In an opinion piece – originally published in 2017 – our director André Wilkens wonders whether pop could be the secret glue that holds Europe together? As the song contest’s millions of fans celebrate the European ideal, their excitement is partly political. Europe needs more Eurovisions.
We asked Chantal James of la Rampa to write a piece on what the Black Lives Matter protests in Europe, or more particular; in Portugal have meant for the Black Atlantic. The piece is published in Common Ground, our annual magazine.
Collective beliefs it is time for a new kind of media within the European media landscape.
Collective curates the best under reported stories from around Europe, adding a personal touch.
Amsterdam based institution de Waag published their report European Digital Public Spaces in August 2020.
These are excerpts from photographer Michal Iwanowski photo-project Go Home Polish as published in our annual magazine Common Ground. A book is forthcoming.
The second edition of our annual magazine Common Ground is out! We believe it is a way to share common European ground, and celebrate Europe Day.We are more than happy to present you many different contributions on Europe - ranging from views on a how to organise post-covid, photo essays by four acclaimed European photographers, two portfolios on new European Cultural Foundation programmes, fiction by Czech award winning novelist Katerina Tuckova, reflections on Black Lives Matter, reports on Belarus and much much more.#CommonGround21
Recognising the value of culture and the interconnectedness of culture with politics, systemic change and radical innovation is essential to the success of the New European Bauhaus, write European Cultural Foundation Director André Wilkens and Isabelle Schwarz, Head of Public Policy. They argue historical experiences can help in realising the New European Bauhaus vision and make a plea for placing culture at the very heart of the green transition.
Donations are widely regarded as the core product of charitable foundations. This is how they see themselves, and how the outside world sees them. Most laws and regulations about philanthropy relate to donations, and media coverage of institutional philanthropy almost invariably assumes that they are the norm. Even highly progressive foundations that regard cheque writing not as an end in itself, but as a means to achieve a strategy, often have financial donations as the only string to their bow.
In our series of interviews with Culture of Solidarity Fund grantees, Mophradat - an international multi-disciplinary arts organisation, that creates opportunities and invents possibilities for artists from the Arab world - extend on their collective retreats.
After focusing on migrants’ deaths at sea Forensic Oceanography launches Border Forensics (BF) a new investigative project that directs novel arts-based strategies for visual and spatial analysis to lesser documented areas of mobility conflict in and at the borders of Europe.
In our series of interviews with Culture of Solidarity Fund grantees, meet the organisations behind CareStoriesWalks: Teatro Popolare Europeo, Teatr Brama and Omma Studio who collaboratively work on overcoming the isolation and fear of social relations after lockdowns amongst Europe's elderly.
Clubture, one of our Culture of Solidarity grantees, explain how their project - an exchange of practices and experiences with various European experts that work in the fields of democratization of public and common goods on the topic of cultural and spatial policies - will contribute to more shared practises in their hometown, and beyond.
In our series of interviews with Culture of Solidarity Fund grantees, meet CEPS! They and their partners Trànsit Projectes develop a tool to draw maps and cartographies of values. Users of the tool will gain a better understanding of their own role in building our futures.
In our series of interviews with our Culture of Solidarity Fund grantees Serena Anastasi introduces us to the work of the Nuto Revelli Onlus Foundation. The key goal of their project W-Echo is to stimulate a new digital community of care by activating international networks of women living in rural areas to co-create a new aesthetic of change.
In our series of interviews with our Culture of Solidarity Fund grantees Gabriele Pappalardo of Ratatoj shares their plans of giving young people experiences of artistic and cultural production, organisation and promotion, from a theater in a small town in northern Italy. They hope the project gives young participants cultural tools, and to activate them as European citizens.
In our series of interviews with our Culture of Solidarity Fund grantees, welcome to our conversation with Sol Trumbo Vila of Transnational Institute, an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable planet. Sol tells us more about the Municipal to Municipal (M2M) proces, which will advance the creation of a much needed shared notion of European solidarity.
"The New European Bauhaus challenges us to now come up with the ideas that will be deemed self-evident in 50 years because they “just make sense” for a better living together," concludes Max Möglich after an internship at the European Cultural Foundation. After first having been educated as an architectural draftsman Max Möglich went on to study European- and Cultural Studies in Amsterdam, Miami, and Bologna. His internship evolved around the question how our various European programmes could relate to the call for a New European Bauhaus. The views presented in the text are his personal.
This week we learned that our 2016 Princess Margriet Award laureate MediaLab Prado is facing severe challenges. The premises they are based in are destined – by the current local government – for use by another cultural institution. These changes come atop the news that the current director Marcos Garcia would need to depart. The various communities that are active in the “public centre for cultural, social and civic innovation” launched a petition to collect support. We don't want to mingle in any local political processes, but we like publicly sharing our admiration for the great work of MediaLab Prado.
In our series of interviews with Culture of Solidarity Fund grantees, Turismo in Langa explain how their local heritage and European cultural management ideas connect.
There is a complex debate on what private foundations should exclude from or implicitly accept in an index tracker. In this blogpost, our Supervisory Board Chair (Ad interim), Rien van Gendt touches on whether Big Tech companies should also be excluded as new polluters in the figurative sense.
Common Waves is an international collective that produced a series of radio programmes to critically examine the role of shared spaces and solidarity in our society. The collective did evolve during the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial (October-November 2020), which focused on the question "What Do We Have in Common?". The collective is formed by community and artist radios as well as podcasters from various areas like architecture, urbanism, politics and humanities to represent diverse voices.
In our interview series with Culture of Solidarity Fund grantees FNAS explain their project Arts are a restart area: "Mobility today is the engine most questioned by the pandemic crisis. Knowledge, exchange of good practices, sharing of ideas, the creation of partnerships develop above all within that environment, both formal and informal, that is called networking. We all try to fill this void through digital tools."
We are sad to learn about the sudden passing away of Nevenka Koprivšek, one of the most remarkable and active international figures of Slovenian performing arts and director of Bunker (Ljubljana). Nevenka was not only a wonderful, generous and inspiring person but also a leading cultural figure.
Music may be a relief, a cure and an escape, but words are necessary as well to process this period. Hence, Culture of Solidarity grantee Futur Festival envisioned a webseries where artists from the electronic music industry discuss a topic with prominent figures of the cultural, scientific community and the civil society.
In our series of interviews with Culture of Solidarity Fund grantees, meet Ilaria Gadenz of Radio Papesse who gives us an insight on their project "You are so sound!"
Giulia Avataneo of Hypercritic - a third round Culture of Solidarity Fund grantee - presents an overview of Hypercritic dreams and plans.
Elisa Peirone of Slow Food Italy answered some of our questions in our series of interviews with Culture of Solidarity Fund grantees. "Food is a universal need and key pathway to connectedness. Cooks, producers and artisans, including many migrants and youths, in Europe have launched new initiatives related to food production, distribution and consumption to tackle the pandemic. The project aims to encourage and celebrate the virtuous initiatives in the food world that are reacting to the emergency with ideas that may inspire others."
In our series of interviews with Culture of Solidarity Fund grantees, here is EUPavilion, a laboratory of research on the relationship between architecture and the EU. It is a collaborative effort that brings tighter architects, scholars, photographers, designers.
In an interview with George Blaustein, one of the initiators of the forthcoming European Review of Books, we touch on the art of translation, hyperlocalism and supra-nationalism and why European intellectual life needs more writers, why it needs more critique, more intelligent dissent, disharmony, even cacophony. The European Review of Books is a Culture of Solidarity Fund grantee.
Each edition of ‘Disruptive Fridays’ - the event series Disruption Network Lab applied with to our Culture of Solidarity Fund - covers a topic like grassroots data analysis, leaking and whistleblowing, legal and human rights mobilisation, anticorruption, health promotion interventions, or the effects of information technology on civil society, politics, culture and the arts. Their goal is to continue the dialogue among curators, programme participants, researchers, experts and practitioners interested in media culture and social justice, as well as to foster the understanding of the impact of technology and politics on society.
Read an interview with Culture of Solidarity grantee Mobile Open Culture and Innovation Hub. "The idea of the MOCI initiative emerged in late 2019 after reflecting on our journey in Albania so far with the numerous community meetings we had in different regions as well as our pilot project with three villages in central Albania and its very productive ideation phase."
Fine Acts Foundation launches their project to foster a creative space to produce emotional, compelling visuals that bring to life a common vision for a better future.They have already commissioned 27 artists (one representing each EU member state) to create new works on European Solidarity. In January 2021 they are opening a call to the European creative community, for previously created works that reinforce solidarity and deal with the aftermath of the pandemic in European societies.
Tereza Swadoschová, Head of the Inspiration Forum at Ji-Hlava explains us why an Inspiration Forum is needed: "Is it the lack of imagination that seems to be the reason why we are only filling in the urgent gaps that open up in the public sphere? What if artists were also involved in searching for possible solutions?"
European Cultural Foundation, Fondazione CRC and Fondazione CRT invited organisations from the Piedmont (Cuneo province in particular) and the Aosta Valley to apply for the third round of the European Culture of Solidarity Fund. This special round of the Fund sought to support imaginative cultural initiatives that reinforce pan-European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space from a regional and cross-border perspective. We were looking for project ideas and proposals that connect local work with a real pan-European dimension.Set up at the beginning of the pandemic crisis, the fund continues to support imaginative cultural initiatives that reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space.
Osman Kavala has been held in pre-trial detention for over three years. Despite his acquittal by an Istanbul court in February of this year, a new charge was brought against him on 8 October 2020. We see no evidence for the allegations that have now been raised, which link him to the failed coup d’état attempt of 15 July 2016. According to the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), his continued imprisonment is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, of which Turkey is a signatory. The new bill of indictment accuses European and American organizations that operate in Turkey of engaging in intelligence activities. As organizations that are committed to building relations with Turkey and its people, irrespective of their religion, ethnicity or political opinions, we - Goethe-Institut, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator and European Cultural Foundation - categorically reject this accusation.
As in 2019 we partner with the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam [IDFA] to bring you a series of recent documentaries capturing ‘Life in Europe’. This year the festival takes place from November 18 to December 6.The thirty documentaries selected for this pathway, invite you to think about our continent which faces so many questions today - maybe even too many. While it may not be the worst of times, it is certainly not the easiest. How we deal with the questions of our economy, the refugee crisis, education, the rise of the far-right and more will define tomorrow’s reality
As in 2019, we partner with the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam [IDFA] to bring you a series of recent documentaries capturing ‘Life in Europe’. This year the festival takes place from November 18 to December 6. The thirty documentaries selected for this pathway, invite you to think about our continent which faces so many questions today - maybe even too many. While it may not be the worst of times, it is certainly not the easiest. How we deal with the questions of our economy, the refugee crisis, education, the rise of the far-right and more will define tomorrow’s reality.
The European Green Deal is Europe’s roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainable. By 2050, the EU wants to be climate neutral. For this to happen, societies have to believe in the power of green initiatives. Our Culture of Solidarity grantee NOOR images aims to create iconic work documenting the recovery of Europe from one of the biggest economic crisis of our times.
Today is a special day in Hungary. The 23rd of October marks the anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. No wonder the students of the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest (SZFE), who have been occupying their university since 1 September chose this day for a protest march to stand up for academic freedom and independence. The occupation and the #freeSZFE campaign, has gained large international support from leading public intellectuals, artists and citizens.
In the social environment diminished by the pandemic and economic crises, the new project “Communities of Learning, Bridging the Gap of Isolation” by What, How and for Whom/WHW reclaims the inclusive role of education and art while rethinking the future of cross-border European collaborations. Through exhibitions, educational and discursive programs in online formats and in physical spaces, the project initiates recurring encounters between the international partners, their local communities and a high number of pan-European cultural workers.
In the current situation, femProcomuns believes it is vital for communities and grassroots groups to share experiences, practices and thoughts across Europe. Knowledge should not remain enclosed in linguistic, cultural and communicative echo-chambers created by individualising and centralising data tracking technologies and algorithms of discourse and control, threatening technological sovereignty. Their project ‘Weaving deabtes’ aims to find better technical solutions (semantic wiki, templates, bots, machine learning, etc.) for multilingual exchanges and to continue testing them in events and meetings that take place in the coming months. Users will be able to browse, view and add content in a chosen language and connect it with content in other languages.
The project by the Disability Arts Cymru titled NI Chawn Ein Dileu/We Shall Not Be Erased, wishes to come together in solidarity to dialogue and learn from each other’s contexts, to share lived experience and identify opportunities and conceive our futures.
Summer of Solidarity, the first pop-up continent-wide, European, collaborative, storytelling media initiative has officially launched. This summertime, collaborative, journalism and creativity initiative that collects human stories from across wider Europe in the summer of 2020. Visit their website for more info.
Just as our foundation’s five-year strategy, this magazine Common Ground sits awkwardly but intentionally, between a seemingly distant past and a rather uncertain future.
Instead of uniformity, commoning urban spaces offers an inclusive life, open to differences. Through self-managed initiatives, the ‘right to the city’ becomes the right to collectively produce it through creative cooperation, argues Stavros Stavrides.
We may need to stay inside and limit our live social contacts, but we can still expand our world and use our imagination in other ways. To get you through quarantine we curated European cultural picks by our staff.
We transformed our festive physical celebration of Europe day 2020 into a digital celebration, where we offer a series of windows that allowed you to imagine, experience and share our Europe through the projects of contributors and ourselves. If you still want to enjoy our festival, you can view content from the europeday website in the links in the article.
Supported by ECF, The Europeans is a multiyear documentary project by photographer Rob Hornstra and writer/filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen on Europe in the 2020s. The publication and exhibition of the first chapter, ‘the former capital’, were due to be presented and opened on April 2nd, but then Corona struck. Therefore, they recreated it into a unique online and virtual experience.
Following the cancellation of their festival because of the Corona crisis, Movies that Matter Festival decided to virtually offer a stage for their most revealing films and documentaries of 2020, stirring debates about human rights, sustainability and the fight against injustice. Unfortunately, the media lab bringing asylum seekers and status holders in the Netherlands together during the festival to make a film on their stories, has been cancelled as well.
Now that the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union has become a reality, we, foundations & cultural institutions working in Europe respond by strengthening our ties.
In the interview series with Courageous Citizen grantees here’s Clara Nchama who established the ‘Connecting Africa’ project in Spain, going beyond stereotypes, but presenting contemporary African arts and culture.
We have all been exposed to development, living at the heart of emerging power disbalance, unfavourable environmental impact, as well as social, political and cultural state of shock for the local community.
At the November 2019 International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam we were proud supporters of the pathway Life in Europe. One of the films in that pathway was Colectiv, by director Alexander Nanau.
Within the Culture for Solidarity programme some of the research teams produced films. We highlight a few.
With only a few more days remaining until Brexit we are happy to share some quotes from the book by our #DemocracyNeedsImagination grantee Madeleina Kay, aka #EUsupergirl.
We support the international condemnation of President Trump’s threat to deliberately destroy cultural heritage sites in Iran. Targeting art, culture and cultural heritage as weapons of war is not only unacceptable but unlawful.
In 2019, the European Cultural Foundation celebrated its 65th anniversary. To that occassion we published a bookazine on how events in Europe shaped us and how we helped shape events in Europe. We present you a few excerpts from this publication - which is available as a free download. Read a lecture by Raghavan N. Iyer.
In 2019, the European Cultural Foundation celebrated its 65th anniversary. To that occasion we published a bookazine on how events in Europe shaped us and how we helped shape events in Europe. We present you a few excerpts from this publication - which is available as a free download. Read our interview with Tegiye Birey.
In 2019, the European Cultural Foundation celebrated its 65th anniversary. To that occassion we published a bookazine on how events in Europe shaped us and how we helped shape events in Europe. We present you a few excerpts from this publication - which is available as a free download. Read an essay by Eleanor Penny.
In 2019, the European Cultural Foundation celebrated its 65th anniversary. To that occassion we published a bookazine on how events in Europe shaped us and how we helped shape events in Europe. We present you a few excerpts from this publication - which is available as a free download. Read a lecture from 1991 and a 2019 response to himself by Timothy Garton Ash.
In 2019, the European Cultural Foundation celebrated its 65th anniversary. To that occasion, we published a bookazine on how events in Europe shaped us and how we helped shape events in Europe. We present you with a few excerpts from this publication - which is available as a free download. Read a story by Giuseppe Porcaro.
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.
Our director, Andre Wilkens reflects on when artists, writers, and rock bands defied the status quo and energised the people. We need to recapture that spirit.
Our friend and colleague Osman Kavala published an open letter on his 710 days in prison.
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.
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.
At the request of Europe’s World European Cultural Foundation’s director André Wilkens put his thought on the battle for Europe into an opinion piece.
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.
Our head of advocacy spoke at the book launch of photographer Nico Bick’s book “Parliaments of the European Union”.
We spoke with Amber Arcades on “European Heartbreak”, the upcoming #EP2019 elections and why Europe might benefit from some relation therapy.
Civitates is a philanthropic initiative for democracy and solidarity in Europe. It provides funding for civil society actors to come together, revitalize public discourse, and ensure that all voices are heard. After all, we need a strong civil society to shape vibrant and open European democracies that work for all.
An - limited - overview of political campaigns in the run up to the #EP2019 elections
After fifteen months in prison without indictment we share Osman Kavala’s statement on his imprisonment.
Nico Bick has been travelling to all European parliaments to photograph them. In our #democracyneedsimagination series we ask him why?
Meet the fifty Idea Makers who have been selected to participate in the Idea Camp: read their short biographies and have a glance at the ideas they will be working on during the Idea Camp.
In this final instalment of a five-part interview with Ivan Krastev, we look closely at civil society initiatives across the continent, the danger some cultural actors face in their local environments, and we conclude by evaluating the role of cultural institutions in realising the critical role attributed to culture in the current political context of Europe and its neighbourhood.
We continue our conversation with Ivan Krastev in this fourth instalment of a five-part interview. After we looked back at what the past 15 years have meant for the building of democratic European communities in part 1, we dove into the issues around the real division between people within our societies across the continent in part 2 and looked at concrete examples of this division across different countries in Europe in part 3. We now explore the possibilities of finding a new language.