Submission deadline: 15-04-2020

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Socially engaged artists are invited to join a one-month artist residency in the villages of Deleyna and Sinagovtsi (Vidin, Bulgaria), organised by the project platform Ideas Factory. The residency will take place 1 -30 June 2020.

Deleyna and Sinagovtsi are located in an area of social, cultural and geographical periphery affected by contemporary political and economic processes. Poverty, depopulation, lack of quality access to culture, and a broken link between generations are all part of the consequences of these processes. Therefore, the villages in the area need new approaches that incorporate creative imagination and art as drivers of beneficial change.

During the residency, 10 artists, visionaries and activists from Bulgaria and other European countries will be accommodated in the homes of local people in the two villages. They will communicate with the local people, listen to their needs and stories, and use the local community centres for their creative activities. At the end of the residency, during a community event, they will present their artistic projects that respond to the problems in a participatory way. The final exhibition presenting the artistic responses will be shown first in the villages, then in the regional town of Vidin and finally in Sofia.

The organisers offer:

Accommodation and food at the home of local people.

Travel costs (up to 150 euro for EU countries and up to 55 euro for Bulgaria and Balkan countries).

Work space at local community centres.

This call is addressed to artists from Europe (including non-EU countries), of any age and working in any discipline (visual and digital arts, performing arts, music, literature, cinema, etc.) who focus their artistic research and production on socially engaged topics and practices. Residents pay a participation fee of 100 euro, but Ideas Factory is offering two scholarships covering the participation fee for Balkan artists who have strong will to participate but limited resources to do so.

Deadline: 15 April 2020