ACCE is promoting and developing local artistic and cultural activity by supporting the local cultural centres in Estonia and is also assuring the continuity of Estonian traditional culture, a very important part in the field of work of cultural centres.
Established in March 2007, the Association of Cultural Centres of Estonia (ACCE) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that acts on behalf of the interests of its 52 members and all other cultural centres, community centres, clubhouses, etc.
There are about 300 cultural centres in Estonia.
In Estonia, the task of a cultural centre is to provide educational and recreational services for its community as well as to house non-formal educational institutions and social organisations.
- To develop national awareness on the importance of the role a cultural centre in a local community;
- To initiate the creation and adoption of a legal act as basis for the activities of cultural centres;
- To participate in creating cultural policy at local, regional and state level;
- To elaborate the professional standards for the directors of cultural centres;
- To unify the terminology used in the field;
- To compile a database with cultural centres in Estonia;
- To organise a conference/summer-school in the framework of the annual general meeting;
- To generate new and strengthen the existing relations between cultural centres in Estonia and abroad;
- To organise trainings and study trips for the workers of cultural centres.