PROSPER is an international project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the EU, led by 5 partner organisations – LOOP (Greece), Eho animato (Serbia), Oyoun (Germany), Peripetija and LDA Struga (North Macedonia) – which is exploring the theme of environmentally challenged regions of the Balkans by inviting artists, designers, researchers, cultural workers, and thinkers of all disciplines to participate in a residency. The periphery selected for this open call is Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia. It is a UNESCO site which has been suffering ecologically due to unsustainable tourism practices, and it represents a common type of environmental challenge that we see globally and more frequently than ever before.
Participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in creative work that is informed by local communities that live and work in this periphery. This exchange takes place in the form of a 30 day residency from 1-30 April 2024 with a group of eight international participants, and ends with a collectively curated one-day festival where the participants showcase the work they developed during the residency. The key objective is to inspire participants to find connections between their practice, the fragile environment they are inhabiting, and the people who live there, while ensuring respect for the core values: sustainability, inclusivity, and decolonial thinking.
The residency in Lake Ohrid will provide:
- Accommodation - participants will be accommodated in one shared housing in private rooms (except for duos) at Bache House.
- Travel costs - return tickets and local transport.
- Living costs amounting to 660 Euros (gross) per person.
- Common work space.
- Collective learning sessions with local communities.
- Production costs (within a limited budget).
- Tours of Ohrid with a local tour guide.
The call is open to artists, designers, thinkers, or researchers of any background. Individuals or duos can apply.