Thistles and Sunflowers

Nectar for insects, seeds for birds and symbols for nations, Thistles and Sunflowers is a spotlight on stories and artists from Scotland and Bulgaria. Established in 2022, Thistles and Sunflowers is a festival platform co-curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva Thistles and Sunflowers at a glance: Thistles and Sunflowers 2023 Join us for the return to the stage on 28 April 2023 7pm … Continue reading Thistles and Sunflowers

Dance Fusion

Thistles and Sunflowers Dance Fusion – one of the highlights of the inaugural Thistles and Sunflowers festival, which premiered as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 returned to the stage on 28 April 2023 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre as part of Pomegranates festival of international traditional dance. Choreographed and performed by the trad dance duo Ariana Stoyanova and Alexis Street, supported by dancers … Continue reading Dance Fusion


Duets is the first solo exhibition in Scotland by Gabriel Schmitz. Curated specifically for the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, it runs 26 March – 1 May 2023 and features 20 new dance and drawing duets on canvas, paper and screen. Free and open daily 10am-6pm or late on show nights. Plan your visit now Duets is an integral part of Pomegranates – the springtime … Continue reading Duets

A is for Abbeyhill

A is for Abbeyhill – a durational public art project set on the grounds of a purpose-built Victorian school at the city centre of Edinburgh. Delivered through a curated artists-in-residence programme, A is for Abbeyhill aims to ensure that all children are entitled to quality cultural learning and meaningful access to contemporary visual and performing arts. Scroll below to find out how and why A … Continue reading A is for Abbeyhill

Traditional Dance

I was very pleased to be able to nurture my curatorial interest in contemporary, historical and traditional dance, including screen dance, by serving as the Vice-Convenor on the Board of Trustees of Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland April 2020 – July 2022. In August 2022 I had to step down from the Board in order to undertake the curatorship of Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland. … Continue reading Traditional Dance

Forgotten Magic

The Forgotten Magic of Bulgaria New Commission as part of Thistles and Sunflowers festival and Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 #ThistlesandSunflowers  #YS2022  Festival at a glance: Now touring as part of Dalkeith’s Mayfield Mini Festival   10 August 2022 at 11.45am | Lawfield Primary School, 26 Lawfield Rd, Mayfield, Dalkeith EH22 5BB Tickets for the entire festival are free but Eventbrite registration is required … Continue reading Forgotten Magic


POLSKI is a curated Polish artists-in-residence programme in a publicly funded primary school in Edinburgh established in 2015 and aiming to ensure all pupils aged 3 to 12 years including those from Polish heritage, have an entitlement to quality cultural learning and meaningful access to contemporary visual and performing arts. The line-up of POLSKI artists featured since 2015, include Zu Dominiak, Joanna Lubonska, Dawid Gumula, … Continue reading POLSKI

Friends of Pskov

Associate curator at the Friends of Pskov Association since 2017 –  supporting and developing the twinning of Perth, Scotland with Pskov, Russia through people to people diplomacy and a series of Perth, Pskov, Tartu: Twin Cities curatorial projects, including ZOOM IN ON…– six monthly gatherings over Zoom starting on 15 March 2021 aiming to contruct a contemporary art bridge over the twin cities rivers, marking … Continue reading Friends of Pskov

Threshold arstpace

Founding curator of a 15-year-long public art project set at the ‘threshold’ of two iconic public buildings in the city centre of Perth, Scotland pioneered and managed by Horsecross Arts – commissioning, exhibiting, contextualising and collecting over 350 works including site-specific multi-screen installations and performances by over 150 Scottish and international artists from 2005 until 2020 For an archive of my curatorial activities between 2009 … Continue reading Threshold arstpace


Curator and co-producer of the inaugural festival of Perthshire creativity with 30 events over 7 days staged across 30 venues in Perth and Kinross areas of central Scotland – a week long celebration of contemporary art featuring exhibitions, design, photography, artists talks, gigs, special installations, drama and film which ran from 25 March to 1 April 2017. READ MORE Continue reading Platform