Position Your Creative Organisation in a Strategic, Collaborative & International Context

My consulting will help you to:

Identify problems and find creative solutions

Manage effectively your creative organisation

Explore hidden resources and opportunities in a strategic context

Fundraise successfully from diverse sources

Elaborate your strategic or business plan

Find collaborators, partners & supporters

Improve your international visibility & expand beyond borders

Elaborate the cultural strategy for your city or region

Key Consulting Areas

Organizational Development & Change

Strategic Plans

Business Plans

Grant Applications & Project Management

Cultural Policies & Plans

Entrepreneurial Start-ups

Financing & Fundraising

Capacity Building

Types of Clients and Examples

Organisations & start-up companies

– Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Winnipeg

– Mojito Music, Montreal


Educational institutions

– Centennial College

– MA Program in Arts Management, Open Society Assistance Foundation Tajikistan

Government authorities

– Municipality of Zagreb

– Canadian Heritage

Intergovernmental organisations

– European Commission


Online portals & collaboration tools

– Platform for Intercultural, Europe

– MAXguide, Metro Vancouver

Happy Stories

"As always, Lidia demonstrated academic and conceptual excellence, great capacity for analysis and synthesis and sublime professional vigor. It is always a great pleasure to collaborate with Dr. Varbanova and I am looking forward to working with her again soon."
Annamari LaaksonenResearch Manager
International Federation of Arts councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)
August 2016
“Lidia has always impressed me with her strong competence to build diverse partnerships schemes, abilities to analyse a situation, to identify and formulate objectives, to develop a work plan, and implement it efficiently, even in situation of tight deadlines and multiple demands. Her multicultural experience and profound educational background, professional competence and creativity and strong teaching capacity are an asset to our external working team!” (August 2016)
Giannalia Cogliandro BeyensSecretary General
European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC)
Brussels, Belgium
“Driven by an impressive  knowledge for cultural management and economics, as well as being an excellent researcher, trainer and expert in strategy, management, entrepreneurship and fundraising, but also a recognized art specialist, Lidia Varbanova is one of the few professors and consultants capable of mixing the proactive capacities with a rigorously scientific based approach. Her dedication, passion and professionalism are stunning, and her witty presence is always both a delight and a learning opportunity.” (June 2010)
Corina SuteuMinister of Culture
“Lidia was integral in the development and implementation of Metro Vancouver’s regional arts and culture website MAXguide.org. She produced an outstanding Feasibility Study and Business Plan, using well thought research methods. Her “outsider view” was invaluable to the development and implementation of the project and to its longer term success.”
Judy RobertsonJudy Robertson
Outreach Coordinator, Stakeholder Engagement, External Relations
Metro Vancouver
“Lidia Varbanova has taken part in several events, as well as in research and analytical work connected to our major European project SEAS (2003-2010). Her deep experience with cultural policy and management issues, combined with her professional qualities as a researcher, speaker and mentor, made her an essential part of the SEAS program through the years." (July, 2010)
Chris TorchSenior Associate
Stockholm, Sweden Program Director, Rijeka 2020 - European Capital of Culture
“As a key consultant and trainer, Dr. Varbanova shows strong abilities to build coalitions of partners, profound competence in cultural management matters and excellent motivational skills. Under her expertise and leadership, top four Tajik universities agreed to cooperate in running a new joint MA program in Arts Management and we believe that this new type of partnership will strengthen the quality of the higher education in the country.”
Ilhom AbdulloevExecutive Director
Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation Tajikistan