Big Pulse Partner Meeting

Plovdiv – May 2024

Useful Information
Meeting Schedule

* Note: Please have cash in BGN currency to cover the meal bills (an average 3-course meal could be 50 – 70 BGN / €25 – €35). The restaurants would appreciate it if the group could split the bill into smaller groups of 4 or 5 people rather than 14 individual bills,


The day is dedicated to transfers to Plovdiv. Individual transfer times will be reconfirmed via email. Big Pulse covers the transfer from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv and back.


Transfer from Terminal 2 Sofia Airport to Plovdiv (Those arriving earlier, please wait in the cafe area of Terminal 2 in the arrivals/departures hall. For those arriving at Terminal 1, there is a shuttle to Terminal 2. Those already in Sofia, please make your way to Terminal 2 for the 12h30pm transfer)



  • 10h00 – 12h30 (Session 4): New Network (Reference File)
  • 12h45 – 14h30: Informal lunch at Smokini restaurant 
  • 14h00: Transfers for some partners to Sofia Airport.
  • 15h00 – 17h30: Free time for those who are spending the afternoon in Plovdiv (we strongly
    recommend you to visit the Bishop’s Basilica site)
  • 18h00 – 18h40: 1 1 3 8 7 by Trevoga Collective at Plovdiv Drama Theater (Black Box). You will receive your ticket pass via email.
  • 20h00 – 21h10: LAPIS LAZULI by Euripides Laskaridis at House of Culture. You will receive your ticket pass via email.
  • 21h30: Informal dinner snack with the team of Euripides Laskaridis.

SUN 25 May

  • Departures:Individual or joint transfers to Sofia Airport. The hours would be communicated separately via email.
Venues & Map


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Conference room Exhibition Hall “2019”
32 Gladstone Str., 4000 Plovdiv
Contact: +359 32 635 322
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House of Culture ‘Boris Hristov’
15 Gladstone Str., 4000 Plovdiv
Contact: + 359 882 555 767
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Plovdiv Drama Theatre ‘N. O. Masalitinov’
38, Knyaz Alexander I Str., 4000 Plovdiv
Contact: +359 32 271 271
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DoubleTree by Hilton Plovdiv Center
Saint Petka Square, 1; 4000 Plovdiv
Contact: +359 32 350 000
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IL MONTE Trattoria @ DoubleTree by Hilton Plovdiv Center
Saint Petka Square, 1, 4000 Plovdiv
Contact: +359 32 351 000
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d'Asti-Osteria Italiana
15, Aleksander Ekzarh str., 4000 Plovdiv
Contact: +359 89 913 0195
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12, Otets Paisii Str., 4000 Plovdiv
Contact: +359 999 000 996
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29, Saborna Str., 4000 Plovdiv
Contact: +359 896 83 43 25
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Meet the Participants
Eduardo Bonito – Big Pulse Dance Alliance

Eduardo Bonito

Project Manager, Big Pulse Dance Alliance

With an extensive career in Performing, Visual and Audiovisual Arts, Eduardo has founded and participated in numerous international projects and networks, and served as mentor and advisor to artists, companies, venues, festivals, foundations and public institutions. Eduardo was Project Manager at Artsadmin (1997 – 2001), Artistic and Executive Director of Festival Panorama (2004 – 2013), Director of Dança em Foco – International Festival of Video and Dance (2005 – 2020) and Artistic and Executive Director of BAC Madrid Festival in 2019.

Tania Wilmer – Dance Umbrella

Tania Wilmer

Executive Director & Co-Chief Executive, Dance Umbrella Festival (UK)

Tania works alongside the Artistic Director to provide strategic leadership for Dance Umbrella, with a particular focus on business development. An experienced leader in the cultural sector, Tania was previously CEO of Stratford Circus Arts Centre where she programmed ambitious and imaginative work by leading artists and companies such as Punchdrunk and Fevered Sleep, commissioning Akram Khan and Inua Ellams’ first works for young audiences. Under Tania’s realm the organisation built a reputation for its inclusive and participatory ethos and commitment to supporting emerging talent. She has previously worked for Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells and the British Council.

Anita van Dolen – Julidans

Anita van DolenArtistic and Executive Director, Julidans (The Netherlands)


Anita van Dolen studied contemporary dance followed by a post-graduate in Cultural Management at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. After her graduation in 1998 she worked as a production manager at Netherlands Dance Theatre (NDT) and Springdance Festival. From 2002 until 2010 she was programmer of Dance at Melkweg were she was focussing on building a platform for emerging dance makers, both national and international.


When Anita started in 2010 as the Artistic and Executive Director of Julidans, the international festival for contemporary dance in Amsterdam, her focus was not to expand the festival but to strengthen the artistic policy by creating a platform that consists of several ‘chapters’ that are connected with each other. Within this framework there is space for choreographers (icons, mid-career and emerging) to present their works, exchange knowledge, meet the audience and see works of other dance makers. In 2023, the festival's 32nd year, it presented 41 productions on 12 locations in Amsterdam. Besides being the Director of Julidans, Anita runs the dance programme for International Theater Amsterdam (ITA) throughout the year.


As an adviser, she took part in several committees – from 2005 until 2016 – Fund for Performing Arts in The Hague, and from January 2021, she taken part again in the committee as an adviser. She was also part of the board of Dutch Dance Days from 2010 until 2017. In 2019 and 2020 she was advising the ministry of Education and Culture as the president of the dance committee for Raad voor Cultuur in The Hague and she was advisor for the dance departments of Academy for Theater and Dance in Amsterdam.


Gintarė Masteikaitė – New Baltic Dance

Gintarė Masteikaitė

Artistic Director, New Baltic Dance (Lithuania)


Gintarė Masteikaitė is a well-known Lithuanian cultural leader and producer of the performing arts and festivals. She is the Director of the Lithuanian Dance Information Centre, Artistic Director of the international contemporary dance festival New Baltic Dance and international performing arts festival ConTempo. She is one of the programme coordinators for the project Kaunas - European Capital of Culture 2022.

Assen Assenov – ONE DANCE WEEK

Assen Assenov

Director, ONE Foundation of Culture and Arts (Bulgaria)


Assen is the Director of ONE Foundation for Culture & Arts – the organisation behind ONE DANCE WEEK festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, ONE DESIGN WEEK festival, and ONE ARCHITECTURE WEEK festival. He has a background in journalism and is the co-curator of the artistic selection for ONE DANCE WEEK.

Anna Cremonini – Torinodanza Festival

Anna Cremonini

Artistic Director, Torinodanza Festival (Italy)


With over 25 years of experience in Performing Arts, Anna works with a particular focus on Dance, Music and Theatre. She has a deep knowledge of the international cultural environment thanks to significant collaborations and prestigious positions in both the public and private sectors, including with Teatro Due in Parma, the Biennale of Venice, Teatro Merdante in Naples, and Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. She is currently Artistic Director of Torinodanza Festival, managed by Teatro Stabile di Torino – National Theatre.

Claretta Caroppo – Torinodanza Festival

Participation, Communication and Development Manager – Torinodanza Festival (Italy)

Claretta Caroppo (Lecce, IT 1988) has a degree in Modern Comparative Cultures from the University of Turin and has worked for festivals, independent theatres and communication agencies. She began working at the Fondazione del Teatro Stabile di Torino in 2019 as a project manager within a European cross-border dance project between France and Italy. She is a member of the Communication, Participation and Development Area and the sustainability team of the Teatro Stabile di Torino/Torinodanza Festival.

Ari Tenhula – Zodiak – Center for New Dance

Ari Tenhula

Managing Director, Zodiak – Center for New Dance (Finland)


Ari Tenhula graduated with an MA in Dance in 1989 (Theatre Academy, Helsinki, Finland). He served as the Director of the Helsinki City Theater Dance Company from 2000 to 2002, and Artistic Director of the Moving in November Festival from 2006 – 2018. He held the position of Professor for Dance Art at the University of the Arts’ Theatre Academy from 2008 – 2018 and served there as Vice Dean in charge of education from 2014 – 2018. Since 2018, he has been the Managing Director of Zodiak – Center for New Dance.

Yvona Kreuzmannova – Tanec Praha


Yvona Kreuzmannová

Founder and Director, TANEC PRAHA (The Czech Republic)
Yvona is founder and director of TANEC PRAHA (NGO), established in 1991. It started with TANEC PRAHA International Dance Festival, and continued with Czech Dance Platform, PONEC – dance venue (from 2001) and many projects supported by Creative Europe. From 2006 – 2008, she worked as an advisor to the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic. In 2004, she was awarded by the French President Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite National for her outstanding contribution to the development of European cultural cooperation.



Stine Nilsen – CODA Oslo International Dance Festival

Stine Nilsen


CEO/Artistic Director, CODA Oslo International Dance Festival (Norway)

Stine Nilsen trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Movement and Dance, London, and gained an MA from Middlesex University. She worked as a freelance dancer and teacher in London, joining Candoco Dance Company as Artistic Co-Director from 2007 – 2017. Stine is currently CEO/Artistic Director of CODA Oslo International Dance Festival since 2017.

Maria Terese Engdahl-Høgåsen – CODA Oslo International Dance Festival

Information coming soon

Amy Fee – Danscentrum Sverige

Amy Fee

General Manager, Danscentrum Sverige (Sweden)


Amy has a diverse background, mainly in theatre, musicals, dance and circus as Stage and Project Manager, Producer and technician. Before joining Danscentrum, she was Head of Production at Circus Cirkör and worked 10 years as producer or head of production at Dansens Hus Stockholm. She has partnered in several EU projects and applications. Amy has an education in Stage Management Studies, RSAMD (Scotland) and Project Manager Interactive Media (Sweden).

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