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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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