The European Cultural Centre
A cultural organization founded by the Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer and originating back to 2002. Today we are a continuously growing group of mainly young people who like to make a positive difference, because we care. We care about humans and about what should happen with our world, about where we should go. Of course, we are aware that we can only make a small difference, but we want to do our best, doing nothing is not an option.
We created a dynamic organization which continues to establish more cultural centres devoted to cultural exchanges, organizing worldwide exhibitions, symposia and all kinds of cultural projects with not only Europeans but people from all around the world. This is to create awareness, to strengthen our cultural commons, to cherish our uniqueness and to learn about the qualities within our differences.
We believe that progress is best made by raising a deeper awareness about serious topics. We try to bring people from very different cultures together in the hope that we will all learn from each other. Naturally we have our own opinions and we do like to promote our own values, values in which we strongly believe. Nevertheless we are a non-political and non-religious organization, open to all people, to all points of view, for as long as they respect the freedom, the dignity and rights of every single living being.
ACTIVITIES AND RESIDENCIES
The activities include hosting creative professionals in residence, providing research assistance to all artistic disciplines, organising art events, exhibitions, publications, training, lectures, public debates and symposiums for various fields of thought. The participants of the residencies come from all artistic and cultural backgrounds. The subjects and forms of research do not necessarily fit the usual practices or disciplines. The purpose of the ECC Residency Program is to explore new collaborative and creative processes, as well as a new interaction with the city, its surroundings and its visitors.
The publications are an extension of the projects and research that have been developed and/or presented at the ECC. Various editorial forms and the website reflect different practices and activities carried out by the ECC, thus building up and making visible a platform for theoretical and artistic perspectives on culture.
The ECC is in the continued process of establishing Satelites in several different cities in the world. Cities where it is possible to set up a creative work centre. A network for cultural activities, the creation of exhibitions, publications, videos and many other projects. The ECC has now established regional offices in Italy, the Netherlands, Russia and the USA. The European Cultural Centre Global office is in Amsterdam the Netherlands.
NETWORK AND PARTNERS
The ECC is operated by the association ECC-Worldwide and works with the curatorial contributions of several European structures: EU networks, universities, foundations, curators, festivals, private initiatives and scientific as well as cultural institutions. To strengthen its European dimension, the ECC establishes contacts with a network of partners. This network of partners can also play the role of correspondent in a regional or national area.