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The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Kazakhstan announces a full and open competition for organizations to submit applications to manage ongoing programming for the “Go Viral” Festival and corresponding Network.
The Go Viral Festival was launched in June 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as an opportunity for innovators in media, culture, business and technology to learn from one another and engage with American and European experts in their fields of interest. The annual Festival is modeled after South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, and includes music, art, TED style talks, and engaging workshops for young innovators.
Following the success of the Go Viral Festival in 2017, the Go Viral Network was established to continue and expand engagement with up-and-coming independent voices in Central Asia, and to provide opportunities for network members to collaborate with each other. The Network includes thousands of innovators from 16 countries who attended the Go Viral Festivals in 2017 and 2018 as well as participants from an annual “48 Hour Film Race” from cities across Kazakhstan and eight countries.
The goals of Go Viral Festival and Network include expanding access to alternative sources of information and diverse viewpoints, supporting economic development through innovation, and enhancing ties with innovators in media, business, culture, and technology.
The grantee will be expected to plan, coordinate, and execute a range of activities to run the Go Viral Festival and to further develop the Go Viral Network. U.S. and international applicants should clearly demonstrate their plans to engage and work with local implementing partners as necessary.
Deadline: August 3, 2018
This funding opportunity is open to U.S and international not-for-profit and for-profit organizations which have experience working in Central Asia. Joint proposals that include both local and American partners will be viewed favorably. Relevant aspects of such experience should be documented in the organization’s proposal.