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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)* www.cultureactioneurope.org. 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 www.accr-europe.org
• AEC: European Association of Conservatoires www.aecinfo.org
• AMATEO: European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities www.amateo.info
• Banlieues d’Europe (an association of arts centres in depressed suburbs and inner cities)
• BJCEM: Biennale of Young Creators of Europe and the Mediterranean www.bjcem.org
• CEATL: European Council of Associations of Literary Translators www.ceatl.org
• EDUCULT: Institute for the Mediation of Arts and Science – The Platform for Cultural Education in Europe.
• European Jazz Orchestra www.swinging-europe.com
• European Jazz Network www.ejn.it
• EFA: European Festivals Association (hosting the European House of Culture) www.efa-aef.eu
• ELIA: European League of Institutes of the Arts www.elia-artschools.org
• EMC: European Music Council www.emc-imc.org
• ENCC: European Network of Cultural Centres www.encc.eu
• ETC: European Theatre Convention www.etc-cte.org
• EUBO: European Union Baroque Orchestra www.eubo.org.uk
• EUCO: European Union Chamber Orchestra
• Europa Cantat http://europeanchoralassociation.org
• European Society of Culture
• EWC: European Writers Council www.europeanwriters.eu
• Foundation for Community Dance www.communitydance.org.uk
• IETM: the International Network for the Contemporary Performing Arts www.ietm.org
• Literature Across Frontiers www.lit-across-frontiers.org
• Opera Europa www.opera-europa.org
• PEARLE: Performing Arts Employers Association League Europe www.pearle.ws
• Relais Culture Europe www.relais-culture-europe.org
• RESEO: European Network for Opera and Dance Education www.reseo.org
• Team Network: European Network of Transdisciplinary Art Magazines
• TEH: TransEurope Halles – European Network of Independent Cultural Centres www.teh.net

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) www.circle-network.jaaz.pl
• European Association of Artists Managers http://aeaa.info
• European Association of Youth Orchestras www.eayo.org
• Eurocities – culture committee: the network linking city administrations www.eurocities.eu
• European Children’s Film Network www.ecfaweb.org
• European Concert Halls Association (ECHO)
• European Council of Artists www.eca.dk
• European Forum of World Music Festivals (EFWMF) www.efwmf.org
• European Federation of Young Choirs http://europeanchoralassociation.org
• European Federation of National Youth Orchestras www.efnyo.org
• European Mime Federation
• European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC) www.encatc.org
• European Network for Traditional Music and Dance (REMDT)
• EUnetArt – the network for arts and young people
• Europa Nostra www.europanostra.org
• European String Teachers Association www.estastrings.org.uk
• European Union of Music Competitions for Youth www.emcy.org
• Forum of European Cultural Networks
• Les Rencontres – network of local authority cultural officers www.lesrencontres.eu
• Network of European Cities of Culture
• Network of European Museums Associations (NEMO) www.ne-mo.org
• Pepinieres Europeenes pour Jeunes Artistes

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