Bridge between European Cultural Centres (BECC) is the ENCC’s flagship staff exchange, training and mentoring programme for young professionals working in cultural organisations. It offers participants international work experience and a European perspective, and helps them acquire new competences and skills that are crucial for their work with their audience and the broader community.
The BECC programme is one of the ways the ENCC supports cultural centres' staff, by building their capacities to face new professional and social challenges, reinforcing European cooperation and working communities, and reflecting and exchanging in a European and global context.
Since 2008, the programme has supported the mobility of over 160 participants from 101 different cultural centres in 27 European countries.
Who can apply for BECC?
Young professionals under 35, working in cultural centres and other cultural organisations in European and surrounding countries, and interested in the yearly topic.
Why participate in the programme?
- To learn from your peers and share experiences at an international level
- To acquire new skills and competences that are useful for your professional development and for your organisation
- To introduce new ideas, knowledge and collaborations into your work upon your return from the programme
- To get experience living and working in other countries and cultures
- To spend time reflecting on your current professional situation, competences, needs, and future career
- To get an ‘outside eye’ on your work and organisation when you host your own exchange
- To create partnerships and cooperation with cultural centres from different countries and work towards international solidarity and empowerment in the cultural field
How does it work?
More questions? See the BECC FAQ page or drop us a line.
BECC is a capacity building and process-oriented programme that unfolds over about 8 months. During this period, you should plan to be absent from work for about 11 days + travel. The programme is free (travel and other expenses are provided for, though the exchange process may lead to small expenses for your organisation if the cost goes above the ENCC’s financial contribution).
A 4-day launching seminar, held in a different European city each year, is your first opportunity to meet with all the BECC fellows and mentors. The seminar focuses on cultural management, professional self-development and soft skills, through a mix of training, workshops, coaching, peer-to-peer learning, and study visits to local networks and organisations.
During the months following the seminar, you will travel to another participant’s organisation for at least 7 days, and host a participant in your organisation for the same amount of time.
From the moment of being selected to participate into the BECC programme, up to project evaluation (about 8 months later), you will be supported and mentored by your programme trainers and the ENCC office. This makes BECC a self-designable process, in which you can choose to pursue certain learning paths or research areas over a longer period of time, according to your needs and time capacity.
At the end of the BECC programme, we'll ask you to make a small report on your experience. This is an important moment for you to give the ENCC feedback, but also to evaluate the impact of the programme on your organisation, and get your co-workers involved in new perspectives and projects.
How to apply?
Applications for BECC 2022 will open in November 2021. The call is published on the BECC website and social media. You can also subscribe to the ENCC newsletter to stay informed.