Welcome to Plovdiv – the European Capital of Culture in 2019!

Its unique location on ancient crossroads has stimulated strong cultural and political influences from East and West civilisations, and yet maintained its unique cultural identity. The city is situated in the centre of Southern Bulgaria, in the flat Upper Thracian Plain, along both banks of the river Maritsa.

The city has preserved extremely valuable cultural monuments from the Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Bulgarian Renaissance coexisting in harmony with contemporary culture.

Plovdiv is also the first Bulgarian city chosen to be an European Capital of Culture in 2019, so in addition to the BalkanLight Junior 2019 Conference, there will be a lot of cultural activities and events in the South Central Region of Bulgaria, that can be attended.


Travel InformationAccommodation


Visa Information

Please check current visa requirements to enter Bulgaria. You may check the Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Visa for Bulgaria official web site whether you need a visa and how to obtain one if necessary.

Requests for Visa Support Letters (for those, who need a Visa to enter Bulgaria)

The conference has policy for issuing official Visa Support Letters as follows:

  • Visa Support Letters will be issued after successful registration of an accepted full paper and payment of conference fee
  • Visa Support Letters can only be issued for the person accepted to attend the conference
  • Visa Support Letters will be issued via email. Please contact a conference representative at blj2019@nko.bg to arrange for a Visa Support Letter. You must include the following details: (1) Your name as appears on your passport; (2) Your Date of Birth; (3) Your Passport Number; (4) Passport Date of Issue; (5) Passport Date of Expire; (6) Title of an accepted paper or poster

Note: Obtaining a Visa Support Letters from the conference will not guarantee that your visa application will be approved. The letter contains supplementary information that explains a visa applicant’s purpose of travel to Bulgaria.


Getting to Plovdiv
Venue Name
Technical University of Sofia – Plovdiv Branch
25 Tsanko Dyustabanov Str., 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria | Plus code: 4PQX+7H Plovdiv




BalkanLight Junior 2019 will be held at the Technical University of Sofia – Plovdiv Branch, 25 Tsanko Dyustabanov Str., 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Plus code: 4PQX+7H Plovdiv.

Conference participants can make their own accommodation/hotel bookings. You can also book your stay online at a nearby hotel using the links below: