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Cardboardia Internship in Russia
2018-06-25 | design internship

Kudykina Gora

From 16 to 22 July 2018, Personages of Cardboardia gather at Kudykina Gora to open a laboratory for the researching the carnival traditions of Europe and Russia. What can be the basis of the customs of different cultures? How did the images of carnival heroes, familiar to everyone, arise? Why do they sooner or later unite all the peoples on Earth?

We are trying to find the answers to these questions and invite everyone, who is willing to help us in our research, at the on-site internship workshop "Made in Cardboardia".

The internship will take place in the natural park of wonders "Kudykina Gora", where on July 21 the festival "This is the carnival" would be held

For one day the park will turn into a united carnival space filled with music, parades, workshops, dance flash mobs, contests, theatrical productions and performances.

Registraton for internship:


Module 1. Performance Design

Module curator: Olesya Kandalintseva (Minister of Education of Cardboardia) and Mikhail Gorshkov (Persdoange of Cardboardia and art-director of the “New school”) we will research some basic skills of working with cardboard, developing the concept of objects and set design.

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

Module curator: Sergey Korsakov (Tyran of Cardboardia)

Together we will learn how to plan an event and create an event scenario based on a proposed concept.  We will acquire public speaking skills and develop way of communication with an audience.

WHEN: 16-22 July 2018 from 10 am to 8 pm 

Check in - July 16 (Monday), check out - July 22 (Sunday) the second half of the day or July 23 (Monday).
The internship includes the process of preparation and participation in the festival from July 16 to 22, without days off. The daily schedule will be updated.

The recruitment is based on the results of the test assignment and interview. For nonresident interviews can be remotely, online.

To write for an interview, tell us about yourself and fill out the following form:

WHERE:  the natural park of wonders "Kudykina Gora" (Kamenka village, Zadonsky district, Lipetsk region)

TRAVEL. It around 3-4 hours drive from Moscow (Russia). We will help to plan and organize transfer from Moscow if you will come. The travel is paid by trainees independently. 

Accommodation in the park is possible in the camping (tent camp), free of charge. The number of places in the tents is limited, but you can set your own tent.

Meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner are paid - 600 rubles. per day, in the cafe / canteen of the Natural Park of Wonders "Kudykina Gora". The menu is negotiated in advance.

WHO may be interested:

Module 1 - "Performance design: costumes, props 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 -

It limited numbers of participants we accept

-      accomplish a task, that you will receive within up to 5 days after sending the form

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

-      arrive to place of internship according confirmed schedule.

Participation is free. Participants are responsible for their own food and travel costs (include visas if needed) to place

Curators and Cardboardia team members summer 2017 (curators can be different from project to project):

Tyran of Cardboardia

Sergey Korsakov, Russia (Tyran of Cardboardia, elected leader of the country) 1977 year of my arrival. Based mostly in Moscow, traveling a lot to promote Cardboardia country and setup Embassy’s around the globe. Before being elected as post of Tyran of Cardboardia – was head of «Bad Taste» (Russia) music label and agency (The Tiger Lillies, The Real Tuesday Weld, Jason Webley, The Flea-Pit Orchestra, Psoy Korolenko, Korabl, Tudosok and others), before it publisher of «Kinoizm» and «Igrok» online magazines and director of advertisement department at «Polit.Ru» magazine. Create and organize a lot of small and big events around the world, include gigs, shows, city festivals and Cardboardia materialisations.


Minister of Education of Cardboardia

Olesya Kandalintseva, Russia (artist, designer, curator of internship program at «Made in Cardboardia») Born in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from High School of Landscape Architecture and Design in Moscow. In 2011 – 2012 she attended two summer study cycles at the Strelka Institute. Starting from January 2013 Olesya Kandalintseva is Minister of Education of Cardboardia and a curator of Made in Cardboardia internship . Up to now Olesya Kandalintseva implemented more than 30 projects as curator and artist.

Michail Gorshkov (Personage of Cardboardia, architect, artist, graduate of the Moscow Institute of Architecture and Technology 2012) .A leader of the direction of "art and technology" at the New School. "He took part in several internships of Cardonia, as well as the artist of the Cardboardia Pictures project, the cardboard studio at the Sziget 2017 festival in Hungary.


Михаил Горшков (Новая Школа)



Where did this expression come from? According to one version, people in olden times asked for help from the magicians or wizards who performed rituals on the temples. These temples, as a rule, were on the hills or on the mountain. People came here to determine the direction of the path. Hence the expression of Kudykina hill. The phrase "stealing tomatoes" appeared much later, for rhyme. According to another version, the answer "To Kudykina Hill" was heard from merchants going to villages and factories for goods. Anyway, anyone, from young to old, knows the address of the Kudykina family park mountain! Park for children and their loving adults!

Kudykina Gora

 The internship program of Made in Cardboardia workshop was established in January, 2013. During this period the program participants and workshop curators have implemented more 30 projects, including those within a framework of festivals: Museums at Night (Moscow, 2013), Bright people (Moscow, 2013 and 2014), LowLands (the Netherlands, 2013 and 2014 ), International Lohas Festival (Taiwan), together with volunteers designed I'm in the House exhibition for The Gift of Life Foundation (Zurab Tsereteli Gallery of Arts, 2014), organized the Parade of Tyran's Dreams (Voronezh, 2014), International Street Performance Lab, Cardboardia Space Odyssey, the workshop with participation of Spyros Andreopoulos (Greece). You can watch the works of our cardboard design school graduates here.



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