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.
Three month Report on the Financial Performance of the NRCB-Plovdiv and three month report on the activities performed for the period 01.4.2019-30.6.2019
On June28, 2019, the National Rehabilitation Center for the Blind will hold a movie projection, adapted for visually impaired people. The initiative will be carried out within the framework of the project "Expanding the Center for Mutual Assistance, Integration and Support” of the National Rehabilitation Center for the Blind - Plovdiv". The project is funded by the European Social Fund under the Operational Programme for Human Resources Development, “Equal Chances” procedure.
The movie that will be presented is Slumdog Millionaire from 2008 . It is a 2008 British drama film telling the story of 18-year-old Jamal Malik from the Juhu slums of Mumbai. Starring Dev Patel as Jamal, and filmed in India, the film was directed by Danny Boyle and was widely acclaimed, being praised for its plot, soundtrack, direction, and performances, especially Patel's. As a contestant on the Indian version of „Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?“ , Jamal surprises everyone by being able to answer every question correctly. Accused of cheating, Jamal recounts his life story to the police, illustrating how he is able to answer each question correctly.
A charitable campaign "Happy eyes" will be held on 20.6.2019 under the project "Ëxpanding the activity of HIS Center to the NRCB". The event will start at 18:30 and it will be held at Trakart Gallery, in the Arheological Underpass. It will include a seminar for parents "Visual problems of the children and techniques for eyesight prevention", accompanied by vision screening for children with the latest PlusopiX S12c machine. The most suitable age of the children is 5-6 years old. Everyone is invited. Тhe entrance is free.
The opening of the first Art Gallery with works of art made by completely blind and partially sighted artists from all over Bulgaria will be held on May 30, 2019 in Plovdiv, in the Archaeological underpass (the so-called underpass at the Monday market), The initiative is part of a project of the National Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, Plovdiv and it is funded by the European Social Fund through the Human Resources Development Operational Program, “Equal Chances” Procedure. The project focuses on innovative and holistic services dedicated to the physical, professional, social and cultural integration of people with visual disabilities and raising awareness about their talents and skills in society.
Variety of modern paintings will be exhibited in the Gallery, as well as artistic ceramics and pottery products - panels, mosaics, castings, human figures, household objects.
There will be oil paintings by various artists, most of them learned their artistic skills by themselves. Also, there will be paintings made with the ancient painting techniques of hot wax (Encaustics).
The art ceramics and pottery products are also made by visually impaired people in the pottery workshop at the NRCB, where the blind and partially sighted artists are trained to make clay and ceramic products.
From June 2019, the Art Gallery will also host a unique "Coffee in the Dark" event, during which each visitor will have the opportunity to be served coffee in complete darkness. The idea of this activity is to make the visitors familiar with the world of the blind and the challenges of a life without sight.
The press conference will take place on May 30, 2019 at 11:00 in the Trakart Cultural Center. The official opening of the Art Gallery will be at 18:30 on the same day.
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