Annual Report 2017

"Looking to the future, the European Cultural Foundation’s legacy, work and, more importantly, the network we have built over the past 60 years and more, is needed now more than ever before in the face of the mounting challenges across Europe. In our daily news feeds we are reminded of continued conflicts in Ukraine, the war in Syria, the ever increasing movement of people, the stresses on civil society in Hungary, Poland and Turkey and challenges to freedom of expression and persistent polarisation in every European country. In the face of all this, we are inspired by the people and the networks we work with. These courageous citizens hold firm to our shared values of equality, inclusion, democracy, freedom and openness. And their courage–against all odds–is the hope to which we hold fast for the future."

Katherine Watson, director of European Cultural Foundation