Founded in 2002, the Association of Latvian Culture Centres (ALCC) is a public organisation aiming to promote the development of culture centres.
At present there are 550 culture centres in Latvia - the second biggest network of culture institutions in the country, after libraries.
ALCC currently represents cultural centres and cultural workers from all regions of Latvia. In Latvia, culture centres operate as multifunctional cultural institutions and provide access to culture in all regions in Latvia.
The activity of the association follows the guidelines set up by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia stipulating the necessity to involve the public in the planning and implementation of cultural policy.
Areas of activity of the association:
- Methodological guidance, information dissemination, advisory services;
- International cooperation and exchange of experience;
- Co-participation in the development and implementation of cultural policy;
- Continuing education and professional development;
- Capacity building. The national body “Latvian National Centre for Culture” is a long-term partner of the association. Cultural management training programmes are jointly developed and provided for the managers and staff of Latvian Culture centres. Both institutions jointly provide the methodological management and in-service training for culture centres.
They are part of the Baltic cooperation within the ENCC.