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Looking back at African Crossroads in Marrakech
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Looking back at African Crossroads in Marrakech

27 March 2019

Last December, the first edition of a pan-African creative industry summit called 'African Crossroads' took place in Marrakech. The aim of this Hivos initiative was to reflect on the future movements of the African continent and it was organized with, for and by the African (and diasporic) scene in the arts, culture and creative industries. Hivos and the Creative Industries Fund NL entered into a partnership for this purpose. The international teams that worked on projects in Egypt and Morocco – in response to the first series of internationalization open calls – were invited to organize an installation or talk during the summit, to provide further depth to their ongoing projects on inclusive societies. Journalist Willemijn de Koning, who is based in Morocco, has written an impression.
Among the 100 African makers, designers, curators and other entrepreneurs at African Crossroads, the five teams selected by the Creative Industries Fund NL in response to the Egypt and Morocco Open Calls were also a shining presence. At this event in Marrakech, they presented their work in the form of an installation or presentation and were able to strengthen their projects with new connections and ideas.

'We were keen to be part of this Hivos event because it would enable us to strengthen each other's networks and to publicize the projects supported by the Fund that are running in Morocco and Egypt. We have face-to-face meetings in the Netherlands, but it is just as important to organize them in the countries where the projects take place and where the international partners of the teams are based and rooted', explained Zineb Seghrouchni on behalf of the Fund.

The projects supported by the Fund are shown in Marrakech in the form of presentations and installations. The latter are especially popular. Dozens of participants gather in the sun around the food stand, of the project 'Play City', an original snails stall transplanted from Djemaa El Fnaa which symbolizes the interaction on the famous square in Marrakech that attracts many Moroccans and tourists. According to architect and originator Selma Maaroufi (NoRA, NL), this is a good example of an 'urban living room' she would like to see in Rabat. 'In Morocco, the public spaces are often too large, made for representation and conceived from the top down. We would like to create smaller and quotidian spaces close to the residents. A place for everydayness, casual gatherings and occasional performances that the local residents can appropriate.'
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Installation 'Learning with Tiznit'

Further on, another group is discussing inclusiveness in the digital culture sector. The conversation is taking place under an installation that symbolizes the waterway in Tiznit, which is at the heart of the 'Learning with Tiznit' project. The team wants to breathe new life into neglected places around the waterway, connecting the Medina to the Oasis. Together with local architect Salima Naji, an expert of built and cultural heritage, they try to save and revive the memories of these places for the next generations.
'We are doing this by organizing workshops with local artists and citizens, for example in the Oasis we are making a nursery/plant museum. Later the museum will host educational programs for children, where they can learn about the importance of water and local plants.', explains urbanist Nika Jazaei. 'This way of working together and the fact that the citizens manage this place themselves with their own heritage reinforces the feeling of care and ownership. The 'modernization' of the city has endangered those qualities of the landscape into neglection.'

On the roof of villa Janna where the conference is being held, people are sitting in the stargazing platform, a round tomb woven with blue wool. This is one of the four projects that CILAS (Egypt), Sara Radi (Egypt) and Bureau LADA (NL) want to set up in a historic district in Caïro. The other three are a herb garden, a garden with fruit and vegetables and an energy space. 'By letting people work here with their hands during workshops, or simply reflect while looking at the sky, we aim to bring people together and put issues on the agenda, such as coexisting in a historic neighbourhood in 2018 or climate change,' says Karim Yassin Goessinger from CILAS and Lada Hršak from Bureau LADA.

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Sara Frikech tells abou ther project 'Sahrij'

On the second day, Sarah Frikech draws visitors to her local partner Le18 to present her research. Meknes is experiencing a new urban transformation, just outside of the city a large industrial park is being created. These developments were a reason for Frikech to research on the relationship between the city and the countryside. 'The role of water has a special history in Morocco. When you look at the city and it's history from the perspective of water you come across different aspects. Such as the social dynamics in the time of the French protectorate. And the influence of several water systems in times of climate change.' Ultimately, Sara Frikech wants to present the findings through models and a series of conversations, which she organizes together with Le18.

In 'Grounded Urban Practices', organized by René Boer (Non-Fiction, NL) and Omar Nagati (Cluster, Egypt), all the initiatives come together. The title refers to projects that creatives set up without any influence from – and even as a minor rebellion against – the government to take root with a space in communities. 'They are creating their own tools bottom-up as a kind of activism.' After the financial crisis in the Netherlands and the Arab revolution in Egypt, both Boer and Nagati frequently saw this type of project emerge. They are investigating this phenomenon and organizing encounters between Dutch people and Egyptians to exchange knowledge and make a book about it. In this way, they want to lay the foundations for future research.

African Crossroads has not only been important in giving visibility to the projects that were supported through the open calls, the event has conversely also had an impact on the projects themselves. 'Hearing what others are doing has made us refresh our ideas,' says René Boer. 'I've learned more about a wide range of projects and initiatives in the African context and the importance of meeting these changemakers face to face,' says Nika Jazaei. Selma Maaroufi notes that African Crossroads has corroborated her ideas. 'I have met others here who are involved with the same thing, and who share the analysis that in this part of the world public space very much tends to exclude rather than include, that strengthens me in my idea that an initiative such as Play City is indeed relevant and necessary.'

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Installation 'Stargazing Platform' by Bureau LADA, Sara Radi and CILAS Photo: Zakaria Kacha

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CityLab: local action or international movement?

5 June 2019

In the context of the WeMakeThe.City festival, Creative Industries Fund NL and Play the City are organizing 'CityLab: local action or international movement' in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. This session takes place during the Urban conference Common Ground on Wednesday 19 June 2019, from 14.30 – 16.30. Experts from the Netherlands and Turkey share their experiences of new forms of co-creation and the impact of CityLabs on the future development of our built environment.
About 50 CityLabs (Stadslabs) have been mobilized since 2014 in Dutch cities by the Creative Industries Fund NL. Bringing design and co-creation to the formulation of socially and environmentally inclusive strategies, Dutch cities will continue the movement under the programme: 'Anders Werken aan de Stad, Dorp en Land' (a different approach to the city, village and country). This programme focuses on local governments and concentrates on the co-creative approach to 'city-making'. Local governments build up a CityLab together with designers, all the possible stakeholders and the residents, and work in a co-creative process to address current spatial and social issues in their own municipality.

While CityLabs are maturing and developing new forms of co-creation processes, similar spaces for local action are developing worldwide. They are becoming an integral part of the official unilateral planning we know from last century.

What could the impact of CityLabs be in the future? Could they become a worldwide movement? What is the position of CityLabs within the international context? What are potential roles for a CityLab in diverse political regimes? With guests from Turkey, we focus on the case of the Mersin CityLab currently being established, while looking into the future of CityLabs in the second decade of the 21st century.

Photo above: Ekim Tan
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New temporary Digital Heritage x Public grant programme

3 June 2019

The Netherlands is rich in digital heritage. The Cabinet is making extra funds available in 2019 and 2020 to stimulate the visibility and use of this heritage. The Creative Industries Fund NL, the Mondriaan Fund and the Cultural Participation Fund have joined forces and developed three complementary grant programmes. Makers and cultural institutions are being encouraged to work together to develop new uses and increase the visibility of digital heritage to a broad public.
Our history and culture are recorded in detail in the digital or digitized collections and archives of various museums, libraries and specialized institutions. These databases and archives are a rich source for new stories, but all too often they are unintentionally hidden from a large group of people.

additional resources
By now, the Digital Heritage Network (NDE) has laid the foundations for sustainable digital availability of heritage. The additional resources released by the government in 2019 and 2020 are specifically intended to increase the visibility and use of digital archives and collections. The common objective of the three funds' programmes is to give a broad public a new perspective on the value of our digital heritage. In this way, special and inspirational experiences are created, which tie in with current developments.

impulse from cultural funds
The Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fund and Cultural Participation Fund are each designing a stimulus measure from their own perspective. In so doing, we are opting for a broad impulse to encourage the use and visibility of digital heritage. The Cultural Participation Fund focuses on the creative use of the collections by young people, the Mondriaan Fund contributes to making digitized heritage collections more accessible to the public and the Creative Industries Fund NL invests in new stories created by consortia of makers from the creative industry. The funds will share the proceeds of the grant programmes with the field in coordination with DEN (the knowledge institute for culture and digitization) and the NDE.

temporary digital heritage x public grant programme
As a designer, maker or design bureau, how do you make heritage visible to a broad public and which perspective, innovative application or intervention do you choose to shed new light on the heritage? With two selection rounds that focus on this question, the Fund aims to improve the visibility and utilization of digital collections in an innovative way, through the joint efforts of designers and heritage institutions. The first deadline is Thursday 5 September 2019.

Click here for more information about applying for the temporary Digital Heritage x Public grant programme.

Mondriaan Fund programme
Cultural Participation Fund programme

funding
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has made € 3.5 million available for the period 2019-2020. These resources are divided equally between the three participating funds.
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11 June: Get a Grant Architect

3 June 2019

When can you, as an architect, apply for a subsidy from the Creative Industries Fund NL, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? On 11 June 2019, we are organizing an information session for architects who have already graduated or are close to graduation. Curious? Sign up and come along to Get a Grant Architect in POST Rotterdam.
During the Get a Grant Architect event, Architecture coordinator Maarten Tas will provide an overview of the grant possibilities that the Fund can offer young architects. Arna Mačkić (Studio L A) and Christopher de Vries (Rademacher de Vries) will then use their own work to explain what the support they received from the Fund has given them, and how they approached applying for subsidy. At the end, there is an opportunity to ask questions and for individual discussions. Marieke Berkers, architectural historian and former advisor to the Fund, is the moderator of the evening. The language is Dutch.

Fund
The Creative Industries Fund NL is the cultural fund for architecture, design, digital culture and all possible crossovers. In addition to providing project subsidies from the various grant programmes such as Architecture, Design and Digital culture, the Fund makes a working grant available annually within the Talent development grant programme to some 25 talented young designers/makers for their artistic and professional development.

Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019
Time: 19.30 - 21.30 (doors open 19.15)
Location: POST Rotterdam, Coolsingel 42, Rotterdam
Admission: free
Register: here

Speakers: Arna Mačkić (Studio L A) and Christopher de Vries (Rademacher de Vries)
Moderator: Chris Luth (architect and curator)
Language: Dutch
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13 June: Get a Grant Arnhem

3 June 2019

When can you apply for a grant, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? The Mondriaan Fund and the Creative Industries Fund NL are jointly organizing an information session on grant possibilities for artists and designers who have already graduated or are close to graduation. Come along to the Get a Grant Event at ArtEZ College of the Arts in Arnhem on Thursday 13 June 2019.
The Get a Grant Event gives an overview of what the Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL can offer young creative professionals. Are you looking for funding for your project or practice? Staff from the two funds will tell you about the subsidy possibilities: when can you apply for a grant, how does it work and what do you need to be aware of? In addition, a visual artist and a designer will talk about their experiences in submitting an application and answer questions from the public. Afterwards you can ask the speakers specific questions.

This meeting is the first in a series of three Get a Grant information sessions that the Mondriaan Fund and the Fund are organizing throughout the country this year.

Mondriaan Fund
The Mondriaan Fund is the public fund for visual arts and cultural heritage. The Fund offers, among other things, a range of contribution possibilities for artists and mediators (curators and critics) in the areas of talent development and deepening of the practice.

Creative Industries Fund
The Creative Industries Fund NL is the cultural fund for architecture, design, digital culture and every imaginable crossover. In addition to providing project subsidies from the various grant programmes such as Design and Digital Culture, the Fund makes a working grant available annually within the Talent Development grant programme to some 25 talented young designers/makers for their artistic and professional development.

Date: Thursday 13 June 2019
Time: 14.00 - 16.00 (doors open 13.30, after 15.30 possibility for individual questions to the speakers)
Location: ArtEZ College of the Arts, Onderlangs 9 (lecture hall M3.07) Arnhem
Admission: free
Registering: sign up here using the registration form

Spekers: designer Julia Janssen, artist Julius Thissen
Moderator: Peter van der West
Session language: English
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Open Call Researching Remix

9 May 2019

Do you use 'remix' as a method to achieve innovative and experimental work? And within your practice, do you reflect on themes such as balance of power, ownership, appropriation and social inequality? For the Researching Remix Open Call, Metro54 and the Creative Industries Fund NL invite makers, collectives, organizers and thinkers to submit a project proposal. The deadline is Tuesday 2 July. The results of the selected works will be presented at the Dutch Design Week in October.
collaboration between the Fund and Metro54
As a platform, Metro54 follows experimental and innovative art, design, fashion, architecture, music and digital expressions very closely. In 2019, Metro54 is organizing the travelling annual programme Re-mix and Re-search: whose cultural appropriation is this?. This programme investigates the theme of cultural appropriation within contemporary urban arts & culture and is being realized in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL.

open call
Remix as a methodology and research method has a significant influence in urban arts & culture. We are interested in projects that are able to relate critically to this influence and, in so doing, reflect on themes such as the balance of power, ownership and cultural appropriation.
For this open call we are looking for new, interdisciplinary and many-voiced remix work that contributes to innovation in the fields of (graphic) productions, graphic design, fashion, architecture, visual culture and digital culture. Themes such as agency, recognition and ownership play an important role in the intended projects. We are also particularly interested in how remix as a research method or methodology plays a role in your practice proposal.

group exhibition
The selected proposals for new work will be presented during the Dutch Design Week 2019 in Eindhoven as part of the exhibition and programme This is a Take-Over: Researching Remix. In this way, curator Metro54 wants to draw attention to design, reflection and research within urban arts & culture.

meetup
If you would like to present an idea or if you have any questions about the open call, come to the in-store meetup on Thursday 6 June from 19:00 to 21:00 at Daily Paper in Amsterdam. Metro54 and Fund staff will be present.

contact
If you have any questions about the content of this open call, you can also contact Metro54. For questions about submitting your proposal, please contact Sean Gillis or Zineb Seghrouchni or by telephone at 010 436 16 00.

practical information about your application

Who can submit a proposal?
Individual makers, designers, thinkers, collectives and organizers of new, interdisciplinary and diverse work can submit a proposal.

When is the deadline?
you can submit your application here
the open call closes on 2 July 2019
the selection will be announced in the third week of July

What is the available budget?
maximum € 4,000 per proposal for making new work (including VAT, where applicable)
a minimum of four proposals will be supported

What do you need to provide?
portfolio
project plan: in text and/or images; the inclusion of web links to online material, films, etc. is permitted
proof of the applying party's registration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK)

What is the evaluation of the proposal based on?
vision on remix as a research method and methodology
extent to which reflection on themes that influence urban arts & culture has been developed
boldness and inventiveness
feasibility of the proposal
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