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's second Idea Camp takes place in Sweden from 23 to 25 September under the theme ‘Build the City’. Gathering together 50 inspirational Idea Makers from all across Europe, the Idea Camp is a collaborative working platform – a safe and open space for sharing and co-creation that addresses some of the most urgent challenges facing our continent today. The Idea Makers were selected from 400 applications and they come from 23 different countries from across Europe as well as neighbouring regions. They represent a range of sectors and their ideas offer a myriad of topics and methodologies. Get to know them and their ideas.
The Cartoon Movement, a platform for international political cartoons based in Amsterdam, with whom ECF partnered previously organising the Drawing Citizenship competition, is taking over our Instagram account throughout the week of 7 September 2015.
ECF has been invited to take part to the “I am the Museum” civic initiative, and our Director Katherine Watson, together with ECF Programme Manager Philipp Dietachmair, are going to Sarajevo to participate to the action “A Guarding Shift for the Museum”.
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.
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.