Open Call Sofia
Cultural Management Academy

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for participation in the
Cultural Management Academy, Sofia, 25-30th June 2018

Application deadline: 11th May 2018

All documents should be submitted via e-mail at until 11 May 2018. The subject of the email should be Application CMA Sofia: [Name, Surname].

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Detailed information

After three editions in Sofia, Bulgaria and a successful first international edition in 2017 in three countries, the Cultural Management Academy continues its post-graduate program in 2018 simultaneously in Sofia, Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo, 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 program consists of a one-week intensive educational course in Sofia with the topic of `Thinking forward about cultural heritage` and it includes lectures, seminars, discussions, debates and individual assignments given by Bulgarian 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 cultural heritage 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, the Goethe-Insituts in Sofia, Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo will fund on competitive basis start-up collaborative international projects between participants from Bucharest and their colleagues from the branches in Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo.
In the end of 2018 the annual CMA publication with papers by participants from all four cities will be published by the organisers.

Cultural heritage is usually perceived as something “old”, as legacy, as a trace from the past, as something which lays behind us. But even so, what is actually cultural heritage? It can be an artifact, a building, an artwork, a custom or a tradition, a fairy-tale or a song. Cultural heritage may belong to the museum or may be an active part of our daily life. The program of the CMA in Sofia will focus on the various notions of cultural heritage and how it could be implemented in contemporary life and put into contemporary context.

Participants will be invited to investigate the potential of cultural heritage to be innovated and to bring up innovation in the cultural sector. Through presenting good practices from Bulgaria and abroad, through lectures, discussions and workshops the program will focus on innovative practices in museums (through digital technologies and museums scenography), art in public space, architecture and urban development, legal regulations, funding opportunities, business models and new models for managing a cultural organization.

Furthermore, the program will stimulate participants to think of cultural management as a resource for new ideas and projects, education, innovation and exchange in the region of the Balkans and South-Eastern Europe.

Topics to be present in the course:What is cultural heritage?
  • Common heritage in the Balkans and South-Eastern Europe
  • Innovative ways of presenting and promoting cultural heritage
  • Innovation in the museum
  • Fundraising for cultural projects
  • Crowdfunding
  • Dialogue between public institutions and private organisations
  • Cross-border collaboration and cultural tourism
  • Managing cultural organisations – leadership, new structure and business models
 The program in Sofia is certified by the New Bulgarian University. Participant must meet following requirements in order to receive a certificate giving 3 ECTS and 9 NBU credits:
  • presence of min. 80% of all events of the program;
  • active participation and involvement in the learning process;
  • submitting a final assignment: participants can choose to submit an academic paper (10 pages, to be also included in the annual CMA publication) or a details project description of a new project (it could be also used for applying for funding from the CMA Fund)
The individual contribution is 200 Euro (=400 BGN). It includes:
  • participation in the 1-week intensive course and the 3-day international meeting and networking event;
  • lunch/coffee-breaks during all events;
  • training materials;
  • access to online learning;
  • expert assessment of individual work;
  • mentoring/consultations with Bulgarian 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 New Bulgarian University 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.
The CMA is a great opportunity for building capacity and extend one’s competencies in the field of cultural management. The program combines theory and practices through a variety of lectures and presentations combined with case studies, presentation of good and bad practices, workshop and brainstorming sessions.
The program is certified by one of the leading universities in Bulgaria – the New Bulgarian University. Participants can receive a certificate giving 3 ECTS and 9 NBU credits. 
The CMA offers also the change to participate in an international conference on cultural management as well as the opportunity to publish a paper in the annual CMA publication. The conference in Sofia is followed by a networking meeting with all participants from Sofia, Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Bucharest.  
Furthermore, the CMA offers funding opportunities for new and collaborative projects.
The added values are meeting new like-minded professionals from the public and private sector in Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants will become art of CMA network with over 100 cultural managers, trainers and professionals who took part in the CMA since 2015.
A focus of the program in Sofia is to stimulate the dialogue between institutions and NGOs and the CMA offers an opportunity to gather and network with people with different background and from various sectors. The past editions of the CMA proved that exactly this connection between professionals from the public and private sectors is very highly valued by participants.
  • Cultural managers, architects, archeologists, museologists, civil servants, representatives of museums, cultural institutes, NGOs, community centers (chitalishta), civil initiatives, academics and all professionals being active in the field of culture
  • Working experience in the cultural sector is an advantage
  • Successful candidates should have a Bachelor degree and be fluent in English
  • Specific experience in the field of cultural heritage is NOT required
  • A motivation letter (max. one page) indicating: your professional background, fields of interest, motivation for participation, interest in the particular topic of the CMA in 2018, expectations from the CMA (things you are specifically interested in or you would like to learn/practice) – please, indicate if you want to receive a university certificate in the end of the course.
  • 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.

About the program

After three editions in Sofia, Bulgaria and a successful first international edition in 2017 in three countries, the Cultural Management Academy continues its post-graduate program in 2018 simultaneously in Sofia, Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo, with a joint online learning platform and on-site events. 

The CMA in Sofia includes an intensive one-week course in June, an international conference and a network meeting to take place in September 2018 in Sofia. Furthermore, the CMA offers startup funding opportunity for new collaborative projects of up to 5000 euro, a possibility to publish a paper in the annual CMA publication and the chance to become part of the growing network of the CMA of over 100 cultural managers from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The program in Sofia is certified by the New Bulgarian University, Sofia.
A group of up to 15 participants from Bulgaria
25-30 June, Sofia
Certified by the New Bulgarian 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


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