Performance and Workshop description and technical rider
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.
Programme description
The Cardboardia team will bring a basic set of cardboard decorations and costumes and will organize workshops
Participants from the local creative community such as students, actors, artists, musicians, designers, architects. For the week before an event, in preparation, we will work with this community to stimulate ideas which can be developed for a particular town, festival or venue.
During the workshop
Together with the participants, we will create costumes and big mobile objects that to be used during performances
Before the start of the performance or parade
We will help parents and children to make their own costumes and invite them to join us in the parade and games which will use the big objects produced earlier in the week.
As a result
Will be an amazingly a fun-filled parade, specific performances and games for a festival audience of all ages!

All the information below are counted for the basic programme including performance and weekly workshop in advance.
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Cardboardia is coming to town
This description made after 7 days experience of
Cardboardia street performance laboratory
during Spoffin Festival (Amersfoort, NL)

by Marc Defares
(Spoffin production manager, Cardboardia Minister of Transport)
November 2014
Together with his team and local partners, the Tyran of Cardboardia is working on a 'show' for a Parade of 3-5 days.

For this, the Tyran needs submissive citizens with good, bad or crazy ideas – citizens who think it's great fun to make and create a dream, and who want to create an original cardboard production along with a group of complete strangers.

These citizens are artists, storytellers, creators, actors, producers, teachers, musicians, free spirits, or… people!

Everyone can sign up at the Ministry of Crazy Ideas and Useless Businesses.

There's no limit to the size of the group of participants. There's room for everybody (from various disciplines) to give expression to their own ideas.

The story is to be created together by the storytellers, actors and musicians, while the scenery will be developed organically at the same by the creative artists and other handy individuals.

During the days of the Parade, the audience is invited to take part in the festival.

In a workshop (2-3 hours long) everybody can give expression to their own ideas, whether or not suitable for the theme of the Parade.

The most important conditions for a successful Cardboardia are:

- Cooperation with and above all support from local partners.

- A location (400-600 m2) big enough to work on the show together (story and décor) and with a large/high entrance (4 x 4 m).

- Effective marketing! In order to recruit enough participants* from disciplines as diverse as possible. To start at least 6 months prior to the event.

- Technical support for various preparations as well as during the festival itself, such as local purchase of material, sound check, wood supply, preparing the location (light, sound, security and so on).

- Catering on location.

* Experience indicates that it is important that participants realize that working in a Cardboardia group takes a great deal of time – a whole week long. It's also a challenge to find people who are able and have the time to work intensively on such a project for several days in a row.
Cardboardia team is from 4 to 10 people. Usually the team consists of Cardboardia core artists and performers from Russia and Europe and we love to cooperate with local artists as well
Cardboardia fee is counted depending on the certain project
We need an assistance of local team:

• Local host manager to help with all travel, organizational and production issues;

• Local technical manager with the car (van), which can help to carry out the purchase and constructions;

• PR of open call for workshop (first 3 days of preparations). Searching for local participators, students and art professionals (15-30 participants possible).
  • visas (if needed)
  • flights/trains/local transport, including luggage for each persona and 2 additional luggage for props
  • transfer from airport
  • accommodation, twin rooms (airbnb is possible)
  • 3 meals/day or per-diem;
  • optional VAN hire for decoration set (if needed)
Venue and technical information
All the requirements are counted for the programme including performance and weekly workshop in advance.
Venue. General info
The venue for the workshop event shall be located in a close proximity to the place where Parade and Performance are planned to be held. The ideal situation would be to work in one location, but it can also be possible if the workshop area can be in one located and the venue for the workshop with the audience to be in another location. In this case the transportation logistics shall be considered carefully.
Indoors and outdoors spaces can be used as venues for the event.

Indoor space
Size from 250 square meters (better 400 and more), cells height more than 4m, door height better more than 4m. Possible venues: old factory's halls, gym's hall, malls, hangars etc. It is important for the floor cover to be agreed in advance. Safe and secure storage building/room which can be locked (starting from 20 square meters) needed;
Outdoor space
In case workshop area is arranged outdoors:
A tent with a total coverage area of the tent varying from 200 square meters. Height of tent entrance: 3,5 - 6 meters. General height of the tent: 5-8 meters. The tent shall have a floor inside (wooden cover preferred, no carpet) which would allow the team to work.

Site Specifications
  • Access to water;
  • Electrical supply at 15kW/h;
  • Lighting suitable to the venue.

Equipment and materials to be arranged at the workshop area
We form a technical rider depending on the needs of the particular project, some of materials needed we buy locally
In some cases we can use decorations made in advance (deliver it from our UK or Latvia workshop)
  • Cardboard – from 200 - sheets 2,5m on 1,5m (format and final quantity to be confirmed depending on the venue and number of participants)
  • Hardboard (about 10 sheets. We use in to cover tables and all workin surfaces to not to spoil it)
  • Extension cords.
  • Ladders (5 and 7 steps height) – 2 pcs.
  • Construction/collapsible scaffolding with wheels - 1 - 2 pcs. (sizes to be confirmed). These scaffolding will mainly be used for the development of giant objects/installations.
  • Wooden construction pallets for the 1 x 1 meter in size, 10 to 30 items. These pallets will be used for the construction of objects. Any other similar option can be considered.
  • If we will took a part in parade, we need an electric forklift truck with the tow bar.
Materials and tools
Here are some basic tools, precise list of things needed is formed depending on the needs of your project.
Some things from this list we can bring with us and with some of them we need a help to buy it locally.

  • Colour wall paint (white, black and 3-4 more colors)
  • Acrylic lacquer
  • Paintbrushes (different types)
  • Paint rollers
  • Paint trays
  • White paper
  • Color paper
  • Craft paper
  • Corrugated paper
  • Cable ties
  • Cutters
  • Scissors
  • Nails
  • Glue gun with hot melt glue
  • Carpenter's glue (PVA)
  • Paper twine or other same kind of rope
  • Strap
  • Markers (black and colour)
  • Pens, pencils, erasers
  • Scotch tape/sellotape
  • Masking tape
  • Color tape
  • Polyethylene (plastic)
  • Wooden pallets
  • Wooden sticks
  • Wheels
Needed for a workcshop in advance (per 15 participants)
  • 15 chairs
  • 6 tables/workbenches

Items for backline and special effects
  • We love to use confetti canon, fog machine and such devices in our performance
  • One or two sets of audio equipment with power up to 3 kW. Set should contain:
    - (2) loudspeakers/monitors,
    - (1) an eight-channel mixer, DJ panel,
    - (2) radio microphone
    - (2) microphone stands
    all the necessary wires for connection at the ground;
  • Fire extinguisher 5-10 liters (CO2 only) - 2 pieces, fully charged (with the possibility of connection to the confetti cannon and further usage).
Approximate Timetable
in advance
buying tools and materials according to technical rider, delivery on the venue
1st day
team arrival, rider and venue check
2nd day
Cardboardia team and interns start working
3rd -4th day
Continue working. We can make a workshop for a family audience (optional)
5th day
Continue working, finishing the preparation for the public event
6th - 7th day
Public performance
8th day
Dismantlement, team departure
Tyran of Cardboardia
Sergey Korsakov
+7 968 942 69 95 (whatsapp, telegram)