agribusiness and Rural Development, Plovdiv, invites the citizens and guests of the city to the official presentation of the book “The spirit is willpower” by Radka Dimitrova, part of the “Personal encyclopedia” series. The author, led by the desire to break the stereotypes, accompanying the attitude towards disabled people, presents 88 stories of people with special needs and proves that the obstacles we overcome give us the most valuable life lessons.

The presentation of the book will take place on 26 September, 2019 at 17:00 pm at the auditorium 7 of the UARD – 78 Dunav Boulevard, Plovdiv.

A training seminar for museum and gallery workers on the subject of Access to historical and cultural heritage for visually impaired people will be held on 26.9.2019 from 10:30 to 14:00 at the NRCB, Plovdiv.

Among the discussed topics will be the attitude of visually impaired people to works of art, historical and cultural heritage; eye diseases, which impede the overall impression of works of art; creating an adapted environment for visually impaired people in the museums; the ways to facilitate the understanding of works of art by visually impaired people; production of relief and 3D images and adapted representation of works of art for the visually impaired.

A sound installation under the Positive project, dealing with visually impaired people, and their way of experiencing the world, will be exhibited at the National Rehabilitation for the Blind Center, Plovdiv, from 12th September 2019 to 18th October 2019. The sound installation uses space orientation and sound modelling. It is based on echolocation – one of the orientation methods of visually impaired people. The strength and interval of the sound, the overall positioning of the installation elements are calculated with the help of a visually impaired assistant. More detailed information on the project is to be found at http://positiveartproject.com/

A presentation of the sound installation will be held on 25.9.2019 at the NRCB from 15:30 till 18:30. All guests and visitors of the city and organization are welcomed to the opening.

A social experiment “A cup of coffee in the darkness” will be held on 17 September 2019 in the art-gallery of visually impaired artists in the Archeological subway, Plovdiv. The NRBC invites all Plovdiv citizens and guests to submerge into the world of visually impaired people and have a cup of coffee in total darkness, thus experiencing the challenges and difficulties, which the visually impaired encounter in their everyday life and understand more about living without eyesight. It’s a free entry and the initiative is held within the “"Expanding the Center for Mutual Assistance, Integration and Support” of the National Rehabilitation Center for the Blind - Plovdiv" Project, funded by the Operational Programme for Human Resources Development, “Equal Chances” procedure.