In December 2014, together with Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam and the Publieke Werken Foundation, ECF presented the show 100% Amsterdam by Berlin theatre collective Rimini Protokoll. Watch the full video of the performance in Dutch with English subtitles. (Photo by Ernst van Deursen)
On 23 April, ECF was in Leeuwarden – the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018 – for a discussion based on the New Pact for Europe's second report with local, national and European stakeholders, politicians, opinion makers, entrepreneurs and scientists. The central question of the debate was how to share power, build alliances and establish not only a genuine dialogue, but an equitable distribution of responsibilities between the State, market and the Mienskip (which means ‘community’ in Frisian) at the local, national and European level. Read a report, browse through the image gallery and media coverage of the event, and listen to the full debate.
ECF mourns the continuous loss of life at the Mediterranean Sea which has sadly reached another peak last weekend. We commemorate those who have tragically perished at the Southern borders of Europe and express our deepest sympathy with those women, men and children who are still suffering at sea at this very moment.
"...in order to recreate constantly the world, we need to cooperate, we need to work together. There is no other way." Silke Helfrich is an author and independent activist of the Commons and is founding member of Commons Strategies Group as well as the editor of several books on the Commons. On 23 April, she will give the keynote speech at ECF's Towards a European 'Mienskip': A Public Debate about the Future of Citizens in Europe.
More than 350 people crowded into the Centre of Fine Arts, BOZAR, in the heart of Brussels on 31 March to see two courageous cultural initiatives from different corners of Europe – the Athens Biennale (Greece) and the Visual Culture Research Center (Ukraine) – receive the prestigious 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture.
On Tuesday 31 March 2015 took place the presentation of the 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture honouring Athens Biennale (GR) and the Visual Culture Research Center (UA). You can watch these two films which were shown at the ceremony, presenting the work of both laureates.
ECF is very sad that our Doc Next Network partner ZEMOS98's festival has been forced to shut down. We are sharing the first paragraphs of a recent article they have published on their website, and we invite you to join the 17th ZEMOS98 Festival: Caring for the City, Reclaim the Commons from 15 to 18 April 2015 in Sevilla where we have no doubt the whole ZEMOS98 team will offer the best possible edition, despite the difficult conditions they are currently facing.
ECF condemns the terrible attacks perpetrated in the Bardo Museum in Tunis on 18 March. We express our solidarity with our partners and the people of Tunisia, and send our condolences to the families of the victims. These barbaric acts remind us again of the danger confronted by people in all regions of the world in the face of terrorism. (Photo of Bardo Museum by Véronique Debord-Lazaro).
The Visual Culture Research Center was founded in the Ukraine capital of Kiev in 2008 as a platform for collaboration between academics, artists and activists. It is making an unprecedented contribution to the regional cultural debate at a time of enormous political and economic upheaval. Read our feature length overview.
The TANDEM Turkey-EU programme successfully realised two rounds in 2011-12 and 2013-14, and was able to bring together 64 cultural managers. It has received wide media coverage across Europe to total 203 news items.
We are concerned to read that one of the cultural organisations participating to our Tandem Shaml cultural exchange programme, Mass'Art, is condemned to be shut down after 4 years of work and activities in their neighbourhood.
The book No Culture, No Europe: On the Foundations of Politics, edited by Pascal Gielen brings together contributions by an interdisciplinary group of theorists and scientists who argue that the European Union’s lack of attention towards culture is the main cause of the today’s political and economic crises.
In the frame of the Conflicting Memories, Ukraine: a political crisis from a cultural perspective event on 26 February, we have collected images, audio and video from the event as well as articles written by renown political scientist Ivan Krastev in the Dutch media.
The Athens Biennale is one of two ground-breaking cultural initiatives in Europe to be selected for the 2015 Princess Margriet Award for Culture. In the face of severe austerity measures that have left Greek society reeling, the Athens Biennale has demonstrated the power of self-organisation and building common ground through culture in the face of challenging political and economic circumstances. Read our feature length overview.
50 people will be chosen to work on their ideas at the Idea Camp, co-hosted by our Networked Programme hub Subtopia from 22 to 25 September 2015 in Botkyrka, Sweden. The theme for this year’s edition of the Idea Camp is Build the City. Visit the dedicated Lab to apply. Deadline is 13 April.
Balkans Art and Culture Fund (BAC) and the partnership between the Swiss Government, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and organisation art∡ngle, which is the implementer of BAC, were presented on 24 February 2015 at the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The seven regional collaboration projects (COLABs) selected on the basis of an open competition were promoted on that occasion. You can watch a video presenting the project.
Balkans Art and Culture Fund (BAC) and the partnership between the Swiss Government, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and organisation art∡ngle, which is the implementer of BAC, were presented on 24 February 2015 at the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Christiaan De Beukelaer was awarded the 2012 Cultural Policy Research Award (CPRA) which lead to the publication of his book Developing Cultural Industries: Learning from the Palimpsest of Practice. Exploring the connection between culture and broader goals of human development, this research focuses on cultural and creative industries in developing countries.
It has been barely a month since mourning the attacks in Paris, and now we are moved to deep sadness over the violence in Copenhagen, also directed towards a public event on free speech. ECF remains as resolute as ever in our dedication to freedom of expression and thought, and to supporting artists in difficult and challenging circumstances, across Europe and beyond. We stand in solidarity with artists, journalists, writers and everyone whose work and ideals help to build open, democratic and inclusive societies. We send our thoughts and sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those who were killed and wounded.
On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, ECF decided to reexamine the convictions of its founding father Denis de Rougemont, by the presentation of his 1947 speech “The federalist attitude” by former ECF Secretary General Raymond Georis and relate the passages to today’s EU by French Liberal Member of the European Parliament, Sylvie Goulard. In the following report, Sabine Frank highlights the key themes of the event that took place on 6 November 2014 at BOZAR in Brussels.
Bulgarian political scientist Ivan Krastev will give an introduction on 26 February during the Conflicting Memories: Ukraine event at Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam. In his work, Krastev focuses on the numerous challenges faced by the European community, especially in Eastern Europe. In his analyses on the interaction between liberalism and democracy, Krastev explores the potential limits and promises of a democratic society given the growing mistrust against institutions on local, national and supranational levels. We invite you to learn more about him.
Following an open call from The Guardian Witness, looking for stories of involvement or demonstrations to protect public space, our Doc Next Network partner MODE Istanbul has sent their contribution entitled "Imagine it into being", which is now showcased on The Guardian Witness's website. MODE Istanbul has produced this video with Sokak Bizim, a Turkish NGO dedicated to making cities more liveable, as part of the Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons project of Doc Next Network.
Following up on the first ECF Idea Camp that took place in Marseille in October 2014, the 50 participants – the Idea Makers - were invited to further develop their ideas on engaging people in re-defining and shaping public space and submit a proposal for a Research and Development (R&D) Grant. We have now published short descriptions of the 25 proposals that have been awarded an R&D grant of up to 10.000 EUR each.
Following a jury selection, 12 Tandems have been invited to the main phase of the TANDEM programme 'Dialogue for Change', a new TANDEM programme launched in September 2014 to support cultural organisations building cross-border partnerships between Ukraine and EU. They will meet in Germany from 11 to 15 February to officially kick-off their collaboration with workshops in Berlin and a cultural programme in Leipzig.
The 2013 ECF Princess Margriet Award laureate Yoel Gamzou was a speaker at the School of Civilization Symposium organised by the Nexus Institute on 25 October 2014, held at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Here you can find some video excerpts from the event.
ECF is grateful for the longstanding partnership with the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. As a result of this partnership ECF acknowledges the annual financial contribution – via the Cultuurfonds – from the BankGiro Loterij and the Lotto.