The Plein Air Painting, organized by the Green Balkans, dedicated to the European Green Belt in Sakar, has ended!

Sep. 13, 2022
At the end of the past week, a Plein air painting dedicated to the European Green Belt was held in the Svilengrad village of Levka.

A total of eight artists, members of the Society of Animalists, Florists and Scientific Illustrators - DAFNI, provided works and personally participated in the Plein Air Painting, organized by the Green Balkans.

The event took place in partnership with the municipality of Svilengrad and the Svilengrad Historical Museum, and at the opening, the Lively Exhibition - again an initiative of the Green Balkans dedicated to the European Green Belt, took place in the Art Gallery in the city.

Within the framework of the Plein Air Painting, the participants had a total of three days available to choose a theme for their works, drawing ideas and inspiration from the wonderful, in places still virgin nature of the Sakar mountain.
Being in Levka, it was quite natural for them to spend time and visit the Center for Environmental Protection Activities of Green Balkans, where the organization is currently working on the "Life for Lesser Kestrel" LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017 project, funded by the LIFE program of the EU.

It was no surprise to our team that the Lesser kestrel, one of the emblematic species of the Sakar European Green Belt, returned to nature in Bulgaria thanks to the efforts of the Green Balkans, was included in a large part of the authors' works.

And while the parents worked on their creations, the children had fun coloring t-shirts with the face of the kestrel.

The final works of the participants in the Plein Air Painting will be presented during the celebration of the European Green Belt Day 2022, which this year coincides with an expert workshop on the conservation of the Lesser kestrel in the Balkans, organized by Green Balkans under the "Life for Lesser kestrel" project .

The Green Belt Day is international cross-border cooperation, which is traditionally celebrated in the period 18 - 24 September, in various European countries. These are countries that in the recent past fell on both sides of the former "Iron Curtain" dividing Europe into two hostile blocs. The border that divided the continent into East and West, and the restricted access to the area that resulted from this, have helped to preserve exceptional biodiversity and culture in these territories. Today, these territories are united in the European Green Belt initiative, forming a 12,500 km long pan-European ecological corridor along the former Iron Curtain - from the Barents Sea in the north to the Mediterranean south of Europe and the Black Sea coast. It preserves exceptional biological diversity. The Balkan Green Belt covers the southern part of the European Green Belt, which extends over the territory of 9 countries. Additional information about the European Green Belt can be found HERE.