CMA Project Fund 2017-2018

CMA Idea Camp fotocorps


A project by Anastasia Panagou (Thessaloniki) and Adrian-Mihail Popa (Cluj-Napoca)
A project by Georgia Kourkounaki (Thessaloniki), Leila Kurbegovic (Sarajevo), Todor Petev (Sofia) and Yorgos Taxiarchopoulos (Athen)
Together with: My Museum Foundation

This project proposes to go beyond the grand narratives at museums at Sofia, Thessaloniki and Sarajevo and to produce in written form engaging stories about 18 objects from the collections of the museums narrating the histories of the three cities – each story generating strong personal engagement with the audience. The stories will be tested with museum goers and, after improvements, will be posted on the project social media page and the web site. A short video will be professionally produced for one of the stories prepared for the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a sample and as a model for museums, heritage institutions and municipalities.
The project will be completed with an event at Goethe Institut at the three locations, at which we will present the results and the methodology on how to give a human face to city history through personal stories and how to establish trans-border historical links through human experiences. Seen from the perspective of heritage marketing, the project is about a new way of place-branding through creative welding of personal experience and historical significance and it will be of use to city municipalities and heritage professionals.
A Project by Horia-Ioan Iova (Romania), Neda Zhivkova (Bulgaria), Maria Malamo Ventza (Greece)
Together with Augmented Space Agency Romania, International Center for Research and Education in Innovative Creative Technologies (CINETic), Romania 

The final product of the project will be an immersive AR experience and digital exhibition of 3D Scanned objects and 360 photography, which will be hosted on a dedicated mobile platform and a website, created as part of the project. The exhibition will feature 3D and immersive digital compositions (new media interactive AR/VR artworks) representative items of arts and architecture from all the participating cities (e.g. famous statues, iconic works of art, details of architecture) Other objects which are part of a city’s environment (e.g. pieces of pavement, vegetation etc) will also be scanned and included in the exhibition. The exhibition will contain between 5-10 objects from each city, and a total of approx. 25 objects. Each object will have descriptive text and/or voice over stories. The exhibition will be Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality compatible, so it will be accessible via VR and AR gear. The website will contain additional applications with educational purposes, such as a quiz about recognizing and categorizing the objects. The entire content of the website will be translated into the languages of the participant cities (Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian)  and English. The display of the objects will be accompanied by music from the country of origin.
A project by Georgia Kourkounaki, Yorgos Taxiarchopoulos, Andreea Foanene and Todor Petev
Together with: My Museum Foundation

A project by Lefkou Zina (Greece), Azra Tumovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Cristina Ionescu (Romania), Adrian Popa (Romania)
Together with: Cristina Ionescu (Greece)

This study aims to identify and analyse the strategies being used and the activities being
proposed by major International Film Festivals in the Balkan region in order to approach young
audiences , and especially teenagers (10-18 years old). Special attention will be given on how
film education is implemented in their agenda. Focus will be also made in the programming of
heritage films and their attendance, as well as how they are represented and correlated with
other resources and cultural heritage references, such as festival venues’ history.
After data collecting and analysing, an effort will be made to encourage and coordinate an
‘exchange program’ of good practices between the festivals. Selectionned activities and/or
strategies/practices followed by the festivals will ‘travel’, so that they will be proposed to other
festivals in form of online platforms coordination or presentation and a final study day will be
held in the end of the programm with professionals from the three festivals. Such exchange is
subscribed to the idea of ‘transferability’ and ‘translatability’ of film literacy, encouraging
trans-national programs as well as resources’ sharing. The term is referred on how film literacy
can be translated into different contexts, subjects, social purposes and artforms and lies on the
heart of european initiatives regarding film education and in a perspective of further continuation
of the program.
A project by Fülöp Anna Timea (Romania)
Together with: „Asociatia Vox Novum” Association, Romania and Other Line Theatre, Bulgaria

The Heritage:revisited is a collaboration between Romanian and Bulgarian theater professionals at the VI. SZFERA Contemporary Arts Festival at Targu Mures, Romania at the end of August 2019. The festival takes place at a formal Jewish school that is abandoned and in ruins, but also at a heritage protected area of the city. The project aims to create a site-specific performance interpreting the heritage aspect of the abandoned Jewish school. This will be done by an international team consisting of the Romanian and Bulgarian artists. Working on the common and the different, we will explore and offer to the audience an experience deeply rooted in the local heritage that we often oversee. This is a new development for the Szfera festival, that already explores these aspects, but now brings it up to an international level.


A project by Andeea Machidon (Romania) - Pro Patrimonio Foundation

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.
A project by Maria’s World Foundation and Creators Association

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.
A project by Maria’s World Foundation and Creators Association

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.
A project by Florin Bobu (Iași, 1+1 association, association), Virgil Cojocaru (Piatra Neamț, Neamt County Public Library)

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.
A project by 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) 

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.
A project by Nadezhda Moskovska, Emil Hristov -

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.
A project by Multi Kulti Collective (BG), Creators Association (BG), Federatia Fabrica de Pensule (RO), Asociația ARTA în dialog (RO), Sigma Development (RO)

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.
A project by 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

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.
A project by Iro Menegou and Popi Kalaintzi (CMA Thessaloniki 2017)

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