Recent press releases & media coverage:
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.
Dutch Prime Minister Rutte is adressed with this open letter by ECF director André Wilkens: “On 20 June, when you will discuss Europe’s new Strategic Agenda 2019-2024, we are calling on you to put culture not only on the agenda but make it a priority for Europe.”
Our magazine to accompany the 2018 Annual Report, with interviews, essays and other great stories by our networks.
Is it possible to hold a debate across Europe, despite language barriers and national borders? Thousands did as part of Europe Talks, which kicked off in Brussels.
Our #DemocracyNeedsImagination Action Grants support campaigns that defend the future of an open and democratic Europe and get Europeans to vote. In this overview we present a few of them.
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.
A letter to everyone who applied for our Democracy Needs Imagination Action Grants.
With our annual theme ‘Democracy Needs Imagination’ it is no wonder we soon ran into Giuseppe Porcaro. He published the book ‘Disco sour’ and is the man behind the 'Europarama’ podcast series. An interview.
All available material about the laureates of the 2019 Award. Press releases, image material, and more.
Lost in Media: Migrant Perspectives and the Public Sphere gathers critical responses to the representations of migrants in the media in Europe through nine essays by prominent writers, artists and journalists.
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.
Some of the participants to the 2017 Idea Camp in Madrid found their ideas so similar, they embarked on a common project. Beatriz Barreiro Carril and Mondher Tounsi were two of them. We spoke with Beatriz on their project.
Each week we highlight the work of Democracy Needs Imagination grantees: music, art and European life!
A small report on two events we co-organised with the ACES of the University of Amsterdam: analysing the spaces of the European far-right, and co-creating a speculative fiction scenario for Europe.