The value of Cultural Networks

Cultural networks are open environments creating and enabling connections, innovation, inspiration and exchanges. The community that cultural networks embody builds bridges for international collaboration and creates a space for the shared values and ethics.

In a joint statement 20 international cultural networks emphasise the importance, relevance and strength of cultural networks to empower people through the arts and cultural heritage.

Read the Statement here:

The Value of International Cultural Networks

"We cultural networks, are proud to promote and facilitate all forms of international
collaboration, and improve the access to arts and culture.

As networks we build trust and nurture relationships across national borders that
support people to overcome local as well as global difficulties and to exchange their
ideas, knowledge and expertise.

Our ‘raison d’être’ is to inspire, to be inclusive, to test new ideas and to pilot new
projects, to help the culture sector to take risks and meet new challenges.

Our strength is our members, thousands of organisations and individuals, working
together, engaging with communities, learning from each other, sharing experiences
and resources.

Our role is to connect, bridge realities, coordinate joint efforts: we advise, we host, we
mediate, inside our respective fields and beyond.

Networks share values and ethics: we empower arts organisations to develop and let
creative workers grow, we introduce an international dimension and support grassroots
players facing difficult political and economical times that threaten to marginalise them.

We promote cultural equity, we defend the intrinsic value of the arts and advocate
for the best conditions for heritage and contemporary creation to flourish and be

We do this because we know arts and heritage play a prominent role to unleash the
creative ability of people to shape and imagine their future.

ARRE - Association of European Royal Residences | CAE - Culture Action Europe |
ECHO - European Concert Hall Organisation | EMC - European Music Council |
ELIA - European League of Institutes of the Arts | ETC - European Theatre Convention |
EMCY - European Union of Music Competitions for Youth | Eurozine | Res Artis |
OTM - On the Move | ECA-EC - European Choral Association - Europa Cantat |
ENCC - European Network of Cultural Centres | IMC - International Music Council |
IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts | TEH - Trans Europe Halles |
RANN - Réseau Art Nouveau Network | FACE - Fresh Arts Coalition Europe |
NEMO - The Network of European Museum Organisations | Triangle Network |
RESEO - European Network for Opera, Music and Dance Education