The Synagogue of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia has housed the Jewish Museum of History since 8 May, 1992. The Museum presents the history of Bulgarian Jews, including their fate during World War II. The Exposition “The Spiritual Light of the Synagogue” in KRUG Art Gallery was opened on 8 May (Monday) at 18.00 by the Director of the Jewish Historical Museum – the historian Vladimir Paunovski.
Who are the most influential spiritual leaders of the Jewish community after the re-establishment of the Bulgarian state under the Treaty of San Stefano of March 3, 1878? What are the general aims of their activity? Who are the initiators and architects of the Sofia Central Synagogue – one of the largest and most beautiful Jewish buildings in Europe and the world? What problems did they encounter when implementing this huge project and why was it necessary? What are the many cultural, political and socio-economic activities besides the religious functions that the Synagogue, as an institution, has been performing since its creation up to now? Why is it the natural place where the second Jewish Museum in the Balkans was created in 1992? What cultural influence did the synagogue as an institution and as an idea summary has on the development of the socio-cultural life of Bulgarian society for more than a century? These and many other questions are answered by the exhibition “The Spiritual Light of the Synagogue” of the National Jewish Museum of History on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The exposition is a part of the Cultural of the “Multicultural City” 2017 Initiative of KRUG Art Movement and Kardzhali Municipality.
The context in which we have prepared this event is special.
From 1 to 7 May hundreds of events were taking place across Europe to celebrate the 2017 European Youth Week! Hundreds people, institutions and teams in Europe and all over the world organise a variety of activities and events for all ages to celebrate the Europe Day 2017 on 9 May. How do we emphasize the contribution of young people to the mosaic of the 4 contemporary challenges facing Europeans today: solidarity, inclusiveness, democracy and active citizenship? We say this: Don’t miss this chance to participate and let the world know how you can make a real impact in your community! Get involved in youth policy making!
The annual “Multicultural City” Initiative has been a such technology for our team since 2008 up to now.
Dear friends, this is a list of free online road-maps addressing youth art work issues and methods, produced mostly with Erasmus+ support. Whether you are looking for new skills or knowledge, ideas for youth art work E+ projects or trying to find like-minded people from around Europe, these 3 resource-documents are a good starting point.
Creating Magic, published by the National Youth Council of Ireland, 2013
This is the 2013 re-issue of the Creating Magic road-map published by the National Youth Council of Ireland. The first edition was published in 2003 and was quite a big success with a lot of youth clubs taking inspiration from it. This in practice success and due to the fact that “Youth arts practice has become more complex, more sophisticated, more youth-led“ have lead to its re-launch 10 years later. With the words of the authors:
“The document illustrates the many phases involved in moving from an original idea, on to exploring an art form, through to the final completion of a project or programme. This is not a linear planning process where one step follows another but rather an overlapping, flowing process where the project remains responsive and open to needs and local circumstances as they arise.“
You can download this resource-publication via this lik:
Educational theatre as the place for raising inclusion and employability of people with disability, published by the Association for prevention of stigmatization and education through theatre – UPSET from Croatia, 2015
“The E+ Manual is an open licence tool for all those wanting to use educational theatre in their work, particularly when working with people with disability and addressing subjects such as raising the inclusion of people with disability and raising their employability skills. (…) It is not a Manual of answers but rather of exciting ideas, methods, models of work and concrete practices and exercises that aim to inspire the reader. Regardless if you are working with people with disability (PWD), with some minority group, general public or children, we hope you will find something that will help you in your work or help you create ideas that will improve your educational work.“
You can download this resource-publication via this lik:
The Canvass of life – figurative art for social inclusion, 2016
“This is collection of different non formal education methods based on figurative art in order to combat social exclusion of troubled youth. (…)”The Canvass of Life” is a multi-activity aimed at improving the condition of problematic youth (youngsters with a difficult family condition, an history of abuses, drug/alcohol addiction, offences) involving a number of youngsters and youth/social workers coming from Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Portugal (…).“
You can download this resource-publication via this lik:
By invitation of “Marginalia” association KRUG Art Movement organised a first by its kind youth street art action in Sofia. The action was devoted on the resistance against the growing usage of the hate speech. The action was performed on October 7, which is Word Day of Smile. By tradition this day has been celebrated around the world on every first Friday of October since 1999. The American graphic Harvey Ball is initiator of the tradition for celebrating this day. He is an author of the very popular today yellow face, “smiley”.
60 young people from 13 to 19 years old from 3 Sofia’ schools (# 51, #134 and # 23) worked together with the team of KRUG in the capitals’ boulevard “Vitosha”. The created architecture by textile, art installation by paper, painted texts, posters and collages. They used the street as “working field”, that is suitable for countering to the hate speech through a smile, nevertheless sometimes it may be bitter.
“Peoples as like children” was said by the great Bulgarian writer Chudomir, “they do not like someone to moralize but want to go the truth through entertainment. And if the satire is the surgeon knife, the humour is the sweet ointment of the wound. Because it is such ointment, we do not have another way except to wish this sweet ointment to be produced in large amount and to be sold everywhere because there are a lot wounds for cure.”
Among different attractions on the street a special interest was provoked by the initiative a humour Outlet Shop Super Discount to be opened about bargain-sale of hate texts but of negative or minus prices. Authors of these hate texts has been popular Bulgarian politicians and journalists. Dozens of pedestrians stopped and read “patterns” of the native hate speech which were “sold” with prices from minus (-) 81 to (-) 286 BGN. For instance about the quotation “Why the folk dances are obstacle for you, useless idiots? Instead of to clean from the textbooks this gay Oscar Wilde, you restrict the learning of the Bulgarian folk dances!!!” written by the Bulgarian politician A.D., the auction started from minus (-) 101 BGN. For bright journalistic publications, sowing hate speech to the refuges and migrants, young Roma, Muslims, various romantic tolerasts and liberasts, the prices reached to minus (-) 296 BGN.
The street art show continued a few hours and it was performed by a team of KRUG Art Movement in the name of the belief that the art and its street art tools are able to influence on the change of the social environment and to change the stereotypes of the people.
As a part of Art Neighboryouth project, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Belgrade, tried to explore possibilities for their ex students and youngsters from various fields to find their place in future, more creative society. For that purpose College of Fine and Applied Arts made a partnership with youngster organization Urban Incubator, to create Bricolage Lab I, en experimental Design Camp.
Bricolage Lab I, collage of elections, discussions, works in public spaces, practices and workshops, was held in Beglrade in autumn of 2015. With main purpose to investigate the creative space between handmade works and mass-produced culture i.e. to discover new possibilities of resources usage.
Through both the public lectures and the camp program, Bricolage Lab aimed to prime new thought leaders for creative action in the face of daunting social challenges
Looking at the boundaries of bricolage, design and informal practices of that made creative use of existing resources, we considered the innovative combination of pre-existing objects.
One of most interesting workshop during the Bricolage Lab Camp was held in premises of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Old school benches, once used only for teaching purposes, during the recycling process got a new meaning and became a creative furniture for school yard, i.e. relaxed and refined environment for students.
On Art N eigboryouth meeting in Slovenia in 04. and 05. of July 2016, we got many interesting suggestions for our project from our colleagues from Slovenia, Bulgaria and Belgium and we successfully created a roadmap for our youth art workers who should provide them handholds for Bricolage Lab II in autumn 2016.
Grant for professional artists:
photographers, writers, musicians, designers, physical theatre actors, multidisciplinary artists and art researchers.
Art Horizons annual residency program’2016 is the international residential program of KRUG Art Movement for contemporary young artists and practitioners from different countries working in various techniques, genres and styles. The program is open to photographers, writers, musicians, actors and contemporary physical theatre performers with professional stage experience, multidisciplinary artists passionate and inspired by art experiments in the open air interested in practical research of participatory art practice together with colleagues from all over the world.
The program offers the unique time and space for meeting new friends, refreshing creative ideas, generating new creative initiatives and collaboration with like-minded arts people!
Project dates: August, 20-29, 2016
The thematic scope of program is: “Sorry, no art today” – Ideas for Metamorphoses of the Spirit
The grant supports accommodation and meals during the International Arts Camp 2016 in Dazhdovnitsa art village, the East Rhodopes, Bulgaria.
The camp is based at the territory of the European Youth Art House where 923 international artist and researchers have been working since 2006 up to now.
For letters of intent: firstname.lastname@example.org
For contacts: +359 888 222 540, +359 889 494 336
One of the goals of Art Neighboryouth is to develop roadmaps for youth art workers. These maps should provide them handholds when they work in an artistic way with youngsters in public space. Last week there was a project meeting in Maribor. We developed two roadmaps (temporary versions) based on the project experiences of the past year in Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia and Belgium. These map will be used as starting point for the projects in the coming project year (that starts in september).
(graphic design by Željko Lončar)
(Video editing by Jeroen Vanesser; Acting by Nicky Cionoiu and Slobodan Perunicic)
On 8, 9 and 10 April 2016 we hosted the project “Artneighboryouth” in Maribor. We tried to connect young people, youth organizations (youth workers) and youth workers from educational institutions. The main purpose or goal of our project was to promote art in public space. For this reason, we decided to use the public areas of abandoned buildings and areas underpass at the market. We have decided to add them a new image. For this purpose, we have used graffiti. Invited guests from Serbia and Slovenian actors have also rearranged the surface with their graffiti. Our work started immediately after breakfast and ended a little before dinner. During the course of our work a lot of people has stopped to watch us. Among them were young families with children, students and people of older generation. Our work was praised and commented on. Many people said it would be nice to do such things repeatedly, and that the city could change the image by that. We also had a bit of problems with Police and security sevice Sintal. They have thought that we draw and create graffiti without any allowance. Everything was solved in a peaceful and consensual manner.