The Bulgarian village; Staro Zhelezare, has been suffering from urbanization. As too many people have left the village the future looked dark and risked to become an abandoned ghost place. The answer to save the village? Mural paintings!
Staro Zhelezare is a small village located in the central Bulgaria, close to Plovdiv was suffering from urbanization, as too many residents moved away the village started suffer from economic problems. In order to bring life back to village they came to a conclusion to fill the village with mural paintings of famous people. The idea and project was created from the Art Collective Katarzyna and Ventsislav Piryankov together with their students from Poland. In 2015 they arranged the Mural Festival Village of Personalities/Art For Social Change, during July and August they created the art at Piriankov Art Center at Staro Zhelezare. Staro Zhelezare has been famous for a prehistoric stone circle, but the art project aims to attract more tourists to visit the village.
Which Celebrities Can Be Seen?
As you are visiting the Village of Staro Zhelezare you can witness mural paintings of Albert Einstein, Dalai Lama, Angela Merkel, Margaret Thatcher, Fidel Castro, the Pope Francis as well as Queen Elisabeth II, Barak Obama, and many more. But you can also see famous Bulgarians such as the old communist leader Todor Zhivkov, and portraits of the local villagers.