Plovdiv School of Spectacle

Invitation for applications from creative practitioners & artists from all disciplines to attend ‘Plovdiv School of Spectacle 2017’ – a free eight day outdoor arts training School in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The European Academy of Outdoor Arts are inviting applications from creative practitioners from Plovdiv, Bulgaria to attend an eight day school in outdoor arts production and making for installation. The school also has a small number of places available for creative practitioners in the Academie’s project partner countries Limerick, Ireland; Pafos, Cyprus; Elefsina, Greece and Kaunas, Lithuania.


“Plovdiv School of Spectacle” – outdoor arts installation 

Plovidv School of Spectacle is a free eight day intensive outdoor arts training school for twenty five local and international creative practitioners. The school will deliver training designed to build skills that creatives need for making outdoor arts installations.

The school is led by Walk the Plank, and organised and hosted by partner Plovdiv 2019 Foundation

With international partners Pafos 2017, Cyprus; Limerick City & County Council, Ireland; Dvimiescio kulka, Lithuania and associate partners Fidget Feet, Ireland; that together make up the European Outdoor Arts Academy. The training is made possible through the kind support of Creative EuropeSNF and Plovdiv 2019 Foundation.

Plovidiv School of Spectacle is the third of five distinct international European Schools of Spectacle happening across Europe between 2016 and 2018.

The first half of the school will deliver core training in outdoor arts production alongside basic techniques in scenography, audio visual, fire and performance for installation. While providing an opportunity to get inspired through guest talks and peer led show and tells. In the second half of the school creative practitioners will be supported to put the theory into practice. Working collaboratively in groups to create a small public installation inspired by the idea of transporting the sounds and images of nature from Plovdiv’s Adata Island into the urban landscape.

Eternal Voyages, Pafos 2017. Projection by Rob Vale & Illuminos, Walk the Plank 

Facilitators will include

  • Maria Koycheva (Bulgaria) Scenographer
  • Petko Tanchev (Bulgarian) Digital Artist
  • Liz Pugh (UK) co-founder and producer of the UK outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank, lead partner for the School of Spectacle. She is currently working on Manchester Day, Pafos2017, MK50 and Peterloo2019.
  • Rob Hill (UK) Walk the Plank freelance producer and technical expert
  • Alexis Johnson (UK) learning director of the UK outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank and participatory artist

Guest Artists 

  • Vessela Statkova (Bulgaria) Costume – Plovdiv Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts
  • Guérassim Dichliev (Bulgaria) Performance


  • Training with professionals working in public spectacles;
  • Cooperative experience with peers;
  • A Certificate of Achievement upon completion of the course;
  • An opportunity to be invited to travel and up‒skill in future Schools of Spectacle scheduled for Limerick in 2017 and 2018;
  • Links to new networks, collaborators and contacts.

Who should apply

We are interested in creative practitioners and artists driven to learn how to take their practice into an outdoor setting, with a desire to learn with others, to experiment, co‒operate and co-create.

  • Be motivated to work collaboratively as a collective
  • Be interested in installation in outdoor settings

What Creative Practitioners Attending the School of Spectacle in Pafos in 2016 said: 
Creative practitioners and artists from six European countries share skills, develop talent, and create outdoor events that celebrate place, identity and our common European heritage during Pafos School of Spectacle in December 2016.

Fire Drawing and lanterns at Pafos School of Spectacle 2016 [Image Foto Larko]

Here’s what they said:

 “An exciting and valuable experience. In just three days we managed to make a team of people who have never seen each other before, to come up with ideas and unite in a common solution in which all feel comfortable. We made an outdoor spectacle  in a place that most had never seen before.“
– Petko Tanchev, Pafos School of Spectacle participant

“For me, the most impressive thing was how they involved the community in the project and made this not just another event, but an event made by the people, for the people under the orchestration of the teachers and us, the students.”
– Katerina Neofytidou, Pafos School of Spectacle participant


How to Apply

Find all information and application information on Eventbrite

The application deadline is 25th September 2017.



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