Freelance opportunity: Cultural Communications Producer
Are you interested in the role of culture in supporting social and environmental justice?
- Do you have a background in Communications/Arts/Civil Society?
- Are you interested in supporting international conversations between artists, thinkers, activists and audiences?
- Are you able to shape and enhance narratives and deliver communications across our platform?
If this is you, we welcome your application for this role.
About the opportunity
Freelance fee: 30 days (240 hours) @ €115 – total €3450.00
Duration: January to December 2024 (with the possibility of extension subject to fundraising)
Location: The candidate must be based in Cyprus, with capacity for working remotely and onsite for events and projects.
Deadline: 20 December 2023; with interviews taking place 8-11 January 2024.
Welcome to our new board members
29 September 2023
We are delighted to announce five new members have joined our board. We welcome Christos Carras, Nora Hadjisoteriou, Dize Kükrer, Stacey Pitsilides and Alessandro Vincentelli to D6:EU. Together, they bring many years of experience across the cultural and creative sectors both in Cyprus and internationally, and a wealth of knowledge and skills to the board and team.
They join at an exciting time for D6:EU – as we create new opportunities for artists and cultural collaborations in Cyprus and beyond through local and international partnerships.
Along with D6:EU’s founding board members Argyro Toumazou , Clymene Christoforou, Ros Rigby and Stella Hall, the new members took part in a hybrid meeting in Cyprus in September to begin our journey together. We look forward to a rich and productive time shaping our programme and making a difference in the cultural and creative sectors.
15 September 2023
D6: EU are delighted to be one of the Culture Action Europe members supporting #PoptheVoteEU. We seek opportunities to raise the voice and practice of young artists, student artists and cultural workers Cyprus wide to promote equity, sustainability, curiosity and generosity.
Are you a young artist, student artist, or cultural worker aged 18-30?
#PoptheVoteEU wants you to channel your ‘artivism’ practices and mobilise your community to vote in the 2024 European Parliamentary Elections. The 2019 European Parliamentary Elections marked a turning point with a remarkable surge in voter turnout – the highest in 25 years. However, to bridge the generational gap in political engagement, “Pop the Vote! Culture on the Ballot” is gearing up for an electrifying initiative leading up to the 2024 elections.
Led by Culture Action Europe and co-funded by the European Parliament, this project calls upon young artists and student artists, aged 18-30, to be Changemakers in their communities.
REFLECTIONS ON EMERGENCY, INFLUENCE AND PRACTICE
26 July 2022
As forest fires blaze across the continent and many countries in Europe live through the hottest summer on record, there is no doubt that climate change is having disastrous consequences. It can feel overwhelming to take action, but as cultural practitioners we know we too must act – for the sake of our communities and the planet. D6:EU’s Emergency, Influence and Practiceseries of dialogues brought together artists, policymakers, environmentalists and cultural institutions to share best practice, as well as broader civic and international frameworks for culture’s role in the green agenda.
We’re delighted to share with you the reflections on the dialogues. Researched and written by Dr Sophia Hadjipapa, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the Department of Arts of the European University Cyprus, the reflections weave together the initiatives and ideas discussed at the webinars and conference in Nicosia in March 2022. Beginning with wider frameworks, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the European Green Deal, the paper then looks to national initiatives in Cyprus and local examples of best practice both in Cyprus and across Europe.
Not only does the paper capture the various dialogues, but in doing so it makes the case, loud and clear, for culture to build environmental consciousness and enact the change needed to tackle the climate crisis – both within the culture sector and as advocates to our audiences, communities and institutions.
WHAT ROLE FOR CULTURE?
19 March 2022
Emergency, Influence and Practice is a series of dialogues on culture and climate action, which started in Nicosia on 19 March 2022, and considers how the arts are addressing the climate crisis, and how we are measuring our own impact.
We dedicate this series of conversations to friends and colleagues in Ukraine, with whom we have had many difficult conversations over the past two weeks.
We believe that culture is vital to building social cohesion and environmental consciousness, and that through the arts we can communicate across languages and cultures, build confidence, reveal perspectives on heritage and better understand the impact of climate change on our communities.
A brutal autocrat many thousands of kilometres away helps sharpen the mind on man’s impact on our fragile world. Across Europe, our heavy dependence on fossil fuels sees sovereign states rush to find alternatives to the Russian supply line. In Germany over 30% of gas and oil supplies come from Russia and across Europe we now rush to cement friendships with other oil rich autocrats, ignoring their infringement of human rights at home and abroad. These extractivist sources of fuel shake our democracies, damage our land, our air and our future sustainability as a planet. If there was ever a cry for homegrown, renewable sources of energy, should it not be heard now?
Meanwhile here in Cyprus that distant war sees an immediate impact on supplies of grain.
This little island consumes some 600,000 tonnes of grain each year where only 50,000 can be produced locally. This meat eating nation uses 90% of all grain to rear animals. Is it not time, here and elsewhere, to question our reliance on the most carbon producing of food sources? (i)
Geopolitical fragility, market driven economies and our relentless desire to consume more, is driving the destruction of our planet. Temperatures are rising. With devastating heatwaves, water shortages, loss of biodiversity and risks to food production, the UN has now identified the Mediterranean as a climate change hotspot. (ii) This is not a problem, it is a crisis. We need to collectively raise our environmental consciousness. And we at D6:EU, alongside our friends and colleagues in the the cultural sector and beyond, stand ready.
INTERVIEW WITH ARGYRO TOUMAZOU, D6:EU FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER
We interviewed founding board member, Argyro Toumazou to find out more about her and why she wanted to be involved with D6:EU.
Argyro, can you tell us about yourself and previous projects you’ve worked on?
I have always drawn inspiration and reflection through daring arts and culture in all forms. Back in 2003 I revived the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts works and came up with the many challenges facing artists as practising professionals and in particular in group and community projects.
Passionate for art development and social advancement I organised innovative artistic projects around Nicosia, like Open Studios within the Walls, Nicosia Documentary Festival, European Night of Museums, Basking Musicians Walk.
I pressed on to re-inhabit and re-view social/political taboos and barriers through coordinating and producing bi-communal art projects, between communities in a still divided in Cyprus, using of multiple venues within the Nicosia buffer zone to enable community engagement. Projects like «Leaps of Faith» May 2005, Art-Attack Art-Competition, May 2007, Weavings-Υφάνσεις-Dokuma Art-Competition 2008, Little Land Fish, Istanbul 2010, UN Revolving Art Exhibitions 2009 – 2011, UNCOVERED 2011, enhanced my expertise and experience as an independent cultural consultant, strategist and producer undertaking creative design, artistic curation and coordination of cultural activities in Cyprus, in close collaboration with local authorities, UNDP Cyprus, European Union programs, and Cypriot & European Cultural Institutions, bodies and communities.
Naturally growing in international scope, I co-organised the European Cultural project for Bilateral Cooperation in Cyprus Confrontation through Art, 2014–2018 together with T/Cy colleague and Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot NGOs Rooftop Theatre Group and European Mediterranean Art Association, and engaging Cypriot & European artists in creative workshops and exhibitions, residencies in Athens and Berlin, and a children’s workshop exchange in art and animation.
I currently participate as Local Coordinator, cultural producer and partner in the Creative Europe program Contested Desires 2019 – 2021 combining its capacity building thread with artists/producers residencies, and bringing together the Cyprus Xarkis Festival with whom I cooperated for the first time in 2016 in organising a bi-communal artist’s residency in Lofou.
Co-founder and project manager of Multi-Arts Crossings (MAX) since 2012, I kept up with the Cyprus theatre scene and wrote regular theatre criticism to TimeOut Cyprus and the Wiz Urban Guide, 2005-2018. In 2020 I have joined the group initiative Gardens of the Future in Nicosia, which was recently voted as the best idea in the Pusulas Platform, and currently planning its Cultural programme.
What interested you about setting up D6 EU?
Meeting Clymene and the D6: Culture in Transit team and Board, there was a familiar resonance of work culture and ethics, and I felt I could cooperate, contribute and learn so much more from international cooperation. I was delighted to invite the D6 EU to station in Cyprus, in a step up to develop further international art programs with a great team, in structured and collaborative processes which foster open discourse, human interaction and social progress.
I envision that D6 EU could provide expertise, consultation and knowledge transfer regarding European collaborative projects in Arts and Culture to Cyprus artists, groups and NGOs. Our varied expertise could support artists and cultural workers to participate successfully in the European Cultural domains and programs with meaningful benefits.
As strong believers in social inclusion and community engagement, we can enhance both artists development within urban/rural communities with exchanges as well as training of groups and communities in designing, participating and implementing larger programmes in collaboration with key policy making partners.
In a local reflection, we would also focus on the neighbouring Levant region, with research and development of opportunities for collaboration with artists and communities to explore common history and different narratives.
What will D6 EU bring to artists and audiences in Cyprus?
Artists can enjoy the professionalism of the D6 EU team in creating possibilities for creative exchange and the development of cultural partnerships with innovative opportunities for contributing to both local and global debates.