Voices of Culture

Voices of Culture

About Voices of Culture

“In the European Agenda for Culture, adopted by the Commission, set out three strategic objectives, namely the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, the promotion of culture as a catalyst for creativity and the promotion of culture as a vital element in the Union’s international relations. It also introduced two tools for cooperation in the field of culture at EU level: the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) with EU Member States and a Structured Dialogue (SD) with civil society. […]

Through the Structured Dialogue, the Commission maintains a regular dialogue with civil society. During this process, stakeholders provide key ideas and messages that can also be shared with the relevant OMC experts. This dialogue with the culture sector provides a framework for exchanging views and information, and ensures that the voice of civil society organisations is heard.

From 2008 to 2013, the Structured Dialogue has been made up of two complementary strands: the European Culture Forums and the Civil Society Culture Platforms (Intercultural Europe; Access to Culture; Cultural and Creative Industries).

The Forums were organised by the European Commission every two years, with the last edition taking place on 7-8 December 2017 in Milan. However, as of 2015, the second strand of the Structured Dialogue has taken another form, with the launch of Voices of Culture” (Voices of Culture).


Selection & Process

In partnership with Município de Vila do Porto, SQx and Carmen were selected to participate in the structured dialogue on “The role of culture in non-urban areas of the European Union.”

The Brainstorming meeting for the topic will place on the 4th & 5th of February 2020 at Fagus-Werk in Alfeld, Germany.

The Dialogue meeting for this topic will take on the 22nd of April 2020 in Brussels, Belgium

A full list of the other selected organizations is available here, which includes Netzwerk Kultur & Heimat, Germany, with whom we are collaborating on our forth coming European Cooperative Project.



Through an open call for tender, the European Commission selected the Goethe Institut, Brussels to contribute to the implementation of the Voices of Culture project.