Cardboardia Festival

Cardboardia returns to UK this summer!!!!

Imagine if you could build your ideal world. How would you create it? What would it look like? What characters and people would you see? Starting from 26 and until 29 June Moscow-based artist  Sergej Korsakov and his indefatigable team will  be setting up  a Cardboardia Embassy in Slough,  in order to organise a festival and a live procession of Cardboardia characters on 30 June within the framework of the Streets Alive 2018 Festival.

Cardboardia is a country without territory, but with own traditions, rules, economic and political systems. Personages (citizens) of Cardboardia are scattered around the globe. We build towns, set up Embassies and  celebrate national holidays on territories of friendly countries, such as Russia, Latvia, Poland, Taiwan, Germany, Finland, Slovenia, Denmark, Netherlands, Hungary and UK.

At the opening of  the Mobile Cardboardia Embassy in the centre of Slough expect the debut of the Official Cardboardia Orchestra with wonderful imaginative instruments from across the world!  Help create a carnival of cardboard creations. The Tyran of Cardboardia will oversee the events and lead the procession of people through the town to create a carnivalesque atmosphere on 30th June between 12am – 4pm

Whether you’re an artist, a builder, a performer or a policeman, we’d like to invite you to join us at Slough’s High Street and become a  Citizen or a Personage of Cardboardia! Read more about the project here


When will it take place?

From 26 to 29 June we will developing Cardboardia in Slough to present the results on 30 June for the Streets Alive 2018 Festival in Slough. Workshops in Unit 43-45 Observatory Shopping Centre (old Topshop store).


How to Get Involved

There are three ways to get involved:

1) Join us for a 2 hour public workshop on Thursday 28 & Friday 29 June from 6pm – 8pm. Email to get involved. For everyone aged 14+. Just 20 places left.

2) Join us on the day for a workshop – and participate and play in our Official Cardboardia Orchestra on Saturday 30 June 10am – 6pm,     to let us know that you’re coming. All ages are welcome.

3) Apply to join the Cardboardia Internships and learn new skills from Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 June 11am – 7pm, and on Saturday 30 June 10am – 6pm. Read more below and sign up online. Ages 18+.


Cardboardia Internships

What we will research and exchange?

Aimed at bringing people together to create astonishing results from humble materials, Sergey Korsakov, the elected head of the country, Tyran of Cardboardia, with his ministers will curate two workshops to seaching for people’s skills and hidden talents.

Module 1. Performance Design 

Module curator: Olesya Kandalintseva (Minister of Education)

Dates: Tues 26 – Fri 29 June from 11am – 7pm, Saturday 30 June from 10am – 6pm

Join us to discover the basic skills of working with cardboard, developing the concept of creating props, objects and set design.

During our internship program participants will learn and develop skills:

•      creating a visual concept of objects/costumes

•      sketching

•      making objects

•      working with cardboard

•      working up designs and turning them into reality!

You’ll come away having discovered the basics of cardboard-modelling for making performances with people.

Who might be interested?

Whether you want to explore your creativity – or want to join in and do something different – It is perfect for people who enjoy making things!

You could be a brilliant D-I-Yer, an engineer, a model maker, a craftsperson, a student looking to develop a career in fashion, design, theatre, or someone who is already a designer, architect or photographer.

Perhaps you might be looking to develop your own community festival or event, or be looking to be more creative with your time while the world cup is on?

Module 2. Street performance, organisation and communication with public for beginners

Module curator: Sergey Korsakov (Tyran of Cardboardia)

Dates: Tues 26 – Fri 29 June from 11am – 7pm, Saturday 30 June from 10am – 6pm

Together we will learn how to plan an event and create a scenario based on a proposed concept.  We will acquire public speaking skills and develop way of communication with an audience.

During our internship program participants will learn and develop skills:

•      making a script by sharing ideas together

•      delivering actions according to the script

•      public performance, improvisation and communication with the audience