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European and local cultural policies and future scenarios for cultural management

Open call for papers
in the framework of the
Cultural Management Academy - Sofia, Thessaloniki and Bucharest 2017

The Goethe-Institutes in Sofia, Bucharest and Thessaloniki, the City of Sofia and the Sofia Development Association are glad to announce an open call for papers in the framework of their joint project – the Cultural Management Academy, which is certified by the St. Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia and the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.

Тheoreticians and practitioners from Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania can submit papers proposing innovative approaches and new perspectives on cultural management and cultural policies on European, national and local level.

The editorial board consisting of experts from the field of cultural management from Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Germany will select papers to be presented and discussed at the international conference of the same name on 29 September 2017 in Sofia and to be published in a print and digital publication later on.


1. Requirements
2. Submission
3. Editorial board
4. Who can apply?
5. Why to apply?
6. About the Cultural Management Academy (CMA)

1. Requirements

1.1. Content

What innovation in culture do we need if we take into consideration the current state of things and the cultural policies? How can cultural management contribute to such an innovation in culture? What is the future of cultural management? What are possible new approaches and tools? How can cultural policies on European, national and local level be more responsive to the needs of culture? What is the role of the cultural manager in the field of policy?

Theoreticians and practitioners from the field of cultural management are invited to propose possible answers and solutions, but also to ask more questions about the cultural context in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Europe in general.

Through the open call the organisers look for various positions and points of view on European, national and local cultural policies, comments, critiques, reflections and recommendations based on examples from the practice and the practical experience of the applicants. The organisers aim at mapping possible solutions and suggestions for changes, development and innovation through new approaches in culture and through stimulating the dialogue between policy and practice in the field of cultural management. Argumentation through examples and study cases from the practice will be highly appreciated.

Furthermore, the papers can be developed in the context of the European Agenda for Culture:

The Commission Communication ‘Towards an EU Strategy for International Cultural Relations’ presented by the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in mid-2016 is aimed at encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries and promoting a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental values.

1.2. Format

Papers can be in English, Bulgarian, Greek or Romanian, but preferably in English.

Papers must contain:

- Title and subtitle of the paper
- Author's name and information about the author (position, working place, academic title)
- Key words
- Bibliography
- Figures, tables and images (if applicable)


- In English
- Up to 1500 characters

Final versions of the papers

- In English, Bulgarian, Greek or Romanian, but preferably in English.
- 6 to 10 A4 pages, incl. figures and tables, images and literature (images to be gathered on 2 pages)
- Times New Roman, 12 pt.
- 2 cm margins on all sides

2. Submission and deadlines

First phase of the call for papers:
Applicants submit a summary of the paper and a short autobiography until 10th September 2017 (extended) in digital form (.doc, .docx) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Selected applicants will be informed until 17th September 2017 (extended).

Second phase of the call for papers:
The summaries of the selected applicants will be presented and discussed in working groups during the international conference of the CMA 2017 on 29th September.

Third phase of the call for papers:
Selected applicants submit their final papers until 31st October in digital form (.doc, .docx) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the spring of the 2018 the final publication consisting of all selected papers and commissioned articles/papers and impressions of the Cultural Management Academy 2017 to be published in print and digital form.

3. Editorial board

The editorial board selects the papers to be included in the publication based on the submitted summaries. Members of the editorial board:

- Argyro Barata (CMA Greece)
- Miki Braniste (CMA Bucharest)
- Stefka Tsaneva (CMA Sofia, Goethe-Institute Bulgaria)
- Enzio Wetzel (director of Goethe-Institut Bulgaria)
- Petya Koleva (Interkultura Consult)
- Vladiya Mihaylova (curator, Vaska Emanuilova Gallery Sofia, branch of the Sofia City Art Gallery)
- Malina Edreva (chair of the commission for culture and education of the City of Sofia)
- Svetlana Lomeva (director of Sofia Development Association)
- Dr. Nelly Stoeva (Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”)
- Dr. Georgi Valchev (deputy rector of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”)

4. Who can apply?

- Participants in all editions of the Cultural Management Academy 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
- Theoreticians and practitioners in the field of cultural management and cultural policies from Bulgaria, Greece and Romania.

5. Why to apply with a paper?

Selected applicants have:

- The opportunity to publish a paper in a professional publication on cultural management which will be distributed digitally and in print form in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Germany and other European countries through the communication channels of all organisers and partners of the Cultural Management Academy: the Goethe-Institutes in Sofia, Bucharest and Thessaloniki as well as other Goethe-Institutes in Europe, the City of Sofia and the Sofia Development Association, the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and the Aristotle University, the foreign cultural institutes from the EUNIC-clusters in the three countries.
- Possibility for exchange and mentorship with the members of the editorial board.
- Possibility for professional exchange and discussion of the papers during the international conference.
- Selected participants (who have not participated in the CMA before) become part of the CMA network.
- Selected participants (who have not participated in the CMA before) get a 50% discount on the participation fee in future editions of the CMA.

6. About the Cultural Management Academy (CMA)

The CMA started as a project by the Sofia Development Association in cooperation with the Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“ in 2014 as part of the city´s application for the title European Capital of Culture. The main goal of the project is to build capacity and to increase the competences of the cultural operators in Sofia and the region regarding the challenges of a large-scale initiative that the European Capital of Culture is. In 2015 the Goethe-Institut and its partners in Bulgaria, i.e. Instituto Cervantes, Czech Center, Polish Institute, Institut Français, British Council and Austrian Embassy got also involved in the project and the scope of the CMA was extended - there were participants from all around Bulgaria and lecturers from Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria and France. The CMA has included so far lectures, workshops and seminars, additional (public) events and discussions, network meetings and learning journeys to Berlin and Warsaw.

After two successful editions of the CMA realised by the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in partnership with Sofia Municipality (Sofia Development Association) and with regard to the achieved results and the effect on the local cultural scene, the Goethe-Instituts in Bucharest and Thessaloniki got also involved and decided to apply the good example in their cities as well. In 2017, the CMA has three branches - in Sofia, Bucharest and Thessaloniki. In each of the cities has been already formed a group of local participants who took part in an intensive 1-week-course in the respective city in June-July.

The international conference on cultural management in Sofia on 29th September is embedded into internal network meetings and working groups between the participants of the CMA. The main goal of the meetings is to stimulate cooperation and the development of joint projects, which can financed by the fund for projects of the Cultural Management Academy.


SDA participates in an online discussion on the topic of "Smart City - A Platform for the Digital Economy"


SDA participates in an online discussion on the topic of "Smart City - A Platform for the Digital Economy organized by ICT Media:

IDG.BG’s discussions are a new form of interactive communication. They are held in real time and address topical issues of interest to Bulgarian IT businesses and consumers. Svetlana Lomeva together with Velimir Milenkinsky, Todor Matev, Georgi Zhejev and Ventsislav Kozhuharov discuss topics such as: Sustainable development of different regions and the modern urban environment; Intelligent Urban Transport, Road and Communication Infrastructure; European experience and funding; Public-Private Partnership in Building a Sustainable Urban Environment; Surveillance as a means of prevention and as a timely response; Intelligent business based on innovation; Digital utility servers users; Smart applications as a means of improving the urban environment.

The new academic year has started for the Cultural Management Academy 2017

The Cultural Management Academy 2017’s first course will take place from July 10th-15th in Sofia.

Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, Sofia Development Association, Sofia Municipality, Goethe-Institut Bucharest, Goethe-Institut Greece and Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski "will cooperate and work together in organizing the postgraduate program" Cultural Management Academy "2017.

The Cultural Management Academy is a postgraduate program that will be simultaneously held in Sofia, Thessaloniki and Bucharest in 2017 made up of three independent groups with participants and a shared online learning platform and training formats. Furthermore, there will be a meeting for all participants and a conference that will take place in Sofia.

The program includes a one-week intensive education course in Sofia with lectures, seminars, discussions and individual activities with Bulgarian and foreign cultural professionals as well as an online educational platform with individual and group assignments.

The program for the Cultural Management Academy’s first course, you can see HERE.

SDA Participates in the Digital Capacity for Digital Happiness Forum

On July 7th, Sevdalina Voynova from the Sofia Development Association took part in the “Digital Capacity for Digital Happiness” forum. The event was dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and disadvantaged communities the opportunity to develop skills and work together towards overall social advancement. Ideas presented at the forum included: digital capacity development strategies for NGOs, obstacles and problem solving methods, finance and sustainment models as well as beneficial practices for NGOs to follow in order to achieve success in the ever-changing digital world.

Participation in the forum granted:

•Access to information regarding the obstacles and models available for NGOs to successfully tackle issues;

•Necessary skills and habits required for achieving goals;

•New contacts through networking and practice.

The event took place at Sofia University.

Organizers: “Trust For Social Achievement”, Begital- Digital Transformation Consulting, The Digital Leadership Institute.


International Conference “Smarter Together”

The project “Smarter Together” from the program Horizon 2020 will host its first international conference in Sofia on July 11th-12th, 2017. The goal of the project is to find a balance between intelligent technology and organizational administration in order to make smart decisions that will enhance the overall standard of living for citizens. The project calls upon European leader cities- Lyon, Munich, Vienna, follower cities- Santiago de Compostela, Sofia and Venice, as well as viewer cities- Kiev, Yokohama. Partnerships between the cities will create jointly integrated solutions with regards to district heating and renewable energy, energy efficiency of public and private buildings, data management platforms and intelligent services as well as sustainable mobility. Sofia as well as the remainder of the follower cities will replicate the results of the project.

This conference will focus on the experience and efforts of the Sofia municipality regarding intelligent and inclusive strategies and solutions in the field of sustainable energy, mobility and air cleanliness. Sevdalina Voynova from the SDA will present the Strategy for Intelligent Specialization of Sofia.


On July 7th, Sofia Development Association will support the digital capacity forum held at Sofia University. The event is dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and disadvantaged communities as a whole the opportunity to cultivate their skills and work together towards overall social advancement.

Speakers, including SDA’s Sevdalina Voynova will explore and discuss topics regarding the different development strategies feasible for NGOs to address social innovation, funding models and the complexity of the digital age as a whole.

More information regarding the digital capacity forum may be found at

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