By supporting the ENCC you will have the opportunity to:
"Being part of the ENCC means to integrate the European perspective into our work, exchange with colleagues from other countries and learn about chances and challenges. Therefore, the ENCC is such an important network because it unites cultural workers that have the same vision for an inclusive, creative and diverse Europe.” - Jennifer, BVS (German Association of Socioculture), Germany.
► Meet and connect with your European peers from other (networks of) cultural centres and with other cultural stakeholders who face the same challenges than yours in other contexts, share common interests & expand your own professional networks in all our activities;
► Exchange best practices, expertise, work methodologies and knowledge with your European peers, learn with and from them & develop your professional skills during our Capacity building events (i.e. Lights ON staff exchange programme ; Incubator 2.0)
► Find the best possible partners, reach out to organisations in all fields thanks to the diversity of ENCC members & build European projects together (i.e. at our Project Fair)
► Be inspired by others, get a broader view, connect, and contribute to European debates during our international meetings
"It's the first ENCC event that we attend, and that's great! I met people from different countries that face the exact same challenges than our organisation and I already have got three different solutions!" - Pal, A Vértes Agorája, Hungary.
► Get your ongoing project granted and give it a European dimension (i.e. UPscale microgrant)
► Pitch your project idea, connect to other projects, get inspiration, learn about European fundings, find partners at our European Cooperation Fair
► Discuss and share challenges, best practices and cooperation strategies on local level at our Closing the Gap roundtables with local policymakers
► Read our research and publications to better understand the challenges, emergencies and demands of others, use the Cheat Sheet to negotiate with local policymakers
► Join our working groups : think-tank platforms gathering members and supporting local organizations in know-how, research and inspiration, testing new approaches towards different topics (i.e. WG on Ethical Digitalization ; WG on Cultural Centres and Non-Urban Areas)
► Have free access to our resources (research, toolkits and guides i.e. on local networks, mobility for cultural professionals, project evaluation, etc.)
And even more:
► Participate in ENCC meetings/programmes and get priority access as well as lower rates for participation fees
► Be regularly informed about ENCC activities and European issues (EU calls, funding, other networks' activities and resources) through our bimonthly members' newsletter and newsflashes
"Being part of the ENCC has given me a lift and wider scope on local matters. I got better connection to Europe. Just grateful for the ENCC of how approachable it is. Thank you!" - Kay, ArtWash, UK.
► Co-organise and host ENCC events, and bring your community/territory's relevant topics to the attention of cultural managers and stakeholders from throughout Europe
► Co-design and contribute to our research activities and working groups
► Make your organisation's voice be heard in Europe & boost your organisation's visibility: Promote your events, best practices and activities at European level through our newsletter, website, social network channels and events.
► Participate in our General Assembly every year and put your concerns’ and needs on the network's agenda
"For me, the ENCC means great and enlightening conferences, great material to get ideas from, and great opportunities to get new contacts for possible future collaborations.", Arnis, Association of Latvian Culture Centres, Latvia.
► Interact with a dedicated coordination team available for you and open to new ideas
► Last but not least, be part of the greatest strength of the ENCC: its PEOPLE. Managers, directors, technicians, activists, artists, researchers, animators, policy makers, change-makers and others, from throughout Europe, have been with us since 1994, and this community is constantly growing!
Learn more about the ENCC, its community, its activities and its statutes.