Estonian Institute

The  Estonian Institute promotes cultural and educational cooperation and  spreads information about Estonian society and culture in other countries. Estonian Institute’s activities  include  cultural exchange,  publishing, information services, compiling and displaying exhibitions.  In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Research, the  Institute supports and organises the studies of Estonian language and culture in other countries. The Estonian Institute runs branches abroad, in Finland, Sweden and Hungary, and cooperates with Estonian embassies and cultural attaches. In order to promote information exchange on the web the Institute has established cultural portals: Estonica  and

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CUPORE – Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research

Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research (CUPORE) was founded on the initiative of the University of Jyväskylä and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to monitor developments in both Finnish and international cultural policy and to promote research in this field.  The foundation supports and carries out research on cultural development and cultural policies and it is involved in international joint projects. Its research areas include: public and private financing and  legislation,  artists’ and cultural workers education and training, employment and labour market positions and international mobility. It is also developing cultural indicators and cultural statistics. The Foundation operates using a relatively small group of researchers but finances research carried out on a contractual basis at universities research centres and by groups of experts.  The Foundation  works in close co-operation with the University of Jyväskylä’s cultural policy studies and it cooperates with the ENCATC network (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres).
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ECF – European Cultural Foundation

European Cultural Foundation (EFC) is non-governmental, autonomous, non-profit institution. It aims  to make a contribution to more open and inclusive society by  promoting cross-border cultural cooperation in Europe. EFC provides funding for cultural sector  through its grants programme.   It engages in advocacy campaigns that seek to deliver a  European strategy for culture.  Its focus on cultural diversity has evolved into a unified strategy called Narratives for Europe, that will be ECF’s primary theme for the coming three years in all its activities. ECF’s digital platforms ( and  provide information, social networks and resources for communities engaged with cultural activities in Europe. It is an European oriented organisation that is involved in cultural research, events organization, information services, financial assistance and advocacy.

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Foundation Oriente

Foundation Oriente is one of the twenty largest European foundations and a founding member of the European Foundation Centre (EFC). The Foundation Oriente aims at pursuing activities of a cultural, educational, artistic, scientific, social and philanthropic nature in Portugal and Macao that develop and continue the historical and cultural ties between Portugal and the Orient, specifically China. The Fundação Oriente is geographically active from Europe to Asia, and main areas of activity include: culture, education and science, philanthropy, and Macanese communities.

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Telemark Research Institute

Telemark Research Institute (TRI) is an independent, regionally based research institute with clients and projects throughout Norway as well as internationally. It acts at local, national and international levels. Its main activities include the dissemination of research and development results through lectures, papers and scientific articles.  Its main fields of interest are regional/rural development, economics, local government, information technology and geographic information systems, culture, cultural policy, sports, health and welfare, and environmental issues. TRI employs about 30 researchers. Its clients are ministries, directorates, counties, municipalities, regional councils, companies and organisations from around Norway, and it takes part in European research projects as well. TRI provides applied research by combining practice-oriented knowledge with high scientific quality. The Telemark Research Institute receives basic funding from the Norwegian Research Council and is also a member of FFA (Association of Norwegian Research Institutes).

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The Budapest Observatory – Regional Observatory on Financing Culture in East-Central Europe

The Budapest Observatory aims to facilitate research, collect, analyse, compare and provide information, establish contacts in areas that include the financing of culture, cultural policy, legislation and statistics in East-Central Europe. The main activities of Budapest Observatory include conducting research studies, organising events, conferences and seminars, lobbying at European level (EU institutions) and global level and providing information to cultural sector.

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Ilona Kish

Ilona Kish has been the Secretary-General of Culture Action Europe since 2003. In 2007, Ilona chaired the Civil Society Contact Group (, a cross-sector NGO grouping bringing together 8 large NGO platforms in Brussels. Previously, Ilona worked in the corporate commercial sector as an international project manager.  She has experience in publishing and holds a degree in Spanish and French literature from the University of East Anglia (UK).  She speaks English, French and Spanish fluently.

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Péter Inkei

Péter Inkei is the director of the Budapest Observatory and was formerly deputy to the Minister for Culture of Hungary, from 1996 to 1998. He has been a consultant for the Council of Europe (Mosaic project, cultural policy review on Albania, etc.), the Open Society Institute, the World Bank and other organisations. Between 2000 and 2006, he was a board member of CIRCLE (Cultural Information and Research Centres Liaison in Europe), and a member of the Steering Committee of the LabforCulture. He is the Hungarian expert for the Compendium on Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, and the author of several books and articles on cultural policy, cultural management and the impact of the EU’s cultural policies in Central and Eastern Europe.

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