WHO WE ARE
Prior to Beat Bazaar, Ottilia was a Youth Music Project Leader for Gorse Hill Studios Trafford MBC for 12 years, a youth arts and music centre dedicated to the development of young people through high quality cross-arts provision. Before that she was promoting drum and bass events around Manchester and managing artists and DJs. Until recently she was also a Radio Presenter hosting her own show on Unity Radio 92.8FM. Her background includes various roles in the creative industry as an event manager, promoter, artist manager and in label development. Since its launch Beat Bazaar Projects has developed several cultural projects dedicated to promoting and highlighting European culture, bringing people together to get to know each other. In 2013 she organised a Hungarian embroidery exhibition at Gorse Hill Studios, Treasures of Kalocsa which involved the local Hungarian community. Later that year she took a group of young artists from Manchester to an Erasmus youth exchange focusing on arts and performance to Karlovac in Croatia. In 2014 she launched a project called Euroskankin, which brought together young artists from Europe based in Manchester to develop new pieces of music using their own languages and showcase a multilingual performance. In 2015 Ottilia welcomed a touring theatre company from Romania, the Osono Theatre and held a performance in the Dancehouse Manchester and Alma Theatre in Bristol. That year Ottilia also won a place on the UK’s most prestigious Clore Cultural Leadership Programme, and became a Clore Fellow for a year. In 2016 Ottilia took another group of Manchester artist to Karlovac for an arts exhibition and street festival. In 2017 Ottilia gathered a team of diverse artists and cultural leaders, and organised the first instalment of Góbéfest, which attracted 10000 people to Albert Square and showcased the work of 250 artists from 3 European countries. Ottilia introduced the Székely culture the UK raising awareness of ethnic minorities in Europe, and exploring the deeper meanings of diversity. Góbéfest opened up further opportunities for cultural and artistic exchanges amongst various European cultures. As a result, Beat Bazaar Projects has recently hosted a partnership Erasmus training projects entitled International Bridge Builders, which welcomed youth workers from 8 European countries to Manchester and Romania. Currently the organisation is busy working towards further Erasmus Plus training projects.
The Festival Team
The Góbéfest Production Team is a multicultural team of creative freelance professionals and partner organisations, who have worked with Beat Bazaar over the years. Some contributors joined the festival team last year and are keen to get involved again this year. We love working with young people from all over the world and we are always looking for volunteers. If you would like to become part of the Góbéfest team this year get in touch via the Contact Us page.
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