For its 9th edition, the Forum will focus on MENA region - Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. It will also experiment for the first time a new format that we believe will give a unique opportunity to the invited researchers to enhance their own skills by being challenged by experienced researchers, academics and practitioners and at the same time gain visibility in an international context.
The UK and the EU seem to be drifting apart. The cultural sector has been united in defending the permanence of the UK in the EU. What lies ahead of us?
ECF is delighted to support the European Commons Assembly, together with the Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation and Lunt Foundation. This event is to gain visibility and credibility for the commons movement, make concrete legislative and funding proposals and promote direct democratic participation in EU institutions. Some of our Connected Action for the Commons hubs, as well as R&D grantees, will join the assembly, which will be documented by our partner ZEMOS98.
We are very happy to contribute to the 27th European Meeting of Cultural Magazines in Gdansk. The programme focuses on issues of solidarity, questions of inequality, grass-roots mobilization and commons. ECF initiated Connected Action for the Commons network will be present. We will screen some Doc Next Network films and the Commonspoly tool will be on spot.
How does Culture Impact Democracy? Launch Event for the Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy (IFCD)
The Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy (IFCD), which is an innovative tool to assess and optimise cultural policies using reliable data and an online application, will be presented at a launch event at Hotel Bloom in Brussels on 14 October 2016. The IFCD tool has been developed by the Council of Europe in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and ECF.
We are very happy to support this event part of the Read My World Festival, taking place from 6 to 8 October in Amsterdam. In a public talk Ja Kapela of ECF's Connected Action for the Commons hub Krytyka Polityzcna Poland and Anna Kravets of Krytyka Polityzcna Ukraine will discuss the questions around literature and politics with writers Olga Tokarczuk and Andrey Kurkov whom both lived through various political regimes in their countries.
Between 13 and 17 September 2016, our Connected Action for the Commons hub Oberliht Association organises the second edition of Public Space Days, which will take place in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova. The Public Space Days provide a framework and space for discussion and action on public space.
On the occasion of the closing night of the ECF supported exhibition and project A Lighthouse for Lampedusa on 8 September, BOZAR Brussels will screen the two films Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) by Gianfranco Rossi and the documentary Lampedusa Mirrors by Tandem Shaml Micaela Casalboni, followed by a Q&A with Casalboni.
An evening on the rich history and promising future of the commons. How can we govern urban commons in co-creation?
Redesigning the democratic institutionalisation. A dialogue with Saskia Sassen.
During the series New Democracy, three evenings will be devoted to deliberative democracy; both from a theoretical and a practical perspective.
Are you a young cultural practitioner looking to develop and strengthen your cultural leadership skills in an international working context? Then the Global Cultural Leadership Programme is designed for you. ECF is part of the consortium to support the implementation of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform, organising this Global Cultural Leadership programme. The Platform aims to carry out activities in order to enhance the EU’s cultural engagement with third countries and their citizens.
Cultural Dimension in the City of the Future: a debate and lecture with Hans Mommaas, Karolina Spaic (ZID Theater), Kristian Koreman (Bureau ZUS, Zones Urbaines Sensibles) and Kajsa Ollongren (alderman Amsterdam Municipality, a.o. for Economy and Culture). Please note that this event is in Dutch.
The first CitizensLab meeting will take place in Berlin on 23-26 June 2016. ECF is one of the partners of this project creating the opportunity for local actors of change to create a new European network. The aim is to strengthen and connect active citizens from all sectors that are passionate about their local community. They engage in finding innovative solutions to challenges in their neighbourhoods – be it as volunteers or in their jobs.
ECF is partner of Holland Festival 2016, supporting the performance De Komst van Xia (The Coming of Xia) by renowned Dutch actors’ collective Wunderbaum, which will perform the first part of their The New Forest series at FabCity Amsterdam / Kop van Java.
By definition public space should belong to the public. However, there are more and more examples of public spaces that are now privatised. This directly affects the influence of the ‘public’ on the space. Who decide whether a public space can be privatised? And how can ‘the public’ take back control? Join the debate with Idea Camp participant and R&D grantee Reem Khedr and Els Leclercq, Studio Aitken Urbanism.
As part of World Refugee Day, BOZAR, the Goethe-Institut Brüssel, the Italian Cultural Institute and ECF put on the A Lighthouse for Lampedusa exhibition with German artist Thomas Kilpper building a lighthouse on the roof of BOZAR. After Brussels, the lighthouse will be erected in the Dresden Kunsthaus in Germany
One of the most urgent challenges for our cities and the way we design them is climate change. How can we use the public space to make our cities more resilient? Can we create a more flexible infrastructure? What does this mean for the way we design our cities and the public space? And what is the effect of sustainable (environmentally friendly) architecture on the public space?
During this first event of the new series Public Space we will focus on the ways public spaces connect the physical and social layers of the city. With a.o. ECF Idea Camp participant and R&D grantee Steve Threlfall, Urban WorkBench, co-founder of We Make Places CIC.
In this series, Public Space, organised by Pakhuis de Zwijger in collaboration with Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam and ECF, we take a closer look at the public space. The simple way to describe the public space is an open space that is accessible to people. However, the way public spaces are designed and function within a city is less straightforward. During three meet-ups on 6, 15 and 22 June 2016, we will discuss current themes and questions surrounding public spaces. What role does public space have in connecting communities? How can we make a climate adaptive public space? How can the public keep control over spaces that are becoming more privatised?
Visionary artists and thinkers from all over Europe will recreate the perception of Europe in the months to come. On 1, 2, and 3 June 2016, they will gather in Amsterdam for the Forum on European Culture called Re:Creating Europe.
In his most recent book If Mayors Ruled the World Dr. Benjamin Barber argues that cities are the most promising place to find answers to the major challenges of the 21st century. The nation state, once democracy's best hope, is now dysfunctional and obsolete. At this New Democracy event, Dr. Barber will explain his ideas on the importance of cities and the role of mayors in addressing challenges such as climate change, economic inequality and refugees.
The City Makers Summit pools the knowledge from City Makers all over Europe and demonstrates innovative ways of creating more livable, thriving, resilient and inclusive cities. City Expeditions all over the Netherlands will showcase emerging initiatives focusing on urban farming, social design, the redevelopment of industrial heritage, co-housing, the makers movement, social entrepreneurship, inclusion of refugees, collaborative area development, community enterprises, the circular economy, and more.
Taking place during the Netherlands’ Presidency of the EU, the European Foundation Centre’s 27th Annual General Assembly and Conference will convene more than 750 philanthropic leaders and representatives from INGOs, academia and policymakers in Amsterdam in May.
Together with Netwerk Democratie and Pakhuis de Zwijger, we organise a series of events on democratic and cultural renewal in Europe from a citizen’s perspective. More and more urban communities are confronted with urgent challenges on a daily basis. Many European cities are losing their cultural identity to gentrification processes due to commercial interests. Migration puts new pressures on cities but also offers opportunities to re-think themselves. This debate series explores different city policies and alternative practices which are reinvigorating democracy and transforming our cities and regions for the common good.