Cardboardia Internships


Tue 26 Jun to Sat 30 Jun

Cardboardia Mobile Embassy: Come and meet your ideal world in Slough

Imagine if you could build your ideal world. What would you make? What would it look like? What characters and people would you see?

From 26 to 29 June we’ll be creating a Mobile Cardboardia Embassy in Slough welcoming Cardboardia on 30 June for the Streets Alive 2018 Festival.

Cardboardia is a country without territory. With its own traditions, rules, economic and political systems. We build towns, setup Embassies and celebrate national holidays in friendly countries - Russia, Latvia, Poland, Taiwan, Germany, Finland, Slovenia, Denmark, Netherlands, Hungary and UK.

Help create a carnival of cardboard creations. The Tyran of Cardboardia will oversee events and lead a procession of people through the town to create a carnival atmosphere on 30 June between 12am – 4pm

we’re opening a Mobile Cardboardia Embassy in the centre of Slough to premiere the Official Cardboardia Orchestra - with wonderful imaginative instruments from across the world.

Whether you’re an artist, a builder, a performer or a policeman, we’d like to invite you to join us on Slough’s High Street to meet and join the Citizens of Cardboardia!



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.


Cardboardia Internship

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 searching 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


Who might be interested?

Perfect for people who would like to try a new experience. Learn to create a performance from the very beginning, improvising, take part or help the organisation of the process.

If you’d like to try your hand at performance, or are happier behind the scenes making things happen, we want to hear from you.

If you’re already involved in the arts as an actor, performer, director or event manager and you would like to develop skills interacting with the public in the process of street and spectacle performance you are welcome to apply. Training in performance will be considered but is not critical in our selection.


How might I benefit from having a ‘Cardboardia Internship’?

This is an opportunity to take part in creating a really fun public project filled with unexpected tasks which will result in delightful consequences.

For the experienced specialists the internship can be a platform for experimentation, the public realization of art plans, or research into new directions.

For students and beginners the internship can become an opportunity to make your first steps learning from experienced professionals, to add an amazing experience to your CV, or just to proudly say “I did that!”

According to the results of internship our participants get a chance to become part or full-time members of "Made in Cardboardia team"- in UK, Europe or Russia.

Come and make the most of your talents. Come and create.



To get involved:

Fill out the application form online



  • accomplish a task, which you will receive during 5 days after you’ve sent your form to us.
  • go through an online interview  (time and date will be confirmed individually).
  • Be available on Saturday 30 June, and between 26 – 30 June to participate in workshops in Slough (minimum for 4 days)
  • Arrive at the place of the internship according confirmed schedule.

Participation is free.

Participants are responsible for their own food and travel costs to place of internship. The project schedule will be specified during the online interview.

Participants travelling from overseas are responsible for any necessary travel visas.


Curators of the Internship programme and Cardboardia team members:

Sergey Korsakov(The Tyran of Cardboardia, curator, head of «Bad Taste» music label and agency, president of "ЦуЕФА" federation).

For the last 20 years, he has been creating and organizing events around the world including concerts, parties, performances, parades and city festivals. Since 2007, he has been elected as Tyran of Cardboardia and has been re-elected every day ever since.

Olesya Kandalintseva, (Minister of Education of Cardboardia, artist, designer, curator of the Internship program at “Made in Cardboardia”)

Born in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from High School of Landscape Architecture and Design in Moscow. In 2011 – 2012 she attended two summer study cycles at the Strelka Institute. Starting from January 2013 Olesya Kandalintseva is Minister of Education of Cardboardia and a curator of “Made in Cardboardia” internship programme. Up to now, Olesya has implemented more than 40 projects as curator and artist.

Lottie Smith, UK (artist).  Graduated with a degree in Illustration with Animation from Manchester School or Art, UK in 2008. She continues to cut and stick in both 2d and 3d forms. You'll find her producing work for a broad variety of clients and uses, including shop window displays, props for stage, music video sets, festival installations, wedding decor or workshop facilitation. Having worked with Cardboardia at Hebden Bridge's Handmade Parade in 2016, she felt she'd found her real nation.

The internship program of Made in Cardboardia workshop was established in January, 2013. During this period the program participants and workshop curators have implemented more 30 projects, including those within a framework of festivals: Museums at Night (Moscow, 2013), Bright people (Moscow, 2013 and 2014), LowLands (the Netherlands, 2013 and 2014 ), International Lohas Festival (Taiwan), together with volunteers designed I'm in the House exhibition for The Gift of Life Foundation (Zurab Tsereteli Gallery of Arts, 2014), organized the Parade of Tyran's Dreams (Voronezh, 2014), International Street Performance Lab, Cardboardia Space Odyssey, the workshop with participation of Spyros Andreopoulos (Greece). You can watch the works of our cardboard design school graduates here. http://newspaper.cardboardia.info/tag/photostory/

Cardboardia – how to build your ideal world

Imagine you could step out of your ordinary life and become a character in your own story. How would you create it? Whether you would like to be an artist, a performer or an entrepreneur, fully immersed or just to visit for a while, Cardboardia will provide you with the tools to help build your creative community and to participate in a totally unique creative experiment. http://www.cardboardia.info


Cardboardia Internships

Tue 26 Jun to Sat 30 Jun

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