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.
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.
Local initiative is key [...], focused on the will to make a difference in people’s everyday lives, using culture and imagination. Both laureates are pioneers in their field. Through innovative teaching methods in theatre and media they use culture to bring people together, to foster dialogue, to raise awareness and to enhance opportunities for change. Change towards a more stable, more secure and more sustainable society.
On 16 March, as part of the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture side programme, Árpád Schilling – the Director of Kretakör joined the Art and Activism debate at De Balie in conversation with Teodor Celakoski (Culture 2 Commons, Croatia) and Igor Stokfiszewski (Krytyka Polityczna, Poland) about the political and social reality that activists and cultural operators are forced to work under in their countries.
PDF version - Today, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) awarded the 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture to socially-engaged theatre-makers Krétakör (Budapest, Hungary) and citizen laboratory for digital culture Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain). The laureates received the Award for their exceptional bodies of artistic and cultural work in developing critical spaces of social participation and political experimentation through culture.
PDF Versie - Vandaag heeft de European Cultural Foundation (ECF) de ECF Princess Margriet Award uitgereikt aan de sociaal geëngageerde theatermakers Krétakör (Budapest, Hongarije) en platform voor digitale cultuur Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spanje). De laureaten ontvangen de Award voor hun uitzonderlijk artistiek werk waarmee zij een essentiële bijdrage leveren aan een open en democratische samenleving, waarin burgerparticipatie centraal staat.
On 14 March, 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture laureate Medialab-Prado, represented by its Director Marcos García, delved into the world of the commons and citizens engaging in the change of public institutions and cultural policies.
The 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture took place on 15 March 2016 at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. We have shown two films presenting the 2016 laureates Medialab-Prado (Spain) and Kretakör (Hungary), which you can now watch in our Library.
Our Connected Action for the Commons hub Les Têtes de l’Art presents the #OpenTV crowdfunding campaign, which they launched on the Goteo platform. #OpenTV is a shared TV studio with a social vocation. The idea is to offer the chance for everyone – including non-professional media-makers or young film-makers – to produce a TV show in a professional studio.
On 25 February, we have launched our Build the City, Towards a Practice-Based Manifesto during our Co-creating the City event at Pakhuis de Zwijger. Download your copy now and join the conversation on our dedicated Lab.
In the evening of 25 February and as part of ECF’s involvement in the cultural programme of the Netherlands Presidency of the EU Council, we hosted an event to co-create recommendations of good urban governance for the EU Urban Agenda at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. Speakers included Antonija Eremut (Solin, Croatia), Christian Iaione (Bologna, Italy), Sjoerd Feitsma (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands), Pedro Campos Ponce (Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations).
Good news: the Tandem Community & Participation open call deadline has been extended to 2 March. This call for Cultural Managers is open to applicants based in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the UK. Apply now!
Learn more about Windows into Protest, a project emerging from our Tandem network - our programme for cultural managers across the EU and beyond. It is a project in partnership with three countries where protest in many different forms has been taking place: Ukraine, Turkey and the UK.
In this final instalment of a five-part interview with Ivan Krastev, we look closely at civil society initiatives across the continent, the danger some cultural actors face in their local environments, and we conclude by evaluating the role of cultural institutions in realising the critical role attributed to culture in the current political context of Europe and its neighbourhood.
The Transformation of a Theatre Group into a Social Workshop. In this feature, we present you the work of one of our 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for culture laureate: theatre-makers and community developers Krétakör, based in Budapest, Hungary.
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.