“The needs of cultural actors [in MENA] are different from the needs of their international counterparts, considering the political and economic circumstances in the region, [...] the most pressing need for cultural actors is having an acceptable level of freedom to move and act.”
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. Read more in our Featured People.
Have you seen our new, improved STEP travel grants programme? The grant scheme is now even more geographically open, more focused on communities and promotes sustainable forms of travel. The guidelines, FAQ and application form are now available at our recently updated website: steptravelgrants.eu.
And in the freshly launched Travel Stories Lab, you can find fascinating adventures from ECF grantees and other cultural practitioners. Read their stories, connect or share a few words about your own travels related to international cultural initiatives.
Photo: STEP grantee Katharina Maschenka Horn with project partner Nemanja Mutić. Photo by Jan Novosel.
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Entitled ‘Moving Communities,’ the Idea Camp 2017 brought together individuals from across Europe and its neighbouring countries, who are willing to “move” their communities through their creative and progressive ideas. During three days, 50 selected Idea Makers, guest experts, the hubs in the Connected Action for the Commons network and a group of representatives from European municipalities have exchanged thoughts and challenges, learned from one another, and further developed ideas. Their ambition: to contribute to building societies with greater equality; to translate common sense into sustainable inclusive policies. Read our short report.