AMATERAS FOUNDATION, established SOFIA PAPER ART FEST /SPAF/ in 2011, which in its nine- year history has left a significant mark on the culture calendar of Sofia, presenting tens of exhibitions, over 3000 artists from 62 countries. The Festival has a unique look and content and does not have an analogue worldwide. Two-time awarded the European Label for innovation by the European Commission.
In 2020 /SPAF/ turns 10 years and the anniversary edition will present mostly art pieces with light and ones working with space in hall or in city environment. The structure of the Fest is with several sections for visual arts and the selection of art pieces will present innovative technologies in paper art and large format sculpture compositions and installations for locations.
The period is April 1st - June 30th. The project has been established in the public domain in Bulgaria and abroad. Dedicated to Sofia, part of the capital's cultural calendar, a member of the Bulgarian Festival Association, it presents annually traveling formats to different parts of the world. Each year, the program is packed with exhibitions and related events, attracting diverse audiences. The artists are selected according to the specific concept of the edition and the strive is towards new trends in the development of this part of contemporary art.
In 2020, the “face” is the large format art pieces in a city environment with clear ecological messages to society, with a large stream of audience. They mark the partner galleries and museums that are key points of the map that will be created for the locations of the festival. Each location will be symbolically marked with one of the sculptures in the urban environment at a key spot - metro stations, Largo, Airport and more. These 10 sculptures will be united as an outdoor exhibition - the ART MAP, which will be the advertising face of the festival.
Presenting the cultural heritage of Bulgaria remains in the focus of SPAF 2020, mostly as main locations- Triangle Tower, Museum of History of Sofia, National Palace of Culture (NPC), Mazda Gallery., Square 500, East Gate, Under the Domes at the Largo, as well as other locations at the metro close to each of the exhibition halls.
The traveling formats this year are targeted at some more distant locations, where there is Bulgarian diaspora, and the exhibitions are intended predominantly for this target group. Planed countries are: Austria, China, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and Indonesia