Nicosia Pop Up Festival 2020 OPEN CALL


Nicosia Pop Up Festival 2020

In the context of the organisation of Nicosia Pop Up Festival 2020, the Nicosia Municipalityin collaboration with the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation [NiMAC], extends an open call for proposals for the allocation of vacant shops and the organisation of events at City Plaza, in Makarios Avenue, Nicosia and the organisation of events at Theatro Polis – OPAP during the period 7–31 December 2020.

The major objective of the festival, which has been identified as best practice at European level, is to gather in the commercial centre of Nicosia whatever innovative, inventive and creative exists today in the fields of entrepreneurship, entertainment, culture and education. Through the organisation of the festival, we aim at the revitalisation and revival of the capital’s commercial center by boosting entrepreneurship, either through commercial activity or through innovation, and the emergence of new talents through creation.

The project will be accompanied by a range of parallel activities –educational, cultural, recreational– focusing on the active participation of the public, adhering to the relevant protocols to limit the spread of Covid-19.

The proposals will concern the following areas:

A. Innovation
Proposals concerning innovative ideas from new companies (start-ups).

B. Commerce
Proposals by professionals or young entrepreneurs and artists in relation to retail trade.

C. Art
Proposals relating to arts and culture (e.g. art exhibitions, installations, theatre, music, performances, dance).

D. Education
Proposals of educational interest (e.g. workshops, courses, lectures and other related activities), which will be held in appropriate predefined spaces.

Festival venue, duration and opening hours

The venue for the Nicosia Pop Up Festival 2020 will be the vacant shops at City Plaza, in Makarios Avenue, Nicosia and Theatro Polis – OPAP at Tempon Street in the old city.

Duration of festival: 7–31 December 2020
Days and opening hours of shops:
Tuesday to Friday: 15:00–20:00
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00–20:00
Monday: Closed (During the festive Christmas season the shops will remain open for business)

Note: The opening hours should be strictly observed. However, these are not binding for those shops wishing to remain open or to hold scheduled events before the start of the scheduled opening hours.
The realisation of the project will depend on the epidemiological conditions that will prevail in Cyprus at that time.

Participation cost (for those selected)

A. For concession of a shop, the one-time participation fee is set at €200.
B. For holding events/happenings, which will generate revenue (not applicable to shops), the one-time participation fee is set at €50.
C. For holding events/happenings which will not generate revenue (not applicable to shops) the participation is free.

Deadline for submission of proposals

Proposals should be submitted:
A. In person to our offices located on the corner of Tempon and Pentadaktylos Streets in the Old Town, Monday to Friday 08:30 – 14:30 by Friday, 13 November 2020, at 14:30.
B. In electronic form to writing as Subject: Declaration of Interest for Nicosia Pop Up Festival 2020 (please note that the file should not exceed 7MB) by Sunday, 15 November 2020.
For further information and clarification questions, please call at 22797400, Monday-Friday, 08:30–14:30.

Selection Criteria

The selection of the proposals will be made on the basis of innovation, originality, quality and on whether the proposal is feasible and practicable.

Selection Procedure

1. The final number of the applicants who will be selected will depend both on the final number of available shops and the available budget.
2. Selection will take place in two phases: pre-selection and final selection. Applicants for short-listed proposals will be invited for an interview for further discussion and analysis of their proposal, if necessary.
3. The Municipality and the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre are not obliged to justify to any applicant whichever decision they make regarding his/her participation in the festival.
4. Participants will be selected by a committee formed for this purpose.

Financial Support

Category A
(with regard to proposals which will generate revenue)
The Municipality will be responsible for the operational costs of the shops such as electricity and water (only where water supply is available).

Category B
(with regard to proposals which will not generate revenue)
1. The Municipality will be responsible for the operational costs of the shops such as electricity and water (only where water supply is available).
2. In addition, the Municipality will also cover part of the funds required for the implementation of events/happenings during the festival, which will not exceed 50% of the total budget. The maximum subsidy amount will not exceed €400.
Please note that during the final selection phase a detailed statement of expenses will have to be submitted for both categories. Original receipts or invoices are required for all expenses incurred.