Prior to the European Council meeting of May 22-23 the newly founded Dutch ‘Europe platform’ sends a letter to the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science asking for support for EU cultural policies and more alignment between European and national cultural policies.Read More
A letter to everyone who applied for our Democracy Needs Imagination Action Grants.Read More
All available material about the laureates of the 2019 Award. Press releases, image material, and more.Read More
The European Cultural Foundation has sent an open letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, calling for making culture, and museums, an integral part of the future of Europe at the upcoming summit on 9 May 2019 in Sibiu, Romania.
Culture Action Europe initiated the campaign and urges more cultural networks and organisations to join.
Each week we highlight the work of Democracy Needs Imagination grantees: music, art and European life!Read More
In May, hundreds of millions of Europeans will vote for a new European Parliament. The incoming Members of the European Parliament will move to Brussels during a crucial moment in EU-history. That is why a coalition of organisations that work towards a more democratic society, are making themselves heard.
Commons Network, Democracy International, European Alternatives, European Democracy Lab, Netwerk Democratie, Waag invite everyone to “Let's Democratise Europe!” They write: “This moment in Europe’s history offers many challenges, but it also gives us a chance to make a real difference.”
The manifesto will be updated regularly in order to formulate a set of calls for EU leaders. Find the manifesto here.
An - limited - overview of political campaigns in the run up to the #EP2019 electionsRead More
The European cultural and creative sectors advocate for a culture and Europe that is democratic, diverse, fair, free, human, inclusive and vital. This Culture Action Europe campaign calls on political parties to take on board this campaign’s recommendations in their programs:Read More
Dear Members of the European Parliament,
We are writing as a group of 59 organisations from across the cultural and creative sectors ahead of today's vote of the Budget committee on the next EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027.
We welcome the report's proposal to increase the Creative Europe budget to €2.8bn, and call on you to support this much needed boost to the only EU programme dedicated to cultural and creative sectors.
As it is now well established, culture and creativity are among Europe’s strongest assets. Their contribution to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe fully justifies the added value of an EU investment in culture.
But these sectors remain structurally underfinanced. As highlighted in the impact assessment accompanying the investEU proposal, the financing gap for creative SMEs and micro organisations across Europe is estimated to be somewhere between €8bn and €13bn.
At 0,16% of the MFF, the Creative Europe budget is by no means proportionate to these sectors' contribution, and the programme has very low success rates.
We hope we can count on you to support the proposed increased budget for Creative Europe.
The undersigned organisations:
ACCR Europe (Réseau Européen des Centres culturels de rencontre)
AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen)
AER (Association of European Radios)
Circostrada (European Network Circus and Street Arts)
CEPI (European Coordination of Independent Producers)
CEPIC (Centre of the Picture Industry)
Culture Action Europe
EAS (European Association for Music in schools)
ECF (European Cultural Foundation)
European Choral Association - Europa Cantat
ECCD (European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity)
ECCO (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations)
ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation)
ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance)
EFAITH (European Federation of Associations for Industrial and Technical Heritage)
EFFORTS (European Federation of Fortified Sites)
EHTTA (European Historic Thermal Towns Association)
EIBF (European and International Booksellers Federation)
EJN (Europe Jazz Network)
ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts)
EMC (European Music Council)
EMEE (European Music Exporters Exchange)
EMU (European Music School Union)
ENCATC (European Network on Cultural Management and Policy)
Europa Nostra, coordinator of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3
Eurozine (European network of cultural journals and online magazine)
ERIH European Route of Industrial Heritage
ETC (European Theatre Convention)
EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra)
EWC (European Writers' Council)
FEP (Federation of European Publishers)
FIA (International Federation of Actors)
FIAD (International Federation of Film Distributors' Associations)
FIM (Fédération Internationale des Musiciens)
FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe)
GESAC (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers)
IAMIC (International Association of Music Information Centres)
IAO (International Artist Organisation)
IFLA Europe (International Federation of Landscape Architects Europe)
IGCAT (International Institute for Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism)
IMMF (International Music Managers Forum)
IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association)
IMPF (Independent Music Publishers International Forum)
INES (Innovation Network of European Showcases)
ISFE (Interactive Software Federation of Europe)
JMI (Jeunesses Musicales International)
Live DMA (European network for music venues and festivals)
NEMO (Network of European Museum Organisations)
On the Move (Cultural Mobility Information Network)
Pearle* (Live Performance Europe)
Res Artis (Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies)
Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network
SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe)
TEH (Trans Europe Halles)
UNIC (International Union of Cinemas)
UNI MEI (UNI global union - Media and Entertainment International)
Last week the Central European University in Budapest announced it would partially relocate to Vienna given the Hungarian government’s unyielding hostility to civil society and academic freedom. Around the world, civil society including academics, journalists and philanthropists, courageously pursue their mission, often at great personal cost.
We are a group of leaders of private philanthropic foundations committed to strong and vibrant civil society. A healthy, functioning democracy depends on it.
We condemn the violence directed to civil society activists globally. We deplore the growing climate of fear and intolerance in which civil society is publicly demonized, physically threatened and administratively shut down.
We stand side by side with our civil society peers.
Civil society is an essential pillar of democracy. Without it, our democracy is diminished.
We are proud to support it. We stand ready to defend it.
1. Max von Abendroth, Executive Director, Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe DAFNE, EU
2. Dr. Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director, The Fritt Ord Foundation, Norway
3. Antti Arjava, Secretary General, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finland
4. Andre Betting, Executive Director, Van Leer Group Foundation, the Netherlands
5. Göran Blomquist, Executive Director, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden
6. Sanne ten Bokkel Huinink, Director, Fonds 1818, the Netherlands
7. James Chen, Chair, the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, Hong-Kong
8. Kathleen Cravero, President, Oak Foundation, Switzerland
9. Dr. Lothar Dittmer, Chairman of the Executive Board, Körber-Stiftung, Germany
10. Adriana Esmeijer, Director, Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation, the Netherlands
11. Michael Feigelson, Executive Director, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, the Netherlands
12. Rosa Gallego, Executive Director, Spanish Association of Foundations, Spain
13. Carrillo Gantner AO, Chairman, Sidney Myer Fund, Australia
14. Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment of Democracy, USA
15. Prof. dr. Michael Göring, Zeit Foundation, Germany
16. Sandro Giuliani, Managing Director, Jacobs Foundation, Switzerland
17. Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, USA
18. Mall Hellam, Executive Director, Open Estonia Foundation, Estonia
19. Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations, South Africa
20. Dr. Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation, Germany
21. Massimo Lappuci, General Secretary Fondazione CRT, Italy
22. Peter Laugharn, President and CE, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, USA
23. Sara Llewellin, Chief Executive, Barrow Cadbury Trust, United Kingdom
24. Bharat Mehta CBE,Chief Executive,Trust for London, United Kingdom
25. Benoît Miribel, General Director, Fondation Merieux, France
26. Ieva Morica, Executive director, Foundation for an Open Society DOTS, Latvia
27. Isabel Mota, President, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal
28. Anke Pätsch, Association of German Foundations, Germany
29. Joanna Luberadzka-Gruza, President, Polish Donors Forum, Poland
30. Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice-President of Programs, Ford Foundation, USA
31. Nick Perks, Trust Secretary, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, United Kingdom
32. Sigrid Rausing, President, Sigrid Rausing Trust, United Kingdom
33. Ebrima Sall, Executive Director, TrustAfrica, Senegal
34. Dr. Gerry Salole, CEO, European Foundation Center, Belgium
35. Göran Sandberg, Executive Director, Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse, Sweden
36. Teresa Sanjurjo, Director, The Princess of Asturias Foundation, Spain
37. Prof. Dr. Andreas Schlüter, Secretary General, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Germany
38. Michael Schwarz, Executive Director, Mercator Foundation, Germany
39. Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, United Kingdom
40. Aleksander Smolar, President, Stefan Batory Foundation, Poland
41. Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Executive Director, Maecenata Foundation, Germany
42. Luc Tayart de Borms, Managing Director, King Bauduoin Foundation, Belgium
43. Roxana Vitan, President, Romanian-American Foundation, Romania
44. Mr. Dimitris Vlastos, The Bodossaki Foundation, Greece
45. Katherine Watson, Executive Director, European Cultural Foundation, the Netherlands
The annual report on cultural policies in the Arab region has been published, featuring recent developments and trends in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen.Read More
In our series of portraits of Research and Development grantees this time SUPER, the festival of peripheries, in Milan. After participating in the 2017 Idea Camp ‘Moving Communities’ they have been very active in Milan and soon present a festival on their findings.Read More