The ENCC is expanding: we are delighted to have welcomed 9 new members in the past year... with great potential for new collaborations and sharing knowledge and practices.
Without further ado, please welcome:
2 regional/national networks of cultural centres:
- The Association of Finnish Children's Cultural Centers (national network, Finland) – This association, gathering 31 cultural centers, works towards empowering professional cultural centres for children and teenagers in Finland.
- Xarxaprod, network of spaces for production and creation in Catalonia (regional network, Spain) – Created in 2006, this network gathers 26 public and private centres for contemporary cultural production and creation. Its main objectives are to empower these centres, promote the exchange of experiences between them and thus enrich the framework of production for creators.
4 individual cultural centres:
- Broumov Monastery Educational and Cultural Centre (Czech Republic) – This cultural centre in a 14th-century monastery focuses on art, education and science, with a special programme for environmental education for children and youth. They 'strongly believe that excellent artistic programmes should not be the privilege of large urban centres' and are also part of the ENCC Working Group on Territorial Development and Culture in Non-Urban Areas.
- Bitamine Faktoria (Spain) – Founded in 2011, this cross-border cultural production and creation factory is based in the Basque Country, overlapping France and Spain. They take the opportunity to question the nature and existence of borders, while knitting together participatory culture, design, contemporary art, gender perspectives and sustainability.
- Kulturanova (Serbia) – Founded in 2001, this umbrella association of independent art groups and young artists promotes peaceful coexistence, minority and human rights, inclusion of vulnerable groups, and advocate for creativity as a tool for economic development and entrepreneurship.
- La Concertation - Network for Cultural Action in Brussels (Belgium) – This network of 18 sociocultural and artistic organisations based in Brussels, in direct interaction with their shared urban environment, are committed to supporting the development of cultural action to build a better and more inclusive society.
3 associated members:
As with all our members, these organisations are making space for European cooperation and networking in their activities, in spite of the huge job they're already doing on the ground locally. We're looking forward to meeting them face to face as soon as possible.
Three other organisations are also in the process of becoming ENCC members – stay tuned!