ECF is happy to have been invited to participate in the programme of the Keti Koti Dialogue Tables taking place in Amsterdam on 29 and 30 June, and preceding Emancipation Day (the end of slavery) celebrated in 1 July in Suriname. Keti Koti means "the chains are cut" in Sranantongo, and this important day has now finally become a more integral part of Dutch society.
Last year, we featured Engin Önder, 2014 Idea Camp participant and R&D Grantee. He told us about the origins of his citizen journalism initiative 140Journos. In this piece, Engin follows-up on our last conversation, highlighting the transformative power of new media, how the network has been growing across the country, the role the R&D grant played in this endeavour and tells us about a new exciting partnership with Twitter.
This 24 June, the UK woke up to the news that 52% of Referendum voters had chosen to leave the EU. This choice will certainly have both short and long term economic, political and social impact in every corner of the UK and across Europe as a whole. And it is not yet clear what shape and scope that impact will take.
Isabelle Schwarz, ECF's Head of Advocacy, R&D and Knowledge Management, has contributed to the Summer 2016 issue of Europe's World with an article entitled "Culture could be the answer to Europe’s woes". You can download a PDF of the article and buy a copy of the latest issue of Europe's World on their website.
Our colleagues Alice Priori and Lisa Schulze at CitizensLab have prepared a series of Facebook posts presenting the new members of the CitizensLab network, which ECF is a partner of. We compiled all these short presentations in this featured people. We're also very happy to see that members from our own programmes like the Idea Camp and Tandem, have also been selected.
What are the characteristics of European culture and identity? In which way can culture contribute to the current crisis of meaning within the EU and Europe? And should we return to the discourse of culture and historical experience in order to find a common ground for Europe? In the run-up to the European Culture Forum, we have been supporting our partners De Balie and Dutch Culture in publishing the anthology Re:Thinking Europe, on these urgent questions.
ECF Director Katherine Watson issued a call to action, during the closing plenary of the European Foundation Centre (EFC)'s 27th Annual General Assembly and Conference, for European philanthropy to provide more strategic support for refugees and migrants.
Idea Makers Ana Gonçalves (Portugal) and Laura M. Pana (Netherlands) visit Sweden in June to attend the residency BiR (Business in Residence) in the culture business incubator KLUMP Subtopia. Ana and Laura will spend two weeks in Subtopia -one of the six hubs of our Connected Action for the Commons programme, to develop their projects. Learn more about their projects.
ECF initiated Build the City to highlight innovative civil-public partnerships in broader Europe that have solved urban challenges. The 26 practices highlighted in this publication are civil-public partnerships based on principles of the commons, i.e. enabling citizens and governments to share power, co-design and co-shape legislation, management or collective action for the common good. Download a copy of the Build the City Magazine and join the conversation on ECF Labs.
Between 1-3 June 2016, ECF is partnering with DutchCulture and De Balie for the Forum on European Culture entitled Re:Creating Europe. We take the opportunity to present you the work of visual artist Wendelien van Oldeborgh who will participate to one of the expert meetings which focuses on our representation of history and cultural heritage, themes dealing with our past and present that are also key in van Oldenborgh’s work.
From 30 April to 6 May, Borbala Soos, Director of Tenderpixel Galley in London, is taking over our Instagram account. Borbala is the curator of the 8 week event series and exhibition ‘Spatial Practices and the Urban Commons’ that will run at the gallery until 4 June 2016. During the takeover, she will share some of the research behind the project.
Commoning strategies are often improvised even in the liminal spaces that emerge in the cracks of Fortress Europe, says urban anthropologist Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe. In a text based on her September 2015 talk at the ECF's annual Idea Camp, Ifekwunigwe calls for a new commons that embraces both the mobile and the settled.
Bottom-up cooperation between the independent cultural sector and domestic and European institutions can lead to both the decentralisation of cultural production and the democratisation of culture. So says Katarina Pavić of the Croatian cultural hub organisation Culture 2 Commons.
There are a raft of major challenges that complicate the creation of the commons today. The researcher and writer Charlie Tims considers some of the most pressing of these challenges – in combination with landmark efforts to regain control over domestic and international modes of governance, as well as to reclaim resources, public space and housing. The following text is based on his September 2015 talk at the ECF's annual Idea Camp.
Received notions of artistic and social practices belonging to separate spheres of society are fading away, writes Agnieszka Wiśniewska of Krytyka Polityczna (Poland). The commons is where cultural and social activists meet with the broader public and, together, create a genuinely participatory culture.
We are thrilled to start a new partnership with Eurozine as part of our Connected Action for the Commons programme. Drawing on our common affinities, we launch a new focal point exploring the prospects for a commons where cultural and social activists meet with a broader public to create new ways of living together.
Following on from receiving the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture, Madrid-based Medialab-Prado are hosting two residencies this month for ECF’s R&D grantees, Nicolai Chirnev and Laura Popplow. Laura and Nicolai have together taken over ECF's Instagram account between 26 and 30 April, to share some insights from their residency.
Nicky Crabb, Senior Associate at Apples and Snakes, has received an ECF R&D grant following the Idea Camp 2014, towards their Library Takeover programme; a bespoke training programme for library staff and young people in two different London boroughs. Nicky tells us more about the important community role of libraries.
From 11 to 16 April, STEP Beyond grantee Giulia Damiani has taken over ECF's Instagram account. Giulia and fellow artist Theo are resident writer and artist at The Studio in Amman, Jordan. They are going to share insights about their project Infinite Unica. Follow along on Instagram.
On 6 April 2016, Dutch citizens voted if they were “for or against the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine?” This is an important decision for the future direction of both countries and their relationships with Europe, and we find it very unfortunate that the majority of voters said no.
The Dutch Presidency of the EU Council is getting ready for the ministerial conference concerning the EU Urban Agenda on 30 May 2016, where the “Pact of Amsterdam” will be signed. This Agenda will launch partnerships of Member States, the European Commission and cities to tackle concrete urban challenges relating to 12 selected priority themes – from urban poverty to affordable housing and inclusion of migrants and refugees.
ECF is thrilled to learn that the employees and activists of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina have won an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016, Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field.
In 2015, Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC) in Kyiv received the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture. In this Featured People, we talk to VCRC’s Director Vasyl Cherepanyn about the aftermath of Maidan, what the Award meant for the collective and the upcoming Ukraine referendum in the Netherlands on 6 April.
On 15 March 2016, the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture was awarded to theatre-makers and community developers Krétakör (Budapest, Hungary) and citizen laboratory for digital culture Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain) during a ceremony that took place at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. You can watch videos of presentations by participants to various projects by the two laureates.
Watch the highlights of the 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture Ceremony that took place on 15 March 2016 at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, celebrating the laureates Krétakör and Medialab-Prado.
Tandem Turkey aims to establish long-term collaborations between cultural organisations from Turkey and the EU countries. In this video, you can see participants of Tandem Turkey 2015-16 at the Cluj meeting in February 2016, featuring Alice Fiona Tucker, Hüseyin Recepoğlu, Jeremy Pine, Mehtap von Stietencron, Naz Cuguoğlu, Susanne Ewerlöf and Çiçek Şadiye Tezer.
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.