Venice was chosen as the seat of the European Cultural Centre not only for its historical importance but also for a number of specific features that make it the ideal venue for the realisation of the objectives of the ECC. Venice is a city with an extraordinary concentration of facilities and organisations dedicated to culture. The historic centre is only populated by approximately 60,000 inhabitants- but it sustains 45 active museums; 7 active theatres; 14 foundations with the objectives to promote and develop culture; 2 leading universities; an art academy; a conservatory and many public libraries; 32 consulates and regional offices of UNESCO, WHO and the Council of Europe; places of worship for many religions, but is also a home to an atheist association; as well as La Biennale di Venezia, which presents projects related to art, architecture, cinema, dance, music and theatre.
Venice, since hundreds of years an important exporter of European culture, has always been a place of cultural exchange. The European Cultural Centre reflects upon the dynamics of European culture and influences, upon how Europe is seen within and outside its borders. All of this makes Venice an excellent place to study the sociological and ethnological development of the European society in general, it is the ideal place to come to understand who we are and how we are seen.