Forum Regionum: call for participants!

Apply by 8 November 2016 for the Forum Regionum (9-18 December 2016) in Oberhausen - a platform for professional exchange and development between artists, cultural managers, urbanists and other creative people acting as change-makers in regional towns in Germany, the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia.

Participants are invited to take part in a residency in and around the old water tower in Oberhausen (Ruhr region) from 9 to 18 December 2016 guided by three local and international experts from the field of art, urban activism and regional development.

The aim is to intensively work together and to create pop-up and moveable formats and interventions for abandoned and unused buildings or public spaces that can be transferred from the context of Oberhausen to the home regions of the participants. Furthermore, participants will have the chance to visit and talk to local initiatives, communities and cultural institutions in Oberhausen and other towns of the Ruhr Region presenting sustainable and successful projects for the development of urban arts and culture. 

We offer 18 places for participants from the Eastern Partnership countries (see below) and Russia. Reimbursement of travel expenses to and from Oberhausen, meals and accommodation will be provided.

Who can apply?
You are an artist, civil society actor, cultural manager from an NGO or public organisation, representative of a local administration, architect, urbanist or designer. You live and work (or have the focus of your work/organisation) in a non-capital city or region in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and/or Ukraine. You are interested in sharing your ideas with colleagues and international experts, getting to know the Ruhr region. 

In order to apply, please send (in English, German or Russian) a short motivation letter (maximum 500 words), including a short description of your main project(s) in your home region and a CV until 8 November 2016 to the project manager Barbara Anna Bernsmeier: barbara.bernsmeier(at)

Forum Regionum was initiated by the alumni of the Robert Bosch cultural managers programme Barbara Anna Bernsmeier, Kathrin Oerters, Felix Oldewage and Cornelia Reichel in cooperation with Agnieszka Wnuczak and Christoph Stark from kitev – Kultur im Turm e.V. (Oberhausen) and MitOst e.V. (Berlin). The Forum is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany in the framework of the programme "Strengthening Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia.”

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