East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Kalina Wagenstein - Cultural manager

Sylwia Śmigiel
Short biography: 

Currently working for the Art Office Foundation - director and founding member.

Kalina Wagenstein graduated from Sofia University with a degree in Journalism. She has worked for the Bulgarian News Agency, the National Film Centre and the National Film Archive.

She has been a national representative of Bulgaria in the “EURIMAGES” Fund of the Council of Europe and has attended numerous workshops in cultural policy, project management, NGO management, fundraising, etc., in Bulgaria, France, Switzerland and Hungary. She speaks English, French and Russian.

From 1999 Mrs. Wagenstein was running the Sofia office of the Swiss Cultural Programme in South-Eastern Europe and Ukraine. During its nearly ten years of operation in Bulgaria, the programme supported more than 400 projects in culture and arts, some of them with regional (Balkan) dimensions.

In 2007, the Art Office Foundation was created with the financial aid of the Swiss Cultural Programme. Art Office is registered as a non-profit organization engaged with promotion and circulation of performing arts. It works with Bulgarian artists and their productions and has activities both in Bulgaria and abroad. Kalina Wagenstein took the lead of the new body new body.


  • 2008 - “Culture and International Development Cooperation” – research commissioned by the Bulgarian National Institute for Culture (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) on perspectives of bilateral relations with target countries – Armenia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova and Serbia – Team Leader
  • 2008 - “Procedures and Criteria for Evaluation of the Theatrical Activity” – research commissioned by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture – co-author
  • Kalina Wagenstein also authored the report on Bulgaria for EEPAP.


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