The European Cultural Centre
A cultural organization founded by the Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer and originating back to 2002. Today we are a continuously growing group of mainly young people who like to make a positive difference, because we care. We care about humans and about what should happen with our world, about where we should go. Of course, we are aware that we can only make a small difference, but we want to do our best, doing nothing is not an option.
We created a dynamic organization which continues to establish more cultural centres devoted to cultural exchanges, organizing worldwide exhibitions, symposia and all kinds of cultural projects with not only Europeans but people from all around the world. This 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 raising a deeper awareness about serious topics. We try to bring people from very 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. Nevertheless we are a non-political and non-religious organization, open to all people, to all points of view, for as long as they respect the freedom, the 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, Rossini 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 more cities in the world. Enlarging our network for cultural activities, the creation of exhibitions, publications, videos and many other projects. The ECC has today established centres in Belgium, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and the USA. The European Cultural Centre headquarter is in the Netherlands.
Number of visitors, Structure of visitors / country, profession, etc
We have statistics for the Palazzos, however, we have no precise numbers for the gardens, the numbers are too large and too difficult to obtain. We estimate that each year there are about 2 million people passing by the gardens and there will be approx. 400.000 people entering at least one of the two gardens in one year.
Nobody never knows the precise job description of its visitors, because even if you ask your visitors, you can never be sure if they do not exaggerate, and make it sound more beautiful than it is. However, from the approx. 700.000 unique visitors who visit one of the gardens and/or one of the Palazzos we estimate that approx. 300.000 visitors are professionally related to art or architecture, depending upon which year of Biennale. Professional visitors could be Architects, Engineers, Designers, Developers, Planners, Landscape Architects, artists, gallery owners, museum people, etc. In addition, we estimate that more than 40.000 visitors are students and over 3.000 are journalists. During the architecture Biennale we estimate that from the approx. 300.000 professional visitors approx. 60% is a practicing architect.
We apologize that we can not give any more precise data, this is because we prefer not to give any fake data and stay as close to reality as possible.
European Cultural Centre Statistics
Our Art and Architecture Biennial exhibitions have every year over 200 participants who are seen by a growing number of visitors.
European Cultural Centre; Palazzo Bembo
Approx. Visitor numbers:
Art Biennale 2011 – 70.000
Architecture 2012 – 50.000
Art Biennale 2013 – 95.000
Architecture 2014 – 115.000
Art Biennale 2015 – 160.000
Architecture 2016 – 155.000
Art Biennale 2017 – 190.000
Architecture 2018 – 175.000
Art Biennale 2019 – 200.000
For 2020 we can expect approx.. 190.000 visitors
Palazzo Bembo in 2019 approx.:
Professional public 48 %
Students 14 %
Other, but with goal 30 %
Other, just Walk-in visitors 8 %
Visitor origin, Palazzo Bembo in 2019 approx:
European 56 %
North American 12 %
Asian and Arabic 23 %
Others 9 %
European Cultural Centre; Palazzo Mora
Approx. Visitor numbers:
Art Biennale 2013 – 125.000
Architecture 2014 – 145.000
Art Biennale 2015 – 230.000
Architecture 2016 – 260.000
Art Biennale 2017 – 310.000
Architecture 2018 – 280.000
Art Biennale 2019 – 300.000
For 2020 we can expect approx.. 300.000 visitors
Palazzo Mora in 2019 approx.:
Professional public 39 %
Students 12 %
Other, but with goal 32 %
Other just Walk-in visitors 17 %
Visitor origin, Palazzo Mora in 2019 approx:
European 51 %
North American 11 %
Asian and Arabic 26 %
Others 12 %