The 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture will be presented to Athens Biennale (Greece) and Visual Culture Research Center (Ukraine) in Brussels on 31 March 2015.

Bulgarian political scientist Ivan Krastev gave an introduction on the Conflicting Memories: Ukraine event on 26 February at Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam. In this frame, he has also contributed with opinion pieces to a few Dutch media. 

In his work, Krastev focuses on the numerous challenges faced by the European community, especially in Eastern Europe. In his analyses on the interaction between liberalism and democracy, Krastev explores the potential limits and promises of a democratic society given the growing mistrust against institutions on local, national and supranational levels. Here is an overview of his work, including a video, an audio lecture and links to recent articles. 

ECF Director Katherine Watson was at the BAC (Balkans Art and Culture Fund) launch in Sarajevo on 24 February. ECF has been present in the Balkans region for the past 15 years, where together with local actors we worked on bridging people, investing into culture, connecting and catalysing cultural initiatives. 

"We are very pleased that through the Fund and thanks to the significant and invaluable contribution of the Swiss Government, we will continue to support the important work of cultural actors across the region."

Read the press release and browse through the pictures from the day.  

 

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REPORT - Beyond the Nation State - Culture Makes Europe. On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, ECF decided to reexamine the convictions of its founding father Denis de Rougemont, by the presentation of his 1947 speech “The federalist attitude” by former ECF Secretary General Raymond Georis and relate the passages to today’s EU by French Liberal Member of the European Parliament, Sylvie Goulard. 

In this report, Sabine Frank highlights the key themes of the event that took place on 6 November 2014 at BOZAR in Brussels.