The First World Summit brings for the first time networks of community cultural centers from across continents; the way so far has been done only continentally in Europe by the European Network for Cultural Centers. The event aims to gather experts from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America, as each participating country could bring two or more representatives, who are:

a) representatives of Ministries of Culture, which coordinate the sectors of community arts and/or if there is a national network of community cultural centers (often called “house of culture”);

b) representatives of the non-governmental organizations, associations, or networks of the above-mentioned community cultural centers/community arts organizations.

These national networks/associations may be: 1) governmental institutions; 2) NGOs; or 3) a hybrid system of two coordinating bodies (both NGO and Ministry), in which case we invite representatives of the two organizations per country.

The costs for accommodation and food for 1-2 selected participant per country are covered by the generous support of the Municipality of Veliko Turnovo. The conference venue is one of the best Turnovo hotels.

The potential participants in the World Summit are listed below:

3-First Bread House, Gabrovo, Bulgaria


National Networks:

  • Kenya, Bomas of Kenya Cultural Center – IFACCA member (; Kenyan Network of Cultural Centers coordinated by the Ministry of Culture of Kenya
  • Burkina Faso, Maisons de la Culture et de la Jeunesse (youth) and Maisons de la Femme
  • Mozambique, Casas de Cultura
  • Morocco, Maisons de la Culture
  • South Africa, GOMACC, Gauteng Organisation of Community Arts and Culture Centers (; National Federation of Community Arts Centers
  • Cameroon
  • Ghana


National networks

  • Thailand: Community Learning Centers network; other networks
  • Japan: Shizuoka National Cultural Festival; Tokyo Wonder Site – – Institute for Contemporary Arts and International Cultural Exchange
  • South Korea, Sarangbang Culture Club Network (Seongnam Foundation Project,
  • India: Kala Kendra centers network in the state of Rajastan and possibly other states, like Kerala; Khoj Workshops International Artists’ Association –
  • Indonesia, Jakarta Arts Council



  • Amateo: European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities (
  • European Network of Cultural Centers, ENCC ( The European Network for Cultural Centers (ENCC) members are:

1. Spain:

1.Casas de la cultura network (if there is such);

2. Catalunya: Network of Civic Centers, Centres Civics

3. ENCC associate member: Puertas de Castilla Centre for Culture, Murcia:

4. Spanish network of centers for live music, Asociacion Cultural Coordnadora Estatal de Salas de Musica en Directo, ACCES, with 195 venues (

2. United Kingdom:

– Arts Council – network of community (cultural) center or arts councils (whatever network there is)

– Bury Arts Service:

– Arts Development Service, Salford Community Leisure Limited:

3. Belgium:

– Association des Centres Culturels de la Communauté française de Belgique (ACC) , Belgium:

4. Netherlands:

– Rotterdams Centrum Voor Theater & Cultuurhuis Delfshaven:

5. Denmark:

– Kulturhusene i Danmark:

6. Germany:

– Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V.:

7. Austria:

– IG Kultur Österreich:

8. Croatia:

– Hzpou, Croation association for the education of adults:

9. Bulgaria:

– Chitalishte Union:

– AGORA, National Platform of Chitalishte (

10. Hungary:

– Kulturális Központok Országos Szövetsége (KKOSZ):

11. Poland:

– Network of Mazovia Region Cultural Centres:

12. Lithuania:

– Lithuanian Association of Cultural Centres:

– Lithuanian Folk Culture Centre


13. Latvia:

– Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA):

14. Estonia:

– Association of Cultural Centres of Estonia (ACCE):

15. Finland:

– Suomen kulttuuritalot ry:

16. Norway:

– Norsk KulturhusNettverk (NKN):

– Mediaverkstedet i Bergen (MiB):

17. France

1. FAMDT: Federation des Associations de Musiques et Dances Traditionnelles (

2. Federation Francaise des Maisons des Jeunes et de la Culture (

3. Fedurok ( of 77 structures for modern non-professional music, including the Federation des Scenes de Jazz; l’UFISC (

18. Holland, Community Arts Database (www.communityartdatabase.hl)

19. Italy, ARCI (Associazione Ricreativa e Culturale Italiana),, a network of more than 5000 community associations and “circles” (circoli); any other regional or national networks and organizations


National networks:


  • USA:

1. Community Arts Network – CAN (

2. Americans for the Arts,

  • Canada:

1. Canada Arts Council, Inter-Arts: Artists and Community Collaboration for Integrated Arts Program (

2. Canadian National Network of Creative Cities (

3. Community Foundations Network of Canada (