The European Cultural Centre
The European Culture Centre is a cultural organization founded by the Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer, originating back to 2002. As of today, we are a caring young group of professionals who are continuously growing together to make a positive difference. We are compassionate for the people of the world as well as the ways in which we go forward in this world. Of course, we are aware that we can only make a small difference, but we strive to do our best, as we believe doing nothing is not an option.
We have created a dynamic organization which continues to establish more cultural centres devoted to cultural exchanges, organizing worldwide exhibitions, symposia and all kinds of cultural projects with not only Europeans but people from all around the world. This is to create awareness, to strengthen our cultural commons, to cherish our uniqueness and to learn about the qualities within our differences.
We believe that progress is best made by raising a deeper awareness of serious and significant topics. We try to bring people from a variety of different cultures together in the hope that we will all learn from each other. Naturally, we have our own opinions and we do like to promote our own values, values in which we strongly believe. Nevertheless, we are a non-political and non-religious organization, open to all people, to all points of view, for as long as they respect the freedom, the dignity and rights of every single living being.
Our own publications are an important part of our activities, by not only documenting our events and projects but also by presenting different points of view, different ideas, from people originating from many different cultures. Our publications are raising awareness about the topics Time-Space and Existence, thus building up and making visible a platform for theoretical and artistic perspectives on culture.
The ECC-South Africa is part of the larger European Cultural Centre worldwide Satellite network and benefits from all its global partnerships with educational and cultural, governmental and non-governmental institutions, such as Museums, Foundations and several other private initiatives. The ECC is in the continued process of establishing Satellites in different parts of the world. Our aim is to enlarge our network of cultural entrepreneurs, to create exhibitions, publications, videos and other cultural activities. The ECC has today established centres in Italy, Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, India, South Africa and the USA. The European Cultural Centre headquarters is in the Netherlands.