The history of most German cultural centers, founded in the seventies of last century, is a story about the use and ownership of abandoned and disused factories, train stations, barns, old houses and buildings in the city. We can say that the current socio-cultural centers play an important role in the cultural life of Germany. Throughout the year they offer an extensive program of events in their cultural communities, contributing to the promotion of artistic production in the fields of theater, music, literature, film and visual arts allowing an important part of society to participate to cultural and political life.
The integration of different age groups, social classes and nationalities, supports the development of political and social work. As well as understanding that policy decisions are the basis for the self-conception of cultural institutions, many centers welcome the active and responsible participation of its members.
The cultural centers are flexible and creative platforms, even in these times of economic tightening measures. With 24 million visitors a year. The approximately 470 cultural centers provide a wide range of possibilities as well as efficient economic structures.
One of the most important objectives of the Bundesvereinigung is the recognition of cultural work as a strong component of cultural life in Germany. The federal network ensures information, education, sharing and support. A wide range of publications as well as cultural policy and administration promote dialogue on the cultural scene.