Prior to the festive award ceremony the first European Cultural Challenge will take place. It is a two-day advocacy retreat that brings together laureates, grantees, partners, researchers, foundations, media-makers and policy-makers to work on tangible cases that fuel positive change through culture.
Through this challenge the European Cultural Foundation will connect European changemakers and contribute to rethinking and building Europe as an open, inclusive and democratic space. Outcomes of the European Cultural Challenge may vary from exploring cultural solutions to imagining campaigns and developing concrete advocacy proposals. The European Cultural Challenge is by invitation only and will take place at Hotel Arena, Amsterdam on May 15th and 16th.
When and where does the Challenge take place?
The event takes place at Hotel Arena, Amsterdam on 15 and 16 May.
Please note: This event is upon invitation only.
What are concrete topics or cases that participants will work on?
The Challenge is centered around three main thematic clusters:
Systemic Change Alternatives | Shrinking Space for Civil Society | Diversity & Equality
Each of these thematic clusters will be addressed through different perspectives or sub-topics such as municipalism, economy, bottom-up movements in relation to the EU agenda, and media representation from the perspective of culture.
Participants will work in groups on a concrete case or specific set of questions, and develop a plan for action that has culture at its core.
Where and when can we see the results?
The first outcomes of the challenge will be presented during the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture ceremony on 16 May, sharing central stage with the 2018 laureates.