The Plovdiv 2019 Foundation has announced an open call for small projects to be part of the city’s place as European Capital of Culture next year.
The call is open to cultural organisations, independent curators and artists from Bulgaria and abroad, “aiming to stimulate their participation and contribution to the program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019,” the foundation said.
The call aims to support the implementation of small projects, to stimulate community participation, to attract and develop cultural activities in neighborhoods and alternative spaces in Plovdiv.
The main priority of the open call is to attract a variety of initiatives as well as special content on key clusters and projects of the European Capital of Culture programme such as Cyrilisation – unique Bulgarian contributions to the diversity of European culture, Mahala – working with Roma communities located in neighbourhoods in the city, and the the Maritsa River and Adata Island – “interventions in urban space and projects with an ecological focus”.
The open call is for proposals for projects that will do exhibitions, theatre, concerts, dance performances, art events in public spaces such as installations, sound and light design and sculptures, projections, theatre, music, literature, cinema, exhibitions, and Balkans and Europe international partnerships.
Other eligible projects include common platforms for the exchange of knowledge and skills between people from different social groups and spheres in the creative sector, community actions for improving dialogue between different social, age and ethnic groups, and projects for the inclusion of disadvantaged people and people with special needs.
The implementation period is between September 2018 and December 2019, the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation said.
It said that project proposals should comply with the goals of the European Capital of Culture Plovdiv 2019 for supporting small independent organizations and forming sustainable creative and community interactions, the specific characteristics, the status, the history and the contemporary life of the urban spaces of Plovdiv, the culture, ideas, and attitudes of the communities to which the projects are dedicated, the audiences and target groups as numbers and type.
Proposals also should comply with the ordinance on public order and security, the announcement said.
Projects would be evaluated according to criteria including contribution to the implementation of the goals of European Capital of Culture Plovdiv 2019, enriching the local cultural life with new events and artistic content, innovative approaches and spaces, uniqueness of the project, a contribution to attracting and developing new audiences, inclusion of citizens and volunteers in the implementation of the project, and sustainable development.
The total budget for the open call was 400 000 leva and the deadline for applications is April 6 2018, the foundation said.
For further details, including how to apply, please click here.
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