OUR TEAM THROUGHOUT THE YEARS
Photo by Galya Yotova
Nia Pushkarova – Artist, Festival Organizer and Founder of NGO IME
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria
BA Honors in Fine Arts, Reading University, UK
ICCM, Salzburg, Austria – art management diploma
Founder and Director of NGO IME since 2004
Since 2006 I thought of initiating some sort of action around an abandoned water tower in Sofia, beacuse of its indesputed character and beauty. Juts passing it by every day doing nothing, seeing how it decays with time left me with the conviction that something has to be done. Gradually through the years and a lot of effort form coworkers and volunteers I managed to turn this initiative into an internationally recognized festival in Bulgaria. The importance of making this festival is in its synergy with the local needs and our adequacy in Bulgaria and the ever inquisitive mind of artists in order to live better live – pointing out to problems, no matter how uncomfortable they may be to some. I have studied in UK and graduated Fine art in 1995, when I consciously returned to Bulgaria. By participating and collaborating in exchange of ideas I believe that art can overcome the stagnation of nowadays politics cultural and social life. By doing all this I believe we can help change the local mentality for the better via overcoming prejudices, bringing tolerance towards “the other” including social interaction through arts.
Being an artist you have the visa for the world.
Svetlana Aleksandrova – Project Manager/ Coordinator
Вorn 1978 in Sofia. Has a degree in Cultural Studies from SWU Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria and again there is getting PhD. Her interests are in the fields of cultural policies, the management of the cultural sphere at the national and municipal level, and opportunities for participation of non-governmental cultural organizations on a local basis in Bulgaria. The authenticity of the Water Tower Art Fest gives her the opportunity to work towards a more favorable cultural climate in Bulgaria.
Kalina Petkova – Assistant
Kalina is a cultural enthusiast with an interest and passion for social media. Kalina has a degree in Cultural Studies from Germany and one in Management in the Creative Economy ftrom the U.K. She enjoys connecting people and ideas and has worked for various organizations and NGO’s in Germany, Ecuador, the U.K. and her native Bulgaria. Kalina is keen about trying out new things and her most recent interest is in skateboarding and the culture related to it.
To me Water Tower Art Fest is a platform, a place to exchange ideas and to meet interesting people. My job at this year’s festival would be to make the stay of our foreign guests in Sofia, as enjoyable as possible.
Oli Gots – PR
Oli has been the PR coordinator for the festival for two years, and for the 10th, anniversary, edition (Water Tower Art Fest 2016, 16-25 June) is looking after the music programme for the opening night. Her pas projects include some of the leading Bulgarian music events, such as Mos Def Live in concert (June 2015), Sofia Rocks 2014, series of exhibitions in alternative spaces under the Cooltsalon initiative, alternative screening nights for Crooked Cinema, etc.
Oli has graduated in BA Media & Communications: Film Production from Goldsmiths College, University of London – the alma mater of such “creative minds” like Damien Hirst, Mary Quant, Laure Prouvost – and MA Managing in Creative Economy at Kingston University. From 2004 to 2012 Oli lived, studied and worked in London, and as of 2013 she is in Sofia, channeling the acquired skills and experience to the local creative initiatives.
Marta Radeva PR
Georgi Kambourov – Technical Assistant
Born 1981. He has worked as a stagehand at National Theatre “Ivan Vazov” and “Global Films”, technical assistant at Centre for culture and debate “Red House – Andrey Nikolov”, light desk operator at Theatre 199 “Valentin Stoichev”, technical consultant and assistant at “Antistatic” festival for contemporary dance and performance.
Teodor Nenov – technical assistant
Teodor is part of the technical team of the festival. He works is the fields of painting, sculpture and has participated in international art forums and collective exhibitions. He has graduated from the Highschool of Applied Arts in Troyan, Bulgaria and from the National Art Academy in Sofia, sculpture department.
Christine Belcheva – Assistant
Christine was born in 1991 in Stara Zagora. She graduated University of national and world economy Sofia, Bulgaria in the field of Human resources. For several years she is involved in volunteering actively and this is how she meet Nia Pushkarova and learns about Water Tower Art Fest.
Attracted by the diversity of the Water Tower Art Fest by 2014 she is involved in the organization and the challenges of the festival.
Radina Stoimenova – Assistant
Radina was born in 1991 in Sofia. She graduated from the National Art Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently she’s studying a Masters degree in visual arts in Annecy, France. Her personal projects are in the field of performance, spatial intervention, drawing. They’re between art and sociological research, connected to abandoned and transitional, insignificant spaces.
Radina has been part of the Water Tower Art Fest since 2014. She’s attracted to the idea of the festival and motivated to be part of the cultural development of Bulgaria
Dimitur Michev, Accountant