Toaca Cultural Foundation is a non-governamental, non-profit organization established in 1996 by Nona Ciobanu, theatre director, and Iulian Baltatescu, actor and set designer. In 1999, after the successful negotiations with the Town Hall of the 3rd District concerning Casa Eliad, an old villa from 1831 situated in the centre of Bucharest, Toaca got the right to use the building for the first period of 15 years to establish there a Studio for Contemporary Arts.
TOACA Studio intends to create an alternative framework for contemporary arts - focusing on three major components: 1. Education: artistic education and cross-disciplinary training 2. Creation: arts productions, co-productions, supporting artists to develop their own projects as freelancers 3. Presentation - creating different cultural events (theatre/dance performances, concerts, exhibitions, workshops, conferences) on local, national and European level
Former use : House of Culture
Surface of the site : 400 sq. m
Location :Bucharest downtown
Foundation year : 1996-Foundation, 2000-Toaca Studio
Type of occupation : free-lending contract
Owner of the building : City Council
room A = 65 sq. m. Exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops. Max. 100 spectators.
Room G = 54 sq. m. Performances, concerts, workshops. Max. 45 spectators.
Room B = 55 sq. m. Exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops. Max. 35 spectators.
Room C = 40 sq. m. Seminars, workshops, conferences. Max. 30 participants.
Room F = 24 sq. m. Bar (not yet in use), exhibitions.
Artistic and social disciplines
CONTEMPORARY THEATRE : Residencies - Creation - Performances -Production -Training Workshop - Spaces rental - Debates
MUSIC : concerts / Spaces rental
CONTEMPORARY DANCE : Creation - Production- performances - Training - Workshop - Spaces rental
HERITAGE/ARCHITECTURE: Training / Workshop
VISUAL ART: exhibitions - Workshop -Spaces rental-Debates/Lecture/Conferences
EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS- Workshops: Voice & Rhythm Training, Contemporary Dance, African Dance, Mime, Light Design, Stage Design, Projection Techniques, Cultural Management, Production Management
The Royal Embassy of The Netherlands Bucharest
ING-Nederlanden Life Insurance Romania
Prins Bernard Cuulturfonds
The French Institute
The French Embassy
The British Council
Trans Europe Halles,