Cultural Management Academy

Cultural Management Academy 2020 Colectiv A

27th July - 1st August

Open Call for participation | Deadline: July 5th 2020


Colectiv A Cluj, Goethe-Institut Bucharest and EUNIC Romania are pleased to announce an open call for participation in the Cultural Management Academy 2020: Laboratory of the absent body | Reset scenarios for performing arts.

This year’s edition of the Cultural Management Academy is dedicated to the performing arts sector. It explores scenarios that may revive the meaning of performing arts and anticipates the need to reshape and rethink our way of existing and the relation to our audiences. 

In Covid-19 times, this artistic sector has been facing many difficulties and has found itself faced with the urgency of re-inventing its core structure in order to overcome the situation. This is why we have chosen this focus and decided to gather our energy, strength and know-how to support the performing arts sector.
After three regional editions, Cultural Management Academy continues in 2020 with a local digital laboratory, which will take place online and will be open to participants from Romania and the Republic of Moldova. The Academy offers participants the opportunity to be part of an intensive one-week digital seminar, taking place between 27th July and 1st August. To support the capacity building process, the CMA provides some micro-subsidies through the CMA Fund to support new solutions to adapt the sector.

From 2015 to 2019, the Cultural Management Academy has been a post-graduate program for cultural management, aiming at capacity building and stimulating exchange and collaboration in the Balkans and South-Eastern Europe. It was founded in Sofia and throughout the years has developed into an international program run by the Goethe-Institutes in Sofia, Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo. The network of the CMA includes almost 250 cultural managers from Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Every year, the CMA has offered intensive local seminars (including lectures, workshops and trainings with local and international professionals), a network meeting of all current participants in Sofia, funding possibilities for new projects and other networking and collaboration opportunities. 


From 2020, the project begins a new life cycle in Romania. The main organisers are Colectiv A Association, in a strategic partnership with Goethe-Institut Bucharest and with the strong support of the EUNIC cluster.
Due to Covid-19 circumstances, this year’s Academy in Bucharest will be a more experimental edition, taking place in a virtual environment. We expect it to be an enriching moment of learning together, even if we are in different cities and countries. Achieving the feeling of togetherness, exploring more horizontal learning approaches based on professional sharing and playfulness are our main purposes for this edition. 


  • University of Bucharest - Faculty of Political Science & Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies
  • CNDB - National Dance Center Bucharest
  • EUNIC Romania: Polish Institute Bucharest, British Council, ICR - Romanian Cultural Institute, Camões Institute Bucharest, Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest, French Institute Romania and Embassy of the Netherlands in Romania.
  • Heritage Contact Zone, Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union 
CMA is a cultural project co financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The Administration of the National Cultural Fund is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.
Laboratory of the Absent Body. Reset scenarios for performing arts 

Last year’s edition focused on the transition of arts and culture to the digital world – and here we are now, completely immersed in the virtual space. We did not imagine this digital acceleration and for some of us, it can be a real struggle to cope with the real and the virtual world simultaneously. Many scientists have announced that Covid-19 may last for months to come, while thinkers, economists and philosophers warn society of a point of no return to its former existence. This new context is pressing cultural actors in the performing arts world to rethink in depth many aspects of their artistic and cultural work. Beyond the financial difficulties overpowering the cultural sector during and after this health crisis, the performing arts community finds itself faced with the urgency of reinventing its core form to somehow make it through in the mid term. Taking these challenges head on, our project wants to create conditions to enable mutual learning and understanding of this crisis situation and to seek solutions to the problems of creation, production and dissemination of performing arts after Covid-19.

The Laboratory of the Absent Body explores scenarios that may revive the meaning of performing arts and anticipates the need to reshape and rethink our way of existing and the relation to our audiences, it is an opportunity to understand and create tools of adaptation to the realities of the moment.

By joining this year’s edition of CMA, together with other creators and cultural workers from the performing arts field in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, and working closely with international and Romanian trainers, we can create a framework to share ideas and concerns about the new challenges faced by the live performing arts community and unexpected possibilities that may emerge from this new context.

We are looking for interactive and participatory working approaches to topics such as: ‘Body in isolation. Common body’; ‘Hybrid forms and the digital in performing arts’; ‘Rethink and reframe. Sustainability – is it a myth?’; ‘Mobility and cooperation for performing arts after Covid-19’; ‘Audience development 2.0’; and Self-organisation and unions for performing arts’.
The CMA 2020 offers: 

1. Local digital laboratory | 27th July - 1st August

Participate in an intensive one-week digital seminar, including lectures, workshops, interactive exercises, collective and individual sessions, and other capacity building formats dealing with the topic of the CMA 2020. We want to create a framework in which creators and operators within the contemporary performing arts scene can attend a professional week-long seminar held by Romanian and international trainers. This will focus on dealing with the new challenges facing the live performing arts. To ensure both participants’ and trainers’ safety, the seminar will take place online, using interactive and participatory working methodologies.

The seminar programme is curated by Miki Braniște and facilitated by Laura Panait. It is built upon the specifics and challenges of the local cultural scene. Here is a list of topics and modules for the CMA 2020:
  • Body in isolation. Common body 
  • Hybrid forms and the digital in performing arts
  • Rethink and Reframe. Sustainability – is it a myth?
  • Mobility and cooperation for performing arts after Covid -19
  • Audience development 2.0
  • Self-organisation and unions for performing arts

Trainers in the seminars will be local and international professionals from the field of performing arts:
  • Milena Dragisevici Sesic (SR)   
  • Christiane Kühl (DE)
  • Milica Ilic (FR)
  • Cristina Carlini (IT)
  • Oliver Mould (UK) 
  • Lars Ebert (NL)
  • Marta Miłoszewska (PL)
  • Oana Mateescu (RO)
  • Manuel Pelmuș (RO/ NOR)
…and more to be announced!

2. Public online talks | 27th, 29th and 30st July

Apart from the week-long digital laboratory dedicated exclusively to the participants selected after the open call for cultural managers, the CMA will also host three online public talks. International and national renowned cultural managers will engage in a dialogue about the new challenges currently faced by the performing arts sector. The discussions will be open to the general public through livestream on social media platforms.

3.  Micro-subsidies for your solutions! | 1st August 

The CMA Project Fund was established in 2017 as a continuation of CMA’s capacity building process. Its aim is to provide participants more space to find and develop solutions and to collaborate with other managers and artists. In this way, the CMA aims to establish a capacity building model based on theory, practice, creativity and collaboration. 

In 2020, the CMA is providing its participants with the opportunity to win micro-subsidies for new solutions that aim to adapt the sector.


4. Networking

Networking is a fundamental element of the CMA. In past editions, we established a network of nearly 250 cultural managers from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, together with 70 established professionals from all these five countries and Germany, the UK, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Portugal. These all took part in the project as trainers and speakers. 

Participation in the CMA offers participants the chance to develop their professional international network and connections with the cultural institutes in the EUNIC cluster. 

If you are from or living in Romania and the Republic of Moldova and...
  • are a cultural manager, PR manager, cultural producer, artist, cultural journalist or art critic with minimum 2 years of experience in the performing arts sector
  • work independently, at a public institution or at a private organisation 
  • want to build your own and / or your organisation's capacity 
  • are curious about changes in the world, solution oriented in the field and want to change your working environment for good
  • are currently in the process of rethinking your activity and want to share your perspective and learn from trainers and peers 
  • want to find like-minded people and develop new ideas and solutions together

…then the CMA is the right place for you! 
Miki Braniste Miki Braniste MIKI BRANIȘTE 

Miki Braniște is a cultural manager and curator for performing arts and interdisciplinary projects, president of Colectiv Association A Cluj and was director of the Festival TEMPS D’IMAGES from Cluj starting with 2008 till 2017.
✎ between 2009 and 2019, she was a member of the board & president (for 2 years) of Fabrica de Pensule (Paintbrush Factory). She actively participated in the strategy of this cultural center for contemporary arts in Cluj Napoca, Romania and was also curator for the performing arts program at Fabrica de Pensule.
✎ Miki is currently a PhD student and associate professor of the Faculty of Theater and Film developing a research on cultural policies.
✎ she is interested in art as a development tool of the community in which she activates. Preoccupied by the economic, social-political and environmental transformations that occur within the global society, she is involved in projects together with artists inspired by the need to re-imagine our futures.
✎ in November 2015 she received the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture for her activity to support the independent performing arts sector in Romania.
✎ in 2016 she received the prize for interdisciplinary projects from the Administration of the National Cultural Fund and the prize for the support for contemporary dance from The National Center for Contemporary dance.
✎ in 2018 she was nominated for Theater prize at Gala Awards Radio Romania Cultural.

Lala Panait Lala Panait LALA PANAIT 

Lala Panait was born in 1983 in Bucharest. She was educated, professionally and personally in Cluj for 18 years.
✎She is trained as an Urban Anthropologist with a Master's degree in independent culture within the European Capitals of Culture and continued with a PhD researching art interventions in the Romanian and German public spaces.
✎ Lala understood the role of art, local culture and activism for contemporary Romanian and European cities through organizing events and cultural interventions locally and internationally, through her active presence within European networks dedicated to art and the city but also within Colectiv A Association - the Temps d'Images festival and other events at the Paint Factory.
✎ From 2012-2019 she dedicated herself to the work in the neighborhood by coordinating the only neighbourhood initiative in Cluj – La Terenuri/At the playgrounds - Common space in Mănăștur, a successfull story of community and urban policies development: co-designing a park together with the community and the authorities. 
✎ The walking guided tours she is also organizing (Trăiește Orașul! Live the City!) are another form of understanding of our cities and society in a participative way. 
✎ Having also the background of strategic planning facilitator, consultant and project evaluator to various NGO's and Community Foundations in Romania, she is currently living in Brașov and helping civic and cultural initiatives to grow more sustainable. She is also working with Inspire Change to consolidate philanthropic leadership.
The working language of the CMA is English. Single workshops/ trainings during the seminar may take place in Romanian.
This year’s academy is free of charge, but we require your full-time engagement in the project during the online laboratory from 27th July - 1st August 2020.
Full participation in the programme is the only way to receive a certification for the academy, assessed by the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Political Science (ECTS), and to have the opportunity to win micro-subsidies for your ideas.
You will need…
  • good internet connection that allows you to have a pleasant experience of the virtual lab and actively engage in interactive sessions
  • a laptop/ PC/ Tablet with a microphone and camera
  • to be open to/ flexible for individual outdoor sessions and stretching breaks
More details about the online platforms used during the lab and step by step login tutorial will be offered after the selection process.
Please submit your application, including completed application form and CV by 5th July 2020 to the following email:

Download the application form here:
Results of the selection will be published on 9th July 2020.

Technical requirements for the application:
  • applications only in English
  • subject of the email must be Laboratory of the absent body (Name, Surname)
  • allowed file formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf and images (if you have additional materials) 
  • attachments must not exceed 10 Mb! The server will automatically reject emails with bigger attachments. No download links will be accepted.