Edition 2021


“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Between 26 and 30 July 2021, in the village of Gorna Lipnitsa, the eleventh edition of The Old School art residency will be held with the motto “I AM A STAR’”. The focus this year will be on art created by children, following the idea that every child is an artist. With this edition, the organizers of the residency direct their efforts and the attention of the public towards encouraging the creative potential of the children with the purpose of developing and applying this potential to their future activity in any sphere of life.

Dozens of schools from all around the country will take part in this edition: Art Line School, town of Kazanlak with leaders Vanya Zapranova and Rosen Donchev; Enkaustika Art Studio and Applied Arts, city of Gabrovo with leader Rumen Trifonov; Batik School with leader Zlatka Bobeva, city of Burgas; Pictorial Arts School with the Bratstvo 1884 Community Centre, town of Pavlikeni with leader Martin Petrov, Students from The National Academy of Arts, children – artists of Gorna Lipnitsa  school with leader Plamen Petrov.

“Generation ‘I Create’” will be held with active interaction between the local community and the children – all activities and workshops will be open to visitors free of charge. During their stay, the participants in the children’s art residency will be free to explore the village and the natural environment by turning them into an object of their creative work.

The art residency will have a diverse accompanying program, accentuating Bulgarian traditions and local landmarks and will end with a closing exhibition in Gorna Lipnitsa where the children will present their works before the people of the village and the region.

The event will be held with the financial support of Pavlikeni Municipality.


Darina Palova and Dimitar Palov, Plamen Petrov, Gorna Lipnitsa Municipality, Zora – 1887 Community Centre;

Events that can be attended:

29 July 2021 /Thursday/:

Lecture on the topic: “Activist Art and Creative Policy” /in Bulgarian/ – 8 p.m. – the room for holding elections in the old school building.

30 July 2021 /Friday/:

Closing exhibition of the art residency – 6.30 p.m. – in the school.

Presentation of the play “Legend of Ak Aga” by the children of Gorna Lipnitsa, from  9 p.m. on the summer stage of community center “Zora-1887”.

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