The four laureates of the 2017 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture: Aslı Erdoğan, Navid Kermani, Luc Mishalle and Marina Naprushkina are exceptional artists and thinkers. They have shown great courage in imagining and reshaping society in the 21st century and show us how culture can help to resist polarising forces and project a future where a more inclusive Europe becomes possible.

We present you in-depth interviews with the laureates in our Featured People series, you can also watch the Laureates Film Portraits presented during the ceremony on our 2017 Award page.

Photo: Xander Remkes

In our latest special eZine, we reflect on three years of close collaboration with the Connected Action for the Commons network, sharing the highlights of working together, looking at the network’s achievements, ongoing activities and plans for the future. Is you wish to receive our eZine in the future, subscribe here.

Connected Action for the Commons is an action-research programme and network with six cultural organisations from across Europe and ECF as collaborating hubs. 

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from our library

Video: Katherine Watson talks to Ana Méndez

ECF's third Idea Camp took place in Madrid from 1 to 3 March 2017, co-produced with our Connected Action for the Commons hub Platoniq and the City of Madrid. 
The City of Madrid is a good example of a progressive approach on cultural and urban related issues using participatory methods. ECF Director Katherine Watson took the opportunity to talk to Ana Méndez de Andés Aldama (Strategic Planning & International Advisor Culture and Sports Department, Madrid City Council) about these topics at the core of the Idea Camp. Watch the conversation in our library.

Photo: César Lucas Abreu