“We want to allow Syrians to independently use their innate creative energy.”

This autumn, ECF highlights cultural policy research and activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Through a series of insightful interviews, we introduce cultural policy researchers and activists who have contributed to the World CP –International Cultural Policy Database.

We start our series with Abdullah Al-Kafri, Executive Director of Ettijahat – Independent Culture. The series will be published both in French and English


We have started researching the themes of Culture, Refuge and Europe for a book to be published next spring on the occasion of the Idea Camp. ECF firmly believes that cultural practices hold the seeds of a more caring and just Europe. Therefore we have created a new, dedicated Lab on ECF Labs where we invite you to collect, connect, discuss, and share inspiring cultural initiatives from across Europe that explore ways of living together.

Please join us in our journey and share your links, writings, stories, images and thoughts. We hope that this new Lab will become, over time, a 'refuge' for anyone willing to involve in discussion about the future of Europe. Join the 'Culture & Refuge in Europe' Lab


from our library

Interesting dynamics are at play on the cultural scene in Arab countries. An independent sector is emerging, which opens up space for contemporary artists and has an impact on the role and accountability of governments in cultural life.

The book Cultural Policies in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia (Boekmanstudies, Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) and European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Amsterdam, 2010) provides an introduction to the realities of public cultural administration and policymaking. A pioneering tool for policymakers and practitioners, both in the region and in the West. Download your copy now