“[...] yes, we believe in the transformational power of self organised communities, and yes, we believe arts and culture are means to awaken those.”

Reem Khedr took part in the 2015 Idea Camp with an idea called “City Castles / Invisible Shadows”, with which she proposed tackling two challenges: using unused and sometimes decaying buildings as platforms for young artists to practice and perform their art. We took the opportunity to catch up with Reem when she was in Amsterdam in June to take part in a public discussion on How to keep the public space public?

In this featured people, Reem tells us about her work in Egypt, on the prototype toolkit for organising community art projects and on her memories on the Idea Camp. Read more

Call for participants to the first Global Cultural Leadership Programme Malta from 16 to 21 October. Deadline to apply is 1 August 2016

This unique training programme for developing leadership in international cultural collaboration has been designed as part of a new global Cultural Diplomacy Platform. Launched by the European Commission the Platform supports mutual cultural engagement with countries and citizens around the world. ECF is part of a consortium that will deliver the first edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme. In parallel to the 7th IFACCA World Summit on Arts and Culture  (registration now open), the Cultural Diplomacy Platform will offer 40 participants from countries all over the world and Europe to join a comprehensive learning- and networking programme. Learn more and apply.

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ECF initiated Build the City to highlight innovative civil-public partnerships in broader Europe that have solved urban challenges. 

The 26 practices highlighted in this publication, featuring a.o. some of our Idea Camp R&D grantees, are civil-public partnerships based on principles of the commons, i.e. enabling citizens and governments to share power, co-design and co-shape legislation, management or collective action for the common good. These practices were selected to energise urban governance in the EU Urban Agenda.

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