We continue our conversation with Ivan Krastev in this third instalment of a five-part interview. After we looked back at what the past 15 years have meant for the building of democratic European communities in part 1, and dove into the issues around the real division between people within our societies across the continent in part 2, we look at the similarities of the many issues across our geographies, through concrete examples from Hungary and Ukraine, and we examine empathy and its possible role in solving many issues.
ECF Director Katherine Watson attended the Pública 16 encounters in Madrid on 28-29 January 2016. She spoke with Peio H. Riaño from El Español about the role of culture as a solution to many of our European issues (in Spanish).
We continue our conversation with Ivan Krastev in this second instalment of a five-part interview. After having looked back at what the past 15 years have meant for the building of democratic European communities in part 1, we dive into the issues around the real division between people within our societies across the continent.
Op dinsdag 15 maart wordt de ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture voor het eerst in Nederland uitgereikt. De ceremonie vindt plaats in de Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. De Award zal dan in aanwezigheid van Hunne Koninklijke Hoogheden Prinses Margriet der Nederlanden en Prinses Laurentien der Nederlanden worden uitgereikt aan theatergroep Krétakör (Boedapest, Hongarije) en platform voor digitale cultuur Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spanje). Het prijzengeld bedraagt in totaal € 50.000.
Over the last few weeks a lot attention has been drawn to the dire situation Poland’s critical and cultural groups have been found themselves in after the landslide election victory of the PIS, where our Connected Action for the Commons hub Krytyka Polityczna operates and uses their various channels to give an insight in the struggles active citizens encounter in the new illiberal democracies. In this piece, Dutch weekly magazine Groene Amsterdammer's Thijs Kleinpaste puts Krytyka Polityczna in a historical perspective.
In part I of our conversation , Ivan Krastev discusses the powerful drive behind the expansion of the European Union and various institutional blind spots he observes when it comes to acknowledging historical and cultural divides. He then focuses on the particular cultural and political conditions of Eastern Europe and Russia where the dissolution of the Soviet Union has led to an identity crisis that was instrumental in growing nationalistic sentiments.
We take the book, Another Europe, as our starting point in a conversation with Bulgarian political scientist Ivan Krastev, together with ECF Programme Manager Philipp Dietachmair, who has been running our neighborhood programmes for more than 10 years.
Since our beginnings in the 1950s, ECF has been pursuing the idea of a Europe that goes beyond historical, cultural and political borders and proposes new ways of doing things. The Europe ECF imagines extends well beyond the EU, embracing the countries that touch our borders to the east and to the south. These guiding principles run through the pages of our new publication Another Europe, which brings together a treasure trove of insights and experiences from partners and participants working with us in the European Neighbourhood over the past 15 years.
At ECF, we firmly believe in the power of culture to connect communities and revitalise democracy. Our work is full of examples of culture catalysing change – reminding us that culture is needed more now than ever before. ...
In this first piece on Crowdfunding and the Commons, Ina Studenroth, International Project Manager at Les Têtes de l'art reports back from the two-day workshop led by Goteo in Marseille in December 2015.
Our Connected Action for the Commons hubs are very much engaged with each other, exchanging knowledge and creating learning opportunities for their respective communities on topics that are at the core of their work: the Commons, Public Space, Culture and Economy. In December 2015, Les Têtes de l'art (France) and Platoniq - Goteo (Spain) co-organised crowdfunding workshops in Marseille, and Subtopia (Sweden) has visited Goteo in Barcelona to further discuss crowdfunding knowledge and sharing opportunities
A lot is happening in France at the political and cultural level. We have all been saddened by the 13 November attacks in Paris, and now, many across Europe are worried with the increasing prevalence of the Front National (FN) in the national political discourse. We talk to Sam Khebizi, director of our Connected Action for the Commons hub Les Têtes de l’Art, to gather his thoughts on what is happening in his country and how it affects Europe and cultural relations across the continent and beyond.
In January 2016, we will launch a brand new publication, "Another Europe", presenting an exploration of the wealth of experience accumulated through our partners’ insights and participants’ experiences working in the European Neighbourhood for the past 15 years
Our Connected Action for the Commons Programme officer Charles Beckett talks to David Juarez and Ale González about their project, Public Space Tools: a toolkit for activating and sharing public space. They discuss the importance of sharing tools on how people can use public space, the concept of Agora, skaters acting as archeologists and more. Listen to the audio interview and read further information about this exciting project.
The Forum on European Culture was launched in De Balie in Amsterdam with the debate Art and Culture in Conflict. That growing wave of anxiety and conflict was reflected by the three speakers, Vasyl Cherepanyn, director of the Visual Culture Research Centre in Kiev (and 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award laureate); Dessy Gavrilova, founding director of The Red House centre for culture and debate in Sofia; and artist and curator Poka-Yio, co-founder and co-director of the Athens Biennale (also 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award laureate). Journalist Catriona Black reports back for ECF.
Designers, artists, architects, scientists and international thinkers, come together to respond to COP21, and imagine together fresh narratives and perspectives to reinvent new worlds at the Summit of Creatives. ECF is proud to be a partner in this important event.
Following ECF’s second Idea Camp which took place from 23 to 25 September 2015 in Botkyrka (Sweden), the 50 participants – the Idea Makers - were invited to further develop their ideas on this year's theme “Build the City” and submit a proposal for a Research and Development (R&D) Grant.
The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is proud to announce the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture laureates for 2016: socially-engaged theatre-makers Krétakör (Budapest, Hungary) and citizen laboratory for digital culture Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain).
The European Cultural Foundation is one of the partners in a European research partnership, which has published the report: ‘Cultural and creative spillovers in Europe: a preliminary evidence review’ (2015)
Tibor Navracsics, EU commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport has visited the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) on Tuesday 10 November as part of his tour in the Netherlands, where he also met with Mr Jet Bussemaker, Minister for Education, Culture and Science of The Netherlands. ECF has facilitated a meeting with Mr Navracsics and stakeholders from the Dutch arts and culture sector.
Vassilis Chryssos is one of the Idea Makers who attended ECF’s first Idea Camp in Marseille in 2014 to develop his project building a wireless network and support community in the remote rural area of Sarantaporo in Greece. The Idea Camp is a key part of our Connected Action for the Commons programme – an action research network focusing on key topics including the urban commons, public space, culture and sharing economies. Since 2014, Vassilis has also attended ZEMOS98’s 17th Festival in Seville where he co-developed the game Commonspoly – and more recently he joined us for the 2015 Idea Camp in Botkyrka, Sweden to demonstrate the game and talk about his work.
Dr. Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, a London-born urban anthropologist with Nigerian-Irish/English-Guyanese roots, dedicates her research and teaching to global expressive cultures as forms of resistance, migration and belonging.
Jayne has participated to the Idea Camp 2015 to give an Idea Talk on the relationship between the commons and migration in Europe – now, how urgent is that?
Throughout the week of 12 October, Tali Cherizli Tel Aviv Director of the organisation Artis Contemporary is taking over ECF's Instagram account to share her experience travelling to the Istanbul Biennial. Follow along on Instagram.
ECF's second Idea Camp took place from 23 to 25 September 2015 in Botkyrka, Sweden. This year’s theme “Build the City” applied the principles and ethics of the commons. The Idea Camp explored how citizens and communities can get directly involved in participatory democratic processes that shape and govern our cities. The Media Lab (ZEMOS98, Canan Marasligil, Charlie Tims and the ECF Labs team) has documented the Idea Camp through a variety of audiovisual material you can all find compiled in the Build the City: Online Resources on ECF Labs. We have gathered the three day to day video compilations of the Idea Camp in this post.
Vladimir Us is an artist and curator working with Oberliht, one of the Connected Action for the Commons hubs. In this interview filmed during the Idea Camp 2015 at the end of September, Vladimir talks about the specific Moldovan context in which Oberliht works and the notion of commonality and public space as seen as part of a democratic structure.
From 28 September to 4 October 2015, Idea Camp participant Laura Pana is taking over our Instagram account to welcome you into The Living Room and to introduce you to the diverse cultural activities she is working on with migrationlab on current migration challenges.
Photographer Julio Albarrán has been capturing the different moments throughout the three days of the Idea Camp 2015: laughs, talks, interviews, process... we invite you to have a look at all the albums on ECF's Flickr account.
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.