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ECHO Academies: Open Call for Fashion Designers (Bulgaria)

European Cultural Heritage Onstage Academies.

As a part of ECHO Academies, a Creative Europe project coordinated by Inter Alia and coordinated in Bulgaria by Open Space foundation, ECHO Academy in Smolyan town is looking for fashion designers who are motivated to contribute with new artistic perspectives on the topic of Fashion Heritage. The project aims to nurture talents, build capacities, create networks, allow synergies and expand the visibility of artistic works on a cross-national and international level.

The Academy in Bulgaria is looking for 10 individuals who will develop artworks and create proposals for their development as pilot projects. Participants of the Academy will be inspired by the reuse and reinterpretation of the beatiness of Bulgarian folklore costumes of Rhodopes region. Project ideas will be presented and linked to artworks that will be created by the participants during the Academy. Artworks will be visual elements such as sketches of design collections of clothes, shoes, jewellery and/or accessories. The artworks will be developed with the help and facilitation of artistic supervisors, academic researchers, and production partners through the Academy. The artworks will be presented in an exhibition in the town of Smolyan, and in an online art-shop.

The Academy will be held between 5-26 October 2023 in a hybrid form:

  • 5-18 October online.
  • 20-26 October in person in Smolyan town, Bulgaria.

Applications are open to legal residents in the countries within the Creative Europe framework and non-EU countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia). Applicants should be emerging creatives between 18 and 35 years old.

The project covers accommodation and travel expenses, and the per diem costs of the selected creatives. Three projects will also be selected to receive a grant to further develop their pilot projects in their home country in collaboration with Open Space foundation and a local micro-organisation based on the place of residency of each winner.


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