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Invitation to Ferentari Studios

CEDCA Association, together with its partners Ferentari Association and Lise Wulff, invites you to the launch event of the Ferentari Studios project, which will take place on Saturday, July 2nd, at 4:00 pm, at Ferentari Studios (2 Lacul Bucura Street).

We propose, in an informal setting, a discussion about improving access to culture through art, non-formal education and cultural entrepreneurship for disadvantaged young people in Ferentari, through cultural and bilateral cooperation.

The meeting will feature a musical moment by young artists from the Ferentari Studios community, illustrating the changes that these interventions can bring to young people willing to invest time and energy. We are also preparing a few surprises to be revealed in due course.

“An intervention for them means a long-term intervention to stop extreme poverty and lack of education from perpetuating the same stereotypes as before and to stop condemning young people to prison or drug addiction”, says Mădălina Dorobanțu, vice-president of the Ferentari Association.

Through non-formal education in the field of art and culture, the project aims to become a coherent framework for the development of the young people involved and their own identity. The artistic mentoring programme in the field of theatre will include instruction in the use of new technologies, and 28 disadvantaged young people will encounter art and their own potential as artists or future cultural professionals.

Their life stories and elements of Roma culture will be integrated into the development of 2 original theatre productions, based on which the young people will create together with Norwegian artist Lise Wulff and 2 contemporary community art installations. Subsequently, 14 of the young people will be contracted to stage the productions, giving them the opportunity to develop professionally and gain relevant experience in a cultural field they would otherwise have little chance of entering.

Ferentari Studios is a project funded by EEA Grants 2014 – 2021 under the RO-CULTURE Programme.

The project benefits from a non-reimbursable financial support of 978.333 lei (197.666,99 euro) and will be implemented in Bucharest, with a duration of 24 months (May 2022 – April 2024). 

The EEA grants represent the contribution of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway to reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and strengthening bilateral relations with the 15 beneficiary countries in Eastern and Southern Europe and the Baltic States. These funding mechanisms are established on the basis of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, which brings together the EU Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as equal partners in the internal market. In total, the three countries contributed €3.3 billion between 1994 and 2014 and €1.55 billion for the 2014-2021 funding period.

More details are available at: and

The RO-CULTURA programme is implemented by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit and has the overall objective of strengthening economic and social development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. The budget of the Programme is approximately 34 million euro.

More details are available on the official website: