Featured People: Abdullah Al-Kafri - version française

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.

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Featured People: Abdullah Al-Kafri

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. 

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Featured People: Federico Brivio

"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. 

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Featured People: Izabela Zalewska-Kantek

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. 

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Cultural Diplomacy Platform Participants Selected

Earlier this summer, we shared an open call for this unique training programme for developing leadership in international cultural collaboration has been designed as part of a new global Cultural Diplomacy Platform. Together with our partners, we are very happy to announce that 40 participants have been selected.

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Lampedusa Mirrors: Journal of a Project (2014-15)

Lampedusa Mirrors is a theatre coproduction between Eclosion d’artistes (Tunis) and Teatro dell’Argine (Bologna) that was conceived in the framework of our Tandem Shaml. In 2015, young theatre makers from Tunisia and Italy developed a gripping performance which reflects on life at the island of Lampedusa as a symbolic site of the ongoing migration crisis. You can now read this publication journaling the project.  

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Featured People: Reem Khedr

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.

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