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Creative contest for activist artists – “CIVIL ALARM CLOCK”

6 March 2018

When the censorship pushes away the freedom of speech, when restrictions are being imposed upon us gathering and expressing our opinion, when questioning people's sense of civic activity is concerned, then it is time to show that these are values ​​we do not give up. And we will always be ready to defend our civil rights and freedoms.

Because it is of a vital importance for the civil society to be able to express itself freely, the media not to be controlled and dependent on political and business interests, to be able to gather as a citizen in protests and rallies, and to express positions, our voice to be heard, to associate with informal or formal organizations and to know why it is important to monitor, criticize or support the processes in the country.

The art has repeatedly proved that it can not only affect senses and emotions, but also provoke new questions, help to raise awareness of problems, unite people, and activate them to counteract injustice. 


Фотография: Alice Donovan Rouse


If you speak the language of art – apply for the contest “CIVIL ALARM CLOCK”!

All you have to do is send us your own work of art expressing what civic participation means to you, why the right to freedom of association, advocacy for socially important causes and freedom of speech without censorship and limitations is important.


What are the categories in the contest?

The categories in which you can participate with your own artwork are Photography, Illustration and Text

Who can participate?

Bulgarian artists, including students from universities and schools, may participate in the contestwithout any age or experience restrictions. The work of established authors is accepted, as well as encouraging the application of artists who are at the beginning of their creative career. Participants need not have a professional creative experience, or their artworks have been exhibited or published.

What are the participation rules?

  • The artworks must explore/ portray the attitude towards civil rights and freedoms as a fundamental element of democratic societies, in particular the right to association and peaceful assembly and freedom of speech.
  • Each author can submit up to 5 of his works for participation in the contest.
  • Photographs and amateur pictures (digital or analog) are accepted in the "PHOTOGRAPHY" category.
  • "ILLUSTRATION" category includes drawings, paintings, illustrations, graphic images, collages, typographic works and comics.
  • "TEXT" category includes essays, poetry, prose, as well as publicistic texts. Works should have a maximum length of up to 3,000 words.

What are the prizes ?

The most interesting and influential works in the competition will be awarded with symbolic prizes and a prize for the first place in a category of 300 leva. A wider selection of works will be publicly presented within the framework of the Civic Culture Week in the NGO House and A hub in Sofia in April 2018. In added value, the selected works will be published in a special zinc / zine / which will be distributed to a wide audience and will promote the creativity of their authors.

Who will jury the artwork?

The works will be reviewed and evaluated by a jury of prominent professionals and cultural actors in the relevant category:


Vesselina Nikolaeva – photographer, graduated from the Utrecht Academy of Arts. Between her first and last book she gained a Grand Prix from the Lodz Festival (2005) and a nomination for the Best Documentary of the Year in Amsterdam (2010)

Emi Baruh – journalist, translator, documentary, director of the International Festival PhotoFactory presenting photography as an art and social area, part of the contemporary urban cultural environment

Ivan Bogdanov (@finfilm) – photographer, animator and one of the founders of Compot Collective, the author of the film "Father" with the Best Animated Film Award in Leipzig



Vesselina Nozharova - curator of the gallery Credo Bonum, art critic and critic, works in the field of contemporary art

Dessislava Pancheva – curator of art projects and exhibitions, graduated from the Instituto Europeo di Design College in Milan, founder of the Hip Hip library - a space for independent prints, whose collection includes comic books, novels, periodicals and art books from all over the world

Victor Yankov – Deputy Director of the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation, where he is also responsible for international activities



Neda Sokolska – theater director, founder of VOX POPULI Documentary Theater Studio and the Documentary Art Platform

Zornitsa Stoilova – journalist in the Capital newspaper, declared "Journalist of the Year" for 2013. In 2015 she won the BIRN - Balkan Investigative Journalism Network

Manol Peykov – Manager of IK Janet 45, where he is responsible for the translated literature

Ivan Georgiev – Bregov  - poet, winner of the competition "Petya Dubarova" and winner of the prize "Hristo Fotev", author of the poetry collection "There are no goodies"


How can you send your artwork?

Each professional or amateur artist can send digital copies of his/her works in jpeg, tiff or word with a maximum size of 5 MB or a link to his/her portfolio.

If the files are larger than 5 MB, applicants can send a link to download the files from a free sharing platform (for example,;;;

Creative idea / concept (not longer than 1 page), as well as email and phone number for feedback, are also applied to the authors' works.

You can send you artworks to e-mail:, contact person – Aylin Yumerova.

Deadline: the 20th of March 2018


We look forward to seeing your creative vision just today when the sense of civic association and freedom of speech is questioned, the voice of citizens is often overlooked and downplayed, and when it is more than ever important to show that we are awake citizens.


The contest is organized within the project “Civil alarm clock – the rights through the eyes of art”, carried out by the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-profit Law with the partnership of the international platform for socially engaged art Fine Acts. The project is being financed from the program “Culture” of Sofia municipality for 2018.