Joint statements






We international cultural networks come together on a regular basis in Malta to share experiences and knowhow, to increase our cooperation and to discuss how we can better support the cultural sector. "The Value of International Cultural Networks" (download pdf) is our statement of why we are here and why we intend to stay. You are welcome to share and spread the message!

  1. We cultural networks, are proud to promote and facilitate all forms of international collaboration, and improve the access to arts and culture.
  2. As networks we build trust and nurture relationships across national borders that support people to overcome local as well as global difficulties and to exchange their ideas, knowledge and expertise.
  3. Our ‘raison d’être’ is to inspire, to be inclusive, to test new ideas and to pilot new projects, to help the culture sector to take risks and meet new challenges.
  4. Our strength is our members, thousands of organisations and individuals, working together, engaging with communities, learning from each other, sharing experiences and resources.
  5. Our role is to connect, bridge realities, coordinate joint efforts: we advise, we host, we mediate, inside our respective fields and beyond. 
  6. Networks share values and ethics: we empower arts organisations to develop and let creative workers grow, we introduce an international dimension and support grassroots players facing difficult political and economical times that threaten to marginalise them.
  7. We promote cultural equity, we defend the intrinsic value of the arts and advocate for the best conditions for heritage and contemporary creation to flourish and be accessible.
  8. We do this because we know arts and heritage play a prominent role to unleash the creative ability of people to shape and imagine their future.

Joint statement by: ARRE – Association of European Royal Residences, CAE – Culture Action Europe, ECHO – European Concert Hall Organisation, EMC – European Music Council, ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts, ETC – European Theatre Convention, EMCY – European Union of Music Competitions for Youth, Eurozine, Res Artis, OTM – On the Move, ECA-EC – European Choral Association - Europa Cantat, ENCC – European Network of Cultural Centres, IMC – International Music Council, IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts, TEH – Trans Europe Halles, RANN – Réseau Art Nouveau Network, FACE – Fresh Arts Coalition Europe, NEMO – The Network of European Museum Organisations, Triangle Network, RESEO – European Network for Opera, Music and Dance Education










24 European organisations and networks recently signed up for the newly created 2030 Alliance for Culture and the Arts and the group is still growing!

The aim of the Alliance is to put culture and the arts at the forefront of European policy making and into the strategic priorities of the Commission. Members of the Alliance strongly believe that the narrative of Europe is based on culture. Therefore culture and the arts – vital for our societies – have to be recognized and taken into account in the overall future strategies of the Union, such as the follow up of the Europe2020 Strategy. Meetings between the 2030 Alliance and European institutions have already started and will continue throughout the year.

Find more information on our website, including the appeal and the signatories.