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A full transcript of the 2019 Princess Margriet Award acceptance speech of ‘City of Women’, represented by programme director Teja Reba.
Photos of the 2019 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture ceremony
A full transcript of Ahdaf Soueif’s 2019 Princess Margriet Award acceptance speech.
Democracy Needs Imagination is this year’s leitmotif for the independent jury to select the laureates of the Princes Margriet Award for Culture. It is also the underlying theme of our broader strategic approach at the European Cultural Foundation.
2019 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture ceremony portrit of Ahdaf Soueif
2019 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture ceremony portrait of City of Women
On 11 March 2017, Courageous Citizens grantee artist Alessio Mazzaro reopened Edinost, a Slovenian newspaper printed in Trieste, Italy that gave voice to the first anti-fascist movement in Europe. It was shut down by fascists in 1928. He reopened it as a multicultural space of dialogue and collective writing journal that he directs to investigate borders, fascisms, politics of memory and the role of arts in re-discussing unresolved conflicts.
In this publication, we navigate the history of the European Cultural Foundation in a variegated and multi-tonal way – looking for hidden and oblique links across time and political moments, finding the unexpected lines of thought that contributed to the full history of our foundation.
An introduction to “City of Women”
Earlier this year we announced that writer and cultural activist Ahdaf Soueif is one of our 2019 Princess Margriet Award for Culture laureates. This met with a lot of support from people who know Soueif’s literary work and societal engagement. But the nomination also angered certain voices in Germany and in the Netherlands. We thus decided to organize two stakeholder meetings to discuss the role of artists in public debate.
Thomas Diafas, one of the 2018 Courageous Citizens grantees, talks to us on the Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival.
Initiator Cherelle Harding tells us how a Courageous Citizens grant helped her start training decolonial detectives in a community-engaged history project: Windrush Strikes Back: Decolonising Global Warwickshire.
In our series of Courageous Citizens grantee interviews, Framer Framed tells us about their “The City is Ours” project.
On September 23rd members from across the political spectrum of the European Parliament, including the Chair of the Culture Committee, Ms Sabine Verheyen, and over hundred representatives of arts, cultural and heritage organisations and networks from across Europe gathered at BOZAR in Brussels, to debate the place of arts, culture and cultural heritage in remit of the future European Commission.
Geraldine Lavelle, one of our 2018 Courageous Citizens grantees, tells us about her project on disablism.
Writer, cultural producer and political activist Ahdaf Soueif is one of the two laureates of the 2019 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture, together with City of Women. While representing distinct cultural approaches, both laureates offer a hopeful vision of democracy by redefining our understanding of culture and its capacity to improve a common European social reality. Prior to welcoming our laureates in Amsterdam on 2 October, we met Ahdaf Soueif at her home in Cairo in May 2019 to discuss her work.
Claudia Janke says: “Waving is a simple but powerful gesture. Its origin is as a signal to strangers that one comes in peace and doesn’t pose a threat. We all do it – we wave at our friends, loved ones and passers-by from windows, bridges and trains.” All over the European Union.
In the run up to the European Parliament election we ran a first round of our ‘Democracy Needs Imagination’ grants call. ‘Another Europe is possible’, represented by Luke Cooper, answers some questions on what the grant allowed them to do.
Our policy officer Violante Torre reports from the Urban Lab - a meeting within the Creative Cities and Cultural Spaces policy project.
“Europatralala: A European week for lovers, haters and dummies” comes to Amsterdam. Five European theatre companies research what lies underneath the European political surface.
Our French friends Les Têtes de l’Art are looking for international partners to bring their mock trial of the European Union - Trial Europe - to new settings and in new languages.
Following earlier international presentations we launched 'Lost in Media’ in Tate Modern on July 19th 2019 with a panel discussion chaired by Chrystal Genesis of Stance Podcast, with contributions from Tania Bruguera, Nesrine Malik, Daniel Trilling, and Andre Wilkens.
photo by Dan Weill Photography.
In a series of interviews with grantees of our 2018 Courageous Citizens call, we start with Sana Murrani. She applied with her project proposal “Creative Recovery: Mapping Refugees’ Memories of Home as Heritage”. Now that the exhibition is over we asked her to share some thoughts with you.
Meet some of the CIVITATES grantees: Oana Preda of CeRe [Romania], Milan Sagat of VIA IURIS [Slovakia] and Veronika Móra of the Hungarian Civilization Coalition. CIVITATES is a philanthropic initiative for democracy and solidarity in Europe.
During the last weeks and months, we have witnessed one of the biggest transnational debates in Europe ever. The debate was about jobs, migration, inequality, tax evasion, crime rates, the climate and about the explosive content of a videotape from Ibiza. Europe has become the subject of primetime TV shows, coffee talks, summer festivals and dinners among friends. Culture can imagine a better Europe beyond pie charts and growth rates. But instead with stories, images, ideas.