European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC)

Governance

We operate under the strategic supervision and guidance of a board composed of culture professionals elected among and by our full members. The current board was elected during the 2020 and 2021 General Assemblies. Each Board member has a mandate of four years.

Next to the board, we have an advisory group composed of six cultural sector experts and ENCC members who provide support on content in different strategic areas (such as EU advocacy/cultural policy, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, ethical digitalisation, territorial development through culture, and more).

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Ivo Peeters

Chair

ivo.peeters@encc.eu

Ivo is one of the founders of ENCC, former director of De Zeyp and board member of cult! vzw, Belgium. With 30+ years of experience working at the local and international level, he has been involved in conceiving and facilitating many European cooperation projects, with a special focus on arts and disabilities.

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Piotr Michałowski

Co-chair

gitara.pm@gmail.com

Piotr is the representative for Teatr Na Walizkach, Poland, and the coordinator of the working group on cultural centres and non-urban areas. He is co-chairman at the ENCC, where he coordinates the working group on cultural centres and non-urban areas. He is also an independent expert for the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme.

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Vittorio Bianco

Treasurer

v.bianco@retecasedelquartiere.org

Vittorio is the representative for Rete delle Case del Quartiere and DireFareBaciare, Italy. His work is focused on some aspects of sustainability in the urban context such as social inclusion, culture and health. He is also the co-founder of Bici-t, a start-up offering sustainable mobility services.

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Liene Kubilus

liene.Kubilus@riga.lv

Liene is the representative for Ziemeļrīgas kultūras apvienība, Latvia. She has been involved in several EUROCITIES projects and in the RECcORD project of the ENCC.

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Leen Vanderschueren

leen@cult.be

Leen is the representative for cult! vzw, Belgium. Since 2019 she has been the coordinator of the network of cultural centres in Flanders and Brussels, formerly known as VVC.

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Daniel Azzopardi

daniel.azzopardi@kreattivita.org

Daniel is the representative for Spazju Kreattiv, Malta. He has been senior programme manager at Fondazzjoni Kreattività and director of the ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People. As a cultural and creative entrepreneur, Daniel lends his expertise to policy-making, strategy planning and project coordination.

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Milan Vracar

milan@kulturanova.org

Milan is the representative for Asocijacija Kulturanova, Serbia and Montenegro. He is also a board member of OPENS - the body that coordinates the title of Novi Sad being European Youth Capital.

Piet Forger

Piet Forger

Appointed expert

piet.forger@leuven.be

Since 2015, Piet is the head of the department for cultural affairs at the city of Leuven, Belgium. He is the initiator and vice president of Vitamine C, a network in Flanders, Belgium, of people working in the cultural field who stand up for art and culture as vital vitamins for young people.
Piet has been connected to the ENCC since 1996 and has participated in many of its activities.
 

Lapo Bettarini

Lapo Bettarini

In 2016, Lapo Bettarini became the coordinator of a regional network of cultural centres in the proximity of Brussels, and from 2017, he became the director of the Brussels regional network of cultural centres and several other associations working in different artistic, cultural and social domains.

Kay Sentance

Kay Sentance

Kay Sentance is a socially engaged artist based in Oxford, UK. She facilitates intersocial events in non-art spaces. She has also worked in/with arts institutions (Modern Art Oxford), artist-led Organisations (Ovada), and Oxford University. Kay has been a ENCC member since 2016. Being based in the UK, she sees the ENCC as a vital link, a life-line, to what is happening on the continent.

Dagna Gmitrowicz

Dagna Gmitrowicz

Dagna Gmitrowicz is a senior trainer in the field of non formal education. She is a member of the International Society for Self-Directed Learning and the founder of the ARTE EGO foundation. She contributes expertise on learning, inclusion and creativity. Dagna is a supporter of the ENCC’s BECC programme.

Piet Forger

Piet Forger

Piet Forger is the initiator and vice president of Vitamine C, a network in Flanders, Belgium, of people working in the cultural field who stand up for art and culture as vital vitamins for young people.
Piet has been connected to the ENCC since 1996 and has participated in many of its activities.
 

Raluca Iacob

Raluca Iacob

Raluca Iacob is a cultural manager and a public policy specialist. She is the president of the MetruCub Association, in Bucharest, Romania. Raluca engages with the ENCC on the topic of local networks as a new form of the organisation of work in the cultural world; she is the author of our publications Local Networks (a guide to) Reimagining the Work of Organisations and Looking Back, Looking Forwards: Local Networks Support the Transition Towards a New Public Culture.
 

Dagmar Bednáriková

Dagmar Bednáriková

Dagmar Bednáriková is the director of KD Mlejn cultural centre, based in Prague. She also is the co-creator of cultural center Divadlo YARMAT. She has created and worked for independent theatre groups and associations in Czechia and Slovakia as a project manager, producer and fundraiser.