Relais Culture Europe

Relais Culture Europe is French non-profit making association that offers expertise and training to professionals as regards setting up networks for their European initiatives, finding partners or taking measures that may further the development of cooperation and mobility projects in Europe. Relais Culture Europe also provides guidance to  project managers as well as government agencies at the national, local and regional levels involved in pan-European cultural cooperation projects.

It acts as a Cultural Contact Point for the “Culture 2000″ programme, for the key action “The City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage” as well as for the programmes relating to the Information Society, and launches awareness campaigns and provides documentation and information on all of the European Community programmes and European networks.

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Felix Meritis

Felix Meritis is an independent European centre for art, culture, science as well as an (inter)national meeting place in Amsterdam that aims to stimulate and reinforce the (international) relations between the arts, media, education, sciences, culture, politics and trade.  It provides the European public with a space for reflection and connection, a home in which they can  network and be surprised. Under the motto ”Connecting Cultures” the Centre fosters the European dialogue and takes part in national and international cultural networks. Through deeper understanding and dialogue with different groups in Europe and the world, Felix Meritis strengthens the insight into and understanding of the European cultural integration process among citizens of Amsterdam, Europe and the world. In Felix Meritis art, culture, philosophy and politics are matters of everyday life. It continues the values of the Enlightenment  that led its founders (40 citizens) to erect one of the grandest buildings on the Keizersgracht with Holland’s oldest purpose-built concert hall (opened in 1788).

Felix Meritis has initiated many international projects, such as Gulliver Connect, Essay International,  The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer UniversityKuhnya, the Network of Centres for European Culture and Debate (NCECD) and many others.

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ASK – Centre for Research on Management and Economics of Arts and Culture Institutions

ASK Centre (Art, Science and Knowledge) has been founded at Bocconi University, Italy, with the aim of carrying out both theoretical and empirical researches and promoting cultural planning and cultural institutions management activities. The Research Centre is focused on activities and sectors significantly characterized by the relationship between Arts and Economics, and in particular:

  • Economics, management, conservation and valorization of cultural goods and heritage, artistic and cultural traditions and productions.
  • Economics, management and social promotion of cultural industries, such as publishing, media, and the film industry.
  • Economics, management and valorization of leisure/entertainment and tourism activities.
  • Urban and territorial valorization (Art cities).
In that context, the research areas include Contemporary Art, Cultural Heritage, Festivals and Events, Cultural Industries and Intellectual Property.
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Elisabeth Mayerhofer

Elisabeth Mayerhofer is a freelance cultural researcher, cultural manager and university lecturer. She holds a MA in German, French and Spanish Philology from the Universities of Graz and Vienna and MBA in International Arts Management from University of Salzburg.   She is a managing director of IG Kultur Österreich.  Previously, she worked as a program manager at VHS - Wiener Volkshochschulen, senior researcher at MICA – Music Information Center Austria and guest researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam.  Elisabeth is a member of the Advisory Board of Open Space Open Systems and a member of the Editing Board of Kulturrisse. Her research interests are cultural and artistic labour markets, cultural and creative industries, gender studies, cultural policy and arts management.


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AEC – Association of Cultural Economics

AEC is a non-profit organisation, based in Italy,  with diverse goals in the cultural field that aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of cultural economics and policy issues and stimulate greater efficiency in governmental programmes.  It promotes a balanced and sustainable economic exploitation of heritage and promotes partnerships between the public and private sectors in order to support cultural ‘goods and activities’. AEC cooperates with international, European, national, local and and foreign institutions and agencies, both public and private.

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KULTINDEX is a Budapest based non-profit  NGO,  established in 2005.  Its mission is to help the cultural sector in Hungary by providing high quality services to its cultural operators. Its main activities include: consultancy; trainings and seminars; and organising events targeted to experts in the field of education and culture. KULTINDEX provides  knowhow  in writing applications for national and international, especially European, calls for proposals. Besides writing the applications and tenders it also offers consultancy on project management, on writing final reports  and also on finding international project partners.  It has developed  various trainings for cultural operators in Hungary including “EU and Culture” and  “Training on how to write an application”.

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Therese Kaufmann

Therese Kaufmann is a co-director of the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies in Vienna (eipcp), and one of the editors of the multilingual web journal transversal. She currently coordinates the research project Creating Worlds (2009-2012). She was coordinator of the transnational art- and research project “translate”: Beyond Culture: The Politics of Translation (2005-2008).   She also took part in the project team of republicart (2002-2005). Therese is a member of the editorial board of the journal Kulturrisse.  She teaches regularly on cultural policy and cultural theory. From 2003-2006 she was a board member of  Culture Action Europe and has a interest in EU cultural policy and transnational cultural policies in general.  She graduated in German literature and art history at the University of Vienna and in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College / University of London. She has published  books Borders, Nations, Translations and  Nach Bourdieu: Visualität, Kunst, Politik.

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Monika Mokre

Monika Mokre is  a research fellow at the Institute for Cultural Studies and History of Theatre, Austrian Academy of Sciences and lecturer at the Institute for Cultural Studies and Cultural Management, University of Music and Performing Arts, the Rosa-Mayreder-College, and Webster University Vienna as well as  lecturer at the M.A. Programme  Cultural Production  of the University of Salzburg and Mozarteum. She is a chairman of eipcp ( European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies), board member of FOKUS, the Austrian Association for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies, board member of Mediacult (International Research Institute for Media, Communication and Cultural Development) and deputy chair of the Advisory Panel on Cultural Diversity of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO.  Her research areas include  European Democracy and Public Sphere, Cultural Politics and Financing of the Arts, Media Politics,  Gender Studies.

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Gerald Raunig

Gerald Raunig is a philosopher and art theoretician who lives in Austria. He works at the  Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and at the eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies). He was coordinator  of the transnational eipcp research projects republicart (2002-2005), transform (2005-2008) and Creating Worlds (2009-2012). Raunig is a member of the editorial board of the multilingual webjournal transversal  and the Austrian journal for radical democratic cultural politics, Kulturrisse.  Among  his recently  published books in English are: Art and Revolution. Transversal Activism in the Long Twentieth Century, Art and Contemporary Critical Practice. Reinventing Institutional Critique,  A Thousand Machines,  and Critique of Creativity.


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Sylvia Amann

Sylvia Amann holds a degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and Sorbonne University in Paris. She completed her education with postgraduate studies at the Institute for Communication Science in Vienna. Sylvia Amann works as an expert for national ministries, regional authorities and European institutions and networks  on integration of culture and creative potential in EU funding programmes (especially EU Structural Funds and Programmes for rural development). She is a researcher and consultant specialised in strategic planning for the creative industries and was responsible for related mapping and benchmarking activities for several European regions and cities.  Ms.  Amann  is also a policy adviser developing local and regional creative policies.  She designs and moderates international and interregional conferences on creative and cultural issues related to urban and regional development.   She worked on EU culture policy since 1995, first on regional level and later as project manager at Culture Action Europe in Brussels. In 2000, she founded her consulting company inforelais.  She is part of several networks like the Advisory Borad Cultural Development Plan Linz, the Export network of the arge creativwirtschaft Austria and the Central European Cultural Cooperation( EEIG).

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