Claudia Luciani, Director of Democratic Governance at the Council of Europe, explains how the IFCD is a remarkable advocacy toolfor anyone in the cultural sector who wants to strengthen democracy and a culture of democracy across Europe and the EU Neighbourhood.
ECF, the Connected Action for the Commons network and the City of Madrid gathered fifty changemakers from wider Europe in Madrid in March. During three days they met one another, they met with peers and they worked on their idea. After the Idea Camp we invited them to develop project proposals on their idea. ECF could grant twenty-five of them with a research and development grant. We proudly present the 2017 R&D grantees.
Novelist, orientalist scholar and journalist Navid Kermani’s writing spans many forms. His exceptional contribution to cultural debate has been to challenge increasingly extremist narratives of discrimination and racism, arguing instead for greater solidarity in the face of fragmentation.
In this feature, we talk to writer and columnist Aslı Erdoğan, whose literary oeuvre includes novels, novellas and short stories, all of which engage readers as they display humanity in all its fragility. Hers is a defiant literary voice in Turkey, contributing to a vision of a 21st-century society with political and cultural inclusivity at its centre. On 16 August 2016, she was arrested and remained in pre-trial detention until her release in January. She is unable to leave Turkey as her trial continues. This is an edited version of the conversation that took place on 6 March 2017 in Istanbul.
Saxophonist and composer Luc Mishalle juggles many roles, most of which converge in his artistic directorship of MET-X. Based in Brussels, this house of music makers performs music and provides educational programmes that are inspired by a range of musical genres and traditions, from brass to folk, from electronic to jazz, and involving musicians from all generations. His projects are always about community building, whether in Brussels neighbourhoods, across Europe or in North or West Africa. ECF Princess Margriet Award curator Wietske Maas talked to Mishalle about his early influences, his work and how culture can offer a response in the current climate of polarisation.
We talk to Habiba Laloui, Member of the National Task Force for Cultural Policy, Algeria – a key cultural player in the MENA region and contributor to the World CP – about her work, ambitions, challenges and vision for the future of cultural policy in her country.
As part of our series highlighting cultural policy research and activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, we talk to Hussam Al-Saray, Member of the National Task Force for Cultural Policy, Iraq about his work, ambitions, challenges and vision for the future of cultural policy in his country.
A team of four Digital Storytellers will be on hand at the Idea Camp, capturing insights from the encounter and translating these into narratives of all types: data visualisation, written content and audio-visual materials. Their role will be to record meaningful data and to coax unforeseen answers from the Idea Makers to bring back home.
For the 2017 Idea Camp, the Idea Camp team has drawn on the rich social fabric of the city of Madrid, working hand in hand with local organisations and collectives on the ground not just to plan the programme for this year’s Idea Camp but also to design the space for the event and to shape the communications around it. We are delighted that 2017 Idea Makers will have the chance to meet some of these inspiring local organisations and collectives, to exchange experiences with them and to share the visions and challenges that inform their work.
The Facilitators are representatives of the Connected Action for the Commons Hubs and will, throughout the three days, offer their support to the Idea Makers, the Idea Feeders and Digital Storytellers, ensuring an open and inclusive environment where ideas can blossom.
Idea Feeders are professionals interested in collective learning, who have been invited to share their expertise and knowledge around this year's theme "Moving Communities". They will support the 50 Idea Makers throughout the three-day programme by offering feedback on their ideas.
Throughout our Featured People, we are very happy to share highlights on the works of former Idea Camp participants, showing the depth and breadth of our grantees’ networks. In this feature, we talk to Silvia Nanclares, who participated to the Idea Camp in 2015 and received an R&D grant to work on her idea Caring IN the city.
In this interview, we talk to Mourad Kadiri (Morocco) – a key cultural player in the MENA region and contributor to the World CP – about his work, ambitions, challenges and vision for the future of cultural policy in his country.
Dans cet entretien, nous discutons avec Fatin Farhat (Palestine) – contributrice à la base de donnée World CP et une figure clé de la culture dans la région MENA, au sujet de son travail, de ses ambitions, des défis auxquels elle fait face ainsi que de sa vision de la politique culturelle comme un processus collaboratif qui peut aider à tisser de nouveaux partenariats en Palestine.
In this conversation, we talk to Rana Yazaji (Syria), Managing Director of Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) – a key cultural player in the MENA region that facilitates the development of national cultural policy groups in more than ten Arab countries. We talk about her work and about the challenges she and her team face in these turbulent times for the region. Throughout the autumn, we highlight cultural policy research and activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Through a series of insightful interviews, we introduce cultural policy researchers and activists who have contributed to the World CP –International Cultural Policy Database.
This autumn, ECF highlights cultural policy research and activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Through a series of insightful interviews, we introduce cultural policy researchers and activists who have contributed to the World CP –International Cultural Policy Database. For this second article in the series, we talk to Fatin Farhat (Palestine) – a key cultural player in the MENA region and contributor to the World CP, about her work, ambitions, challenges and vision for cultural policy as a collaborative process that can help weave new partnerships in Palestine.
Tout au long de l’automne, ECF met en avant la recherche autour de la politique culturelle et de l'activisme dans la région du Moyen-Orient et d’Afrique du Nord (MENA). À travers une série d’entretiens pertinents, ECF présente les chercheurs dans le domaine des politiques culturelles, et les activistes qui ont contribué à World CP –International Cultural Policy Database (une base de donnée internationale de politique culturelle). Pour ce premier entretien de notre série, nous donnons la parole à Abdullah Al-Kafri (Syrie), directeur exécutif de Ettijahat – Independent Culture qui nous parle du travail de son organisation et des défis auxquels celle-ci est confrontée dans ces temps troublés dans la région.
This autumn, ECF highlights cultural policy research and activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Through a series of insightful interviews, ECF introduces cultural policy researchers and activists who have contributed to the World CP –International Cultural Policy Database. We start our series with Abdullah Al-Kafri, Executive Director of Ettijahat – Independent Culture.
"Although it’s true that xenophobia is spreading in some countries, and politicians are trying to take advantage of it, it’s also impressive to see the spontaneous informal groups that appeared in our cities and started working on the migrants' issues, learning complex laws to offer legal support, finding solutions for housing, building networks, deciding sometime to act beside legality in respect of their belief and to what they think that Europe should be." We talk with Federico Brivio about his idea: QX1 Migrants.
Warsaw-based landscape architect Izabela Zalewska-Kantek from the foundation Virid’OR took part in ECF's first Idea Camp in Marseille in 2014. She presented, GERMINATION FOR THE FUTURE - Education gardens for children in small and medium cities in Poland, a project that was subsequently awarded an ECF Research and Development grant. We caught up with Izabela and her project partner Kamila and captured their thoughts and experiences from the grant period on video. Watch now.
Gerry Proctor of EngageLiverpool was in Amsterdam to part take in the Public Space meetup series. The 2015 ECF R&D grantee spoke about the ‘Liverpool Air Project’ and ensuing ‘VENT! Liverpool Air Quality Festival’ which took place in Spring 2016. We took this opportunity to catch up with Gerry on his projects.
Reem Khedr took part in the 2015 Idea Camp with an idea called “City Castles / Invisible Shadows”, with which she proposed tackling two challenges: using unused and sometimes decaying buildings as platforms for young artists to practice and perform their art. We took the opportunity to catch up with Reem when she was in Amsterdam in June to take part in a public discussion on How to keep the public space public? In this featured people, Reem tells us about her work in Egypt, on the prototype toolkit for organising community art projects and on her memories on the Idea Camp.
Throughout the summer we accompany the launch of our new Idea Camp call with highlights on the works of former Idea Camp participants showing the depth and breadth of our grantees’ networks (you can apply for the 2017 Idea Camp until 20 September 2016). We now talk to Bea Varnai, from UrbaMonde in France.
Last year, we featured Engin Önder, 2014 Idea Camp participant and R&D Grantee. He told us about the origins of his citizen journalism initiative 140Journos. In this piece, Engin follows-up on our last conversation, highlighting the transformative power of new media, how the network has been growing across the country, the role the R&D grant played in this endeavour and tells us about a new exciting partnership with Twitter.
Our colleagues Alice Priori and Lisa Schulze at CitizensLab have prepared a series of Facebook posts presenting the new members of the CitizensLab network, which ECF is a partner of. We compiled all these short presentations in this featured people. We're also very happy to see that members from our own programmes like the Idea Camp and Tandem, have also been selected.