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“START – Create Cultural Change” is a capacity-building and fellowship programme for aspiring cultural managers in Greece. The programme supports young creative minds so as to kick-start their cultural initiatives aimed at generating positive social impact in their local communities.
The START programme takes place in Germany and Greece in three phases, which enable programme fellows to develop innovative ideas into independent cultural initiatives and acquire professional skills.
The programme includes the following phases:
The Latsis Foundation, for third consecutive year, conferred the “Scaling Awards”. The fellows distinguished in 2019 were:
The programme is implemented by the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Federal Association of Socio-Cultural Centres (Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V.) and is supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation.
“The ‘START – Create Cultural Change’ Programme was a real start for us. We were given the opportunity to bring to life an idea that a year before had been expressed in just 500 words. In addition, through the programme we reached our limits. We realized what it means to be in 'deep water'. I think this is the key message: To not be afraid of the unknown but to dare and create. And when you receive trust and support in this process from programmes such as START, then everything becomes easier.”
Founder, “Messolonghi By Locals”
“’MakeSomeNoiz’ is on track thanks to the training and guidance of the 'START – Create Cultural Change' team. Within a short time, a brass band of teenagers from 8 different countries was created in the centre
of Athens. A group of people who started thinking and acting within the context of a collective social initiative under the guise of music. The Scaling Award by the Latsis Foundation sparked extroversion, collaboration with different groups and participation in activities, in Greece and abroad, through which children came closer by developing their social intelligence, music skills, friendship and solidarity.”
“The most important factor is that we were able to contribute in our own way to decrease the patients’ and survivors’ isolation, to combat problematic stereotypes about the disease and to raise the public’s awareness. Thanks to the Scaling Award by the Latsis Foundation our mission continues and we will launch
the non-profit organisation ‘Eyes of Light’, evolving our activities in order to maximise our organisation’s social impact in 2020. Furthermore, thanks the Foundation’s support, we are expanding our vision: a society where all people suffering from severe diseases will be relieved and encouraged though the beneficial properties or art.”
Programme Director/Workshop Instructor, “Eyes of Light”
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