ECF is delighted to announce the 50 Idea Makers who have been selected to attend this year’s Idea Camp in Botkyrka, Sweden from 23 to 25 September 2015. 

“ [Cities] provide the locale for many of the great issues of our time, including exponential growth or uncontrolled mass tourism. These issues impact dramatically on the conservation and management of urban heritage. 

Sophia Labadi received the 2008 Cultural Policy Research Award for her work evaluating the socio-economic impacts of selected regenerated heritage sites in Europe. We talk to Sophia about the impact of the award, international heritage, and on her future plans. 

OPEN CALL - Our partner art∡ngle has just launched a call for submission of proposals for Collaboration Projects in Arts and Culture - COLABs. Independent cultural organisations, networks, foundations and/or associations in the Balkans are invited to submit ideas. Deadline to apply is 6 September.

BAC (Balkan Arts and Culture Fund) is aimed towards fostering inclusive, democratic, and prosperous societies in the Western Balkans by strengthening the cultural sector, and encouraging regional collaboration and integration. For more information, visit BAC's website.

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ARTICLE: Empowered by Culture: Examples from Greece by Rana Zincir Celal. 

My first visit to Thessaloniki left me amazed at how this city is putting arts and culture at the forefront of its development strategy. 

Following her visit to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Conference on Philanthropy and Sustainability in Athens and the Thessaloniki Biennale, long time ECF advisor and friend Rana Zincir Celal shares her insights about these cities and their thriving efforts to include citizens into daily cultural life.