This project wants to promote ‘Solidarity in diversity’, by assembling many wines for a single bottle. Documentaries filmed by European awarded filmmakers will capture this journey into the creation of a new European wine, meeting the winemakers throughout Europe and tell the difficulties they are facing.
Modern Poetry in Translation [MPT] will publish a special issue of their magazine featuring poetry from across Europe that has been written during or in response to the COVID19 crisis. In addition to the print magazine, they plan to produce a programme of associated digital content with additional artistic content, a free digital translation workshop, an online launch event and, travel restrictions permitting, a live launch event in London.
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.
We interviewed Weronika Koralewska and Joanna Doyu of our Culture for Solidarity grantee Agro Perma Lab on their project ‘The Supermarket Museum. Living together within limits’. Agro-Perma-Lab is an educational initiative working in the fields of agroecology, permaculture, deep ecology and food sovereignty in Poland. It is part of the global food sovereignty movement.
Studio Rizoma's first public action is Pandemos, a one-day exhibition-performance which will take place online on October 27. The exhibition has been conceived as an artistic initiative entirely usable online, and all the works have been produced imagining a situation of lockdown and closure of public spaces.
By bringing together artists, creators, and heritage experts in inclusive activities the foundation wants to help in making the city of Gjirokastra accessible. The project offers a rediscovery of traditional themes as inspiration and drive for young artists in the multicultural context of European identity.
We welcome the grantees of the second round that specifically grow immediate crisis responses into more future-oriented solutions and extend from local levels to building cross-national alliances and initiatives of pan-European solidarity. These projects range from a Europe-wide campaign on the topic of European solidarity, seen through the lenses of the enduring global pandemic to grants that focus on groups who are directly affected by legislative or financial adversities stemming from the collapse of solidarity across Europe.
In the first application round of our Culture of Solidarity call, we received more than 2,500 applications from all corners of Europe and beyond. Out of it, we welcome the first 29 new grantees and their projects into our network! Their imaginative projects range from new international institutes for artists, virtual learning platforms for creatives engaging Black and African communities in Europe to digital handbooks that offer support during COVID-19. Meet them here.
The project “activism for solidarity” aims to inspire the civil society to communicate and act in solidarity in creative and artistic ways to bring attention to social and ecological problems. The project has its focus in Eastern Europe and Russia. We interviewed Vera Goshkoderia and Alina Minkova, to better understand where their idea comes from and to have an in-depth look at their project.
Good Chance Theatre embarks on The Walk. It is the story of one girl, Amal, but also of so many other unaccompanied minors throughout Europe. Good Chance Theatre will journey with Amal from the Turkey/Syria border, through Europe, to the UK, to both walk alongside her and discover her story and the story of the people she meets along the way. If Amal has a message, it might be simply: Don’t forget about us.
The project ‘Stories from the balcony, Stories from the Balkans’ by ATAK (Alternative Theatre Active Company) plans to organize, through a public call, a competition for unemployed, independent and all interested writers, primary playwrights from the Balkans, in the form of a short play. We interviewed Vasko Raicevic from ATAK to have an in-depth look at their project ‘Stories from the balcony, Stories from the Balkans’ and what topics these plays will touch on.
We interviewed our Culture of Solidarity grantee Csilla Hódi on her project Fair-y Circles and how it will provide practical knowledge of working with mushrooms (local food production, habitat restoration, eco-architecture) and mentoring for community and network development.
“We have always been inspired by the idea of a network based on cities or towns rather than nations, connecting different territories with the same concerns as opposed to constructing relationships built only on the basis of the nation state,” say Aurora Adalid Núñez and Luis Galán of ZuloArk’s project ‘Universal Declaration of Urban Rights’.
“I do this trajectory almost daily, but now the uncanniness of the situation - this stranger that I just ‘met’, made me hyper-attentive of the public realm and the bizarre moment we’re all in. What struck me is the consciousness of my personal character, my social identity that is evoked by the other’s presence,” recalled a participant of silent walk in Brussels.
“….the perception of the public space can be altered very rapidly, and the dynamics of mobility and accessibility in public spaces can be all of a sudden questioned at political, economical and environmental levels. Those are the layers we would like to touch upon while walking and listening during the festivals to come,” says Jacek Smolicki of Walking Festival of Sound.
Art Workers Italia is an autonomous non-partisan group of contemporary art workers focused on cognitive work rights in the field of contemporary art, in Italy and Europe. We met members of AWI to tell us more about ‘Hyper Unionisation’.
“It is in the process of mutual recognition, a growing sense of belonging, and in mutual support that we believe the European public space is really built,” says Almudena Caso of Thriving Regardless.
We spoke with Márton Szarvas about the initiative Szovetkezetiseget Tamogato Egyesulet ( Solidarity Economy Center) and how it will project existing solidarity solutions into a broader sphere of cultural imagination in a time of crisis.
Arianna Petrosino, responsible for the project SOL.MAP, explained to us how living the corona lockdown in Italy had an impact on her decision to apply to our call Culture of Solidarity fund. They realized that many activists and organizations had to reinvent their traditional activities to face social distancing and the restrictions imposed by the lockdown.
We spoke with Joon Lynn Goh from Asia Art Activism on their initiative Tools to Transform: Workbook for Asian Diasporic Organising in Europe and what it means in terms of European public space and solidarity and Asian diaspora in Europe and beyond.
The project “incubator for the young” aims to support young people to realize a small project for the local communities: they develop their skills and in the meantime, do something for the community.We spoke to Zuzana Palová, responsible for the project, and Petr Kantor, coordinator, about their first project supporting young people at the Centrum Propodnikani.
We interviewed Cultureghem on how they responded quickly to the crisis by adapting its activities fast and being efficient in reacting to the current situation with their project Recup'art: adding art to their food aid parcels to help people in need and artists. Adding some culture to the food package connects two different sectors: the social and artistic sector.
The idea for the title Symptoms of the Future comes from the work of Dušica Dražić on Hallstatt civilization in Austria, says one of the project leaders Mirjana Dragosavljević. Dražić is researching “civilization through time”, starting from prehistoric times, when goods were distributed equally. The focus of this project is looking into the future, having in mind experiences from the past.
We spoke to Tina Sauerlaender from Germany, Julia Hartman from Austria, Ágnes-Karolina Bakk from Hungary, Gleb Divov from the independent Republic of Užupis (Vilnius, Lithuania), Nikita Khudiakov from Ukraine and Mara-Johanna Kolmel from the UK. The curators from KARA AGORA about the goal of their project and what it means when it comes to European solidarity and public space.
We sat down with Zoe Greenfield, Operations Manager at The International Network of Street Papers (INSP) to dive into their project “Supporting marginalized people through solidarity of culture, experiences and knowledge”. And what the project means when it comes to European solidarity and how street papers have adapted to COVID 19 and life in lockdown.
We talked to Leutrim Fishekqiu of Autostrada Biennale, one of the grantees of the first round of our Culture of Solidarity call.
“I wanted to do something to help people stop and reflect and not just run with their lives without understanding what happened to them and how this experience affected them,” says Maria Nekrasova.
“Another issue is the political isolation”, says Kenneth, “the sense of isolation across Europe has affected people in such a way that they are afraid to share their European experiences.”
We spoke with Craig, Feven and Michelle of The Black and African Solidarity Show (B.A.S.S.) on what does a European pubic space mean for their project and solidarity.
In the interview series with Courageous Citizen grantees here is the story of Khaled Barakeh, a Berlin-based Syrian artist and cultural activist whose work often revolves around power structures in context of identity, culture and history. He and his team are working on realising the Syrian Biennale, the first mobile exhibition showcasing Syrian and international artists within the framework of a biennale.
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.
In a series of interviews with the 2017 R&D grantees of the Idea Camp, we talk to Paris Legakis, who is about to start his residency at Medialab Prado.
ECF, the Connected Action for the Commons network and the City of Madrid gathered fifty changemakers from wider Europe in Madrid in March. During three days they met one another, they met with peers and they worked on their idea. After the Idea Camp we invited them to develop project proposals on their idea. ECF could grant twenty-five of them with a research and development grant. We proudly present the 2017 R&D grantees.
Following ECF’s second Idea Camp which took place from 23 to 25 September 2015 in Botkyrka (Sweden), the 50 participants – the Idea Makers - were invited to further develop their ideas on this year's theme “Build the City” and submit a proposal for a Research and Development (R&D) Grant.