Reclaiming civic spaces:

Imagination, expression and creation for social change


27 – 29 September 2017

Vienna, Austria


The 22st annual Grantmakers East Forum (GEF) which will take place in Vienna, Austria from 27 to 29 September 2017.

Within the already difficult situation in Europe nowadays in terms of economy and cohesion, societies are experiencing the phenomenon of governments increasingly closing public spaces available for politics, for debates, for groups to meet. Restrictions on freedom of expression, but also discriminations and attacks towards specific target groups are making societies more and more closed. Understanding the current situation, mutual dependence and interrelatedness are necessary, as well as finding alternative and creative ways to make the difference in order to forge a new solidarity. The conference this year will look at how Art&Culture can be considered a vehicle of imagining, expressing and create social change. More specifically, the forum will reflect on how institutional philanthropy can respond to the different threads the EU is facing nowadays and what is the role of art and culture in reclaiming civic spaces in this complex picture.

Hosted by the ERSTE Stiftung, the conference will take place in an exceptional venues: Semperdepot and Ankerbrotfabrik.

Besides plenaries and breakout sessions, the 2017 forum will offer participants a revised programme with plenty of networking time and lots of opportunities to learn, reflect and connect with peers and experts. We hope that you will not only expand your knowledge about this pressing issue but also be inspired to think about new projects and partnerships.



Interested in hosting…

...future editions of the Grantmakers East Forum? Want to strengthen and promote grantmaking initiatives in your region? Then please contact the GEF secretariat to express your interest and receive further criteria on how this could be possible.