Borimir Totev

Borimir Totev

Creative producerLondon, United Kingdom
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Borimir Totev

Borimir Totev

Creative producerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Creative producer currently working on “melancholy mappings”, a research and photography project with a focus on early childhood migration. Commission by Satellite films to produce a 60 second work on the migrants’ experience of the hostile environment in the UK coming out as part of a larger group project in the spring of 2021. Also working remotely with London based civil rights organisation New Europeans UK and on the ground with LGBT Deystvie, one of the few LGBT+ organisations in Bulgaria.
Projects
  • The Great Adaptation
    The Great AdaptationIn response to COVID-19, we launched the #GreatAdaptation series of fireside discussions with social impact leaders, NGOs, institutions, and humanitarian organisations on some of the most pressing issues facing the sector and how we can build resilience for the future.
  • Visitors Book
    Visitors BookFounded by a small group of enthusiasts 65 years ago, Pushkin House is today the most active independent centre for Russian culture in London, welcoming thousands of people through its doors every year. For this content series I produced a digital visitors book, interviewing notable figures in the history of the organisation about its early years, and activities in more recent times. Here is a selection of the videos:
  • The Young Pushkin Scheme
    The Young Pushkin SchemeI created and launched an offering for young people at Pushkin House. The Young Pushkin Scheme gives those who are aged 26 or under discounted access to selected events at Pushkin House, as well as an exclusive events programme and creative networking opportunities. I worked with young artists and academics to curate a special public programme of events tailored to those 26 and under and lacking representation in the art and culture field. Here is a selection of highlights from the Young Pushki
  • Learn + Participate
    Learn + ParticipateI launched and managed a new educational strand of public programming at Pushkin House. This ongoing series of courses, workshops and masterclasses in both English and Russian invites leading experts and creatives to provide the audience with a deep, multi-dimensional understanding of Russia.
  • Pushkin House Podcast
    Pushkin House PodcastI started the Pushkin House Podcast and was its host, editor and producer for 3 consecutive series, recording over 25 interview episodes with subject-matter experts, artists, authors, academics and thought leaders in the fields of history, politics, art and culture. Here are some episodes you may enjoy:
  • We Are All Londoners
    We Are All LondonersFor four days, the Mayor's London is Open bus travelled across the capital, providing free legal advice and drop-in sessions for EU Londoners. Those seeking advice on what happens next when the UK leaves the European Union were seen in their dozens across several locations, from central to the outskirts.
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Work history
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    Marketing StrategistShape History
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    Shape History is a social impact communications agency working with purpose-led institutions, charities, campaigning groups and social impact leaders on strategic design and communication. I joined the company in a newly created role to build brand awareness and develop the marketing function of the agency.
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    Development OfficerPushkin House
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    Pushkin House is the UK's oldest independent arts charity specialising in Russian culture, located on Bloomsbury Square, London. I worked on raising brand awareness, developing partnerships, managing and delivering public programmes, as Pushkin House's first Development Officer.
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Skills
  • Content Creatiion
  • Website Development
  • Project Co-ordination
  • Podcast Production
  • Event Curation
  • Event Delivery
  • Brand Awareness
  • Community Art
  • Community Outreach
  • Culture Inspiration
Education
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    MA Russian and Post-Soviet PoliticsUniversity College London (UCL)
     - London, United Kingdom
    An MA programme designed to respond to the growing strategic importance of Russia and the post-Soviet states. My Master's dissertation analysed the visual culture of the contemporary Russian art scene, situating a selection of works, installations and performances, as attempts at visual activism resisting official state narratives. I gained specialist area knowledge and expertise in the politics and societies of the region.
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    BSc (Hons) International PoliticsCity, University of London
     - London, United Kingdom
    A thought-provoking BSc programme, covering how governments, intergovernmental organisations, transnational movements, NGOs and multinationals influence global politics. My academic work focused on the political management of perceptions through language and speech acts, as well as identity construction in Europe. I developed analytical skills to examine and critically assess complex issues, contested concepts, and debates.