To become a Centre culturel de rencontre and join the European Network of cultural centres in historic monuments, candidates must develop an artistic and scientific project within a major site in such a way that there is an interaction between the two dimensions – a relevance which makes sense as much in terms of the historical, architectural and social perspectives of the monument as in the cultural positioning and the artistic uniqueness of the project. Integrating the issues of audiences, tourism and the economy, the future Centre may also act as an instrument of development for the territories it covers and a model in its field. The development of the project may draw on the expertise of the ACCR as well as existing Centres.
Each applicant prepares a summary report describing the approach, the centre’s cultural, artistic and scientific project, its development at a national and international level and its regional presence. It should also describe the monument and its proposed redevelopment, public and private development partners, budget estimates over three or five years, and finally the ownership of the monument, the envisaged legal structure and the professional management team put in place.