Founded in 1996 as a public cultural service, ARCUB – The Cultural Centre of Bucharest Municipality is the only institution of this kind in Romania, working as a link between local authorities and civil society.
ARCUB’s missions are:
- to place Bucharest on Europe's cultural map,
- to support new artistic visions, and
- to encourage the decentralisation of culture in order to make it accessible to as many Bucharest residents as possible.
As a cultural centre, ARCUB aims to offer unique experiences to people living in Bucharest, with its cultural productions and artistic activities. In 2015, ARCUB received more than 250 artists and professionals as well as 150.000 Bucharest residents and tourists in its new headquarters on Lipscani Street. In 2016, almost 200 cultural productions and original projects were brought to life and addressed to new segments of public.
ARCUB keeps in touch with other cultural centres and organisations from Bucharest, as well as with with local and international artists and producers in order to create a platform for supporting artists that are not included in traditional institutional structures.