We create a central position for culture and community participation at a local level and in EU policies. We do this by impacting public opinion and influencing policy.

Contact: Marjolein Cremer, Senior Advocacy Officer or Tsveta Andreeva, Senior Research & Development Officer


What’s happening right now?

We have collected everything you need to know about the European Parliament Elections in May 2019 on a dedicated page: Learn more about what the elections actually decide on, which campaigns you can join, and how to actually go vote.


Dutch ‘Europe platform’ sends letter to Dutch minister

The newly founded ‘Europe Platform’ asks the Minister to support the proposed budget raise for the Creative Europe programme, and to work on better alignment between European and national cultural policies.

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Open letter to President Tusk

On behalf of the European Cultural Foundation, member of Culture Action Europe, we call upon the President of the European Council to include culture as an intrinsic part of Europe’s future strategic agenda 2019-2024.

Read the full letter.


Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities

Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities (CCSC) is a policy project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The project brings together a consortium of ten organisations led by Trans Europe Halles, the European network of non-governmental cultural centres. 

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Participants of the 2017 edition. Picture by Kostas Apostolidis - Cultural Diplomacy Platform

Participants of the 2017 edition. Picture by Kostas Apostolidis - Cultural Diplomacy Platform

Global Cultural Leadership Programme

The GCLP is the main training component of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform. Its main objective is to support young cultural managers emerging on the international scene, and coming from the 10 Strategic Partners of the European Union as well as from EU Member States, in developing and strengthening their cultural leadership skills.

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Civitates is a consortium of 16 foundations committed to upholding democratic values in Europe. It believes in European democracies, where all citizens have the opportunity to access information, make their voices heard, organise, mobilise and engage fully in the democratic processes.To achieve this vision, Civitates strengthens the capacity of civil society to play its indispensable role in shaping vibrant and open European democracies that work for all.

Civitates is hosted by the Brussels-based Network of European Foundations (NEF).

Visit the Civitates website.


Latest publications

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Displaced in Media

In this publication we present the practices and learnings of Displaced in Media to media makers and policymakers.

Across Europe, individuals and collectives of journalists, filmmakers, cultural professionals, activists, teachers and researchers are trying to break through the power structures that stop the most disadvantaged from being heard.

Emerging from this are contacts and networks, a pool of knowledge and educational methodologies, channels and strategies to reach general audiences, and also increase awareness among policymakers.

Download the magazine.


CO–MAKING THE CITY: Ideas from the Innovative City Development meeting

We need to co-make our cities together: institutions collaborating with local people. This report presents ideas on how to do this based on the collaborative thinking of city makers who attended the Innovative City Development meeting in Madrid in March 2017.

Find out more.