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Open Call ECHO ACADEMIES Comic Artists @Athens, Greece, June 2023

This is the application form for the ECHO Academy that will take place in Athens, Greece, from 12 June to 2 July 2023.

The Academy will focus on Comics. 10 Selected comic artists will travel and stay in Athens for a period of 3 weeks and create:

  • an artwork inspired by Karagiozis Shadow Puppet Theater and
  • a plan for a pilot project designed to be implemented in their home country in collaboration with Inter Alia and a local micro-organisation.

The call is addressed to artists that live in (a) EU countries and (b) countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia). Basic knowledge of the English language is required.

The final selection of the ten (10) participating artists will consist of 5 artists from the EU and 5 artists from the Western Balkans.

The selected artists will create original comic artworks (2-5 pages per comic artist) that will be published in a collective volume by Jemma Press. Comic artists will need to transfer the economic rights (granted by copyright) of the final designs to Inter Alia for the purposes of the publication. The artists will retain the moral rights of their works, along with the copyrights of any sketches they will create during their participation in the Academy. Revenue generated by the selling of the publication will be attributed directly to the artists at regular intervals.


At the end of the Academy, an international judging committee will elect three (3) winners (based on both their artistic creations and the pitching of their pilot projects) that will receive a cash prize, and will be called to implement the presented pilot project in their home countries using ECHOAc funding.

The prizes for the winning artists are:

1st prize: € 3000

2nd prize: € 2000

3rd prize: € 1000

At first, all three winners will be given the amount of €1000 each so as to develop and implement their pilot projects on equal terms. After their completion, and based on specific set criteria, the judging committee will decide on the final ranking of the winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd), and will award the remaining amount of the prizes.

The 3 associated micro-organisations (selected by the winners) will also receive the amount of € 2000 each for the needs of the project implementation.

The programme covers travel costs and accommodation expenses, and foresees food for the whole duration of the Academy.

Eligibility for the Artists

Residents of the EU and the Western Balkans
Young and emerging artists
Basic English language communication skills
Academic or empirical skills in the required artistic field

Benefits for the Artists

  • Portfolio development
  • Capacity Development
  • Networking, international collaboration, and visibility
  • Mentorship and one-to-one consultations
  • Consultations for marketability

Benefits for Micro-Organisations

  • Capacity Development
  • Networking, international collaboration, and visibility

A FEW WORDS ABOUT the Athens Academy

The Athens Academy will work with the artistic means of Comics and the specific heritage object of Karagiozis Shadow Puppet Theater. Karagiozis has been inscribed in UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage by Turkey since 2009. However, it is also a common heritage practice in Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia since it was spread and popularized in different regions during the Ottoman period. Karagiozis touches social issues like the educational gap between economic and social classes, relations and behavior of poor people against the law, working class inventiveness and multicultural coexistence. Selected comic artists will be called to get inspired by the form and style of shadow puppet theater and the issues the plays touch (and not to directly imitate) and elaborate on Karagiozis in order to produce comic stories.


ECHO Academies (ECHOAc) is an arts project that aims to foster young and emerging European talents in the fields of comics (in Greece-GR), fashion design (in Bulgaria-BU), music (in North Macedonia-MK), photography and architecture (in Hungary-HU) by using heritage (Karagiozis Shadow Puppet Theatre-GR, Traditional Folklore Costumes of Rhodope region-BU, Ritual Songs-MK, and Urban Industrial Heritage of Budapest 1860-1960-HU) as a means and inspiration for their work.

Partner Organisations


Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

The application form is available here: https://interaliaproject.com/participation/open-call-echo-academies-comic-artists-athens-greece-may-2023/