CMA Project Fund

3 Doors 3 Countries Project 3 Doors 3 Countries Project

Startup funding for new projects

Since 2017 the CMA has been providing startup funding for new collaborative projects and initiatives. Participants in the CMA are encouraged to network and develop new ideas with their colleagues - both from their cities and from the other participating cities. In the end of the CMA all participants take part in a network meeting and an "idea camp" in Sofia. They can build small teams, develop new project ideas and apply for funding of up to 5000 euro.  


Projects funded in 2017-2018

3 doors, 3 countries

The „3 doors, 3 countries” project is conceived as a pioneer 1 day/weekend event in each of the 3 countries in different periods of time related to bigger events that can be related with the initiative's direction:
1- in Romania, the event will try to relate to the international „Balkanik Festival” which is usually held at the beginning of September
2 -In Greece, the events will be held during the “Miaoulia Festival” in Hydra and during the “European Days of the Sea” in Aggelochori.
3 - In Bulgaria, The “3 Doors” project is going to happen in September during the opera  open air festival “Scene of Times” and aim to focus the attention of the public in preservation and restoration of the cultural and historical heritage in Veliko Turnovo, left to us from one of the most important and emblematic Bulgarian architects - Kolio Ficheto.

Leading partner: Andeea Machidon (Romania) - Pro Patrimonio Foundation
Places to take place: CâmpulungMuscel (Romania), VelikoTarnovo (Bulgaria), Hydra & Aggelochori (Greece)
Countries involved: Bulgaria, Greece, Romania
Time frame:
Romania: between 15/05/2018 and 15/09/2018
Greece: between 15/05/2018 and 25/06/2018
Bulgaria: September 2018

Art is for everyone! Creative lab for persons with intellectual disabilities

The project involves persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) together with young artists who are interested in promoting social inclusion in the cultural field. We want to introduce these two groups to each other and involve them in collaborative art making. It is our ambition to involve young people with ID in an enjoyable creative process. This artistic provocation would stimulate their imaginations and offer them new means of expression. Employing the expertise of social workers and psychologists, we will set up a creative lab: a welcoming space, where experimentation and collaboration are encouraged, involvement in the creative process is emphasized more than its outcome, and reflection on the experience is facilitated.

Four different groups of artists – musicians, visual artists, photographers and filmmakers – will experiment in making art together with persons with ID. There will be three thematic modules: music, photography and fine arts. Each module will extend over two month period and include five to six workshops and/or presentations of the created artworks.

The film crew will produce four videos: three short clips about each of the modules and one longer video (up to 10 minutes), covering the whole project. The videos will capture the feel of the creative process as well as comments and reflections from the artists and participants. The videos will present particular opportunities for active participation of persons with ID in art making and some of the benefits that such collaboration brings to professional artists. It is our hope that this will challenge stereotypes about people with ID and inspire other artists to work with this disadvantaged group.

Organisators: Maria’s World Foundation and Creators Association
Places to take place: Sofia, Bulgaria
Countries involved: Bulgaria
Time frame: 01.12.2017 – 30.09.2018

Art is for everyone! Residency

Promotion and dissemination of the knowledge and practices assembled during the Art is for Everyone project. Building a Balkan network of professionals who are interested in the implementation and further development of the model.
Organisators: Maria’s World Foundation and Creators Association
Places to take place: Sofia, Bulgaria
Countries involved: Bulgaria, Romania and Greece
Time frame: 01.12.2017 – 30.09.2018

ORG manager: a digital tool for relaxed cultural managers

ORG manager: a digital tool for relaxed cultural managers is a software development project that aims to create an online application/platform that can be used by different cultural  organizations (both governmental and non-governmental) in Romania, Bulgaria, Greece in order to share relevant good practices (procedures, documents, sensitive information such as funding sources, etc) and to diminish the time spent by the cultural managers of these organizations on the various compulsory administrative tasks: drafting contracts, payment orders, calculating netto incomes, etc. This multi-user and multi-language application is specifically aimed at those repetitive, time consuming tasks that take maybe a third of our entire activity. Financial, administrative and juridical consultancy will be co-opted during its implementation while the results of this consultancy will be embedded in the functionality of the platform (the templates are developed in collaboration with the selected partners and are sensible to the particularities of each fiscal and juridical context). Three cultural operators/ participants in the CMA 2017 will be selected and offered the chance to customize the application according to their own particular needs in accordance with their precise necessities.  

The platform will include the presentation of the main funding schemes and opportunities (such as - in the Romanian case - Ministry of Culture, AFCN, ARCUB, UMP, etc) both as structured information but also as information that is embedded in the templates that are shared with the potential users. At later stages of the project we foresee the possibility of actively involving the main cultural funders in each context in order to obtain transfer of knowledge and good practices between funders and their beneficiaries.

Organisators: Florin Bobu (Iași, 1+1 association, association), Virgil Cojocaru (Piatra Neamț, Neamt County Public Library)
Places to take place: online platform
Countries/cities involved: Iași (Romania), Piatra Neamț (Romania)
Time frame: January 1st – September 1st 2018

Performing Identity:  The Balkan Aromanians

The “Performing Identity:  The Balkan Aromanians” is a one day event dedicated to the local Vlach/Aromanian communities from Romania and Greece. A multi – art and transnational project event comprising of film screenings, performance polyphonic singing and educational programs which will travel to Greek and Romanian Vlachs – and/or interrelated to Vlachs communities - villages and cities in order to encourage the Vlachs to transmit their traditions through common shared memories. 
The implementation of the project based on this event, which will take place on three different regions.

Organisators: Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Delidaki Eirini, Pagonidou Valia (Thessaloniki, Greece), Cultural Centre for Image and Sound – Emilian Mărgărit (Bucharest, Romania), Diexodos - Centre of Culture and Art - Gouliotis Grigoris (Messologgi, Greece) 
Countries/cities involved: Greece: Avdela, Palaiomanina, Thessaloniki; Romania: Cogealac- Constanța
Time frame: March – October 2018

Railway Residency

Railway Residency is part of a two-phase project focused on non-fiction genres and translation. Three authors from three neighbouring countries are travelling around by train and creating original texts related to the journey. The main objective of the project is to show the existing or possible links between Greece, Bulgaria and Romania. Literature as a tool can grant deeper impact and long-term repercussion with limited resources. Texts are written in the authors’ mother tongues and then translated to the other languages. The three pieces are published in Bulgarian, Greek and Romanian periodicals. Such an initiative would foster original translations between Balkan languages and also create a network of contemporary authors and translators from the region. The journeys are visually documented. The role of the visual material is to link the three pieces and to back up the integral image of the project in a natural way.

Organisators: Nadezhda Moskovska, Emil Hristov -
Places to take place: Sofia, Bucharest, Thessaloniki
Countries/cities involved: Bulgaria, Rokania, Greece
Time frame: from September 2018


Cultural Managers’ Re-Creation Camp: Remedy against Burnout

Short description (max. 200 words): Cultural managers (CMs) in the Balkans face a whole set of challenges that in many cases result in burnout. The capacity building opportunities for them are quite limited and those are mainly in the field of professional skill development and not personal development. The project proposes a solution that will result in more capable, balanced, creative and happy CMs - the Re-Creation Camp. It is a 5-full days + 2 travel days retreat that would offer a safe space for reflection, peer learning, analysis, testing new methods for better work-life balance for 13 CMs from the Balkans and 2-3 from Central/Western Europe. The harvest insights and learning will be applied by the CMs in their lives and downloaded in their organisations. We plan the retreat in July/August 2018 in the beautiful Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. This retreat will also build a strong international network of CMs who will support each other on the way and possibly develop projects together.

Organisators: Multi Kulti Collective (BG), Creators Association (BG), Federatia Fabrica de Pensule (RO), Asociația ARTA în dialog (RO), Sigma Development (RO)
Countries/cities involved: BG and RO as project partners; cultural managers from the Balkans and 2-3 ones from Central/Western Europe as participants
Time frame: January - September 2018; the Re-Creation Camp will take place in July/August 2018

Matter over matter

A curated contemporary art exhibition with works by artists from Bulgaria and Greece. All artists will work in close collaboration with 3D-designers in order to create 3D-models of their artworks which will be exhibited along with the artworks and visitors would be able to touch the artifacts and experience the exhibition in a more holistic way. The exhibition gives a new understanding of art, brings artists and designers together and gives access to contemporary art to people with impaired vision. It is a travelling exhibition which will then be presented in Sofia, Athens and Thessaloniki.

Project team: Alexandra Petri (RO/CMA Thessaloniki), Joana Stefanova (BG), Cultural manager, Dimitra Tsiaouskoglou (GR), Art historian, curator, Georgia Tsazi (GR), Architect, cultural manager, Stela Anastasaki (GR), Art Historian, freelance curator
Places to take place: Sofia - Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, Athens - tbd, Thessaloniki tbc
Countries/cities involved: Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania
Time frame: September 2018

Women composing in Balkans

The project concerns the contemporary music and is especially addressed to young women composers of the three Balkan countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Romania). The aim is to encourage female composers to introduce their work abroad their countries and also to develop a network among them. The procedure contains the following steps.

Firstly was announced a call for chamber music scores (violin, clarinet, accordion, piano) addressed to women composers from the three partner countries (January- April 2018).

Secondly the works will be sellected and announced, in cooperation with the Laboratory for Research on Contemporary Music, Composition, Performance and Improvisation (LaReCoM-DMSA) of the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (May 2018).

Then the Μethexis Ensemble will rehearse the selected works (July-August 2018).

The project will conclude with a two-days workshop, including open rehearsals, lectures and round tables in collaboration with the LaReCoM-DMSA in Thessaloniki with the participation of the composers of the selected works, the members of the ensemble and the members of the selection committee with the final concert taking place in the 29th of September 2018.

Organizer: Iro Menegou and Popi Kalaintzi (CMA Thessaloniki 2017)
Laboratory for Research on Contemporary Music, Performance and Improvisation (La.Re.Co.M) by the department of Music Science and Art, University of Macedonia
Methexis Ensemble (Dora Alexiadou-violin / Artemis Vavatsika- accordion                                
Iro Menegou -pinao
Alexis Pogrevnois- clarinet                          
beartive non profit organisation
Places to take place: Thessaloniki, Greece
Countries/cities involved: Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania
Time frame: 27th -29th of September, Thessaloniki