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Bazaar of Ideas: Explore Socioculture


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 participate and experience sociocultural projects and be actively involved in a selection of workshops. The main exhibition will include the 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 26 and 27, 2019. Admission is free, please register here!

We invite all those who want to explore the Greek sociocultural field to come together and participate as active citizens in innovative projects. This is made possible through offering a participatory platform to those change makers that enable communities to tackle difficult issues by using culture as a means of empowerment.


Wednesday, June 26, 19.30-24.00 hrs

Fellowship Celebration

The festive opening on June 26 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 6 months.

Language: Greek and German with parallel interpretation


Program details

19.30 Registration & Welcome reception

20.00 Soundscape enhanced by a live acoustic exploration 

20.30 Welcome address & Introduction to the START program

Christian Strob, Senior Project Manager, Robert Bosch Stiftung

Representative of the Municipality of Thessaloniki

20.50 ‘Expectations vs Reality’: Documentary film screening, offering a view behind the scenes of the 4th edition of START

Directed and produced by Antonios Vallindras

21.15 ‘Socioculture in Action’: Introduction of the START Fellows 2018/19 and their initiatives by START Alumni

22.15 START Bazaar of Ideas exhibition & cocktail reception


Thursday, June 27, 12.00-20.00 hrs

Participatory Program: Co-Creating Cultural Change

Awareness Campaigning | Social Engagement | Public Action

With a series of admission free workshops, film screenings and exhibitions offered by Fellows and Alumni of the START program we invite you to explore groundbreaking community projects and actively participate in initiatives that change our societies.

Language: Greek and English


Workshop Schedule

Creating successful awareness campaigns

12.00 Cultural accessibility and inclusion, by Christos Papamichael

The workshop addresses artists and cultural workers who wish to enrich and evolve their practices with respect to human rights.

12:55 Communication as a tool for social change: Bringing HIV as a human experience in the center of public attention. To Whom It May Concern. A case study, by Alexandros Michail & Lia Kesopoulou     

13:50 Learning about nutrition through the art of dancing, by Georgia Mikou

An experiential workshop for parents and teachers by the project Children Movement. 


Activating social engagement

14:45 Τhe Urban Game: Taste the Heritage! The Mystery of the Poisoned Greek Delight, by Nikos Vandoros & Kleri Bakoura

Visitors shall have the opportunity to solve a simple riddle thus “winning” a participation for the urban game that will be executed later.

15:40 co-topia  - dance lab, by Eleonora Siarava

It is a dance lab aiming to invite participants to explore and expand their movement vocabulary and their embodied experience in an interactive context.

16:35 The Space & Objects Workshop, by Stella Avgoustidou

Through a series of fun and easy theatrical games and improvisations we explore how we relate with spaces and objects of daily use.


Mobilizing public action

17.30 Mymubility, by Dimitra Chatziargyriou & Victoria Chatziargyriou

Re-experiencing spaces and relations through circus arts.

18:20 Detrashed, by Victoria Chatziargyriou

Laboratory of creative processing of disposable plastic packages.

19:20 Peri Viou – How to start a sociocultural center in Greece, by Sotiris Karagiotas. Public introduction of the Peri Viou sociocultural center in Karditsa, Greece.


Video Screenings Schedule

12.00, 14.30, 17.00, 19.30 | Expectations vs Reality, Alumnus Antonis Vallindras, Duration 20’

12.20, 14.50, 17.20 | Making Learning Cool, Alumnus Dimitris Kakavoulas, Duration 3:55’

12.25, 14.55, 17.25 | Future Storytellers Lab, Alumnus Angelos Tsaousis, Duration 15’

12.40, 15.10, 17.40 | Remains, Alumna Emmanouela Kyriakopoulou, Duration 42’

13.20, 15.50, 18.20 | To Whom It May Concern, Alumnus Alexandros Michail, Duration 6:22’

13.30, 16.00, 18.30 | the _bet² project (boosting esteem through theater): Short stories, Fellow Mara Kalantzi, Duration 9’

13.40, 16.10, 18.40 | The initiative "Roots are Routes" in the TV show "Children are great" (ERT3, ERT A.E. Archive), Alumna Olga Daskali, Duration 24:15’

14.00, 16.30, 19.00 | Bringing back a heyday: a different industrial concert, Alumna Stella Avgoustidou, Duration 28:45’


Social Engagement Party

18.00-20:00 Demo Crates open session Thessaloniki, by Alumnus Nikos Barpakis

The Bazaar of Ideas ends with an unprecedented audio puzzle of purebred talent and participatory ideas, mixed real-time on the spot live by Demo Crates.



- Alexandros Michail, Thessaloniki, Fellow 2017/18, Work sample from the project ‘To Whom It May Concern’.

- Apostolos Mokas, Volos, Fellow 2018/19, photographs from the project ‘Music for all’.


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

Location: Thessaloniki Concert Hall, M2 Building

Tickets: Admission is free and registration is online


Event collaborators:

Concept & artistic direction: Olga Tabouris-Babalis and Alexandros Michail

Exhibition design, 40.22 Architects | Graphic Design, Red Creative

Soundscape composed and performed by Marios V. Apostolakoulis and Christoforos Koutsodimos, violinist: Evridki Baltidou, vocals by soprano Stellina Vogiatzi.

Parallel program of 27.06 powered by Youthnest.

Ιn cooperation with OMMTH.

Fellowship Celebration 2018/19

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