Rien van Gendt invites philanthropy to reflect, challenge, rethink and reorganise action to make sense and to make a difference.
Published in our annual magazine Common Ground, here's an interview with Dutch musician, composer and senior consultant at the Royal Concert Hall Orville Breeveld. He is a man with many missions. Most of them centre around sharing his love for music, classical and popular, old and new. But as life goes, one thing leads to another.
Curated and produced by the Beyond the Now collective, in the context of Re-framing Migrants in the European Media programme, the Collaborative Incubator Toolkit is the result of a long-form conversation in which journalists, digital activists and socially-engaged artists draw on their own experiences of migration and forced displacement to inform their criticisms of the way migration is represented by legacy media.
As you flip through the pages of our annaul magazine, you will be greeted with remarkable content that celebrates the beauty, resilience, creativity, and unity of our European cultural community.
The Dutch government is preparing a review of its cultural policy and system. The paper 'Kansen benutten, kansen scheppen' reflects on opportunities for the Dutch cultural sector to participate in European cooperation and to influence future European cultural policy.
The 2023 edition of the European Sentiment Compass, subtitled 'Culture clash: Russia, Ukraine, and the fight for the European public', looks into how Russia’s war on Ukraine is a test of Europe’s values of openness, freedom, solidarity, and individual responsibility.
Can a newsroom reach its full journalistic potential without racialised or with migrant background professionals? Can good journalism be done without an anti-racist and migrant perspective while reporting? The people and initiatives featured in SHIFT have set themselves apart through their independent reporting on asylum, immigration and the media, providing invaluable insights and models of good practice.The shift is happening – be a part of it!
Our friends from Valiz books and projects will soon publish ‘Sensing Earth’. Together with Pascal Gielen (Professor of Sociology at the University of Antwerp) and Georgia Nicolau (researcher and co-founder/director of non-profit civil-society organisation Instituto Procomum in Santos) our Head of Programmes, Philipp Dietachmair, is responsible for editing the book.
Following the publication of the book ‘Philanthropy Back to the Drawing Board' by former ECF president of the board Rien van Gendt, the author and our director André Wilkens sat down for an exchange of thoughts on the challenges and outlooks for philanthropy, the need for self-reflection and, ultimately, the relation between philanthropy and democracy.
Our project Re:framing Migrants in the European Media wants to help change current media narratives about migrant and refugee communities across Europe. No longer should they be subjects of narratives, but the owners. In this post we republish two articles from our 2022 annual magazine, one by Hans Kundnani and one by Black Coffee.
A study by the Allianz Foundation shows that NGOs and social movements are providing important crisis aid, but they are also coming under increasing pressure themselves. The study provides European civil society and its funders with valuable insights and suggestions, including in response to the question of how risktakers’ transnational networks can be used more effectively going forward.
The European Cultural Foundation, MitOst and Kultura Nova Foundation implemented the "i-Portunus Houses – Kick-Start a Local Mobility Host Network for Artists & Cultural Professionals in All Creative Europe Countries" project which included research on mobility in culture carried out by experts from different disciplines.
"Europe needs a Space Programme. But instead of racing to outer space, as seems fashionable among global powers and private zillionaires, Europe’s Space Programme should be earth bound and race to reach the people of Europe. Creating a functioning European public space will not only fire up all sorts of technological innovation but most importantly strengthen a European sense of belonging, a European society of sharing and enable a 21 Century Renaissance," writes our director André Wilkens in his contribution to The Next Renaissance.
In partnership with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) the European Sentiment Compass was launched to survey the state of the European Sentiment in 2022 and discussed on 9 May 2022, as part of our Europe Day programming. A second launch took place in Paris on 12 May. This first edition of the European Sentiment Compass will shed light on how attitudes and feelings about Europe change across Europe, by looking through the prism of key challenges of today. How has war in Ukraine and international security issues impacted Europeans’ feelings about Europe? Could culture and media hold the compass of a better and stronger European space in the future?
In this year’s Common Ground you will read about European solidarity, then and now, in and with Ukraine. You will find reflections on Europe’s histories and European futures. In this magazine you will find stories of an imperfect Europe, a Europe in development, a Europe driven by arts and culture in more ways than we often appreciate.
The third edition of the Annual Policy Conversation “A Cultural Deal for Europe” brought the European cultural ecosystem in a dialogue with EU policy-makers, advocating for culture to be central in the EU’s green and sustainable future. In three sessions 'Culture for Recovery and Sustainability in Europe': 'Culture and cultural heritage in the European Green Deal'; and 'Culture for the Future of Europe' speakers brought to the spotlight once again the huge value of culture for our society, its vital contribution to our well-being and the need for artists and cultural workers to participate in the change management processes. Download the report.
A coalition of journalists, researchers, policy makers, concerned citizens and media makers gathered for three days to debate and participate in working sessions exploring challenges, needs and opportunities for an inclusive and sustainable European public space. The Co-Creation Labs aimed to strengthen the European movement for media and digital space based on public values; improving storytelling and identifying shared advocacy goals; developing collaboration models and identifying technical building blocks for their infrastructure.
Commissioned by ECF as contribution to the Cultural Deal for Europe, Gijs de Vries wrote a paper 'To make the silos dance'. "The cultural and creative sectors have long argued that the EU needs to adopt a horizontal, holistic view of culture", de Vries writes. His paper is intended to offer concrete suggestions about how this mainstreaming can be achieved in practice.
This is a guide to media activism that affects ‘right to the city issues’ - gentrification, touristification, renoviction and the multiple processes at work in cities across Europe which displace people from the cities in which they live. The first challenge for anyone who wants to affect these fragmented, slow processes – often facilitated by obscure policies, contractual details and property rights – is to turn them into something that can be seen.
How did the Covid-19 crisis impact and fuel our work in 2020 and the years to come? In our Annual Report, we look back and ahead and asked 20 grantees, partners and other friends to reflect with us. We asked them about their experiences, lessons and hopes for the future. You can find their ’20 voices on 2020’ throughout the report, which also gives an overview of our activities allowing people to share, imagine and experience Europe.
In addition to the expected content that must make up any good report in terms of transparency and accountability, our 2020 annual report includes 20 voices from partners, grantees, interns, and many visuals from our Culture of Solidarity grantees, including a photo essay by Heinrich Völkel of Ostkreuz.
Belarus is in a new global spotlight, following the forced landing of a commercial flight to arrest and detain an opposition blogger from a commercial Ryanair flight. This incident comes less than a year after a violent crackdown on the post-election protests movement of 2020. In our annual magazine, Common Ground, we highlighted the role of protest art in the Belarusian revolution. From a choir staging performances, singing in a shopping mall in front of a three-storey-long national flag, to the creation of online protest art galleries in reaction to censorship and escalating repressions.
We could publish a few pages from The Crack, the project by photographer Carlos Spottorno and journalist Guillermo Abril, in our annual magazine Common Ground.
Journalist Hanna Valynets reports on the Free Choir, Volny Khor, in Belarus. You can read the complete piece in our annual magazine Common Ground.
These are excerpts from photographer Quintin Lake's photo-project The Perimeter as published in our annual magazine Common Ground.
We included a short story by Czech author Kateřina Tučkova in our annual magazine. We publish an excerpt here, and you can read the complete story in Common Ground, our annual magazine.
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
Philanthropy with a European purpose is yet to be imagined and resourced. And we know that we cannot do that alone. The Corona shock could become Europe’s moment and the moment for philanthropy to commit to our common ground, Europe. With this study the European Cultural Foundation and the Allianz Kulturstiftung for Europe would like to invite you to a discussion to imagine European philanthropy for a common future.
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.
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.
Our magazine to accompany the 2018 Annual Report, with interviews, essays and other great stories by our networks.
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 starting point is the assertion that migrants have entered European countries, but they haven’t entered the public sphere.
Former member of our Advisory Council Gijs de Vries was invited by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen to reflect on how cultural actors and policymakers can respond to the rising tide of populism.
This book is an advocate for the change-making capacity of culture. It is also a source of inspiration for renegotiating our understanding of the world and affirming culture as a critical space to practice courage and perseverance amid complex societal reconfigurations. Our focus is on courageous citizens: those whose daring, sharing and inventing contribute to our collective future, and for whom culture and democracy are the starting points for vision and action.
The book Communities of Practice Towards Social Change - A journey through the Idea Camp (2014-2017) offers an insight into the concept of the Idea Camp and the communities it has brought together. You'll find conversations, essays and contributions with and by members of our team and the inspirational people and organisations whose ideas have helped shape the concept of the Idea Camp.
A book in the Valiz Antenna-Arts in society series, edited by Pascal Gielen, professor Cultural Sociology at the University of Antwerp, and Philipp Dietachmaier, programme manager at ECF. The book explores how arts and culture can offer the building blocks for a strong civil domain.
We are happy to share the evaluation report for our Connected Action for the Commons programme.
Polis and the people: Looking into the future of urban cultural policies explores the current status of cultural policy at a local level and the challenges that lay ahead. Culture Action Europe (CAE) has brought together a diverse coalition of players working in the field of culture and the arts at a local level; including artists, scholars and urbanists, networks, cities, cultural centres and foundations. This publication takes stock of local cultural policy development, reflects on what we have learnt and where we are, before describing possible avenues forward when considering culture from a local perspective.
ECF is delighted to announce the publication of Governing Heritage Dissonance: Promises and Realities of Selected Cultural Policies – a pioneering study by Višnja Kisić, winner of the 2013 Cultural Policy Research Award (CPRA).
What are the characteristics of European culture and identity? In which way can culture contribute to the current crisis of meaning within the EU and Europe? And should we return to the discourse of culture and historical experience in order to find a common ground for Europe? In the run-up to the European Culture Forum, we have been supporting our partners De Balie and Dutch Culture in publishing the anthology Re:Thinking Europe, on these urgent questions.
Since our beginnings in the 1950s, the European Cultural Foundation has been pursuing the idea of a Europe that goes beyond historical, cultural and political borders and proposes new ways of doing things. The Europe the European Cultural Foundation imagines extends well beyond the EU, embracing the countries that touch our borders to the east and to the south. These guiding principles run through the pages of our new publication Another Europe, which brings together a treasure trove of insights and experiences from partners and participants working with us in the European Neighbourhood over the past 15 years.
Published in the frame of ECF's Idea Camp 2015, Build the City: perspectives on commons and culture rediscovers, reframes and reconsiders previously published historical, artistic, participatory and theoretical perspectives on the subject by a wide variety of authors from different geographical and professional backgrounds.
Europe: Closed Doors or Open Arms? The Culture Report/EUNIC Yearbook 2014/2015 discusses migration into Europe, inviting a string of renowned scholars, authors and writers, including Umberto Eco, Francis Fukuyama, Bassam Tibi, Zygmunt Baumann, Richard Sennett, Slavenka Drakulić, Claus Leggewie and Mely Kiyak, to share their views.
Exploring the connection between culture and broader goals of human development, this research focuses on cultural and creative industries in what is commonly referred to as 'developing countries'. Christiaan De Beukelaer offers a thorough exploration of how the concepts of cultural and creative industries are constructed and implemented across African countries and evaluates various policy implications of his findings. This publication is the result of the 9th Cultural Policy Research Award in 2012. It was presented in Amsterdam at the Boekman Foundation on 23 March 2015.
Translator Srpko Leštarić collects forbidden, censored or harshly criticised stories by contemporary Arab writers with nine of his stories describing the fate of the authors, their texts, and the way he succeeded in acquiring them, all compiled in this publication 12 Impossibles.
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands and Het Nieuwe Instituut, presents a new publication comprising 36 good practices in the creative industries across Asia and Europe, featuring the European Cultural Foundation 's Tandem Cultural Managers Exchange programme.
The tenth anniversary of ECF’s Step Beyond Travel Grants programme in 2013 represented a milestone. It was a moment to look back at our results so far but also, more importantly, to start looking ahead at the years to come and the changes we hope to catalyse. This publication takes a look at the past, present and future, and gives a voice to the people involved in the programme as well.
In Europe from the Outside: Expectations of Europe's External Cultural Relations, 30 authors from 20 countries look at what initiatives are needed in the area of external cultural policy. Our Head of Advocacy and Research & Development Isabelle Schwarz has also contributed with some insights from the European Cultural Foundation.
In this second of the series Dwarfing of Europe? publication, we turn to the so-called ‘emerging economies’. At a time when the European Union – and indeed the whole continent – is going through an identity crisis that goes much deeper than the financial crisis, Europe can no longer reflect on itself just by looking inwards. This collection of essays sheds new light on Europe’s many dilemmas and, by broadening the debate, encourages new understanding of the fundamental issues underlying these dilemmas.
REMIXING EUROPE is a publication unveiling the imagery of migrants in European media. It is a Doc Next Network publication, produced in the framework of Remapping Europe, A Remix Project Highlighting the Migrant’s Perspective. This investigative and artistic project explores the tools and concepts of remixing media as a method to re-view, re-investigate and re-consider prevailing imageries of migrants in European societies.
During a time when the idea of Europe, and the EU in particular, is tainted with economic crisis and democratic decline, Aleksandar Brkić’s analysis of the role of cultural networks in helping Europe serve people is both a wake-up call for European authorities which support cultural networks and a tool for cultural networks themselves to check that they are fulfilling their European and intercultural remit as well as they should.
Arts Management in Turbulent Times - Adaptable Quality Management, written by Milena Dragicevic Šesic and Sanjin Dragojevica, is a practical guide on Arts Management in regions in transition. Published in 2005, it is an important source for arts managers, cultural operators, cultural policy makers and others working in the field.
Remappings – The Making of European Narratives publication is a collection of essays on the changing narratives of Europe, accompanied by comic strips by up-and-coming European comic talents.
In this first of the series Dwarfing of Europe? publication, we turn to our neighbours for an honest view of Europe from the outside in order to boost and broaden the debate on Europe by focusing on culture.
Europe gets captured by the pens and pencils of up-and-coming and established comic artists.
This publication pulls together new methodological tools and diverse practical experiences from civic participation in local cultural policy development from across Turkey.
This publication is the result of the 7th Cultural Policy Research Award in 2010.
This publication provides an introduction to the realities of public cultural administration and policymaking. A pioneering tool for policymakers and practitioners, both in the region and in the West.
This publication tells the story of an unusual year-long civic project that took place in the Turkish city of Çanakkale in 2010, carried out by Anadolu Kültür, who have been closely involved with the European Neighbourhood programme since 2005.
This publication is the result of the 6th Cultural Policy Research Award in 2009.
Report of the European Cultural Foundation-Fonds Roberto Cimetta Mobility Meeting on 28 September 2008.
The European Cultural Foundation and The German Marshall Fund of the United States underwent a process of cooperation with the aim of supporting the capacity of cultural actors to be effective agents of change in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. You can read all the reports resulting from this partnership.
An Alternative Gaze - A Shared Reflection on Cross-Mediterranean Cooperation in the Arts, published by the ECF, 2008.
This publication is the result of the 5th Cultural Policy Research Award in 2008.
In 2007, the Cultural Policy Research Award went to Amanda Brandellero, an English-Italian PhD researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies (University of Amsterdam), for her research paper Crossing cultural borders? Migrants and ethnic diversity in the cultural industries. Amanda has accomplished an in depth theoretical study applying a specific interdisciplinary approach, and an inspiring empirical study on migrant entrepreneurship in the cultural industries in three European cities - Paris, London and Amsterdam.
This is the second part of a preliminary examination to ascertain whether there is sufficient interest in Member States, and if the preconditions exist, for the development of a coherent cultural dimension to EU external policies. It builds on an initial literature and web based survey conducted by the Boekman Foundation. Its tasks has been to verify whether the reasonably encouraging findings that emerged from the first study were true in practice, by interrogating stakeholders in six diverse EU counties: Denmark, France, Latvia, Poland, Portugal and the UK.
The goal of this survey has been to collect and examine documents on the external cooperation policies of the European Union and its MemberStates with third countries in the field of culture. This has been done in order to assess the degree to which EU Member States support the strengthening of the cultural components of the EU’s external relations and foreign policy.
This publication is the result of reflection which took place in 2005 and has since led to the setting up of a Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (the Balkans Arts and Culture Fund since July 2013).
This publication is an overview of research findings and debates prepared for the ECF, by Andreas Wiesand, in co-operation with Michael Söndermann, 2005.
ZONA is a publication formed around a project looking to raise awareness of the impact of borders on the lives of Europeans and to promote internationally talented young photographers and journalists from Eastern Europe.
This publications is the final report of the ECF Reflection group (2002-2004). With contributions from Geert Mak, Otto von der Gablentz. Michael Nauman, Dragan Klaic, Nasr Abu Zayd, Andrei Plescu, Zelimir Zilnik, Krzysztof Pomian, Sonja Licht and Maarten van Veen.
This publication is the result of the 2d Cultural Policy Research Award in 2005. The Position of Cultural Workers in Creative Industries: The South-Eastern European Perspective, written by Jaka Primorac, winner of the Cultural Policy Research Award (CPRA), 2005.
On the Road to a Cultural Policy for Europe argues for the urgency of making culture the basis of European integration and stimulating genuine cross-border cultural cooperation.
This publication is the result of the 1st Cultural Policy Research Award in 2004. Why We Need European Cultural Policies - The Impact of EU Enlargement on Cultural Policies in Transition Countries, written by Nina Obuljen, winner of the Cultural Policy Research Award (CPRA) 2004.
In this publication, Anne-Marie Autissier plots the Foundation’s first 50 years.