School of Spectacle 2017 – Plovdiv announces results of the Open Call for artists

Foundation “Plovdiv 2019” announces the results of the Open Call to artists from Plovdiv and Bulgaria for participation in the ‘School of Spectacle – Plovdiv with focus Maritza River and Adata Island. The training is free of charge and it is designed to build and develop skills related to basic techniques of scenography, stage design, audio-visual arts, fireworks, performance and installation. From Plovdiv and Bulgaria have applied 37 individual artists, of which the leading organization Walk the Plank chose 19 to participate in the training, which will be held from 30th September to 7th October 2017 in Plovdiv. A list of approved participants as well as their field of activity in the visual and performing arts can be found HERE. A total of 6 international participants from Greece, Ireland, Cyprus and Lithuania that will be chosen by the project partners will join the Bulgarian artists. There is a waiting list of participants from Bulgaria – 4 artists, which you can see HERE.  We will wait for the confirmation for participation until August, 21st the latest.

The eight-day training will focus on developing basic techniques in building creative outdoor projects. Guest lecturers Liz Pugh, Rob Hill, and Alexis Johnson, a Learning Director, representatives of the leading organization in the project ‘School of Spectacle’, will share experiences from events like Manchester Day. From Plovdiv there will be included the digital artist Petko Tanchev, Vesela Statkova, teacher in AMDFA, the stage designer Maria Koicheva and the actor Gerasim Dichliev.

Inspiration for the participant will be the Adata Island, whose animation through artistic interventions is a key project in the programme of ‘Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019’. On Saturday (October 6th, 2017) with the participation of the local community and in front of the audience of Plovdiv residents and city guests, the participants will recreate artistically the island in the center of the city with an installation in front of the Military Club – Plovdiv.
The project ‘School of Spectacle – Plovdiv’ is financed by the ‘Creative Europe’ programme, which the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation implements in partnership with the European capitals of culture – Paphos 2017, Kaunas 2022 and the candidate from Ireland – Limerick. This training in Plovdiv is the third of the five consecutive international Schools of Spectacle, held throughout Europe from 2016 to 2018, run by the European Outdoor Arts Academy. Previous host of the traing were Paphos – EcoC 2017 and Kaunas – EcoC 2022. Leading organization of the project is Walk the Plank from Manchester, UK and an associated project partner is Fidget Feet, Ireland.

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