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Bundesverband Soziokultur (BVS)

German Association of Socioculture

Berlin, Germany

The Bundesverband Soziokultur (BVS) is a federal network of 14 regional working groups representing the interests of some 600 German socio-cultural centres and initiatives. BVS ensures information, education and support for its members. A wide range of publications (e.g. the quarterly members' magazine, SOZIOkultur), promote dialogue on the cultural scene.

Socio-cultural centres and initiatives play an essential role in Germany’s cultural life. One of BVS’s main objectives is to have this role recognised, as well as that of cultural workers.

Number of cultural centers represented : 600


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  • Socio-cultural activities and cultural mediation
  • Artistic production/promotion
  • Community and civic activities
  • Art education and/or other educational activities
  • Project management
  • Event management
  • Evaluation (e.g. of projects, structures or other)
  • Research/data collection
  • Information/awareness-raising
  • Revitalisation/activation of public spaces
  • Consultancy (e.g. legal advice)
  • Advocacy/policy-related work

Artistic disciplines

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Circus art/clowning
  • Puppetry
  • Dance
  • Opera
  • Street art
  • Amateur arts
  • Development of alternative art practices
  • Painting/drawing
  • Photography
  • Digital arts
  • Sculpture
  • Film and video art
  • Fashion design
  • Graphic design
  • Crafts
  • Creative writing

Topics covered

  • Interculturality and migration
  • Intergenerational relations and ageing
  • Disabilities and inclusion
  • Gender and sexual orientation
  • Participation and audience engagement
  • Cultural rights
  • Human rights and democracy
  • Working conditions of cultural professionals/labour rights/human resources
  • European citizenship and identity
  • Non-urban culture
  • Digitalisation
  • Climate change and environment