PICTOPLASMA x Balkans

CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY CHARACTER DESIGN AND ART

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6 – 8 September 2024

Varna, BULGARIA

PICTOPLASMA x Balkans is a conference and festival for contemporary art, design, illustration and animation with a focus on creating visual stories with characters.

By bringing the experience of the world’s largest platform for character design PICTOPLASMA, we are creating a space and time for artists, designers and animators from Eastern Europe to showcase their works, exchange ideas and build a Balkan community around their love for characters. Together, we push forward an interdisciplinary discussion and a new visual vocabulary – from illustration to animation, game to interactive design, urban to graphic arts. 

PICTOPLASMA x Balkans is organized by StandArt, with the support of PICTOPLASMA.

Tickets

Get your early bird tickets by 31 July and gain access to PICTOPLASMA’s lectures, workshops, concert, party, screening and exhibition. 

Call for entries: Imagine Balkans

Calling all international artists, illustrators and animators to dive into the flamboyant, sometimes funny or absurd, but always fascinating Balkans. Show us your characters by showing us your character’s (Balkan) character! Deadline: 31 July 2024. 

Artists

Petya Savova

Bulgaria

Ruki Chuki

Macedonia

Saddo

Romania

Animation screening

Takeshi Murata, Christopher Rutledge

Directly from PICTOPLASMA Berlin, a fresh selection of 16 animated shorts full of psychedelic eye candy, virtual popcorn and ingenious storytelling, including work by Cristopher Rutledge, Joe Bennett, Tobias Rud and Rachel Fitzgerald.

Workshops

Coming soon. 

Festival

OPENING EXHIBITION & ANIMATION SCREENING

6 September, 19:00 – 22:00, free entrance

A hand-picked selection of artworks illustrating the flamboyant, sometimes funny or absurd, but always fascinating Balkans. Followed by open-air screening of animated shorts – the best of PICTOPLASMA Berlin 2024.

CONCERT BY IVO DIMCHEV & DJ PARTY

7 September Concert 20:30 – 20 lv. pre-sale only, free for registered attendees
Party 22:00 – free entrance

The exuberant Ivo Dimchev will light up the room with his energetic, character-rich music performance. After that, the night is ours with good music, friends and drinks.

PECHA KUCHA

8 September, 11:00 – 13:00, registered attendees only

A selection of artists featured in the exhibition take the stage to introduce their work and inspirations in a lively Pecha Kucha-style presentation: 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, or 6 minutes and 40 seconds per presenter – ranging across the genres from animation and illustration to new media and arts.

design market

8 September, 11:00 – 17:00, free entrance

Featuring design and art pieces by PICTOPLASMA x Balkans artists – past and present, and friends. 

PARTNERS

Institutional
partners

PICTOPLASMA x Balkans is implemented with the financial support of the Bulgarian National Culture Fund as part of the CREATION program.

Main
Partner

Other
Partners

Friends

Media
Partners

LOCATIONS

YUNASHKI SALON

1 Hristo Botev Blvd., Varna, Bulgaria

HALE 3

3 Hristo Botev Blvd., Varna, Bulgaria

REBONKERS

4 Baruten Pogreb Str., Varna, Bulgaria

Team

The festival is organized by StandArt with the support of PICTOPLASMA.

Creative Director and Manager
of PICTOPLASMA x Balkans
Creative Director and Communications Manager of PICTOPLASMA x Balkans
Events Manager
of PICTOPLASMA x Balkans
Public Relations
of PICTOPLASMA x Balkans