It's really difficult to single out this or that grant project for notice. It's satisfying, working as a programme manager, to see projects that show their long-term potential. For example, when an individual mobility project morphs into a collaborative project. One that comes to mind is from our first grant open call when Polish playwright Joanna Wichowska travelled to Lviv for her mobility project. She worked with Ukrainian director Rosa Sarkisian to stage the play Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful Times.
In our sixth open call, Rosa won a mobility grant to travel to Berlin where she and Joanna and their German partners worked on a new collaborative effort
. We've had programme participants who got their first start in earlier programmes, like Olena Kasperovych, residency curator from the Yermilov Centre in Kharkiv who got her start as part of the Culture and Creativity programme
where she established a working relationship with BridA, the Slovenian arts group. Culture Bridges mobility grants allowed Olena and Sandy Mango from BridA to visit, respectively, Slovenia and Ukraine and set up the joint Plantportation project. We recently received the news that Olena had been approached to curate a Slovenian festival of contemporary art called Pixxelpoint
2020. On our website you can find the full story behind a lot of the projects we worked with over these three years. Come and take a look!