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 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.
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.