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Debate with ECF Princess Margriet Award laureates on culture, commons and radical democracy

Before the ECF Princess Margriet Award ceremony on 18 March, there will be a highly topical debate with laureates Teatro Valle Occupato and Teodor Celakoski, who, from the field of culture, propose an  exciting new horizon for democracy and what is called ‘the commons’ – that way of coming together to co-create and co-produce the world we want to see. The debate will address how, through a combination of cultural practice and local political struggles, this year’s  laureates are creating new relations between conventional institutional frameworks and a European public space.

Special guest Chantal Mouffe will engage in the debate which is part of a broader collaboration between the award winners to build upon a common notion of thinking and imagining how their new models of cultural collaboration can be a resource that extends beyond the award itself, connecting localised experiences to a broader audience and European urgency. The debate will be moderated by founding and artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Maria Hlavajova. Other participants in the debate include Federica Giardini and Tomislav Medak.


The event is free. Registration is required via

The debate will be live streamed via the ECF website's homepage. 


  • 14:30     Afternoon debate: Toward a Vocabulary of Another Institution 
    •     Welcome: Paul Dujardin, director BOZAR
    •     Preamble:  Maria Hlavajova
  • 14:40    Introduction: Chantal Mouffe, on new models of cultural organisation as agonistic intervention
  • 14:55    Teatro Valle Occupato:  Federica Giardini & Sylvia de Fanti speak about their local experience of how culture and politics come together to propose a new institutional imaginary. Talking from the currently delicate situation of legalising the commons.
  • 15:15    Teodor Celakoski & Tomislav Medak: speak about their local Zagreb context/experience of how culture and politics come together to reclaim and reimagine the public sphere. Talking from Zagreb trajectory, which involves a different historical and institutional context than Italy. 
  • 15:30    Moderated discussion involving all panelists: 30 minutes
  • 16:05    Concluding remarks