Contemporary Culture Conversations will take place on November 11 and 12 at SOHO Coworking and aims to bring together people involved in the cultural sphere and the electronic scene in a two-day program of presentations and discussions by local and international organizations.

“Contemporary Culture Conversations (CCC)” is a two-day forum for busy people or interested in the field of art and culture, organized by Ritual Gatherings on November 11 and 12 at SOHO Coworking Space. By exchanging experiences with other countries and organizations, the event aims to track and analyze the various trends and models in the cultural sector.

The program is divided into two days, which will touch on aspects of artistic project management in the sphere of the NGO sector, visual art and electronic music. The event is completely free, and attendance takes place after online registration at the link: https://bit.ly/CCC-admission

On the first day - Friday, the program starts at 2 p.m. and will be dedicated entirely to cultural entrepreneurship and tools for managing independent organizations, fundraising and socially engaged art, for which the organizers have invited experts and artists from Norway, Poland and Iceland.

One of the key organizations and space for contemporary art in Iceland - Nýlistasafnið (The Living Art Museum) in Reykjavík is coming to us for a presentation that will touch on the topic of managing independent cultural organizations managed entirely by artists. Its director - Sunna Ástþórsdóttir will tell about the history, activity, goals and
the values that the museum upholds, as well as the teamwork, tools and methods needed to nurture a progressive artist-focused and audience-engaged platform for contemporary visual art.

Representatives of several companies will talk about business support of art, artists and cultural events in the discussion 'On the border between advertising and cause - brands as part of artistic projects'. The discussion will give practical advice on attracting corporate sponsors for cultural and artistic initiatives, and will be attended by Polina Vlahova - Marketing and Digital Communications Manager at Philip Morris Bulgaria, Elina Spasova - Brand Manager of Domaine Boyar, Miroslava Staneva - Brand manager of EMAG and Angelina Petkova from Lunar Festival of Lights.

In the late afternoon, several workshops and artist performances await us from several unconventional artists - special guests of the event from Iceland and Norway - Wiola Ujazdovska, Anna Wojtyńska, Pola Sutryk and Marita Isobel Solberg.

Viola was born in the Polish city of Torun, where she studied art history and painting. In 2014, she started working at the Living Art Museum in Reykjavík and moved to Iceland. In recent years she has focused on video, performance and installation, and at the Forum she will present her performance 'The prophecy of Lupine the sun that never sets'.

Paula is a chef, artist and performance artist who works with foraged ingredients and traditional home cooking techniques from around the world. She brings the aesthetic and environmental sensibilities she developed growing up in the wild region of eastern Poland to the realms of culture and cuisine. Her main field of activity is cooking, understood as an encounter and a process of transformation.

Anna is an anthropologist currently working as a postdoctoral researcher on the project 'Integration in Rural Iceland'. In the last few years, she has been studying migration to Iceland, mainly from Poland, but also from other Eastern European countries, with a main focus on the labor market and transnational practices.

Marita is a musician and visual artist working with sound, performance and installation. Born and based in Northern Norway, she has a strong connection to the region and is the director of the Sami Museum there, which preserves the traditions and heritage of the Sami people, the ancient tribes of Northern Norway.

The second day - Saturday, will present the first survey of the audience of electronic music in Bulgaria, which was initiated by Ritual Gatherings and supported by 25 of the most famous clubs and organizations in the field. The results will be presented by the festival team at 2 p.m., after which the forum will continue with three discussion panels, in which participants will representatives of clubs and promoters, as well as the organizers of 4 of the biggest festivals in our country – Meadows in the mountains, Wake up Stranjah, Lost Gipsy Land and Ritual Gatherings.

Ritual Gatherings: Traditional Rituals and Interactive Contemporary Art - Mechanisms for Building Communities and Achieving Sustainable Cultural Ecosystems” (Project BGCULTURE-2.001-0117-C01) is implemented with the financial support provided by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Financial Mechanism to the amount of EUR 199,984. The project is part of the OP “Cultural Entrepreneurship, Heritage and Cooperation” Result 2 “Improved access to arts and culture”.