Flowing Streams

FLOWING STREAMS is a multi-residency project in rural areas of Romania exploring local approaches to the cultural ecology of water, designed and developed by EUNIC Romania. It involves seven cultural institutions operating in Romania – the British Council, the Czech Centre, the Embassy of the Netherlands, the Goethe-Institut, the Italian Institute for Culture, the Polish Institute and Fundația9, each engaged in supporting one residency. The project was framed by this consortium of European partners, in collaboration with curator Adelina Luft. 

In the context of the climate emergency and shrinking mobility opportunities for pan-european exchange, FLOWING STREAMS aims to harbour meaningful collaborations between artists, architects, anthropologists, hydrologists or community organisers and the local partnering organisations from Romania. The programme intends to create space for co-learning, mutual listening and exchange of knowledge and practices, centred around the theme of water – the cultural embeddedness of local or traditional approaches to water management and water conservation, the social and environmental sustainability of these practices, and their adaptability to changing environmental, political and economic circumstances. 

Romania’s rural landscape represents 90% of the country’s territory, with diverse climates and natural resources. Lack of investment in rural areas has generated scarcity and limited opportunities for inhabitants, but it has also left nature to survive on its own, with many areas still holding old forests, wetlands and rich biodiversity. Sadly, corruption and poor policies to protect the natural environment, connected with lack of ecological education, are threatening the sustainable development of these areas. 

The seven European practitioners selected will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the daily life of the Romanian village and explore the context of water specific to each location, hosted and mediated by a partnering organisation. Located in different rural areas of Romania, the host organisations have been running dedicated programmes around notions and practices that recontextualize the rural space and the natural environment through a reorientation of sensibilities and from a new paradigm of ecological knowledge. Through the residencies, participants are encouraged to explore local cosmovisions and practices around water, its relationship with customs, traditions, or occupations, by listening, sharing and exchanging with the spaces as sites of interpellation. These encounters are intended to open up new possibilities of reclaiming knowledge linked to a territory, historical memory and ecology, and to map a network of existing or potential socio-ecological practices that restore our relationship with water.

Flowing Streams Residencies

Location: Slănic Moldova/former Slănic Baths (Bacău County)

Supported by the British Council Romania

Open to applicants from: UK

Residency Period: 1 – 15 June 2024

Who can apply: interdisciplinary and socially-engaged artists; hydrologists; anthropologists.


Location: Siliștea Snagovului village (Ilfov County)
Supported by Institute of Arts – Theatre Institute, in cooperation with Czech Centres and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic 

Open to applicants from: CZECH REPUBLICAPPLY HERE

Residency Period: 15 June – 15 July 2024 (14 to 30 days) 

Who can apply: interdisciplinary and socially-engaged artists; anthropologists; landscape architects.


Location: Eforie Sud town (Constanța County)
Supported by the Polish Institute of Bucharest

Open to applicants from: POLAND

Residency Period: 24 June – 7 July 2024

Who can apply: interdisciplinary and socially-engaged artists; hydrologists; anthropologists; community organisers.


Supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Romania

Open to applicants from: THE NETHERLANDS

Residency Period: 8 – 21 July 2024

Who can apply: interdisciplinary and socially-engaged artists; community organisers.

Location: Bechet town (Dolj county)


Supported by Fundația9

Open to applicants from: ROMANIA

Residency Period: 25 July – 8 August

Who can apply: interdisciplinary and environmental-socially-engaged artists; anthropologists.

Location: Brădet village, Întorsura Buzăului (Covasna County)

6. TERRRA – The School of Planetary Gardeners

Supported by Goethe-Institut Bucharest

Open to applicants from: GERMANY

Residency Period: 1-15 August 2024

Who can apply: architects; landscape architects

Location: Brezoi town (Râmnicu Vâlcea County)

7. CUCA (Cârțișoara Cultural Center)

Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute Bucharest

Open to applicants from: ITALY

Residency Period: 15-30 August 2024

Who can apply: interdisciplinary artists; hydrologists; anthropologists; landscape architects.

Location: Cârțișoara village (Sibiu County)

To find more about the open call for the residencies, please visit this link.

If you have any questions please contact us at tamina.bojoanca@britishcouncil.org