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START – Create Cultural Change

START is a capacity building and fellowship program for aspiring cultural managers in Greece. The program supports creative minds to kick-start cultural initiatives that generate a positive social impact on their local communities.


Opening Event 2019

Preparations for the Opening Event of the 5th and concluding program year are running high! The theme of this year will be TRUST. Trust of our Fellows to bring about social change with their projects. Trust of their communities in their ideas and abilities. And trust of all their partners and supporters that empowerment and exchange in the sociocultural sector will build a better future for all.

The event will introduce you to the new START Fellows and their Hosts, announce the three START Scaling Award winners, and engage your senses with artistic performances, making TRUST a tangible experience.

September 26, 2019, 18.30-22.00, Kesselhaus at Kulturbrauerei, Berlin

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START Opening
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START 2018/19

What's happening now?

The 4th program year 2018/19 has been concluded. Congratulations to all Fellows for the great impact being created in the Greek communities. The new Fellows and Hosts for Phase I of the program year 2019/20 have been selected and preparations are running high to start over again in Germany. Stay tuned for new inspiring projects to come soon!


Anniversary and Conclusion

In the program year 2019/2020, START celebrates its 5th anniversary. With this 5th anniversary, the program is also coming to its conclusion. To date, 57 cultural initiatives have been implemented by START Fellows, mobilizing over 25,000 citizens all around Greece and empowering them in times of crisis.

By reaching the finishing line in 2020, 150 Fellows will have participated in the program, forming a strong network of cultural managers. This growing community of change makers will continue to inspire new ideas to initiate and sustain sociocultural development in Greece.


Program Partners

Robert Bosch Stiftung
Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki
Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren

Supported by

John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation
Bodossaki Foundation