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Creative / Organising Team

Ellada Evangelou

Ellada was born and raised in Cyprus. She has studied in Cyprus and the United States. She has worked as a dramaturge, theatre director, workshop facilitator and independent consultant, in collaboration with theatre companies, NGOs and international organisations. She is interested in the relationship between theatre/dramaturgy and identity, and works in the intersection of aRtivism and scholarship in post-colonial, post-conflict communities. She is co-founder of Rooftop Theatre, member of the Leadership Circle of the IMPACT Project and a 2020-21 Global Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts. She was the Artistic and Executive Director of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2019, 2020, and 2021. She was the 2021 Global Faculty in Residence at Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU.

Nihal Soganci

Nihal Soğancı is part of the Home for Cooperation team and is currently continuing her PhD in Social Anthropology at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. She is part of the Buffer Fringe Hive 2022 and was the co-creative director of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2020-2021. Her research and work focus on creative tactical forms of everyday and interdisciplinary practices that combine anthropological approaches with contemporary artistic practices. She holds an MSc in International Public Policy with a particular focus on Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from the University College London (UCL) and BA in Languages and Translation from the University of Surrey, UK. She has published and presented her work in various symposiums and conferences and organises collage workshops.

Curators

Raffi Feghali

Day 1 curator

Raffi Feghali is a director, storyteller, performer, percussionist, theater sound designer, and peacebuilder. He‘s directed more than 25 Theatre of the Oppressed, improvisational theatre, and scripted performances since 2009. As a performer he has performed in more than 60 shows worldwide, under many international directors. Raffi is one of the people who brought improv to Lebanon in 2009 and he has recently embarked on a journey taking him back to his storytelling roots. He launched his first autobiographical monodrama, Peer Gynt of Bourj Hammoud, in 2018. 

Instagram: @raffifeghali
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raffi.f/
Twitter: @RaffiFeghali

Kat Kats

Day 2 Curator

Kat Kats is a writer and dramaturg who writes for stage, screen and live art. Her works have been performed in Australia and internationally. Kat holds a Masters in Writing for Performance and has trained alongside renowned Australian artists Jenny Kemp, Raimondo Cortese, and New York artists Sibyl Kempson, Mac Wellman and 7 Daughters of Eve.

Social Media:

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/kat.moritz.1

Insta: @katkats88

Bryce Ives

Day 2 Curator

As co-founder of the Present Tense ensemble, Bryce Ives created a unique body of performance-based work and collaborated with some of Australia’s most significant arts organisations. As Director of the Arts Academy Ballarat, he led one of Australia’s leading creative arts schools. His experience also includes programming and artistic leadership, acting as Artistic Director of preeminent independent performance venue Theatre Works and Artistic Director of the Fairfax Festival across the Swan Hill Murray Mallee Region. Outside of performance, Bryce has been a broadcaster on radio and television and was one of the driving forces in establishing youth community media organisation the SYN Youth Media, one of Australia’s largest youth media participation projects, and in building the impact of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Heywire regional youth program – a leading community-generated media project in Australia.

 

Social Media:
https://twitter.com/bryceives
https://www.instagram.com/bryceives/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryceives/

Maria Varnakkidou

Day 2 Curator

Maria Varnakkidou (1988) is a Cypriot theatre director who was born in London, UK but currently lives in Cyprus. She studied Modern Drama (2010) at Brunel University and then completed her Master’s Degree in Theatre Directing (2011) at Royal Holloway University in the UK. 

She has been working in the theatre and film world for the past ten years with various types of projects. Her interests include devised theatre, immersive theatre, community theatre and creating work for social change and critical thinking.

She facilitated numerous theatre workshops in Cyprus and London. As well as, worked as theatre facilitator in several Erasmus+ projects in Europe. Her facilitation work focuses on theatre for social change.  

Her latest directing projects include the devised theatre performances “Routes λ2”(2021), “Κρατήστε το αγκαλιά μέχρι να ξημερώσει” (2021), “Out of Necessity” (co-direction 2021), “Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons” by Sam Steiner (2021) and “Περιπατώ” (2021-22).

Some of her previous devised theatre works include “COME TOGETHER” (2020), “RAM” (2020), “ROUTES” (2019), and the performance “IN-decent” (2017). In 2015 she co-directed the devised theatre performance “The Gaze”. In 2012 she curated and directed the exhibition-performance “Vagina Monologues”.

She was one of the creative directors of the Buffer Fringe Festival 2020-21.

Instagram: mvarnakkidou
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mvarnakkidou

Derya Ulubatlı

Day 3 Curator

Derya Ulubatlı is an Art Historian who specialized in Cypriot Art, bi-communal art projects and the role of art in peacebuilding. After completing her undergraduate education on Art History at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Derya studied for her master’s degree on History and Criticism of Art at Milan University (Università degli Studi di Milano). Her master research was on bi-communal art projects and their contributions to the reunification of the island. Now, she is writing her Phd thesis on war, migration, otherness and border themes in Turkish Cypriot art and conducting research on art in Cyprus and Cypriot artists under the umbrella of Eastern Mediterranean University’s Center for Cyprus Studies.

Links for social media:
https://www.facebook.com/derya.ulubatli/
https://www.instagram.com/deryaboku/

ICAF International Thinking Partners

Jasmina Ibrahimovic

Jasmina Ibrahimovic (1984) is a Bosnian-Dutch theater director, dramaturge and teacher in the field of community arts. At the age of ten she came to Holland as a war refugee from former Yugoslavia. In 2010 she obtained her Masters in Contemporary Theater and Dance Studies at Utrecht University. She previously worked as a practice researcher at Community Arts Lab XL (CAL-XL) and was involved in Domain for Art Criticism in the workgroup ‘the quality of community arts’. She also worked as advisor theater, amateur art and community arts at the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK). She is currently the CEO of Rotterdams Wijktheater (Rotterdam Community Theatre) and programmer of the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) in Rotterdam. She regularly gives lectures and workshops to art schools in the Netherlands. Since mid 2016 she has been a board member of the oldest community theatre group in the Netherlands; Stut Theater, and of one of the most renowned side specific theatre groups; PeerGroup.

Anamaria Cruz

Anamaria Cruz (1980) is a Colombian-Dutch cultural entrepreneur. In 2006 she obtained her Bachelor degree in Social Sciences at Hogeschool Rotterdam. During and after her studies she was involved in various socio-cultural projects, including working as program coordinator for the Community Arts Lectureship at Codarts (2008-2009), and Head of Communication and Outreach for the Rotterdams Wijktheater (2009-2019). Anamaria has been Creative Producer at ICAF since 2008. From 2019 onwards she has been combining this position with that of Impact Producer for the Rotterdams Wijktheater.

Amy Gowen

Amy Gowen (1994) works across the fields of programming, publishing, curating, editing, and writing. In 2019 she completed her MA in Arts and Society at Utrecht University, receiving the cum laude. Since then, she has worked as Host for CASCO Art Institute Working for the Commons, Utrecht NL, City and Arts Curator and Publications Editor for Onomatopee Projects, Eindhoven NL, and Publications Manager for School of Commons, ZH, where she was also a 2020-2022 research fellow. Amy is part of the core International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) team, working as Programme Assistant and Content Coordinator. Alongside her role at ICAF she runs her own commons-based publishing house, HumDrum Press. 

ICAF

ICAF  is a multi-trajectory, international program. We are at once a digital platform, a global Hub network, and, every three years, an international festival that takes place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, showcasing community arts organisations, professionals, and practices from across the world.  

Together, ICAF’s activities combine to offer global audiences a physical and digital space to explore unique, community-based art projects, engage in debates and discourse from across the field, and meet highly engaged artists and enthusiasts who make it their  daily endeavour to bridge the distance between worlds, communities, and people from all walks of life.  

The people behind ICAF are Jasmina Ibrahimovic, Artistic Director, Anamaria Cruz, Creative Producer and Amy Gowen, Programme and Content Assistant.

Social media of ICAF: 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icafrotterda
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ICAFROTTERDAM

BF 2022 Team

Diomedes Koufteros

Communications & outreach coordinator

Diomedes Koufteros is a theatre actor and director. He has taught at Bowdoin College (Maine, USA) as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater (Theater for Social Change) and University of Nicosia (Cyprus) as part-time faculty (Gender, Culture, Politics of the Body); has worked as an expert in Arts and Culture for the European Commission’s Creative Europe funding program; and was the artistic director for Greater Nicosia 2021, Nicosia’s bid for the European Youth Capital. Diomedes is the founding director of Campos Culture and Arts, an emerging not-for-profit organization focusing on projects relating to interdisciplinary performance, peacebuilding and social impact, as well as, innovation and entrepreneurship within the Cultural and Creative Sector. This is his second year as the Outreach and Communications Coordinator for Buffer Fringe Performance Arts Festival.

Stephanie Polycarpou

Technical Director

Stephanie is a Cultural and Project Manager. After her studies in Communication Science and her training in Cultural Management in Berlin she returned to Cyprus and has since collaborated with various cultural teams, organisations and governmental institutions for the implementation of social, theatrical and musical events, performances, festivals and projects. She has also worked as a production manager for television series, advertising and independent documentary productions.
She is
a founding member and the Production and Communications manager of Labyrinth Cyprus, a branch of the Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Crete. Finally, she is participating in environmental initiatives and projects, offering her skills as a project manager / coordinator.

Cemil Bayhanli

Technical Director

Cemil has taken part in the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival also in 2021 as a Technical Director. He holds a BMus in Popular Music Performance from the University of West London. Cemil is a sound engineer and a musician with a lot of experience in live and studio sound engineering and live performances. Since his childhood he has taken part in many bi-communal events and organizations such as Cyprus Friendship Program and Doves Olympic Movement. Since December 2021 he joined the Home for Cooperation as an Administration Officer. 

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