Idea Camp - innovative ideas for public space

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) invites you to submit an innovative, daring idea for cross-sectoral collaboration that engages Europeans in re-defining and shaping “public space”.

From the applications received, ECF will choose the 50 most viable and innovative ideas. These will be represented by the successful applicants at ECF’s first annual Idea Camp, co-hosted by Les Têtes de l’Art. The Idea Camp will take place in Marseilles between 23 and 25 October 2014 (arrival in Marseilles on 22 October). ECF will cover all the travel and accommodation costs associated with the event for a maximum of one representative for each idea.

The Idea Camp will provide a safe and inspirational space for the cross- pollination of ideas, allowing projects and partnerships to emerge. The camp will be both a meeting place and a working place, fuelled by workshops around topics and methodologies that will help the selected participants to:

- investigate and further develop their ideas

- exchange knowledge and find new collaborations

- inspire and connect with other practitioners from different sectors who are working with culture and communities

- explore and challenge new democratic alternatives.

Following the Idea Camp, participants will be invited to submit a concrete plan for further research or investigation of their ideas. A total of 25 proposals will be selected and consequently rewarded with an R&D grant up to a maximum € 10.000,-. The grant will enable the research and development of, for example, business plans, concrete project proposals, prototypes, research papers, media reportages etc.

The call is open to individuals, collectives or organisations working in the arts and cultural sector as well as in other fields and sectors of society including academic & educational, environmental, trade & industry, health & social care, human rights etc. Applicants can represent the private, public or social sector, and they should be based or active in wider Europe.

Deadline for applications: 15 July.

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You can also take part in an online campaign for people across Europe and beyond to share your vision of what public space is.