Katherine Watson is interviewed by a participant during the Tandem MeetUp in Berlin, 2016. Photo by Canan Marasligil.

Katherine Watson is interviewed by a participant during the Tandem MeetUp in Berlin, 2016. Photo by Canan Marasligil.


After more than a decade of dedication to the European Cultural Foundation, director Katherine Watson is retiring in 2018.

“During my time at the European Cultural Foundation, I have experienced Europe and the power of culture in towns, villages and cities across the continent.

ECF has inspired me to stay curious, responsive and reflective – to recognize patterns and see connections, and to engage with so many creative thinkers and actors.

With a passionate team, we have developed many impactful and innovative projects, and facilitated opportunities for cultural change throughout Europe.

Today ECF’s mission to work with civil society across Europe in contributing to open and inclusive communities through culture could not be more urgent. The new director will lead a great team and steer an invaluable European organization into its next decades.”

Find the vacancy here.



On 15 November, the European Commission published the communication Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture to contribute to the European leaders meeting in Gotenburg.

Finally, education and culture have become part of the EU social agenda. 

Read our statement about the key role of education and culture in the ambitious vision of a European Education Area, harnessing the full potential of education and culture as drivers for jobs, social fairness, active citizenship as well as a means to experience European identity in all its diversity.




Looking at different artistic platforms, activist groups and new forms of citizen initiatives, The Art of Civil Action asks how cultural and art initiatives can question and strengthen the civil domain; how their approaches put the ‘art’ of civil action into practice? 

Edited by Pascal Gielen and ECF programme manager Philipp Dietachmair.

Find out more & order your copy.

Join the book launch in Arnhem on 30 November.

open calls for grants & projects

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Apply now for our 2018 Workshop on World Heritage, Sustainable Development and Civil Society

This workshop identifies concrete approaches and models for implementing the UNESCO Policy on Sustainable Development and World Heritage. How can World Heritage contribute to inclusion and equity, create growth, employment, income and livelihoods?  How can we ensure that diversity, ecosystem services and benefits for people that contribute to environmental sustainability, are protected and enhanced? And how can World Heritage promote conflict resolution?

Application deadline: 6 December 2017.

Apply now.