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European Networks

There has been an explosion in the European level of networking in the last 25 years as the arts sector has come to terms with the demands and opportunities of an expanding European Union.

The main umbrella body for the sector – open to organisations and individuals – is Culture Action Europe (CAE)* This acts as a go-between for the sector and the European institutions and advises on co-ordinated advocacy work. CAE counts most of the major sectoral networks as part of its membership and has close relations with the major organisations that have remained outside.

CAE members include the following European level networks: -

• ACCR: European Network of Cultural Centres in Historic Monuments
• AEC: European Association of Conservatoires
• AMATEO: European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities
• Banlieues d’Europe (an association of arts centres in depressed suburbs and inner cities)
• BJCEM: Biennale of Young Creators of Europe and the Mediterranean
• CEATL: European Council of Associations of Literary Translators
• EDUCULT: Institute for the Mediation of Arts and Science – The Platform for Cultural Education in Europe.
• European Jazz Orchestra
• European Jazz Network
• EFA: European Festivals Association (hosting the European House of Culture)
• ELIA: European League of Institutes of the Arts
• EMC: European Music Council
• ENCC: European Network of Cultural Centres
• ETC: European Theatre Convention
• EUBO: European Union Baroque Orchestra
• EUCO: European Union Chamber Orchestra
• Europa Cantat
• European Society of Culture
• EWC: European Writers Council
• Foundation for Community Dance
• IETM: the International Network for the Contemporary Performing Arts
• Literature Across Frontiers
• Opera Europa
• PEARLE: Performing Arts Employers Association League Europe
• Relais Culture Europe
• RESEO: European Network for Opera and Dance Education
• Team Network: European Network of Transdisciplinary Art Magazines
• TEH: TransEurope Halles – European Network of Independent Cultural Centres

CAE also has in its membership many national and city organisations involved in European networking – including Wales Arts International – as well as the European branches of several of the worldwide organisations listed in section 2.

Other European networks

There are a number of European networks that are not members of Culture Action Europe, although they usually co-operate with it on many issues and platforms. The following list will need to be updated regularly as some networks collapse and others emerge.

• Cultural Information and Research Centres Liaison in Europe (CIRCLE)
• European Association of Artists Managers
• European Association of Youth Orchestras
• Eurocities – culture committee: the network linking city administrations
• European Children’s Film Network
• European Concert Halls Association (ECHO)
• European Council of Artists
• European Forum of World Music Festivals (EFWMF)
• European Federation of Young Choirs
• European Federation of National Youth Orchestras
• European Mime Federation
• European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC)
• European Network for Traditional Music and Dance (REMDT)
• EUnetArt – the network for arts and young people
• Europa Nostra
• European String Teachers Association
• European Union of Music Competitions for Youth
• Forum of European Cultural Networks
• Les Rencontres – network of local authority cultural officers
• Network of European Cities of Culture
• Network of European Museums Associations (NEMO)
• Pepinieres Europeenes pour Jeunes Artistes

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