Air pollution is a European issue. We talk with Matthew Fox about The Liverpool Air project he has been developing following his participation to the Idea Camp 2014 and for which he received an R&D grant.
Our third takeover is by Eduardo Cassina, on behalf of METASITU, the artistic duo made of himself and Liva Dudareva. They are currently in Kiev as artists in residence at Izolyatsia and are taking over our Instagram account from 24 to 28 August to introduce you to their practice and world.
Jekaterina Lavrinec, a Vilnius-based curator of community art initiatives, researcher and educator in the fields of media and urban studies, was selected to participate to the Idea Camp 2014 with her idea using urban furniture to give residents the tools to (re)think about their use of public space. Her idea, Open Code Urban Furniture: Co-Design Workshops, has been awarded an R&D grant. Read more about her work and watch a short video about her successful project.
Pedro Jiménez (ZEMOS98) has written about the most recent performance of €urovisions, an audiovisual show created and performed live by Karol Rakowski (Poland); Okaku Noriko (Japan / UK); Farah Rahman (Netherlands) and Malaventura (Spain); English support collective The Light Surgeons, with technical and artistic coordination of ZEMOS98. ECF presented €urovisions at EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam on 22 May 2014.
The summer months are a time for relaxation and reflection – a chance to explore new places and new ideas. With this in mind, we have compiled some recommended reading materials to accompany you on your journeys this summer – including articles and books from ECF’s own Library and some from our partners’ collections too. We hope you enjoy them.
More than 160 organisations applied for the new Tandem Europe cultural exchange programme. After careful evaluation of each application the jury with our partners from Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Greece, invited 46 organisations to join the beginning of the programme, which will kick off with the Partner Forum in Milan in mid-October.
Our second Instagram takeover is by Idea Camp participant and R&D grantee Patrícia Costa. You can follow insights from one of the social projects she is working on from the Azores Island between 27 July and 2 August.
Dr. Sophia Labadi received the 2008 Cultural Policy Research Award for her work evaluating the socio-economic impacts of selected regenerated heritage sites in Europe. We talk to Sophia about the impact of the award, international heritage, and on her future plans.
This article, Kreativiteten gror i krisens Grekland (Creativity grows in crisis Greece) by Hugo Lindkvist has been published on the Swedish daily news site, dn.se, mentioning the Athens Biennale and the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture.
ECF Chair and Director of the Istanbul Foundation for the Arts (IKSV) Görgün Taner was interviewed by Barçın Yinanç for Hürriyet Daily News about the role culture should play in Turkey and more widely.
As the Morgenland Festival, taking place between 16 and 18 July at Bimhuis in Amsterdam, is preparing to welcome Kinan Azmeh, we are taking the opportunity to feature the virtuoso clarinet player and composer and reflect on our previous collaborations as well as on the role artists and cultural organisations' can have in places of conflict such as Syria.
ECF has recently joined Instagram to share moments from our events and to connect with our grantees, partners, programme participants and more. In this spirit, we want to organise regular takeovers within our networks. From 6 to 10 July 2015, Idea Camp 2014 participant and R&D grantee Noel Hatch is taking over ECF's Instagram account to share insights from his project Hack (Y)our Borders.
Our 2014 Annual Report is now available. Presenting our vision and projects, figures and forecasts, this report offers clear and concise information about our activities over the past year. You can access a summary online and download the full report and other documents in PDF. You can also browse the reports from previous years in our library.
Long time ECF advisor and friend Rana Zincir Celal was in Greece at the end of June for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Conference on Philanthropy and Sustainability in Athens and to visit the Thessaloniki Biennale. She shares her insights about these cities and their thriving efforts to include citizens into daily cultural life.
While the international media focuses on the tension and brinksmanship of the negotiations, I left Greece last week moved by the inspiring and committed leadership of its many civic leaders who are charting a course for the future, undeterred, responding to the fragility of the current situation in ingenious and inspiring ways.
On 16 June 2015, we co-hosted the media showcase and debate RADICAL DEMOCRACY: Citizens from Poland, Spain, Turkey and the UK Reclaim their Cities. Browse through the gallery of images taken during the event and read a detailed presentation of the project from our Library.
On 25 June 2015, ECF President HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands was in Athens to speak at the event announcing the partnership between the Municipality of Athens and 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award Laureate Athens Bienniale. The event took place at the Municipality of Athens, where the Mayor of Athens Mr Yorgos Kaminis made the official announcement.
For this featured people piece, we speak with Engin Önder, 2014 Idea Camp participant and R&D Grantee. Engin Önder was recently featured in TIME Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders series. Engin tells us about the origins of his citizen journalism initiative 140Journos, shares highlights from past activities, what working with ECF meant for him and reflects on their future plans.
ECF is delighted to announce the 50 Idea Makers who have been selected to attend this year’s Idea Camp in Botkyrka, Sweden from 23 to 25 September 2015. Over three days the Idea Makers will share and discuss their ideas, work together to refine their proposals, and hear from inspirational speakers.
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 Cultural Manager Exchanges. 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 crisis.
On 6 June, we have dreamed of an utopic city together with our partner the Holland Festival. In this 25-hour long programme, artists, participants and audience alike have explored the following questions: How do we want to live as a community in the future? What do we want our cities to look like, how will our communities function, what kind of music will we hear? all through music, drawing, talking, chess playing and more...
Europe: Closed Doors or Open Arms? The Culture Report/EUNIC Yearbook 2014/2015 discusses migration into Europe, inviting a string of renowned scholars, authors and writers, including Umberto Eco, Francis Fukuyama, Bassam Tibi, Zygmunt Baumann, Richard Sennett, Slavenka Drakulić, Claus Leggewie and Mely Kiyak, to share their views.
Celebrating the new partnership between ECF and the Holland Festival, we are proud to feature the festival’s Artistic Director Ruth Mackenzie. A highlight of the 2015 festival programme is ein tag und eine stunde in urbo kune, the first event of our partnership. We spoke to Ruth about leading the Holland Festival for the first time this year, the partnership with ECF and how culture can offer answers to European issues.
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 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.