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Cardboardia Laboratory’s 2017
2017-04-18 | design internship, events

Prime Bureaucrat of Cardboardia calling!

Open call for participation in Cardboardia Laboratory’s 2017 

During the Summer and Autumn of 2017 we are planning some exciting projects and are happy to share the experience! We will materialize different stupid ideas – you can expect a lot of work with cardboard, planning games and events, you can carry stuff, perform and communicate!  If you want to become a Personage of Cardboardia (citizen) – please join our internship!


25 October - 9 November 2017 - International Mardin Children and Youth Theatre Festival, Turkey (registration is open)

26-30 September - Coventry (UK) - Moat House community center, Festival of Imagineers

20-24 September - Redcar (UK) - Festival od Thrift (registration closed)

12-16 September - Dagenham (London, UK) ThamesFest featuring Silk River (registration closed)

8-16 August – Budapesht (Hungary) – Sziget Festival (registration closed)

18-30 July – Ramsgate  (UK) – Ramsgate festival (registration closed)

13-18 June – Birmingham (UK) – Summer in Southside festival (registration closed)


Carboardia Laboratory workshop is opening enrollment for unique internship that includes two modules:

Module 1 - "Designing costumes and objects for interactive performances" -  design of performance, creation of big and small objects, creation of cardboard and paper costumes - under the leadership of the Minister of Education of Cardboardia, Olesya Kandalintseva.

Module 2 - "Street performance, communication and interaction with the public" - interaction, performance, management of big scale events - under the leadership of Tyran of Cardboardia, Sergey Korsakov.  

Who may be interested?

Module 1 - "Designing costumes and objects for interactive performances"

We invite to participate: beginning artists, designers, architects, photographers, students and everyone who is interested in making art. Take part in our intensive practical course - which will teach you the basics of cardboard-modelling and making performances with people. The course is ideal as a practice internship for students.

Module 2 - "Street performance, organization and communication with public for beginners"

Suitable for actors, performers, directors, clowns as well as event managers/producers who would like both get a new interesting  experience of  creating performance from the very beginning and improvisation and take part in the organization of the process. Organizers who would like to develop skills interacting with the public in the process of street and spectacle performance are welcome to apply. Your training in performance and management is considered but not critical in our selection. 

This is an opportunity to take part in creating real projects where you will deliver unexpected tasks with delightful consequences.  The way you are involved in participation depends on your desires, talents and diligence. For the experienced specialists the internship can become a base for experiments, public realization of art plans, research for new directions. For the students and beginners the internship can become an opportunity to make first steps and a place where you will be evaluated by your results, not your diploma and portfolio.

What we are doing

During our internship program participants will learn and improve their skills: 

-      creating a visual concept of objects/costumes

-      sketching 

-      making objects

-      working with cardboard

-      working up some plans of realisation an actions

-      making a script of an action based on offering conception

-      realisation of an action according to script

-      public performance, improvisation and communication with the audience


If you want to join you need:

-      fill out the application form online -

-      accomplish a task, that you will receive within 10 days after sending the form

-      go through online interview (time and date will be confirmed individually) - optional

-      arrive to place of internship according confirmed schedule.

Participation is free. 

Participants are responsible for their own food and travel costs to place of internship. The project schedule will be specified during the online interview.

Participants travelling from overseas are responsible for any necessary travel visas. 

According to the results of internship our participants get a chance to become part or full-time members of "Made in Cardboardia team"- in UK, Europe or Russia.

It limited numbers of participants we accept, please fill out this online form:

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Cardboardia Animal Farm. Birmingham. Join
2017-05-03 | design internship, events

Animal Farm

Cardboardia Mobile Embassy-farm in UK

at Town’s countryside during Summer in Southside festival!

17 and 18 June 12-00 to 17.30pm (free entry), Ladywell Walk, Birmingham (UK)

Cardboardia is a country without territory. It was founded 10 years ago and we’re celebrating our tenth anniversary this year! 2017 has another very important date in world history – the one hundredth anniversary of the October Social Revolution in Russia!

We’ve decided to combine these 2 remarkable and historical dates and create a series happenings and celebrations throughout this year.

The first Mobile Cardboardia Embassy of 2017 will open in the UK in Birmingham as part of Southside Summer Festival. One of the best texts about the repercussions of the revolution in Russia was ‘Animal Farm’ written by George Orwell, a British author. 

We've decided to create a Cardboardia Animal Farm – with pigs and fences, combining the mixed feelings of safety in cages and with closeness of death.

Like a bright final we propose to form columns of not prepared demonstration in glory of George Orwell!

We are planning to bring the countryside into the urban city centre environment, near the Hippodrome right on Ladywell Walk! We will be making masks to feel like counterfeit animals and designing cardboard garden tools to become fake farmers!  Only we will won’t be making our Animal Farm to grow food, but to cultivate crazy ideas together! 

You too can become a Cardboardia personage and farmer and join our team in advance to help us develop our unique town based farm! To join the Cardboardia Laboratory for 5 days please fill in this form, we look forward to meeting you!

Cardboardia laboratory from 14 June at Studio 5 (prior registration needed). From 11am to 20pm.

If some question’s please email to

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Harvest Festival of Cardboardia
2016-08-12 | events, announcement

opening of the Cardboardia Embassy

On the last Saturday of August we will celebrate Harvest Festival of Cardboardia at the “Ziferblat” dacha!

When: August 27 from 14:00 to 18:00
Where: Dvoryaninovo village, Cardboardia Embassy, 109km from Moscow, 1,5 hours by car 

Admission is free. We ask you to register so we can understand in advance how many guests to expect (and also be able to give you feedback!)

By the lake we will show new performance, starring a tractor operated by a farmer Alexander. Before and after the performance - grill from the restaurant "Mark and Lev", smithy of Lev Ogibenin, master-class on baking homemade bread from Eugenia Lomonosova, excursion in "Edible Forest" with Sergey Grishin and, of course, construction of the Cardboard Town for Toys together with Personages of Cardboardia.

Everyone can become a guest star!
Don’t forget you’re entering nature’s domain and may need to bring with you a sun hat, comfortable shoes and an umbrella.

Venue: Dvoryaninovo village, Zaokskiy district, Tula region. 

To join “Made in Cardboardia” internship (20-28 August) in preparation for the Festival! You can apply (beofre 18 August) here:

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Cardboardia internship at the Ziferblat dacha
2016-07-29 | design internship, events

Cardboardia Embassy

"Made in Cardboardia" workshop and Ziferblat summer residence ( open enrollment for unique field internship, divided in two modules:

- Communication, performance with elements of management – curators Sergey Korsakov and Alexandra Lovyannikova (Cardboardia)
- Design of performance, creation of props and costumes from cardboard and paper – curator Igor Lev (Cardboardia)

"My perception of Cardboard has totally changed" (Olga Vasenko, design of performance)

"Internship in Cardboardia is like a two-week creativity camp where you can search for your place and role by yourself" (Yulia Ershova, performance with elements of management)

"Through 2 weeks (of which I was present only 5 days) I learned from Tyran more than through the years of my whole work experience" (Nastya Straumal, performance with elements of management)

"Large-scale, high quality, unique" (Elena Kalinina, performance with elements of management)

That's what people say after going on adventure with glue guns, cardboard tubes and timings.

In July we introduced our first summer residence internship, that ended up with a grand opening of the Cardboardia Embassy at "Ziferblat" dacha. You can have a look at how it was here (caution - a lot of Suprematism!).

Now, feeling more comfortable in the company of cows, goats, vast fields and forests, we're planning a large-scale performance of the Harvest Festival on one of the fields of the "Farm for Life". This time we go big and wiдl try new forms and create a performanсe with huge cardboard objects! We're going to melt the Day of Tyran's Giant Creatures with fertility theme, investigate old rituals and create new ones, live in atmosphere of creative escapism and controlled mayhem! If you feel you have enough of desire and stamina to create things non-stop for a week - maybe this internship is exactly what you need. 

Workshop venue: Dvoryaninovo village, Zaokskiy district, Tula region. Accommodation – camping (free of charge). 

Dates: from 20 to 28 August 2016. August 27 will be the Harvest Festival.

To apply, please fill in the form:

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Hebden Bridge Cardboardia Embassy
2016-07-22 | design internship, events
Tyran and bureaucrats
Photo © Ian Hodgson
The Personages of Cardboardia (along with their Tyran) have returned from the UK bursting with new experience, emotions and stories!

This year Cardboardia Personages (citizens) joined the 9th annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. From 27th May to 26th June, together with Handmade parade lead artists, local families and amazing "Made in Cardboardia" interns, we created a response on the parade's theme - flood in Hebden Bridge on the last Christmas! Tyran's propose was to show not only natural mud that come from earth and sky, but other kind of mud that come from minds and lives of people. We created Mobile Town with a central statue of The Giant Toilet accompanied by polluting tubes, chimneys, vehicles and even a group of bureaucrats - everything that makes life so full of... unclean matter.... The answer on this mud production was the second Utopian Mobile Town with The Big Tree as a central object, where huge red vacuum cleaner, surrounded by robots-gardeners, tried really hard to protect town ecology from these bureaucratic humans!
On this very day 26 June, as Handmade Parade was getting to its final stage, at the grand opening of the Embassy of Cardboardia several government appointments were made. Andrew Kim was officially designated as the Minister of the Union! The Tyran personally wrote him a Bank of Cardboardia cheque worth 100 Bad Tastes to support the further creation of Cardboardia on the territory of Hebden Bridge. This day was also marked by the creation of the new, highly important post of Prime Bureaucrat (which was immediately taken by Richard Coaten). Meanwhile, Plamen Georgiev granted himself the position of Tyran’s Adviser, and that was a very positive step because the Tyran likes it when people just get on and do what they feel is important! Also we were very pleased to see a long, long queue right in front of the Embassy, formed by people wanting to become Personages of Cardboardia, so that they can get a Personage Permit (citizenship) of Cardboardia. (If you want to see some great photographs from the festival, check this album!)
All this became possible because of the main Personages and friends of Cardboardia who were there! We want to express our gratitude for this opportunity to people involved in Parade.
Andrew Kim, the Artistic Director of Handmade Parade and now also the Minister of Union, who made it all possible! Nancy Barrett, the director of Creative Scene; Matt Burman, the Artistic Director of Yorkshire Festival; Stephen Coates, the Minister of Complaints and Small Revolutions (and ex-Cardboardia Ambassador to the UK); Olesya Kandalintseva, the Minister of Education in Cardboardia; Timofey Moskovkin, the Minister of the Warehouse; Ulya Gromova (not a Minister but an important Personage); interns of "Made In Cardboardia" training  - Sarah Celeghin, Lottie Smith, Amy Hegarty, Francheska Nekrasova, Nina Sergeeva; and of course, Sue Walpole, Kerith Ogden and Fran Sierevogel, Jude Wadley, Kath McGrath, Thea Soltau the main team of Handmade Parade with whom we were very happy to work and spend time!

Thank you all for making it so great and so real!

Obviously, we have no intention to stop and abandon our new Personages of Cardboardia! The UK Cardboardia Embassy in Hebden Bridge will get to work immediately, and we are planning to create and develop big materializations of Cardboardia in the UK in 2017 and 2018 with Cardboard Towns and National Celebrations!  

Through all this magic, mystery and mayhem we hope to create better understanding of Cardboardia culture in England!
Cardboardia is a State of Mind, a country without borders, a Union of Art and Heart
If you want to Materialize Cardboardia - please email
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