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The START Jury brings together diverse professional experience from across the cultural field to guarantee multiple perspectives for a competent and fair selection process. Each program and supporting partner delegates a Jury member. In its final decisions, though, the Jury acts independently. Their questions might be tough but always constructive and of true interest.

Stefan Horn

Jury member

Stefan Horn has worked internationally as a free-lance curator, cultural manager, set, lighting and exhibition designer and in the field of visual communications. He has gathered years of experience in the conceptualization, direction and production of artistic and cultural projects on a local, European and international level. Since 2000 he is the artistic director of the Berlin-based art association urban dialogues, which engages with all manner of change and flux in relation to urban and social issues through site-specific and community-based art projects and urban interventions. He lives in Berlin and Windhoek/Namibia.

Peter Panes

Jury member

Peter Panes was active in promoting international understanding and intercultural dialogue as a DAAD lecturer and employee of the Goethe-Institut in Germany, South America and numerous countries in southern Europe. From 2010 to 2017, he directed the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki. In the last few years, the focus of his cultural work has been in the fields of the creative economy, cultural exchanges, urban development and European cultures of memory. In 2018, he was appointed to be a member of the new advisory council of the City of Thessaloniki, responsible for promoting German-Greek cultural relations.

Olga Tabouris-Babalis

Jury member

Olga Tabouris-Babalis is an Arts and Cultural Management Professional. She is collaborating with cultural institutions and foundations in Greece and abroad. Her extensive experience includes the position of the Artistic Director of Sani Festival for 22 consecutive years, as well as the position of the General Director of the Northern Greece Entrepreneurs Cultural Society. Also, she has been the Director and Editor-in-Chief of the cultural revue “Thessalonikeon Polis” and in 2013 she was appointed as the Programme Manager and Executive Artistic Coordinator for the 48th DIMITRIA performing arts festival.