Open Call Bucharest
Cultural Management Academy

CMA Sofia-Bucharest-Thessaloniki CMA Sofia-Bucharest-Thessaloniki

Open call

for participation in the
cultural management academy, Bucharest, 2-6 July 2018
Application deadline: 26.04.2018

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  • 2-6 July  One-week of intensive on-site training in Bucharest
  • 10-25 July  Call for papers for the international conference
  • July-August  Online learning and individual assignments
  • September  International meeting and networking event in Sofia
  • October  Call for collaborative projects to be funded and follow-up implementations of selected projects


Professionals from Romania and Republic of Moldova with at least 3 years experience working in heritage, cultural managers, architects, archeologists, museologists, civil servants, and representatives of foundations, community centers, or various NGOs from Romania. Successful candidates should have a Bachelor degree and be fluent in English. 

The individual contribution is 200 Euro, which includes:
  • the 5-day intensive course and 3-day international meetingand networking event (transport and accommodation in Sofia included)
  • lunch/ coffee-breaks and training materials
  • access to online learning
  • expert assessment of individual work
  • mentoring/consultations with Romanian and international professionals
  • opportunity to develop a new collaborative cross-border project and receive startup funding of 2500 to 5000 EUR
  • 3 ECTS points and a diploma issued by The Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest if all requirements are met.
Requests for a reduced contribution can be considered to a limited extent. In that case, the organizers ask for convincing reasons. Also, organizers can offer accommodation to a limited number of participants from other cities. Applicants from Republic of Moldova can benefit of support concerning travel and accommodation.
  • Expression of interest (max. one page) setting out your motivation for working in heritage field and for the participation for this seminar
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • Additional materials such as portfolio, links etc. (if applicable)Please note that the package of documents should not exceed the size of 7 MB.

All documents should be submitted via e-mail at until 26st of April 2018.
A maximum of 15 candidates will be selected by the project team with representatives of Goethe-Institute, FSPUB, EUNIC cluster in Bucharest and the program curator. Selected candidates will be informed by May 7, 2018.
The program will engage participants from both public and independent sector in an experience that will develop their capacity of raising awareness and initiating advocacy campaigns dealing with cultural heritage, it will enhance their capacity to: get funds and to create a coherent cultural program, to understand heritage policies, to educate various inhabitants about the importance of heritage for their community.

As such, the program is meant to strengthen the relations between the independent and the public sector.
Participants will have the occasion to engage in international collaborations. They will be offered excellent opportunities to establish their cross-border international network, as well as to build their portfolio as speakers at the international meeting. 

The students will have a chance not only to develop new collaborative international projects, but also to receive funding and implement them. Last, but not least, participants become part of a network of over 100 cultural managers from the Balkans which has been built since CMA´s establishment in 2015.
An intensive one-week on-site course in Bucharest with Romanian and international Speakers. A great group of like-minded professionals from Romania, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland.
Individual and group work, peer-to-peer learning, online support and mentoring. The program is curated by Miki Braniște, cultural manager and director of the Temps d `Images Festival, with the support of an international curatorial team.

After three editions in Sofia, Bulgaria and a successful first international edition in 2017 in three countries, the Cultural Management Academy will continue its post-graduate program in 2018 simultaneously in Bucharest, Thessaloniki, Sarajevo and Sofia, with a joint online learning platform and on-site events. The program was initiated and developed under the guidance of Goethe Institut Bulgaria, the City of Sofia and Sofia Development Association.

The CMA (Cultural Management Academy) in Bucharest is organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Political Science from the University of Bucharest (FSPUB), Municipality of Bucharest through ARCUB, Colectiv A Association and with the kind support of the EUNIC-cluster Romania.

The program consists of a one-week intensive educational course in Bucharest with the topic of `Engaging with Heritage` and it includes lectures, seminars, discussions, debates and individual assignments given by Romanian and international professionals from the heritage sector, an online education platform with individual and group assignments. The program culminates in an international meeting on cultural management and a networking fair in Sofia in September 2018, bringing together participants from Bucharest, Sarajevo, Sofia and Thessaloniki and international guest-speakers.

Upon successful completion of the Academy, Goethe-Institut will fund on competitive basis start-up collaborative international projects between participants from Bucharest and their colleagues from the batches in Sarajevo, Sofia and Thessaloniki.

Project theme 2018 in Bucharest "Engaging with Heritage"

When we discuss about heritage, perhaps the most common perspective is to see it as a difficult legacy. It is like an old building, which requires more restoration costs than building a new one. Restoring an old building is usually seen as a barrier when it comes to urban developments. In fact, this puts more obstacles in our understanding of heritage.

How about if we try and change this image in our conversations with our interlocutors? We need to show that heritage can be a resource for the community. The question is, though, where to start from? And how to organize our work?

We also need to understand what are the most useful methods and tools in order to do this. What is the legal framework within which one can operate? What about building trust and finding a common language about heritage for stakeholders and the community? And, of course, what happens after we have restored a building? How can one open it to the audience and to its residents?

Another important aspect that we should not neglect is how to conceive a cultural program for a specific heritage site. We would need to learn to communicate better the appreciation and trust in values that contribute to our identity. What about funds? Where would we get them? And could a digital approach to heritage be useful in our labor?

These are some of the questions that we are trying to answer throughout our seminar. We will rely both on theoretical approach as well as practical experience of several important trainers from our country and abroad.

CMA in Bucharest
A group of up to 15 participants from Romania and Moldova
2-7 July, Bucharest
Certified by the Bucharest University
Detailed information
International conference and CMA network meeting – 28-30 September, Sofia
Closed call for startup funding of new collaborative projects
Possibility to publish an article in the annual CMA publication
Joint online learning platform and materials
Network of over 100 cultural managers from Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Partners of Goethe-Institut

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