Sofia Paper Art Fest 2021

Paper Art Fest will be held for eleventh consecutive year. This year it will be organized in the period 2nd March – 30th November with the main focus ‘Innovations and Achievements’. The edition will be held in two panels – Spring and Autumn. The extreme world situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic sets the new rules for carrying out cultural events. The program will be held in a hybrid format – physical and digital. The program includes exhibitions, online discussions, workshops in urban environment with digital versions, webinars, online lectures, a competition for juniors and movie screenings. Throughout the years SPAF has gained international recognition as a forum for art, focused on paper as its media.

The festival begins with an individual exhibition ‘Emotions’ by Jeannine De Raeymaeker (Belgium) at the San Stefano Gallery. Between the 2nd – 3rd March guests can view her paper art works, both exquisite and provocative, made out of recycled paper and left-overs touching themes on consumerism and environmental problems.

The event’s philosophy is the worship of aesthetics and ecological art, and at the same time it provokes an ongoing debate involving different communities, urban culture and art in public spaces. On the14th of April a public discussion will be held.
More information soon to come!

The program includes nine exhibitions through the end of the year that will present 200 authors from over 30 countries. The division of the program in two panels aims to reach more audiences and creates as table outreach in the digital and social media with respect to the pandemic situation.

Exhibitions and events:
‘Emotions’ – San Stefano Gallery
Amateras Annual Exhibition/Competition for Paper Art, National Palace of Culture;
‘Ornaments’ – solo exhibition by Krasimira Drenska, National Palace of Culture;
‘Laconic’ – a digital project in three parts by Daniela Todorova;
Amateras Collection – Triangular tower Serdika, Regional History Museum Sofia;
‘Collages 66’ – solo exhibition by Zorina Milkovska, Contrast Gallery;
‘Japanese Achievements’, Mazda Gallery;
‘Streich’ – anniversary exhibition by Todor Todorov, accompanied by a discussion on art in public spaces – Raiko Aleksiev Gallery;
Presentation on the new book on contemporary sculpture by Todor Todorov;
Solo exhibition by Kakuko Ishii – Sredets Gallery;
Lections on innovations in contemporary art;
Lections on the achievements of SPAF over the last decade;

Organizer: Amateras Foundation
The project is part of Sofia Municipality’s Cultural Calendar for 2021 and is organized with the kind financial support of: Sofia Municipality, Ministry of Culture, Program ‘Visual Arts’ and National Culture Fund, ‘One-year program to support private professional organizations in the field of arts’.

More information and the program can be found here.

published on 02.03.2021