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Join the Cardboardia's Performance Lab in Derry (Northern Ireland)
2015-03-18 | design internship, events

Cardboardia Performance LAb

Join Cardboardia's Street Performance Lab in Derry/Londonderry

May 16 (Saturday) – 24 (Sunday) 2015, 11am to 7pm
As part of the Peoples' Republic of Creativity during Voluntary Arts Week

Personages of Cardboardia are happy to welcome anyone who wishes to create big, perform loud and parade the streets of Derry!

If you want to learn how to create characters and worlds with cardboard or get better at what you already know; if you are looking for a powerful experience, or be a part of a large creative project and make new friends - apply below and join us at the Lab!

The Lab has two major Modules:

Module 1 - Designing costumes and objects for interactive performances

Module 2 - Street performance and communication with the public for beginners

Throughout the several days of our intensive Lab we will create a large-scale interactive space and prepare a city parade of cardboard awesomeness.

In Module 1, designers will learn basic and advanced techniques of creating costumes, decorations and objects from cardboard. The program could be particularly interesting for artists and architects, school teachers and designers.

Those who take part in Module 2 will go through the entire cycle of preparing a city event - adapting the concept to the location, preparation and management. The module is curated by a brilliant street theater director, so we especially welcome stilt walkers and other performing artists to take part. You will learn the basics of interaction with the audiences, exchange stilt walking and performing experience and get to improvise in a new eclectic team.

The Lab will end in a series of performances on 23 and 24 of May.

Curators of the Street Performance Lab are:  Mathijs Stegink, NL (artists, animator, trainer and teacher), Olesya Kandalintseva, Rus (artist, designer, workshop curator at Made in Cardboardia), Wolfgang Hauck (street theater director, stilts walker, homeopath).

Participation in the Lab is free, yet the number of participants is limited. Groups will be formed following the results of online interviews.

Lab participants will need to take care of their daily expenses and costs of travel and stay in Derry/Londonderry (Northern Ireland).

In order to take part in the Lab you need to fill out the application form, complete a test piece and receive the confirmation from the curator.

Olesya Kandalintseva 

 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.

Minister of Cardboard

   Mathijs Stegink, NL  (artist. animator, programmer, Cardboardia Minister of Cardboard) 

Puppetry, 3d animation, videomapping, programming installations, festival television, event design and giant cardboard sculptures. Also he teaches at schools for animation, art and design in the Netherlands. Сo-owner of studio Reanimation, the managing director of Cardboarders He is also one of the programmers for the KLIK! Animation Festival.

"My work often tries to engage the audience in participating, experimenting and explore their own and each others creativity. I try to organize events where people get the possibility to get to know each other by using their hands and work together on a creative project. It doesn’t matter if these people are creative professionals or amateurs."


Wolfgang Hauck, Germany, the homeopathic doctor  and the Director of the Die Stelzer Theater from Landsberg am Lech, Germany.  

This Theater represents a unique combination of classical theater, outdoors environment and actors performing on the stilts. Within the Die Stelzer’ prospective streets turn into a classical theater scene, where the audience turns out to be a part of performance rather than mere observers. Die Stelzer Theater travels and implements creative projects in different parts of the world.


Voluntary Arts Week is an annual celebration of cultural creativity across the UK and Republic of Ireland. The festival is promoted by Voluntary Arts in partnership with other national agencies but is run by arts groups and individuals across the country who take part in cultural activities all year long.Voluntary Arts Week 2015 will take place from 15 -24 May (too much creativity for just 7 days) and we would love you to join us! Visit the website to find an event near you and put a creative date in your diary -



In Your Space, based in Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland, is a performance company which involves a collective of freelance artists and circus performers and makers with a wide range of skills. We work individually and in collaboration in the fields of visual arts, music, circus skills, street theatre, costume making, large scale carnival constructions and theatre.

Verbal Arts Centre. We believe storytelling both written and spoken is a transformational, leadership art, open to all, through which we translate values into action: engaging head, heart and hands. Everything Verbal does aims to give everyone regardless of ability, background or circumstances the opportunity and the means to; tell their story & listen to the stories of others. Since first established in 1992 Verbal’s mission has been and remains the promotion of the written and spoken word, the celebration of commonality and diversity and the development of knowledge, understanding and excellence in the creation, performance and critical practice together with research, publication and the provision of information. Our work is divided into 5 programme areas: Digital Storytelling, Publishing, Reader Development, Festival & Events, Oral History & Archive.

Cardboardia Performances


About Cardboardia performances. Street performances are one of the favorite events at Cardboardia. In 2013 alone, we implemented 6large-scale projects and more than 20 medium-scale events. We make celebrations where performances are focused on interaction and mutual collaboration between professionals and the audience. Artists from Russia, Holland, UK, Germany, US and Greece are frequent participants in Cardboardia's performances. See the video about one of street performances! Amersfoort (NL), August 2015, special for Spoffin festival!


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