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Cardboardia week workshop in Slough (UK)
2018-05-01 | workshop, workshops

Cardboardia Mobile Embassy in Slough

Cardboardia Mobile Embassy: Come and meet your ideal world in Slough

From 26 to 29 June we will setup Mobile Cardboardia Embassy in Slough to present culture of Cardboardia on 30 June for the Streets Alive 2018 Festival.

Imagine if you could build your ideal world. What would you make? What would it look like? What characters and people would you see? Who would you be? And where would you be?

Cardboardia is a country without territory, but with own traditions, rules, economic and political systems. Personages (citizens) of Cardboardia materialised thier country around the globe. We build towns, setup Embassys and  celebrate national hollidays on territory's of friendly countries - Russia, Latvia, Poland, Taiwan, Germany, Finland, Slovenia, Denmark, Netherlands, Hungary and UK.

On opening a Mobile Cardboardia Embassy in the centre of Slough we are planning a premiere of the Official Cardboardia Orchestra - with wonderful imaginative instruments from across the world. Help create a carnival of cardboard creations. The Tyran of Cardboardia will oversee events and lead a procession of people through the town to create a carnival atmosphere on 30 June between 12am – 4pm

Whether you’re an artist, a builder, a performer or a policeman, we’d like to invite you to join us on Slough’s High Street to meet and join the Citizens or Personages of Cardboardia!

 How to Get Involved

There are three ways to get involved:

1. Join us for a 2 hour public workshop on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 from 6pm - 8pm. Email to get involved. For everyone aged      14+. Just 20 places.    

2. Join us on the day for a workshop - and participate and play in our Official Cardboardia Orchestra on Saturday 30 June 10am - 6pm,        to say you’re coming. All ages.

3. Apply to join the Cardboardia Internships and learn new skills from Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 June 11am - 7pm, and on Saturday 30 June 10am - 6pm.    Readmore below and sign up online. Ages 18+.

Cardboardia Internships

What we will research and exchange?

Aimed at bringing people together to create astonishing results from humble materials, Sergey Korsakov, the elected head of the country, Tyran of Cardboardia, with his ministers will curate two workshops to seaching for people's skills and hidden talents.

Module 1. Performance Design 

Module curator: Olesya Kandalintseva (Minister of Education)

Dates: Tues 26 - Fri 29 June from 11am - 7pm,
Saturday 30 June from 10am - 6pm

Join us to discover the basic skills of working with cardboard, developing the concept of creating props, objects and set design.

During our internship program participants will learn and develop skills:

•      creating a visual concept of objects/costumes


     making objects

     working with cardboard

     working up designs and turning them into reality!

You’ll come away having discovered the basics of cardboard-modelling for making performances with people.

Who might be interested?

Whether you want to explore your creativity – or want to join in and do something different - It is perfect for people who enjoy making things!

You could be a brilliant D-I-Yer, an engineer, a model maker, a craftsperson, a student looking to develop a career in fashion, design, theatre, or someone who is already a designer, architect or photographer.

Perhaps you might be looking to develop your own community festival or event, or be looking to be more creative with your time while the world cup is on?

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

Module curator: Sergey Korsakov (Tyran of Cardboardia)

Dates: Tues 26 - Fri 29 June from 11am - 7pm,
Saturday 30 June from 10am - 6pm

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

During our internship program participants will learn and develop skills:

•      making a script by sharing ideas together

     delivering actions according to the script

     public performance, improvisation and communication with the audience

Who might be interested?

Perfect for people who would like to try a new experience. Learn to create a performance from the very beginning, improvising, take part or help the organisation of the process.

If you’d like to try your hand at performance, or are happier behind the scenes making things happen, we want to hear from you.

If you’re already involved in the arts as an actor, performer, director or event manager and you would like to develop skills interacting with the public in the process of street and spectacle performance you are welcome to apply. Training in performance will be considered but is not critical in our selection.

How might I benefit from having a ‘Cardboardia Internship’?

This is an opportunity to take part in creating a really fun public project filled with unexpected tasks which will result in delightful consequences.

For the experienced specialists the internship can be a platform for experimentation, the public realization of art plans, or research into new directions.

For students and beginners the internship can become an opportunity to make your first steps learning from experienced professionals, to add an amazing experience to your CV, or just to proudly say “I did that!”

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.

Come and make the most of your talents. Come and create.


To get involved:

Fill out the application form online

  • accomplish a task, which you will receive during 5 days after you’ve sent your form to us.

  • go through an online interview  (time and date will be confirmed individually).

  • Be available on Saturday 30 June, and between 26 – 30 June to participate in workshops in Slough (minimum for 4 days)

  • Arrive at the place of the 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.

Curators of the Internship programme and Cardboardia team members:

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.

Lottie Smith

Lottie Smith, UK (artist).  Graduated with a degree in Illustration with Animation from Manchester School or Art, UK  in 2008. She continues to cut and stick in both 2d and 3d forms. You'll find her producing work for a broad variety of clients and uses, including shop window displays, props for stage, music video sets, festival installations, wedding decor or workshop facilitation. First working with Cardboardia at Hebdon Bridge's Handmade Parade in 2016 she felt she'd found her real nation.


 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.



Cardboardia – how to build your ideal world

Imagine you could step out of your ordinary life and become a character in your own story. How would you create it? Whether you would like to be an artist, a performer or an entrepreneur, fully immersed or just to visit for a while, Cardboardia will provide you with the tools to help build your creative community and to participate in a totally unique creative experiment. 

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