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Ricarda Ciontos studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Saarbrücken from 1998 to 2001. During this time, she also worked at the theatre at Josefstadt in Vienna. From 1996 to 1998, Ciontos performed as an actress at the Salzburger Festspiele. This was followed by various positions in Vienna, Mannheim, Magdeburg, Berlin, Tbilisi and Bukarest prior to 2005. She worked with directors such as Gábor Tompa, Otar Egadze, Þorleifur Örn Arnarsson, Eberhard Köhler, Alexander Waechter, Andrei Serban and Vladimir Sorokin.
In 2005, she started NORDWIND Platform and Festival, which has since become one of the biggest presentations of Nordic art in Germany. The festival assembles around 300 artists from Scandinavia, the Baltic States, Russia and other countries each year, depending on the thematic focus, with audience numbers of up to 18 000 and partners in Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Bern, Helsinki, Oslo, Moscow, Stockholm, Copenhagen, New York and Tallinn.
Ricarda Ciontos has Romanian roots, and along with Romanian and German, speaks English, French and Italian. Apart from her activity as a curator Ciontos works as a lecturer and mentor for example for the PAP  (Performing Arts Program) mentoring program and for the international qualification program "Women in Leadership positions" of the Viadrina European University in Frankfurt/Oder. Since 2016 she is associate producer for Future Perfect Productions, an agency for contemporary art in New York City.
- Future Perfect Productions. http://futureperfectproductions.org/about, Accessed on 25th March 2018
- Nordwind Platform and Festival Website
- Was hat das Nordwind Festival mit Afrika zu tun? (in German) in Hamburger Abendblatt, 05.12.2017
- "Nicht sofort einordnen" (in German) in taz.am wochenende, 09.12.2017
- Northern wilds: Nordwind Festival in EXBERLINER, 10.11.2015
- Okay ist nie genug (in German) in Der Tagesspiegel, 24.11.2013
- Nordic Arts in Berlin – from concept to cultural management in ArtClue Eastern Europe Art Magazine, 14.03.2012