The UK and the EU seem to be drifting apart. The cultural sector has been united in defending the permanence of the UK in the EU. What lies ahead of us?
The ENCATC Cultural Policy & Cultural Management Research Award Ceremony will be held in the framework of the 22nd ENCATC Annual Conference “New Challenges for the Arts and Culture: Is it just about money?”. The mobility opportunity for two finalists has been made possible thanks to the financial support of ECF's Step Beyond grants.
Together with Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, LKCA, the British Council and MitOst e.V., we are proud to announce the second round of Tandem Community & Participation. This exchange programme supports cultural organisations to set up long-term partnerships with peers across the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK. Application opens on 18 August, deadline for application is 15 October.
As part of SPACES: Urban activism, advocacy and institutional innovation in post-socialist contexts, our Networked Programme partner Oberliht Association is organising a series of events in Chișinău until 6 September.
New TANDEM programme supports cultural organisations building cross-border partnerships between Ukraine and EU. The deadline for application has been extended to 22 September 2014.
As part of our open call to submit an innovative, daring idea for cross-sectoral collaboration that engages people in re-defining and shaping “public space”, we are also organising an online campaign for people across Europe and beyond to share their vision of what public space is.
The Preparatory Action on the role of culture in EU external relations gathers some of the most influential politicians and know-how heavy professionals on the field from the whole world to an open conference at BOZAR.
The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and the Cartoon Movement are joining forces to explore perspectives on the upcoming European elections through comics and cartoons. Between 31 March and 25 May 2014, we are inviting comic artists and cartoonists to reflect on European citizenship and the various issues that are currently facing Europe. We are not just interested in the EU, but we would like to hear perspectives from countries that are part of European citizens’ daily lives across the continent and beyond.
Bringing together new voices from Turkey, Algeria and the UK, the exhibition Reframe invites nine emerging artists to use their distinctive styles and viewpoints to 'reframe' perspectives through a series of new graphic short stories that examine the cultural, social and political dynamics between Europe and each of the participating countries.
This week we are in Brussels: on Tuesday Teatro Valle Occupato and Teodor Celakoski will receive the sixth ECF Princess Margriet Award during a ceremony at BOZAR which will be preceded by a debate ‘Culture, commons and radical democracy’; and on Wednesday is the opening of the exhibition ‘Reframe, perspectives on Europe through comics from Algeria, Turkey and the UK’ at Philanthropy House.
You can join us live! We will livestream the ECF Princess Margriet Award ceremony and debate from our homepage and live-tweet from both events using #ECFpma and #Reframe respectively.
In order to support the networking amongst TANDEM participants from various rounds and components of the TANDEM programme, alumni may apply for funding through the network in two categories.
Doc Next Network is calling on media makers, social activists and critical thinkers to take a stand and share their views on Radical Democracy for Europe on video. Submit your audiovisual media works to challenge prevailing notions of democracy and representation, and reflect on alternatives. Become part of the debate around the 2014 European Elections - and win a €2500 award.
As one of the partners in the New Pact for Europe initiative to foster and promote the European debate, we would like to share the first report of the New Pact for Europe project: "Strategic Options for Europe's Future" (PDF).
About New Pact for Europe
Efforts to overcome the current EU crisis are being hampered by profound disagreements over the future course of reforms. The period leading up to the European elections and the change in EU leadership in 2014 provides an opportune occasion to reflect on these challenges and the reform priorities for the next five years. The goal of the New Pact for Europe project is to develop these reform proposals and generate new thinking and ideas about how to address the many challenges that Europe is facing, and help to close the widening gap between and within EU member states over Europe’s future.
The debate will be fuelled by this report, which analyses the 'state of the Union' and describes the key challenges Europe faces and presents five potential strategic options for the future of European integration. The report has been drawn up by a ‘Reflection Group’ of eminent EU experts from different member states.
The report will be discussed between December 2013 and April 2014 by citizens, politicians, policymakers and key stakeholders in around 50 events in many EU Member States, in order to generate ideas for future action. The Reflection Group will then draw on the outcome of these debates to draft a proposal for a New Pact for Europe, including concrete recommendations, with additional input from an Advisory Group to further enrich their work.
On Monday 3 February 2014, we will organise a ‘closed door policy makers debate’ in The Hague and a public stakeholders meeting on Thursday 10 April in Amsterdam. More information on both debates will soon be published on this website.
The New Pact for Europe project was initiated by the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung (Germany) and is supported by a large consortium of foundations, think tanks and civil society organisations, including: Allianz Kulturstiftung, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, European Policy Centre, "La Caixa" Foundation, Network of European Foundations, Open Estonia Foundation, Open Society Initiative for Europe, Stiftung Mercator and Svenska Kultur Fonden.
Following up on the 'we are more' campaign for the EU's Creative Europe programme, we continue campaigning for solidly anchored cultural policies for Europe. The next important deadline is 22 May 2014 when the European Parliamentary elections will take place.
Tandem Community & Participation is the latest addition to the Tandem programmes. It is for cultural organisations working in the field of voluntary arts, community arts, (non-formal) arts & citizen education and other forms of creative community development.