United by common values and approaches, the Cultural Encounter Centres share:
– A diverse and open approach to heritage (both historical and natural) and the strategies for promoting it;
– As laboratories for research and experimentation, they offer spaces where different disciplines and sectors can meet (arts, society, economy, sciences, environment etc.);
– Open to their territories, they are places for sharing knowledge, for training and education (both formal and informal) and for debate;
– Often located outside the major urban centres where development and investment is concentrated, the Centres are predominantly situated in rural areas, where they seek to contribute to more resilient, sustainable and balanced models of development.
The network of Cultural Encounter Centres aims specifically to:
– Allow the sharing of experience, good practice and analysis around the re-use of heritage for contemporary purposes;
– Facilitate experimentation in innovative ways of promoting heritage, notably through a programme of artist and researcher exchanges and the development of collaborative projects;
– Observe, disseminate and promote the re-use of heritage for contemporary purposes and its contribution to the smart, sustainable and inclusive development of societies and territories – within the cultural and other sectors as well as alongside national and European organisations.