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!OPEN CALL for Improvisation Lab extended!

Deadline: 17.07.2022

The Improvisation Lab is a four-day workshop for music students and young professionals that focuses on improvisation and ensemble playing. With his remarkable expertise, the Lab’s mentor Dietmar Wiesner will inspire participants to create a collective musical work with performative elements, which they will present at the closing event of 180° – laboratory for innovative art Festival on July 29, 2022 at Fabrica 126.

More Info here!

OPEN CALL for VideoMotion 2022

Deadline: 23.07.2022

With the ninth edition of 180° – laboratory for innovative art we once again announce our already well-established silent short film contest. This year the topic is “existinct”. All participants in the festival and the contest are challenged to search for their own notion of this abstract word created by us.

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OPEN CALL for music students and young professionals

Deadline: 14.07.2022

The Improvisation Lab is a four-day workshop for music students and young professionals that focuses on improvisation and ensemble playing. With his remarkable expertise, the Lab’s mentor Dietmar Wiesner will inspire participants to create a collective musical work with performative elements, which they will present at the closing event of 180° – laboratory for innovative art Festival on July 29, 2022 at Fabrica 126.

More Info here!

180° Circle

Within our brand new magazine we will share with you the stories of the (former and present) participants of 180° as well as hand-picked exciting news about the festival. In this pilot issue we look back to the very first edition of the festival that took place from 7th to 9th August 2014. Back in the day, we brought to the city of Sofia three events, including chamber music, contemporary dance, theater and digital arts. 

Eight years later we sat with Sara Bizzoca, one of the first participants of the festival, and the co-founder and former artistic director of 180° Elitsa Bogdanova, and asked them a few questions.

You can find 180° Circle here.

OPEN CALL for art students and young professionals

Deadline: 22.05.2022

For another year 180° – laboratory for innovative art Festival (Bulgaria) in partnership with International Ensemble Modern Academy (Germany) organizes a lab for students and young professionals. The project will offer participants an active educational program led by prominent interdisciplinary professionals; work in an online platform for the exchange of ideas; work on live projects within the 180° – Laboratory for Innovative Art Festival.

More Info here!

We Are Opening Tonight!

💥 We are looking forward to seeing you tonight after 8 PM @ the backyard of Goethe-Institut to warm up with good drinks and good mood. 🍹😏 At sunset, shortly before 9 pm, the festival program will kick off. 💥

Book Your Free Ticket!

180 ° – laboratory for innovative art Festival is with free admission, but because of capacity constraints of the performing spaces and measures restricting COVID-19 pandemic, we kindly ask you to reserve your free ticket here in advance.


Your names and Email will only be used to make a reservation list for the 180° – laboratory for innovative art Festival and will be deleted as soon as the event is over.


Thank you!

Videomotion – open-call for short-mute videos recorded via mobile device

With the eighth edition of “180° – laboratory for innovative art” we once again announce our already well-established competition for a silent short film. This year the topic is “ZOOM”. All participants in the festival and in the competition are challenged to construct their personal notion about this word which has gained huge popularity for the past year (and a half).

We do not concretize nor contextualize it so as to give you all the creative freedom to develop your interpretation and directorial vision on the topic. This year, a mandatory requirement is that the videos should be filmed with a mobile phone or a tablet.

The jury will select the finalists among the short films that will be accompanied by live improvisation performances of our guest musicians during the festival, and at the final stage of the competition the audience will choose its winner by voting.

The 180° prize amount for 2021 is set at BGN 300.

Who can participate?

Professionals and amateur film makers – to enter the competition you should be at least 18 years old and you should reside in Bulgaria.

What are the requirements?

Shoot a silent short film (up to 1 min.) on your interpretation of the “ZOOM” topic. This year, a mandatory requirement is that the videos should be filmed with a mobile phone or a tablet. Send it to us by 23 July via our form here.

An international jury will select the finalists.

Open-call for Bulgarian art students and young professionals

Application Deadline: 05.03.2021

180° and International Ensemble Modern Academy(Germany) are presenting the project “In-Situ: Friction”

ABOUT THE PROJECT:
“In-Situ: Friction” is a collaboration project between the 180° – Laboratory for Innovative Art Festival(Bulgaria) and the International Ensemble Modern Academy(Germany), which will create a partnership between the two organizations, allowing students from Germany and Bulgaria to explore the different cultural values ​​of the cities of Sofia and Frankfurt am Main, inspiring them to create innovative formats and cultural projects and meet different faces of the cities.


OBJECTIVE:
Creating innovative creative projects that remove the boundaries between different disciplines and genres and at the same time go beyond traditional methods of creating art. Supporting young artists by providing an environment that promotes freedom of creativity and the study of contemporary art trends.


PROGRAM:
The program will include collaboration with international students and implementation of joint innovative concepts in two phases in May (3 days) and July (7 days) in Sofia and a third phase in August (4-5 days) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany with covered travel costs. The project will offer participants an active educational program with lectures led by prominent interdisciplinary professionals, work in an online platform for the exchange of ideas, work on live projects within the 180° festival and Frankfurt. In case of national social restrictions, the project would be transformed into an online digital format.

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR? / WHO CAN APPLY?
We are looking for three students or young professionals up to 27 years old, from all fields of art, which will be selected by the 180° jury. The selected candidates will be announced on March 9th.


HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
Send CV, short motivation letter (up to 1 page) and portfolio (if applicable) to: artistic@180-degrees.org by March 5th


WHY?
“In-Situ: Friction” provides a unique opportunity for international collaboration with students from the International Ensemble Modern Academy, one of the most prestigious German program for contemporary music. Together with our partners we find a way to carry out this exchange even in very challenging world situations – when it is most needed because of the lower chances for exchange of professional experience with organisations outside Bulgaria.

Team 6 – Outcome

For 4 weeks the artists of “180° – laboratory for innovative art” Festival were collaborating digitally in order to experiment and create art together.

Today Team 6 (Kostadin Radichev, Tamon Yashima, Nefeli Galani, Noah Rosen, Thibaut Surugue and Ya Chu Yang) are posting the video result of their 4 weeks collaboration!

You can find it here together with their conceptboards.

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