The European Cultural Centre
A cultural organization founded by the Dutch artist Rene Rietmeyer and originating back to 2002. Today we are a continuously growing group of mainly young people who like to make a positive difference, because we care. We care about humans and about what should happen with our world, about where we should go. Of course, we are aware that we can only make a small difference, but we want to do our best, doing nothing is not an option.
We 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 about serious topics. We try to bring people from very 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, like 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 headquarter is in the Netherlands.