START – Create Cultural Change: A programme for cultural managers in Greece

START - Create Cultural Change 



Within the framework of the programme START – Create Cultural Change for cultural managers in Greece, 15 ideas-sociocultural projects were presented at the completion of the second phase, by the fellows of the program during the last six months across Greece. It is a programme of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers and supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.


The second year of the START - Create Cultural Change programme for the promotion of aspiring cultural managers came to an end with an event on May 25th and 26th in Thessaloniki. The presentation of the START programme scholarships took place in the port of Thessaloniki. The 15 fellows had the opportunity to present their projects to the public and thereby extend their networking in culture management.


On Thursday, May 25th, the programme structure was presented by the programme partners (The Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers) and the new support partners from Greece (the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation). Subsequently, a site-specific artistic performance was presented by an alumni of the programme, followed by a reception in the exhibition space of the 15 projects. There, the fellows had the opportunity to present their projects to the public in specially designed booths, and the visitors showed great interest in the projects and had direct contact with them while discovering the sociocultural initiatives (the projects were implemented in the following cities: Prespes, Thessaloniki, Volos, Thebes, Athens, Aegina, Argos, Rhodes). The networking was particularly important since any further partnerships will enhance these projects after the end of the START programme.


In addition to the city's visitors, representatives from 15 German sociocultural centers participated in the events, which the 15 fellows visited for two months during the autumn of 2016, in order to exchange expertise and to gain cultural management experiences from Germany.


Expansion of the local network of supporters

On Friday, May 26th, during a closed event held within the same area at the port, all 15 fellows pitched their ideas and plans for the future, in order to claim the three Scaling Grants of 10,000 euros each, which are offered this year by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation. The purpose of awarding these prizes is to enable the continuation and development of the projects in the respective regions of Greece.


Open call to take part in the START program year 2017/18 until 31 May

As announced in early April at and selected media, cultural managers in Greece and cultural centers in Germany can submit their application to participate in the programme for the year 2017/18 which is the third cycle of the START programme.


More information about START - Create Cultural Change

The programme comprises three consecutive phases in Germany and Greece, enabling START fellows to develop an innovative project idea into a cultural initiative and to acquire the entrepreneurial skills to scale the initiative into a sustainable creative venture. The two-month capacity building programme in Germany offers 30 START fellows the opportunity to enhance their applied knowledge in international cultural management. Moreover, the selected fellows will receive support in developing an experimental small-scale project in Germany to test their idea before the implementation in Greece.


The six-month fellowship and project implementation phase in Greece provides 15 START fellows with funds, networks, and a support structure to launch their cultural initiative in Greece. It also offers them an opportunity to promote themselves as cultural managers.


Finally, after the completion of the START scholarship, three START Scaling Grants will be awarded to exemplary initiatives of the programme that excelled in creating a positive social impact, sparked cultural innovation and showed potential to be continued and expanded in the future. These project grants are being provided by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.

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START – Create Cultural Change

Cooperation Partners


Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH

Heidehofstr. 31, D-70184 Stuttgart


Goethe Institut

Vas. Olgas 66

GR-54642 Thessaloniki, Greece



Soziokultureller Zentren e.V. , Lehrter Strasse 27-30, D-10557 Berlin