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Europe-wide information portals

This is an extensive collection of organizations, institutions, networks, and information platforms working Europe-wide. For most of them the international mobility of cultural professionals is a focal point.

Circostrada - European Network Circus and Street Arts

Circostrada is a European network for street art and contemporary circus. The aims of the Network are information and professional exchanges as well as the development and structuring of the circus and street arts on the European scale. Circostrada supports also artistic activities through observation, documentation, training, expertise, research and publishing.

Focus: Performing Arts, Exchange and Networking, Information and Advice, Research. 

CLEISS - Centre des Liaisons Européennes et Internationales de Sécurité Sociale

CLEISS is a French helpdesk service for the coordination of national social security systems in the context of international mobility. A.o. it mediates between French organisations and foreign social security institutions, individuals and enterprises and offers information about the french social security system.

Focus: Social Security, Information and Advice, Cultural Policiy. 

Compendium. Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe

The Website offers cultural policy profiles of more than 40 countries and provides information on developments within the cultural sectors of the coutries as well as statistics.

Focus: Cultural Policy, Information.

Creative Europe Desk

The Creative Europe Desks are the national contact points for the cultural programme of the EU, CREATIVE EUROPE. Detailed information on the programme is provided (as well as on other European funding possibilities in the cultural and media sector) and the Creative Europe Desks offer a helpdesk service for applications, organise seminars, etc.

Focus: Information and Advice, Database, Funding, Cultural Policy. is a database and information source on international artists. The promotion of international art and cultural exchange, documentation of the work of international artists, and information provisiom on projects are focal points.

Focus: Exchange and Networking, Information, Database, Visual Arts, Performing Arts.   

Culture Action Europe

Culture Action Europe is the cultural political advocacy and lobby organization of the European cultural sector towards the institutions of the EU and the national governments of the member states.

Focus: Cultural Policy, Information and Advice, Exchange. 

EEPAP - East European Performing Arts Platform

The East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre) in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The webpage provides information on events, artists and choreographers, publications, etc.

Focus: Information, Exchange and Networking, Performing Arts.

ECA - European Council of Artists

The European Cpuncil of Artists is an interdisciplinary umbrella organisation of European artists‘ associations that makes artists‘ needs visible towards the EU political bodies.

Focus: Cultural Policy, Exchange and Networking. 

ECAS - European Citizens Action Service

ECAS empowers EU citizens to exercise their rights and promotes open decision-making processes. It offers advice, research and advocacy, as well as capacity-building for civil society organisations.

Focus: Information and Advice, Cultural Policy.

ECF - European Cultural Foundation

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is a supporting body that initiates and supports cultural exchange and creative expression across wider Europe and the links visionary cultural professionals. Different grants and exchange programmes, idea camps, etc. are part of its agenda.

Focus: Exchange and Networking, Support, Cultural Policy. 

Europäisches Institut für progressive Kulturpolitik

The European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies is concerned with intensifying networking among cultural professionals and with their transversal cooperation. It fosters discourses on the arts and on the instruments of cultural policies.

Focus: Cultural Policy.

ELIA - European League of Institutes of the Arts

ELIA is an independent network organisation for higher arts education which promotes the interests of its members. It aims at strengthening the position of the arts and higher arts education at regional, national, European and international levels. In placing emphasis on the value of arts education and artistic research, ELIA is dedicated to enhance the conditions in which higher arts education can flourish.

Focus: Cultural Policy, Research, Information and Advice.


Network of European media organisations. Its different programmes aim at supporting collaboration between European media art organisations as well as media artists. Part of its agenda are media art events, AiR programmes etc.

Focus: Exchange and Networking, Residencies, Support.

ENCATC – European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres

ENCAT is a European network of organisations and individuals engaged in cultural management and cultural policy education. It offers a platform for exchange and cooperation and represents the interests of its members towards the EU institutions, national governments as well as the UNESCO. It also supports the mobility of its members.

Focus: Exchange and Networking, Support, Research, Information.

ENCC - European Network of Cultural Centres

The European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) is a European network of national networks of cultural centres. The variety of programmes aims at supporting exchange and knowledge transfer between the cultural centres, development and structuring of national networks etc.

Focus: Exchange and Networking, Support, Information.

ERICarts - European Institut for Comparative Cultural Research

ERICarts is an independent organisation which carries out comparative cultural research and cultural policy monitoring in co-operation with experts from over 40 European countries.

Focus: Cultural Policy, Research. 

ETC - European Theatre Convention

The European Theatre Convention (ETC) is a network encouraging international exchange of ideas, persons and performances between its members. It supports the creation of new plays, collaboration projects and explores and strengthens the role of theater in Europe.

Focus: Exchange and Networking, Funding, Performing Arts. 

EUNIC - European Union National Institutes for Culture

EUNIC is a network of European national institutes of culture. The network represents common interests towards the EU institutions and, as a learning network, provides support for its members.

Focus: Exchange and Networking, Information and Advice, Cultural Policy.

EVA - European Visual Artists

European Visual Artists (EVA) represents the interests of the European authors' collective management societies for the visual arts. Together they take care of authors' rights of creators of works of fine art, illustration, photography, design, architecture and other visual works.

Focus: Copyright, Visual Arts, Cultural Policy.

IAA Europe - International Association of Art Europe

The International Association of Art (IAA) Europe is a network of about 40 national member organisations of visual artists in Europe. It aims at supporting international artistic exchange and discusses relevant questions related to working conditions, social security systems, copyright etc.

Focus: Visual Arts, Exchange and Networking.

IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts

The International network for contemporary performing arts IETM is a network of over 500 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide: theatre, dance, circus, interdisciplinary live art forms, new media. It commissions publications and research projects, facilitates communication and distribution of information, and advocates for the value of performing arts.

Focus: Information and Advice, Exchange and Networking, Performing Arts.

IFACCA - International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is a network of arts councils and ministries of culture, with member organisations in over 80 countries. It provides services, information and recourses related to various topics to member organisations and their staff.

Focus: Cultural Policy, Information and Advice, Exchange and Networking.

Collections Mobility

Collections Mobility is an information website in order to facilitate mobility of objects between museums of all European Member States. The Institute for Museum Research together with NEMO, the Network of European Museum Organisations take care of it. Museum professionals are provided with a handbook, trainings, training material, documents, and information on legislation.

Focus: Information and Advice, Support.

MISSOC - Mutual Information System on Social Protection

The Mutual Information System on Social Protection MISSOC promotes the exchange of information on social protection among the EU Member States. It is central knowledge and information base for public authorities, professional users and European citizens, providing up-to-date information on social protection legislation (database including country-specific information), benefits and conditions in all participating countries.

Focus: Social Security, Information and Advice, Database.

NEMO - Network of European Museum Organisations

NEMO is a network of national museum organisations representing the museum community of the member states of the Council of Europe. It provides information (for its members) on EU policy on culture and museums, enables networking, and offers international exchange, training courses and webinars on different topics relevant for the museum sector.

Focus: Exchange and Networking, Information and Advice, Cultural Policy.

On the Move

On the Move (OTM) is the Cultural Mobility Information Network with more than 30 member organisations in Europe and beyond. The network facilitates international cultural mobility and provides detailed information (open calls, events, political news, studies, etc.) on the webpage. OTM compiles guidelines and studies on mobility issues, organises workshops and trainings for its members and serves as contact for the European Commission.

Focus: Exchange and Networking, Information and Advice, Research.

Pearle* - Live Performance Europe

Pearle* is a European federation representing about 7,000 organisations within the performing arts and music sector across Europe. Its acts as a forum for exchanging information of relevance to members, for sharing experiences in cultural management and technical skills, for supporting and assisting the formation of employers’ associations etc. In addition it serves as representation to the European Commission and other authorities.

Focus: Performing Arts, Exchange and Networking, Information and Advice, Cultural Policy.

Sculpture Network

The Sculpture Network is a European platform for three-dimensional art. With currently 1,000 members in 40 countries it supports and promotes contemporary sculpture. It aims at improving the working conditions of sculptors and at supporting the recognition of the social relevance of three-dimensional art. It organises projects, international symposia, regional meetings as well as members‘ exhibitions.

Focus: Support, Visual Arts, Exchange and Networking. 

Trans Europe Halles

Trans Europe Halles (TEH) is a Europe-based network of cultural centres. Its mission is to strengthen the sustainable development of non-governmental cultural centres and to encourage new initiatives by connecting, supporting and promoting them. It facilitates international cooperation, provides opportunities for learning and sharing, and promotes the practice, impact and value of arts and culture.

Focus: Exchange and Networking, Education and Trainig.

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