CULTURE BACKSTAGE

An international training program for future cultural and artistic entrepreneurs

Culture Backstage is an EU funded training program for young cultural entrepreneurs who wish to develop and implement projects on a European scale. It is developed by the European Creative Network for Culture, under the leadership of Creature, a Paris-based School of Cultural Entrepreneurship.

Over a period of 13 months, selected participants has followed courses, workshops and build connections while traveling to the 6 institutions, in five different countries

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Podcast - Behind the scene of cultural entrepreneurship in Europe

by Milena Seror

THE HANDBOOK BY BACKSTAGERs

Everything you need to know as a cultural entrepreuner in Europe. Tips, tutorials, talks and advices, together with a catalogue of training opportunities in Europe and useful locations

Participants

Dominika Swiecicka

Dominika Swiecicka

„I’m Dominika, I am an artist and owner of a small project space Artel in Poznań, Poland. I want to make artists from Poland more visible in Europe using the european network of artists and curators.”

Kim Cappart

Kim Cappart

“I’m Kim, I care a lot about Earth’s health and society’s troubles. I want to try out the possibility of using scenography to highlight some current-urgent issues and transmit a strong drive for personal and common commitment to resolve those together. The great cohesion of Culture Backtage’s group provides me amazing new insights of my project and helps me a lot to reflect on its concretization.”

Kuba Borkowicz

Kuba Borkowicz

“Hi, my name is Kuba. I live between Poznan and Berlin. I’ve established a gallery in Poznan called 9/10. (@910gallery) With the help of Culture Backstage, I want to develop an international residency program for my gallery.”

Natalia skoczylas

Natalia skoczylas

„Natalia is a nomad and a passionate hat-switcher. Music journalist, project manager, sometimes urban game designer or organizer, more often storyteller and community trailblazer, most of the time political scientist and an avid consumer of contemporary art and literature. She writes projects, connects people, dreams of having a positive impact on some things, sometimes 😉 Now looking into co-living, co-working spaces for community art and ways in which these can produce counternarratives to right-wing populism.“

Umberto Morello

Umberto Morello

“There are so many ways to tell a story, and that’s what I like the most to do: use brand new supports to tell stories, (the stranger the better). That’s why I joined Culture Backstage: I want to raise a company for Transmedia-Storytelling!”

Maja Smoszna

Maja Smoszna

„Hi, I’m Maja, an independent researcher, curator and art mediator based in Berlin. Since 2018 I’m leading a Berlin-based non-profit art association art burst berlin. I’m trained art historian with a focus on socially and politically engaged art practices. In the framework of CB I want to find international partners for new collaborations and develop my own theatre project on politics and satire.“

Claudia Grande

Claudia Grande

I am Claudia, from Italy, and I am 28 years old. I have worked for two years in an international law firm dealing mainly with corporate law; then, I have decided to leave my job and join @scuolaholden (Turin), which deals mainly with storytelling and performing arts. I love reading and I have published some short novels in paper collections of various authors and cultural webzines. As far as I love both literature and law, I have joined Culture Backstage in order to improve my skills and develop a cultural entrepreneurship idea, based on an editorial project called “Mediterraneo” – a hybrid between an international cultural magazine and a publishing house.”

Jan Wallyn

Jan Wallyn

Position

“He began his career at the open art-house @Zinnema as artistic director and programmer in 2014, after having travelled the world as a choreographer. Owner and founder of his dance platform On The Roof, Jan facilitates projects connecting dancers and choreographers worldwide. Since 2016 he works as an artist coach and teaches communication and financial strategies for freelance artists in Belgium and South-Africa.”

Matteo Faccio

Matteo Faccio

“I’m Matteo (27). I like reading and writing, and now I’m developing GWYN, a digital platform for alternative storytelling where an expanded writers’ collective offers original portraits in the form of stories and tales.”

Christoph Thun

Christoph Thun

Hi, my name is Christoph. I organize things, ranging from concert tours, exhibitions, to artist-in-residency programs. I also play drums and have released a couple albums, so my projects are often focused on music. In my work I try to bring people from different backgrounds together, and facilitate building supranational networks between people from various fields and countries. Culture Backstage is helping me do just that.

Amine Lahrichi

Amine Lahrichi

“I love to discover new ideas and work hard with others to make them happen. I love products from A to Z: inventing, designing, building, and selling them. My desire to work in a team, learn on a daily basis and my passion for innovation has led me to participate in many hackathons and co-created two startups.
Culture Backstage was the perfect environment to get in touch with amazing people and share stunning life and entrepreneurial experiences.”

Jean Steeg

Jean Steeg

“My name is Jean, I am a high potential cultural entrepreneur. What are you?”

Irene Di Gorgio

Irene Di Gorgio

“I’m Irene. Here in CB I’m trying to bring together my passions for the world of cultural heritage and that of performative arts.
With ”Periph’Off, a theatre city festival where productions tell the history of the overlooked historical space in which they are performed, I wish to revitalize architectural gems in the periphery of our cities and make people inhabit them once again!”

Alberto Iberbuden

Alberto Iberbuden

“Hola! My name is Alberto, I am from Argentina and I am currently working at the Fine Arts Museum in Leipzig, Germany. I am a Product designer but I work also with video, sound, architecture and user experience.
At the moment I am enjoying being part of the Culture Backstage.”

Kelly Odette Dochy

Kelly Odette Dochy

Originally from an Oceanic planet, I crash landed on this part of the galaxy a few years ago, and have been trying to navigate ever since. I make art like a witch writes spells, and try by all means to save my soul. Poetry, performance, and activism are a few methods I’ve explored.
Formed in 3D animation, my technicolor dreams now show shards of a future art commune, explorations in the Amazon, and the realization of my Culture Backstage project “The Electric Prophet”, an alchemical attempt to unify my psychonautic wanderlust. –

Ricardo Cincotto

Ricardo Cincotto

Riccardo is a film director and story hunter. His goal in Culture Backstage is to implement a format of performative dinners in which the guests enter a narrative universe halfway between fantasy and social discovery. He believes he can fly. 

Aydin Coşkun

Aydin Coşkun

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Roos Cornelius

Roos Cornelius

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Beatrix Joyce

Beatrix Joyce

Position

“Hi! I am Beatrix. I am an independent researcher/explorer of performance. My works vary from danced renditions of James Joyce’s Ulysses to a live poll set in the future – by using task-based action and the audience’s smartphones as my main tools, I seek new ways to bridge the gap between the performer and the viewer. In 2017 I co-founded the Berlin-based Maiden Speech performance series @maidenspeechberlin, with the main goal of developing a site-specific, immersive experience of interdisciplinary art.”

Gesa Rush

Gesa Rush

„Hey ! My name is Gesa, I am from Munich, Germany, and I currently work as graphic designer for an e-commerce for luxury fashion, as well as for a contemporary art gallery, and of course for my own fashion brand OЛE. Culture Backstage was a great opportunity to meet people around the world and get lots of creative impact. I am glad I had the chance to take this journey.“

 

Partner institutions

Scuola Holden, Turin

Launched in 1994 in Turin with commitment to creating a course with clear objectives, contents and ground-breaking teaching approaches, Holden School is a school of writing and storytelling. We teach how to craft stories and how to integrate theoretical concerns with practical experience

Heimathafen theater, Berlin

In 2009 the theatre company Heimathafen Neukölln launched a new folk theatre in Berlin´s most multi-cultural district- Neukölln. With the motto WE ARE THE  PEOPLE´S THEATRE and a diverse program of theatre productions, concerts, lectures and new show formats, Heimathafen Neukölln has given the district of Neukölln a new lively voice  –  made up by a crossover of styles, genres and cultures.

Public art lab, Berlin

Public Art Lab (PAL) is a Berlin based platform of experts from the fields of urban planning, new media art and IT in Berlin, directed by curator Susa Pop. PAL realises networking urban art projects that catalyse artistic processes and public awareness in temporarily occupied urban settings.

Czulosc centre, warsaw

Czulosc Centre is an international movement in contemporary photography. It’s a group of artists who explore the medium of photography and consciously limit themself to the characteristics and meanings of the medium. It’s organized as an art gallery and as a foundation of culture with NGO structure

Creature, paris

Paris based organisation for developing cultural entrepreneurship. Creature is working through 3 different activites: School, Accelerator and Agency

on the move, brussels

On the move is the cultural mobility information network active in Europe and worldwide. OTM informs about cultural mobility opportunities and advocates for a socially and environmentally responsible cultural mobility.

Learning objectives :

Seeking financial support

Building a powerful network

Organizing event and cultural project in the field of theatre, cinema, music industries, graphic arts, photography and publishing

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Improving language skills

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Exchange of ideas and good practices in a plurality of European contexts

Advanced digital literacy

Art and culture as tools to meet social and economic challenges

Building an informative and inviting online presence

CONTACT

Robin Holmes
school@creature.paris
4, rue Vigée-Lebrun, 75015 Paris