It is high time that the Ministry of Culture started a genuine process of dialogue between all stakeholders and looked for collective, creative solutions.

This autumn, we highlight 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. For this second article in the series, we talk to Fatin Farhat (Palestine) – a key cultural player in the MENA region and contributor to the World CP, about her work, ambitions, challenges and vision for cultural policy as a collaborative process that can help weave new partnerships in Palestine. Read now.

Join us on the Culture & Refuge in Europe Lab on ECF LabsWe 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 this 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 now

We provide this platform to connect people, ideas and communities across Europe. We host Labs where you can share your work, knowledge, ideas and opinions within a thematic context.


from our library

We're inviting you to explore a resource hosted outside of our Library that we have proudly contributed to: the World CP –International Cultural Policy Database. Also check our featured people where we introduce you to the people behind this initiative.

New and updated cultural policy profiles are now available for Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Syria. The profiles identify the main cultural policy features of the countries, and present key information in a format that is easy to navigate and compare, following the Compendium model which informs all profiles on our WorldCP database. The profiles build on the results of a regional initiative launched in 2009 by Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (Culture Resource) to understand the policies, legislations, and practices that guide cultural work in a number of Arab countries. Visit the World CP website for more.

Phoro: El-Funoun troupe in Al Bireh Festival 2016 © Nidaa Katamesh