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Maria Kikidou

2016/17 Chalkis

Maria Kikidou is an urban planner and designer, working in Athens, Greece. She graduated in Urban and Regional Planning and Development from the Depart- ment of Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and completed her master’s in City Regeneration at the European Joint Master Course, FISD Consortium, Italy (studying in Italy and Portugal). For the past three years, she has been working on international civil society projects that promote neighbourhood revival through civic engagement, cultural initiatives and public art. Her field of interest lies specifically in the social and human perspective of cities and their public spaces; investigat- ing how design and the urban environment can spark a change in educational, political and economic structures.

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Sep - Nov

Project Title


Through participation and co-creation, the “Re_Puppet” initiative aimed to: bridge the gap between environmental sus- tainability and the cultural sector, switch the current perception of trash, and educate children about art. Using experimenta- tion, play and curiosity as motivation, the initiative seeked to promote interactive and horizontal learning in which all of us are artists.

5 children between 8 and 12 years old learned the secrets of puppetry, imagined stories, and constructed characters and settings using recycled materials and (non-organic) trash brought from their homes in this 2-day workshop. It started with the question “How do you imagine the world and what does the city of your dreams look like?”, the children then built-up their story using collective intelligence and their creativity. On the third day, the kids performed their story and the video of the process was presented in a public event. This project was a collaboration between Maria Kikidou, fellow of Plattform e.V., and Kassiani Kafetsi, fellow of CGE Erfurt e.V.

Host Institution


Plattform e.V. was founded in 2008 as a non-profit organization based in Erfurt, Germany. With the aim of promoting lifelong learning, cultural industries and development, participation and entrepreneurship: the organization sees itself as a think tank and network for current and significant social topics and challenges. The organization operates mainly in the context of long-term projects and programs and is always ready to transfer experience and knowledge to third parties.

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