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The 6th edition of Drawing Day 2015, Bulgaria was held on 6th June 2015 in Plovdiv and in 14 more towns around the country. This year the #DrawDisability campaign was part of the initiative. The children were free to make drawings on a topic of their own choice or to artistically express their understanding and feelings about the nature of disability.
The unique way to exhibit all drawings is a special feature of the Drawing Day every year. The wind played with these messages of creativity, of hope, of positive outlook, making them symbolic flags of children’s innocent joy of life, newness, and friendliness.
The very little ones also took part. It is all about expression, creation, and innocence. No one is excluded.
Colour pens and sketchbooks, books gifts with lovely fairies, balloons and a mountain of joy and happiness filled the open-air space in Plovdiv – the city chosen to be the European Capital of Culture in 2019.
The drawing materials were provided by the Municipality of Plovdiv, and the whole event was supported by the Children’s Department of the Regional Library and its highly inspired and energetic event organiser Maria Petrova. Volunteers from several youth organisations assisted the children.
Maria wrote to GLOBI: “In the facebook album I described what happened but I did not describe how we met all the different children, how we hugged them, how we sent them off with special prizes… Children with venflons came from the hospital – they let them come as I volunteer as an art-therapist there. How they spread around and up the stairs, like little spiders! It was all so endearing! They were all going around carrying paints, books, jigsaw puzzles backwards and forwards… with huge smiles on their faces.
Words like this only fill up your heart with joy and gratitude, and your eyes with tears. Thank you for your love, Maria!
A gallery of photos from the event is available here.
Drawings received by GLOBI as part of the #DrawDisability campaign are uploaded here.
[All the photos are provided by Maria Petrova, and the head photo is the drawing submitted for #DrawDisability by her older daughter Iliyana]
Blagovesta Troeva works at the Department of English at New Bulgarian University, Sofia. She obtained her first Master’s degree in British and American Studies at Sofia University, Bulgaria. While her career develops in the field of foreign language teaching, she also has profound interests in human rights, anti-discrimination, inclusion and learning difficulties. She has completed the Erasmus Mundus Special and Inclusive Education – a joined Master’s programme of the University of Roehampton, London, Oslo University, and Charles University, Prague.