European Network of Cultural Centres

ENCC currently comprises 14 national networks from 12 countries (included three sub national networks Belgium) plus 10 associated members (local networks and individual cultural centres). Together they represent 3000 cultural centres with more than 15.000 employees, thousands of volunteers and 40 million visitors per year.

The ENCC was founded in 1994 and has it’s administrative office in Brussels.

ENCC takes a unique position in the global field of European networks:

  • Representing a large range of local cultural institutes, in rural, urban and metropolitan areas;
  • Supporting networking between cultural centres on all levels and
  • build bridges between cultural workers.

What all members have in common is the commitment to arts and culture as a possibility for individual and communal development in society and the belief that networking in support of this development brings strength and solidarity to organisations across borders – be they local, regional or national.



Our values

ENCC core values are cultural equality, interculturalism, democratisation and active citizenship through participation in cultural and artistic activities. The outcome of active participation in arts and culture on an individual level is personal development as well as development in society. Networking and exchanging knowledge and experiences on a European level support these values by enforcing organisations across borders – be they local, regional or national.



ENCC believes in actively empowering people to have a voice in society through arts and culture organisations, which allow and facilitate citizens to express themselves creatively through accessible spaces, activities and inclusive programmes with respect for equality, intercultural diversity and sustainability.



ENCC aims to support and facilitate its members to reach their goals and by helping them to create networks, encouraging cooperation on all levels: local, regional, national and international. Further more ENCC will represent cultural centres by placing the global importance of arts and culture in society on the political agenda and thereby strengthening the position of local cultural organisations.


Park Stara Tresnjevka foto: Bruno Konjevic

Our objectives:

  • To strengthen the position and role of national networks of cultural centres and, where no such networks exist, stimulate their formation all over Europe.
  • To support the development of new networks of cultural centres on all levels.
  • To explore and support models of cooperation and networking of cultural organizations in rural areas.
  • To build bridges between cultural centres and networks by facilitating mobility.
  • To strengthen the professionalization of cultural centres
  • To facilitate communication between cultural centres on a Europe-wide level.
  • To undertake relevant research and data collection related to cultural centres, their audiences and public impact, in order to influence new models of practice.
  • To stimulate inter-sectoral cooperation in the cultural field.
  • To stimulate informal learning and education processes by the recognition of the best practices and highlighting and disseminating relevant work in the cultural field.
  • To cooperate with other European cultural networks to create greater synergy between such networks