As we head into the final months of 2019, we are seeing the rise of more democratic unrest in many European Union countries. We can’t just sit back and watch this happen. We need to act now.

We are opening a second round of our Democracy Needs Imagination grants call.

We want to support people who are working for European democratic values. People who are fighting for their rights as citizens, for their right to public space and personal freedoms, and for their right to creative expression.
Apply now!

The call is ongoing with a deadline of 27 September 12:00 CEST

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democracy Needs Imagination: grants call, 2nd round

Find more background information on the grants call, a link to Frequently Asked Questions and where to upload your project.

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ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture 2019

On 2 October the annual ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture will be presented to two laureates: Ahdaf Soueif & City of Women. The 2019 theme for the award is Democracy Needs Imagination. The laureates represent distinct cultural approaches, both offering a hopeful vision of democracy by redefining our understanding of culture and its capacity to improve a common European social reality. Read more on the award and the laureates.


Lost in Media

Our book ‘Lost in Media: Migrant Perspectives and the Public Sphere’ gathers critical responses to the representations of migrants in the media in Europe through nine essays by prominent writers, artists and journalists. Ever since the 'migrant crisis' hit the headlines in 2015, migrant perspectives have been lost in mainstream media. If migrants do appear in media coverage they are represented as characters in other people’s stories, or as something other.

Edited by Ismail Einashe and Thomas Roueché. Published together with Valiz.