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.
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.
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.
We met Annelotte de Graaf / Amber Arcades on a greyish winter day in December to talk about her record “European Heartbreak” and the future of Europe, with the elections of May 2019 slowly appearing on the horizon.
Dutch journalist Bas Mesters set out to investigate and found the seeds of a revolution of fraternity. In his series of essays for Dutch weekly De Groene Mesters traveled to France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Poland.
André Wilkens replaces Katherine Watson as director of the European Cultural Foundation commencing 15 November 2018.
He is a Weltverbesserer (social entrepreneur) and author from Berlin, who works on European and international affairs, equality, climate change as well as for a more human digital world. He graduated in Political Sciences and spent many years living in Brussels, London, Turin and Geneva, working for the EU, the United Nations and various foundations. He initiated and is a founding member of the European Council for Foreign Relations.
The European Cultural Foundation announces that its director, Katherine Watson, will retire on 1 January 2019, after twelve years of dedicated service, initially as director LabforCulture, and then almost a decade as director. Following a careful selection process, André Wilkens will replace Ms Watson commencing 15 November 2018. Mr Wilkens has extensive knowledge of and experience in the non-profit, philanthropic, private and public sector in Europe.
A co-design workshop by Migrationlab, The Hague University of Applied Sciences [HHS] and ECF at Laaktheater, The Hague
Katherine Watson, director of ECF, has been appointed as the first ‘Cultural Leader in Residence’ at the University of Groningen. Watson will be the figurehead of a new two-year Research Master's degree programme in Cultural Leadership at the Faculty of Arts.
In the frame of the Imagining Europe event that took place on 4–7 October 2012 at De Balie in Amsterdam, weekly magazine DE GROENE AMSTERDAMMER in close editorial collaboration with ECF has published a special supplement including articles from Amitav Ghosh, Iryna Videnava, Erdal Balci, Philip Legrain
After an opening address by Charles Esche, this debate explores alternative models for democratic practice in Europe, starting from an artistic perspective.
World-famous author Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and studied in Alexandria, Delhi and Oxford. He is the author of numerous prize-winning novels such as The Glass Palace and Sea of Poppies. His most recent publication is called River of Smoke. His books have been translated into more than 20 different languages.
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.
Converging Pathways to New Knowledge, which brings together online and offline conversations facilitated by LabforCulture and Kennisland, looks at the different ways we are all experiencing what can be termed a “digital shift”.
Cultural Bloggers Interviewed: With Annette Wolfsberger, we delved into the cultural blogging scene in a series of interviews with nine renowned European bloggers.
Comments by Mary Ann DeVlieg for ECF, following the Sharing Cultures Conference 2004 in Rotterdam.