The post-graduate program in 2017 will be held simultaneously in Bucharest, Thessaloniki and Sofia, with a joint online learning platform and on-site events. The program is developed under the guidance of Goethe Institut and Sofia University. The CMA (Cultural Management Academy) in Bucharest is organized in cooperation with the Municipality of Bucharest through ARCUB and with the support of Eunic Romania cluster.

The program includes a one-week intensive educational course in Bucharest having the topic of `Capacity building for culture in the framework of cultural strategies (e.g. ECOC)` with lectures, seminars, discussions and individual assignments with Romanian and foreign professionals from the art sector, an online education platform with individual and group assignments. The program culminates in an international conference on cultural management and a networking fair, bringing together participants from Bucharest, Sofia and Thessaloniki and international guest-speakers. Upon successful completion of the Academy Goethe-Institut will fund on competitive basis start-up collaborative international projects between participants from Bucharest and their colleagues from the branches in Sofia and Thessaloniki.

Why to apply?

The program will engage participants from both public and independent sector in an experience that will develop their capacity of understanding the contextfor cultural strategies, offer skills to work with public documents on cultural policies (national or local cultural strategies),will strengthen relations between the independent sector and the public one, will expand the conceptualizing and critical skills and capacity to evaluate the risks etc.

Participants will have the occasion to engage in international collaborations. They will be offered excellent opportunities to build up their cross-border international network, to build their portfolio as speakers at the international academic conference and published author.They will have a chance not only to develop new collaborative international projects but to receive funding and implement them.

What to expect?

An intensive one-week on-site course in Bucharest with Romanian and international speakers. A great group of like-minded professionals from Romania, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary and Poland. Individual and group work, peer-to-peer learning, online support and mentoring. The program is curated by Miki Braniște, cultural manager and director of the Temps d `Images Festival, with the support of an international curatorial team.

The general theme of the program is `Capacity building for culture in the framework of cultural strategies (e.g. ECOC)`.The group will explore a variety of challenges, opportunities and working approaches into ways of developing their cultural activities in a context, decoding cultural strategies and ways to enroll in their major directions, developing public-independent collaborations, develop cross-culture partnerships, identifying new tendencies in international cultural cooperation, risk-taking and embracing uncertainty in organizational endeavors.


3-7 July

 One-week of intensive on-site training at ARCUB/Bucharest

10 – 25 July

 Call for papers for the international conference

July - August

Online learning and individual assignments

28-30 September                

International conference and networking event in Sofia

1 – 15 October

Call for collaborative projects to be funded and follow-up implementations of selected projects

Who can apply?

Cultural sector professionals, including literature, design, architecture, theatre and film festival curators, museum and gallery managers, club promoters and programmers, librarians, representatives of relevant city administrations, foundations, community centers, NGOs.

Successful candidates should have a Bachelor degree and be fluent in English.

Tuition: 200 Euro, which includes:

- the 5-day intensive course and 3-day international conference and networking event (transport and accommodation in Sofia included);

- lunch/ coffee-breaks and training materials;

- access to online learning;

- expert assessment of individual work;

- mentoring/consultations with Romanian and international professionals;

- opportunity to be a speaker at the international academic conference and to publish your paper;

- participation in Balkan networking event;

- opportunity to develop a new collaborative cross-border project and receive funding of 2,500 EURO for it.

Requests to reduce the participation fee can be considered to a limited extent. In that case, the organizers ask for convincing reasons. Also, organizers can offer accommodation to a limited number of participants from other cities.

How to apply?

- Expression of interest (max one page) setting out your motivation and a project you would like to develop further and to possibly find partners for through the academy program

- Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae

- Additional materialssuch as portfolio, links etc. (if applicable)

Please note that the package of documents should not exceed the size of 7 MB.

All documents should be submitted via e-mail at cma.bukarest@goethe.debefore 1th May

A maximum of 20 candidates will be selected by the project team with representatives of Goethe-Institut, ARCUB, Eunic cluster in Bucharest and the program curator. Selected candidates will be informed by May 8, 2017.


  1. Main objectives of the CMA

The cultural management academy is a training program. The objectives are:

- to improve the management capacities of the participants as “cultural entrepreneurs” in a post-graduate training.

- to include the experience and expertise of European and local institutional partners.

- to foster the formation and development of innovative self-reliant projects between participants from the independent scene and from municipal cultural institutions across genres.

- to stimulate cross-border partnerships and exchange in the region.

The program aims to build capacity in the cultural sector combining theoretical knowledge about cultural management (organization, administration and communication of cultural projects, leadership, fund raising cultural policy etc.), learning through examples from the real practice, study cases, practical exercises and implementation of small projects.

  1. The CMA between Bucharest, Sofia and Thessaloniki

In 2017 the Cultural Management Academy expands with new branches in Bucharest and Thessaloniki. On this way it aims to stimulate cultural dialogue at the level of managing and organizing cultural activities in the region. Thus the academy aims to encourage cross-border partnerships and joint projects and to establish a counselling service between cultural operators based on reciprocity.

In Bucharest, Sofia and Thessaloniki will be formed a group of up to 20 cultural managers from the country. Each group will have a 5-days intensive course in their city. The program will include lectures, workshops and trainings with local and international specialists. Additionally, a reader with important texts, books, links, presentations will be created to the course in each of the cities. All readers will be accessible in a shared online platform to all participants in the three cities.

The culmination of the program will be in September at the CMA 2017 Network Meeting and Conference in Sofia. At the 3-day event participants will build groups and teams in order to apply for funding from the Follow-Up Program of the CMA. The subsequent conference will gather members of the Academy, international experts, cultural actors of Sofia and guests. The conference organized by the Goethe-Institut Sofia and the Sofia Development Association will be followed by a publication with contributions on cultural management and cultural policies by CMA graduates and international experts.

All participants who have successfully completed the program will have the chance to develop a project with colleagues from the other two cities and to apply for funding up to 2500 euro. At the CMA 2017 Meeting in Sofia participants will get to know each other and build teams. In the next month they will have time to continue working on the idea and submit an application for startup or partial funding up to 2500 euro.

CMA 2017 and the three branches in a nutshell




20 participants

20 participants

             20 participants

1-week presence seminar 12-16. June 2017

1-week presence seminar 26-30. June 2017

              1-week presence seminar 3-7. July 2017

CMA Network Meeting and Conference in Sofia

September 2017

all 60 participants from the three cities + international guest lecturers and more

Follow Up Program

Closed call for funding of cooperation projects of participants in the CMA