The European Cultural Centre
The European Cultural Centre is a cultural organisation founded by the Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer and originates back to 2002. Today we are an ever-expanding group of diverse people who would like to make a positive difference. We care about humanity and about the overall state and direction of our world. With this in mind, doing nothing is not an option.
We have created a dynamic organisation which establishes cultural centres worldwide and is devoted to generate cultural exchange by organizing international art and architecture exhibitions, symposia and a wide range of cultural projects. Not only with Europeans but together with people from all around the world. Our goal 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 creating a deeper awareness about the serious challenges we all face today. We try to bring people from 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. We are a non-political and non-religious organisation, open to all people and to all points of view, as long as they are respectful of the freedom, dignity and rights of every single living being.
The ECC-Italy in Venice mainly organises contemporary art, architecture and design exhibitions. In addition, we organise symposiums, meetings, workshops, educational programs and many other cultural events. We wish to make it possible for all people to visit our events always free of charge. Our events in Venice are visited by over 600.000 people every year. Since we want to stay as independent and transparent as possible, we choose to finance our activities with the support of those organisations and people who participate in our projects, without the waste of taxpayers' money.
Although the ECC-Italy can make use of many venues in Venice and other Italian cities, the main venues of the ECC-Italy are the Palazzos: Mora, Bembo, Michiel and two public city gardens in the historical centre of Venice.
Our own publications are an important part of our activities, not only by documenting our events and projects, but also by presenting different points of view, different ideas, from people originating from many different cultures. Our publications are raising awareness about the topics Time-Space and Existence, thus building up and making visible a platform for theoretical and artistic perspectives on culture.
The ECC-Italy is part of the larger European Cultural Centre worldwide Satellite network and benefits from all its global partnerships with educational and cultural, governmental and non-governmental institutions, like Museums, Foundations and several other private initiatives. The ECC is in the continued process of establishing Satellites in different parts of the world. Our aim is to enlarge our network of cultural entrepreneurs, to create exhibitions, publications, videos and other cultural activities. The ECC has today established centres in Italy, Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, India, South Africa and the USA. The European Cultural Centre headquarter is in the Netherlands.