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OPEN UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

The Home for Cooperation and Open University of Cyprus are partnering for the first time in the context of Buffer Fringe 2020. 

One of the parallel activities of  Buffer Fringe 2020 in Nicosia, is the international conference entitled “Making Theatre at a Time of Global Crisis”, organized by the M.A. Programme in Theatre Studies at OUC and Dr. Avra Sidiropoulou, Assistant Professor and Academic Head of the programme. The conference seeks to examine new paradigms of dramaturgy and performance that address our century’s multiple crises and to seek how contemporary theatre can serve a primarily political function. Stay tuned for future posts to learn more about the conference's program!

 

MITOS (Mitos Performing Arts Center)

The Home for Cooperation and the MITOS are collaborating for the curation of a 6 hour program which will take place in Limassol/Famagusta/Nicosia as part of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2020. MITOS will be hosting the work of another partner of the Festival - Mağusa Kale Pasajı - in Limassol and they will showcase their work in Famagusta at the Pasaj. 

The Centre of Performing Arts MITOS is a non-profit organization founded in 2007, by performers Elena Agathokleous and Lukasz Walewski. It is situated at the Old Vinegar Factory, a former traditional vinegar workshop in the historical centre of Limassol, Cyprus. MITOS’s theatre work counts 17 productions and has a track record of diversity and inclusion in its collaborators and themes. It is interested in cultural heritage and its contemporary function and perception, while specializing in the production of experimental ancient greek drama performances. MITOS’s activities focus on establishing a performance platform for the arts in Cyprus through a residency program (theYard.Residency), festivals (Mikro Ancient drama festival, Strange Screen), theatre productions, ‘lipasma’ theater education program, workshops, screenings, symposiums, ‘do not CUT art’ weekly radio show, etc. In parallel, MITOS gives emphasis to social issues of the local community and collaborates with European and international cultural networks, in order to support artistic mobility and exchange. 

Mağusa Kale Pasajı

Kale Pasajı is one of our two partners for the curation of a sub-program that will take place in Limassol/Famagusta/Nicosia as part of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2020. Pasaj and MITOS will be collaborating on the curation of this program to host each other's work in their respective venues and cities. Pasaj is a new iniative of young people and artists that is formed in the walled city of Famagusta in a space that was closed for 15 years.Pasaj is home to bar/cafe, second hand clothes shop, MAGEM, musical instruments repair shop and wood studio, restaurant, hand made items and jewellery shop.

IMPACT: Imagining Together Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation

“IMPACT is a worldwide, values-driven collaboration to design and activate strategies to strengthen the arts, culture and conflict transformation ecosystem (acct). This ecosystem includes individuals and organizations working on the international stage and in local neighborhoods - sometimes at great risk - creating festivals and crafting policies, documenting practices and developing theories, enlivening communities and building bridges across differences. In this ecosystem[they] imagine and embody a more just, more vibrant, less violent worldThe grand challenges confronting humanity – climate change, growing inequalities, wars and legacies of past wars, displacement, the rise of authoritarian regimes, political and social polarization, and more - call for urgent creative attention beyond the linear, rational approaches that have proved insufficient and often counter-productive. The acct ecosystem addresses these challenges in distinct, constructive, transformative ways.”

Thanks to the valuable partnership with IMPACT, the festival will implement the “Thinking Partners” program, which entails the targeted matching of the participating artists with a Thinking Partner, an individual with an advisory role, who will work in close contact with the artists to generate critical discussion around the artistic practice itself and the ACCT field in general. Thus, the Thinking Partner will enhance the artists’ conceptual and/or creative process, by offering new, distinctive perspectives and ideas, and by further connecting them to the ACCT ecosystem. This cooperation and exchange of ideas aims to bridge any gaps within the artist groups (in collaborative work), and between the arts and other fields.

 

Nicosia Pop Up Festival 2020

The Nicosia Pop Up Festival, organised by NiMAC [The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation] in collaboration with the Nicosia Municipality since 2013, has become an integral part of the city’s annual events and happenings. It was awarded the EFFE Label, Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals showing their engagement in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness. The Nicosia Pop Up Festival succeeded in obtaining the award thanks to its innovative and fresh ideas, which aim at providing both a platform and assistance to young creatives, while at the same time promoting the revival of the degraded city centre. During this exciting event, young entrepreneurs, creators, artists, craftsmen and other professionals, as well as start-ups, have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and creative work to the local public. The 2020 edition of the Nicosia Pop Up Festival is scheduled to take place in various venues right in the heart of the city during the month of December 2020. Throughout the duration of the festival, NiMAC will do its best to bring together and to promote young creative individuals and groups with innovative ideas in the broader creative industry.

 

Thinking Partners

 

 

 

Read more: 

“Thinking Partners” at the Buffer Fringe in Cyprus/A Collaboration with IMPACT (Imagining Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation)

by Germaine Ingram

 

Dijana Milosevic: Dijana Milošević is an award-winning theatre director, writer and lecturer. Co-founder of DAH Theatre Research Center in Belgrade, Dijana has been its leading director for over twenty-five years. She often collaborated on theatre festivals as an artistic director, has been a president of the Association of the Independent Theatres as well as president of the board of BITEF Theatre. Dijana has also been a board member of national ITI. She is involved in several peacebuilding and art initiatives (Acting Together, IMPACT),  and  collaborates with feminists – activist groups. She has directed theatre shows with her company and toured them nationally and internationally. Dijana is a well-known lecturer and has taught at prestigious Universities, writes articles and essays about theatre. Dijana is a professor at Institute for Modern Dance in Belgrade and recipient of prestigious fellowships like Fulbright and Arts Link.

 

 Arjen Barel: Arjen Barel (1973) is producer and director, mainly in the field of storytelling performances, and spends a large part of his professional life listening to stories and training people in the art of storytelling. Until 2017 he was responsible the program for the International Storytelling Festival Amsterdam, which he founded in 2008. He regularly coaches and directs storytellers, both amateur and professionals.  Arjen teaches Storytelling and Presentation at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He also delivers training for professionals in how to use storytelling in youth work and community work in several places in the world. Arjen Barel studied Drama Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In 2020 he published a new book about Applied Storytelling, called Storytelling en de Wereld (Storytelling and the World, how sharing stories can contribute to personal growth and social impact). www.storytelling-centre.nl

 

Carmen Olaechea: Carmen Olaechea, Argentina, has been working 30 years with the Latin American civil society in developing conceptual and strategic frameworks; designing and implementing collaborative learning architectures; designing, developing and supervising projects and programs; evaluating local and international projects and managing risks at both operational and strategic levels. In the last 10 years the main focus of her work has been related to art and social transformation, conflict transformation and sustainability. Carmen is chairwoman of Fundación Cambio Democrático, an organization specialized in dialogue and conflict transformation, member of the advisory board for international work of Crear Vale La Pena, an organization specialized in the field of arts for social transformation and co-responsible for Learning Exchanges actions in IMPACT: a platform for Art, Culture and Conflict Transformation (ACCT). Her publications include two co-authored books on art and social transformation, and three children’s books. In addition, Carmen is an independent advisor.  

http://www.cambiodemocratico.org/

https://www.crearvalelapena.org.ar/

https://www.brandeis.edu/ethics/peacebuildingarts/impact/

 

Erdogan Kavaz: Erdogan Kavaz is a freelance actor/producer/director from Nicosia, Cyprus. He graduated in 2013 from Anadolu University/State Conservatory/Theatre Department/Acting. He started to work for several theaters after his graduation such as ‘’Nicosia Municipality Theatre’’ , ‘’Nicosia Art Theatre’’ , ‘’Attis Theatre’’ and some other temporary projects based on performing and art such as ‘’Buffer Fringe Nicosia”, ‘’Theatre Organization of Cyprus’’ , “International Theatre İnstitute’’ , “Theater Olympics”, etc. Mr. Kavaz is teaching as a freelancer  as well as the Naci Talat Foundation, where he is leading an amateur theatre group ‘’Theatre MAKİ’’ since 2016. Recently he participated as a dramaturg and co-creator in "Aerologies’’ contemporary dance project  concept/choreography by Elena Christodoulidou. Erdogan is actively taking part in theatre projects, and social responsibility projects in Cyprus, Japan, China, Turkey and Greece. 

 

Evita Ioannou: Evita Ioannou studied Media Arts in Royal Holloway of London. She also holds a Master’s degree in Theatre/Musical Production from Goldsmith’s, University of London. She has been working as a director/producer professionally for the last decade. She participated in the New Musical Theatre Writing festival in London’s West End, with the show Bang out of Line. In 2013, she was Assistant Director of Sappho in 9 Fragments in London and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She also worked at Ambassador Theatre Group and Saddlers Wells Theatre in the West End. In 2015, she was Assistant Director to Stephanos Droussiotis for the show Prometheus Eikona 1. The latter was performed at the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama In 2016 she worked as Project Co-Coordinator for The Yard Residency by the Centre of Performing Arts MITOS . In 2019 she directed Dark Vanilla Jungle by Philip Ridley, which she has translated and adapted in the Cypriot dialect from the original English. The play received astounding reviews. In October 2018 she directed “Out Cry” by Tenessee Williams for  Theatro Antilogos . For the period of November 2018 – February 2019 she worked as an Assistant Director for Theatre Organization of Cyprus (THOC) for the production “Pains of Youth” directed by Aliki Danezi Knoutsen. She is currently directing a staged reading of “The Nether” by Jennifer Haley.

 

Sofronis Sofroniou: Sofronis Sofroniou was born in Palechori, Cyprus. He studied Psychology at the University of Cyprus and Neuroscience at the City University of New York. He worked as a researcher at Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Neurology. His first novel, The Progenitors (Rodakio), received the National Award of Literature in Cyprus and the Best Newcomer Novelist Award from the Hellenic Authors’ Society (2016). The book has been translated in Turkish (Istos, Istabul, 2020). His second novel, Crude Iron, was published by Antipodes. Excerpts have been published by Princeton’s University Translation Magazine (Inventory, 2019). Translations in French, German and Italian are currently in process. His work explores the themes of free will, responsibility, memory and time. 

Maria Hadjimichael: Maria Hadjimichael is a scholar – activist and a research fellow at the University of Cyprus focusing on the fields of political ecology (including urban), environmental politics and governance of the Commons. The main focus of her research are the sea and the coastline; How is society’s understanding of the sea and the coastal line as a ‘Common’ or as a part of our ‘Common Heritage’ is being affected by international agreements or national law, or even how is this being instrumentalised by the State for national and economic endeavours. At the same time, Maria explores the theories of the Commons through her experiences as an activist with various citizen initiatives in environmental as well as social issues.

 

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