For nearly 60 years the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has worked with artists and thinkers from across the globe. As Europe now faces one of the most challenging periods in its existence, we wanted to unravel some of the burning questions confronting contemporary Europe.
Europeans are questioning what it means to be part of Europe and whether they want to continue to be part of it, while people around the world are talking about Europe’s economic and cultural future.
In response, ECF initiated a four-day event – Imagining Europe – that brought together leading artists and thinkers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to explore these issues, through music, performance, film, exhibitions and debates.
Imagining Europe took place on the 4–7 October 2012 at the renowned cultural space, De Balie in Amsterdam and welcomed Indian-born author Amitav Ghosh, Syrian composer and musician Kinan Azmeh, Dutch trumpet player Eric Vloeimans, Belarus Free Theatre and British-based filmmaker John Akomfrah.
Kindly supported by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
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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.