Artivism Academy V4

OPEN CALL for Artistic Activism Training – Academy for Actors of Social Change focusing on ARTIVISM 2024

An exclusive opportunity is extended to participants from V4 countries – the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia – with the additional inclusion of Serbia, to partake in a specialized training focusing on Artistic Activism, aimed at cultivating Artivism within the region.

Do you have an Artivism pilot programme idea you would like to implement?
Do you need mentoring and financial support for your idea?
Do you want to learn about Artivism?

If so, this opportunity is for you, especially if you:

  • Work in the social or educational sectors,
  • Engage with underprivileged communities, or
  • Desire to enhance your skills by learning new techniques from international experts.

Parts of the programme:

1. Two week-long training in summer (01-16 July, Budapest, Hungary): Academy for Actors of Social Change focusing on Artivism

This is a 14 day-long international training, with the aim to develop the skills of professionals working in the fields of youth education, social and creative practices.

The professional workshops are based on socially sensitive theatre methods. During the training, the participants can gain insight into a unique combination of socially engaged art techniques developed by experts throughout years of practicing and teaching within the field of socially engaged arts. It reflects current social, economic and environmental changes. It helps participants process their feelings, thoughts, and experiences related to this. Through the arts – Artivism, it gives them a tool to express themselves and be active, conscious participants in the changes.

The program encompasses three main topics:

  • inclusive societies,
  • equality of all genders,
  • environmental protection and art.

The main connecting theme is Artivism, focusing on how individuals can engage with art and how art can serve as a tool for social change.

During the two-week program, participants will have the opportunity to explore the realm of intimate puppet theater, adaptable to small spaces including living rooms. They will learn techniques for using artistic tools to support women and young girls experiencing discrimination, as well as methods for collaborating with communities and educational institutions through environmental education theater. Additionally, they will discover how to initiate intercultural and intersectoral dialogues within society, fostering creativity among youth through art education, cultural content production, and the enhancement of public policies related to culture and youth.

Throughout the Academy, you will not only be able to expand your professional skillset, but you will also have the chance to get to know other enthusiastic yet rigorous experts, thereby becoming a part of a wide, supportive professional network.

In the first part of the programme (training) other international participants will also take part.

2. For participants from V4 countries and Serbia: Implementation of your own local pilot project.

With the support of the Visegrad Fund, participants from V4 countries – the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia – and additionally from Serbia, have a special opportunity to implement their own Artivism pilot program alongside their participation in the Academy.

The planned timeline for these participants:

  • In the end of June: Online info session about the programme
  • Summer training: (01-16 July, Budapest) more info above
    • You will learn about artivism from local experts (PL,CZ,SK,HU)
    • You will see some presentations from last year’s participants, who made their local pilot projects, so you will get inspiration, don’t worry.
  • After the training, July- August: Applications of your pilot projects
    You have to write an application with your pilot project idea, with the help what you learned in the training. The mentors will also help you if you have questions. The participants has to choose a local organisation, which they are working with the implementation.
  • August – Evaluation: From the submitted pilot ideas, we will select the pitch work – 1 from each country – which will be implemented by the participants after the Academy with the mentoring support of the partner organizations and the financial support (up to €1000 to each country) by the Visegrad Fund.
  • About the pilot projects:
    • Has to be based on one of the 3 topics from the training
    • Has to use the methodology of artivism
    • Preferably not online
  • Autumn (Sept – Nov) Implementation
  • In the end of November/December – Closing Conference (online): The project will end with a conference where the idea implementers will present their work.

If you have an idea, apply! When filling out the application form, please write your project idea in the comment section. It’s perfectly fine if your idea takes shape during the Academy.

Apply here: Application Form 
Application deadline is 26th of May 2024, Midnight.

Additional information: 

The language of the Academy is English.
The training programme takes place in Budapest, Hungary between 1 – 16 in July.
The implementation of your local project: in your country, in your community.

Organizer: Pro Progressione (HU)
Artistic leader: Uros Mladenovic (SR)

Project Partners in relation to Artivism:

  • Art Transparent (PL)
  • Dafa Puppet Theatre (CZ)
  • Creative Industry Košice (SK)
  • Teleport Theatre and Assotiation Kulturanova (SB)

Project Partners in the training:

  • Arts and culture contributing to social inclusion – Dafa Puppet Theatre, (CZ)
  • Arts and culture contributing to gender equality – Raíces de Corriander (ES)
  • Arts and culture contributing to environmental consciousness – Companhia Teatro de Gato Escaldado (PT)

Please, note that we only accept applications from Visegrad Fund countries and Serbia!

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at

The project is co-funded by Erasmus+ programme of the EU and Tempus Public Foundation.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

The project is sponsored by the DANUBE SMALL PROJECT FUND funded by: The Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg, the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of #Austria, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft (ARGE) Donauländer / State of Lower Austria, the Provincial Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina within the Republic of Serbia, the City of Regensburg, the Danube Office Ulm / Neu-Ulm and the Volksbank Ulm-Biberach.