|Presentation of les rencontres|
The Association of European cities and regions for Culture - Les Rencontres - was created in 1994 and gathers 112 members from 25 countries in Europe and beyond.
Our representative and interdisciplinary network enables debates, exchanges of practices and cooperations between local and regional policy-makers, experts, culture professionals, trend watchers and artists from all over Europe.
It aims at enabling local and regional elected leaders to work on local cultural policies and on the setting up of joint-projects with a European dimension. It also aims at giving more visibility and impact to innovative policies and projects which are elaborated on the ground.
Thanks to our European Campus of local and regional authorities for Culture, meetings, working groups, networking activities, publications and coordination with our members and partners, we contribute to the dialogue and exchanges between the political, cultural, economic, social, network and educational spheres.
More detailed presentation
Les Rencontres is an
open forum for debate and action, grouping together elected members from
all levels of local government throughout Europe in order to actively
take part in the setting up of European cultural policies. Since 1994
the network has facilitated exchange on cultural and educational
policies at a local, national and European level. Elected
representatives need to meet and analyse the political responsibilities
at stake, examine the reality of cultural policy in Europe and
contribute to its establishment. Collaboration is constantly sought with
experts, advisors, cultural networks, associations of elected
representatives and artists in order to reposition and develop
Approximately 300 professionals take part in the 3 meetings we organise every year.
Over the next five years, meetings will be organised in all countries of the European continent (particularly in candidate countries and in more recent members of the European Union).
These conferences offer members of the network the opportunity to set up
joint projects and help to define the political and cultural aims of
elected members. Reports on these conferences are published on
We also wish to further the dialogue we have with the European Council,
Commission and Parliament. We remain particularly attentive to the needs
and recommendations of local government in Central and Eastern Europe.
How to join ?
We encourage all levels of local, provincial or regional government in Europe, that are interested in cultural policy to join the network. Membership fees are kept as low as possible and vary according to the size of the city or region.
Members receive the e-bulletin on internet, all publications and programmes of activities as well as preferential prices for the conferences organised. Members can if they wish become Committee members and actively contribute to the running of the network. Cultural organisations who are interested in working with elected members can become associate members.
The Association has been funded by the European Commission, the French-speaking Community of Belgium the Ministries of Culture in France, Spain, Greece, Lithuania, Serbia, Hungary and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and Austria as well as the Arts Council of Ireland (Different years - not all at the same time).