act  & participate

We launched an open online call for innovative ideas to address European issues, first extended to cultural change-makers from a variety of sectors and countries, who will be invited to take part in an Idea Camp. 

Now more than ever we need a Europe that’s powered by culture. On 20 May, we called our networks to help us to share two Manifestos for change with key political contacts – and help to shape the future of culture in Europe!  

To strengthen the position of culture in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in the Netherlands, with our partners we launched the manifesto Shaping Europe Through Culture.

We joined forces with the campaign Go vote! launched by European cultural networks. Do you want to learn more about the campaign? Have a look at the advocacy material ready for you to use. 

Mainstream media often just shows one side of migration. But what is the story told by the people who migrate to Europe? Watch €urovisions, a new live cinema show by European Souvenirs.  

On 21 May, the Melkweg in Amsterdam presented a programme focused on the European elections, featuring politicians, artists, scientists, writers, entrepreneurs...

We were there to present the Remixing Europe - Migrants, Media, Representation, Imagery book. For more information about the event,visit the Melkweg's website (in Dutch).

Comics artists and cartoonists have drawn your views on citizenship, looking at the European elections 2014. The open call is now closed. You can see the 8 selected work in our Library. 


reflect & discuss

Online audiences cast nearly 9,000 votes for their favourite videos and chose five finalists for the Radical Democracy video challenge. A Pre-Selection Committee representing the Doc Next Network partner organisations chose the other 25 finalists. The winners will be announced on the challenge’s website where you can also watch all 30 finalists’ videos. 

Visit the exhibition Reframe: Perspectives on Europe through Comics from Algeria, Turkey and the UK, exploring the cultural, social and political dynamics between Europe and the participating countries. 

The exhibition was on show in Brussels until 12 May and all the works as well as artists statements are accessible from our Library. 

REMIXING EUROPE is a book by Doc Next Network produced in the framework of Remapping Europe, A Remix Project Highlighting the Migrant’s Perspective. Building on four individual case studies, the book focuses on the representation of migrants in the European media. Read it online or order your print copy.  


We recently organised a public debate In the EU We (Mis)Trust: on the road to the European elections, as part of the New Pact for Europe project. In our Library, we’ve brought together materials to reflect on this event and contemplate the future of the debate on Europe, including a summary, video, images, keynote speeches and speaker profiles. 

What is the role of culture in relations between Europe and China, India, Brazil, Palestine and other countries of the world? Read the main outcomes, including country reports and a discussion paper, published as part of the Preparatory Action: Culture in EU External Relations initiative. 

In this second volume of the series Dwarfing of Europe? collection of essays, we turn to Brazil, India and China. At a time when Europe is going through an identity crisis that goes much deeper than the financial crisis, it can no longer reflect on itself just by looking inwards.  

Are you looking for a European wide conversation around a specific topic or situation? We invite you to join ECF Labs, an engine for European communities developed by ECF. Labs about migrations, schooling heritagecomicsaudience engagementstreet art are already active. You can also open a new Lab, to connect people who share similar interests and concerns.

We talk to Christophe de Voogd, ECF Board member and Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Studies (France) about the  European elections. “I do think that the only way to solve the crisis of the Union, which is above all a divorce between the institutions and the people(s), should be to listen to what the Union’s people(s) feel, expect and propose…” Read the full interview.  

Social Media & regular updates

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