The mines Bucim and Borov Dol are announcing an open call for participants in the new digital scholarship program for young talents. The program is run in North Macedonia, Ukraine and Guatemala as a part of the partnership of the mines’ parent company Solway Investment Group with the world-renowned Salzburg Festival.

The updated format of the program @creative.fellowship talent showcase is a continuation of the previous youth talent initiative implemented in North Macedonia since 2017.  This year the initiative exptends its geograficacl reach and welcomes talented candidates from Radovish, Konce and Stip to apply for participation. 

In 2021, in response to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers embraced recent trends and completely redesigned the previous version of the program, adopting informal and vocational education through the prism of art and new technologies to create a new interactive program attuned to the digital age. Operation will be implemented through the integration of such communication tools as Zoom, WhatsApp, Miro, and Notion, also using the additional resources of Instagram and TikTok. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and global travel restrictions the probability of visiting opera camps in Slazburg in undefined. Therefore, the organizers set the target to bring the opera camp experience to the talents virtually. 

The 2021 year participants will have the opportunity to be the pioneers of the new digitalized format of the program. In addition to English classes, the @creative.fellowship showcase curriculum also features Art Academy, a series of interactive arts and crafts activities aimed at exploring the differences and similarities between the cultures It will also include a three-week music and dance residence run online under the supervision of the Salzburg Festival’s youth program experts. This new addition to the program allows participants to connect with top art professionals who will share their experiences and encourage young people to be the best at what they do.

The 2021 Creative Fellowship gives a unique opportunity to young talents of 14 – 17 years old, to showcase their extraordinary talents and participate in a major international performance project. The program aims to encourage younger generations to develop their potential, work with fellows from different cultures and teaches them cooperation, critical thinking, problem solving and English language skills through arts and creativity.  

Creative youngsters from Stip, Radovish and Konce who are currently developing their skills in music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, designing, videomaking or photographing or any other cereativity are welcome to submit their applications and take part in the in the international online showcase. Participation and good performance in the classes will be rewarded with official certificates of completion from the accredited language school and  iTunes University. Those highly motivated with good results in attendance and academic performance will have a chance to go on an eventful weekend trip with friends to Skopje.  

Only one candidate from those who will choose to continue participating in the program to the end and would take part in the 5 week music and dance virtual residence run online under the supervision of the Salzburg Festival’s youth program experts will have a chance to be awarded with the personalized trip to Salzburg. The trip will  include individual training with one of the mentors from the scholarship program of the Salzburg Festival (in the event of travel restrictions, the activity will be postponed or will take place online).

2020 was a challenge for the program. Pandemic realities and lockdowns forced its transformation into an online education platform and began a new chapter. 2020 winners will have their promised journey to Salzburg when international travel becomes possible again, and any of the former participants are welcome to join the new showcase.

Digitalization of the program substantially increases the number of youth and adults who have an opportunity to learn technical and vocational skills, hopefully leading to better future employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. The program offers participants tools such as computer literacy, networking, and English language tutoring.

The call is open till February 8, 2021.

For more detailed information on the project and the application procedures, including the application forms, please visit: https://solwaygroup.com/musiccamp/?lang=mk

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