The Broumov Educational and Cultural Centre is a cultural institution based in the north of the Czech Republic, promoting creativity, self-confidence and tolerance.
Historically, the Broumov Monastery used to be an important centre of culture and education, not only for its own region, but also for the whole of Central Europe. Today, the Educational and Cultural Centre based in the Monastery, a national monument, strives to pursue this international tradition.
“We are a hospitable place where our guests feel at home.”
Their main pillars of activities are art, education, research and scientific activities, cultural heritage, hospitality, Social business and community building. They implement cultural, artistic, educational and scientific projects, including interdisciplinary environmental, humanitarian and artistic educational programs. Their Mailwald Academy focuses on environmental education for children and youth. They also organise cultural events for professionals and amateurs.
"We strongly believe that excellent artistic programmes should not be the privilege of large urban centres."
Based in a monastery, the centre is not a religious organisation: it promotes pluralism and values such as hospitality, community, tolerance, freedom, responsibility, honesty and partnership. It seeks to create an atmosphere of creative freedom in order to initiate dialogue about our cultures and traditions, history and coexistence in Europe, and about the spiritual development of society, positively impacting the morale of its community and society at large.
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They strongly believe that excellent artistic programmes should not be the privilege of large urban centres. The main aim of their cultural centre is to offer a colourful, multidisciplinary year-long program that is geared towards locals as well as larger and more distant audiences. They argue that culture can be a key on the road to prosperity, attracting attention and opening the way for further investments. They nurture the Broumov Monastery as a living part of the town, region, and of regional development.
Why did they join the ENCC community?
Through the ENCC, they would like to explore possibilities of cooperation and networking with other cultural organisations; to build bridges; to share experience and programmes; and to take part in projects and events.
As the ENCC, they seek to contribute to systemic change and transformation of peripheral rural regions through cultural and educational projects and activities. They also share the same values of cultural equality, intercultural diversity and sustainability and believe that in an atmosphere of creative freedom, we can initiate dialogue about our cultures and traditions, history and coexistence in Europe.