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Bazaar of Ideas: Coexistence in a Creative Cumulus

The Bazaar of Ideas is a platform for connection, exchange and collaboration for the creative community of Greece. The 2-day event offers a space to share and discuss impact driven ideas and ways to bring them into reality. Input will be given by 15 innovative START initiatives which have been launched over the past 6 months, creating cultural change in local communities all around Greece.

The event will take place at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall on June 28 and 29, 2018. Admission is free! Get your tickets here.

We invite all those who coexist in the Greek Creative Cumulus to come together and move forward their aspirations as cultural managers or as active citizens with innovative ideas. This is made possible through offering a working platform to those change makers that enable communities to tackle difficult issues by using culture as a means of empowerment.


Thursday, June 28, 19.30-24.00 hrs

Fellowship Celebration

The festive opening on June 28 will introduce you to all START activities, partners and networks. It also comprises an interactive exhibition where all START fellows and their teams present the fifteen cultural initiatives they have launched over the past six month.

Program details

19.30    Registration & Welcome reception

20.00    MOYSA Youth Symphony Orchestra performing crossover music

20.30    Welcome address
             Dr. Rudolf Bartsch, Director, Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki
             Representative of the Municipality of Thessaloniki

20.45    Introduction to the START program and activities
             Christian Strob, Senior Project Manager, International Relations Europe and its Neighbors, Robert Bosch Stiftung

21.00    Keynote speech: Co-creating Sustainable Business Models with BoP populations in the Creative Industry
             Dr. Fiori A. Zafeiropoulou, Founder & CEO SOFFA, Zita Hellas the rebirth, Country Coordinator Fashion Revolution Greece

21.15    ‘START in Action’ – documentary film screening, directed and produced by Antonios Vallindras

21.45    Presentation of the START Fellows by Alumni

22.30    START Bazaar of ideas exhibition & cocktail reception


Friday, June 29, 13.00-18.00 hrs

Resources for Innovation: Funding | Collaborations | Growth

Having an innovative cultural idea is great. But where to start from to make it happen? How to find funding, collaborators or interested stakeholders? While the projects’ exhibition continues, a parallel program has been especially designed for the Greek creative community and includes 3 panel sessions on resources for funding, networking and growth of sociocultural initiatives.

Program details

13.00    Session 1: Meet the funders
Presenting funding opportunities for early stage initiatives.

•    Ioannis Moschos, Programme Officer, Points of Support, The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation
•    Babis Papaioannou, General Secretariat for Life Long Learning and Youth, Ministry of Education

Moderator: Maria-Louiza Laopodi, Project Manager, START

14.30    Session 2: Building networks
Sharing insights on building and participating in networks.

•    Andreas Kämpf, Manager of the sociocultural centre "GEMS", Member of the board of the Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren, Vice-President of the Deutsche Kulturrat (German Culture Council)
•    Joest Schmidt, Co-founder and Board member, Drop In e.V., Berlin
•    Ourania Mavriki, Alumna, START

Moderator: Dr. Fiori A. Zafeiropoulou, Founder & CEO SOFFA, Zita Hellas the rebirth, Country Coordinator Fashion Revolution Greece

16.00    Session 3: Prospects for growth
Ideas and tools to grow and scale sociocultural initiatives.  

•    Anastasios Diolatzis, Manager, NON / Reworks Festival
•    Dimitrios Kaboukos, Marketing Coordinator, Hellenic Design Centre
•    Elena Farini, Thessaloniki Area Branch Manager, Action Finance Initiative

Moderator: Babis Papaioannou, General Secretariat for Life Long Learning and Youth, Ministry of Education

17.00    ‘START in Action’ - short documentary directed and produced by Antonios Vallindras


Join us to become part of the growing community of change makers bringing social change to your neighborhood or community.

Meet & feel the sociocultural change arising.

Catch the Creative Cumulus!


Location: Thessaloniki Concert Hall, M2 Building

Tickets: Admission is free and registration is onlineOnce at the event, you will receive your ticket for the 28.06 at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall at the reception.


28.06 Greek and German with parallel interpretation

29.06 English


Concept & artistic direction by Olga Tabouris-Babalis

Exhibition Design by 40.22 Architects

In cooperation with ΟΜΜTH


Fellowship Celebration 2017/18

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