We are happy to announce the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture laureates for 2016: theatre-makers and community developers Krétakör (Budapest, Hungary) and citizen laboratory for digital culture Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain). 

Vassilis Chryssos is one of the Idea Makers who attended ECF’s first Idea Camp in Marseille in 2014 to develop his project building a wireless network and support community in the remote rural area of Sarantaporo in Greece.

Since 2014, Vassilis has also attended ZEMOS98’s 17th Festival in Seville where he co-developed the game Commonspoly – and more recently he joined us for the 2015 Idea Camp in Botkyrka, Sweden to demonstrate the game and talk about his work.



In times where we mostly share daily online communication and work together based on digital platforms, meeting in person and sharing local daily practices is not only rewarding but helps understanding each other’s worries, concerns and achievements and helps co-development.

Our Connected Action for the Commons hubs Platoniq (Spain) and Oberliht (Moldova) have been visiting each other recently. Read their account: From digital commons to the right to the city: a Spanish – Moldovan connection.  

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REPORT - On 10 November, ECF arranged a meeting with Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and stakeholders from the Dutch arts and culture sector. From showcasing the best of Europe to supporting young talent, offering opportunities for exchange and building connections between the arts and communities, the discussion also called attention to issues around heritage, access to culture and copyright policies. You can read our report in our Library.  

Special thanks to illustrator Jean Jullien for allowing us to use his powerful illustration Peace for Paris.