La Concertation (Network for Cultural Action in Brussels) is a non-profit organisation gathering 18 members active in the sociocultural and artistic sectors of the Brussels Region*.
La Concertation is actively committed to establishing links and building bridges between different actors working with local communities. It also aims at establishing itself as a regional structure*, a federative network which is also uniquely representative of the Brussels way of life.
La Concertation strongly believes that all organisations of the Brussels sociocultural and artistic sector share values and common goals which are specific to the urban environment surrounding them.
The network currently gathers 18 members: 13 cultural centres and 5 associations, representing over 150 professionals working in the sector. The cultural centres are the founding members of the organisation.
As a platform, its aims are the following:
• Network-strengthening and capacity building through several working groups on specific topics or issues: to encourage its members to share their points of view and experiences about the main issues and particular features of sociocultural and artistic work in Brussels;
• Advocacy and policy recommendations through collective mobilisation: to address social and institutional changes by supporting all policies in favour of openness and inclusion, especially in our contemporary context where individuals face an increasingly dehumanising system;
• Project implementation and campaigning: to propose common actions that are representative of the Region* either by supporting cooperation projects led by its members and their partners, or by directly initiating projects that serve the organisation's goals;
• Communication: to contribute to a better dissemination of artistic tools relevant for the sector and all initiatives promoting a stronger social community.
Why did they join the ENCC?
'The ENCC's main mission ('actively empowering people to have a voice in society through arts and culture, allowing and facilitating citizens to express themselves creatively in open spaces, with respect for cultural equality, intercultural diversity and sustainability') resonates with our organisation’s philosophy and vision. As described in our statutes, we are committed to supporting and encouraging cultural action to build a better and more inclusive society, based on fundamental human values of respect, tolerance and solidarity.
'Being a member of the ENCC will allow us to be more involved on the European level, to share our experiences with peers from all over Europe, to get new perspectives from professionals about our daily practices and questions, to acquire valuable experience and expertise and to pass on knowledge to our members, to experience for ourselves what we encourage our members to do, contribute to a broader cultural network of professionals and playing our part in breaking down barriers.'
* NB: Belgium is divided into three linguistic communities: the Flemish, the French and the German-speaking ones. They are responsible for the cultural policy in their own region (Wallonia for the French and German-speaking communities; Flanders for the Flemish community). Brussels is a city-region (with 19 municipalities), but its cultural policy is a shared competence between the Flemish and the French-communities on its city-region territory.