Partners Bridging social capital by participatory and co-creative culture

Eight organisations from seven countries with different experience and knowledge and different areas of interest make a strong partnership on the subject. Following organisations take part:
Interfolk (DK), Kulturelle Samrad i Danmark (DK)Fundacja Alternatywnych Inicjatyw Edukacyjnych (PL), Educult (AT), Voluntary Arts (UK), JSKD (SI)LACM (LV) and LKCA (NL)


Interfolk, Institute for Civil Society is a Danish non-profit association and private research institute, founded in 2008. Interfolk is member of DANFØ – the Baltic Sea NGO Network, Denmark; BNAL – the Baltic Network for Adult Learning ; AMATEO, the European network for Amateur Arts; and IPCP – the International Platform for Citizen Participation.

The overall aim is to promote humanistic and democratic learning capacities in a civil society context. The main objectives are

  • to promote liberal adult education and cultural learning that focus on personal autonomy, active citizenship, social inclusion, and cultural cohesion;
  • to create partnerships with Nordic and European associations within liberal adult education, NGO-activities and the spheres of amateur arts and voluntary culture;
  • to ensure that the objectives of lifelong learning adhered to by the European Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers also continues the best of the intentions of the Nordic-European tradition of Enlightenment and Bildung.

The activities of Interfolk include research, surveys, development projects, courses, seminars, debate activities and other cultural activities – in a Danish, Nordic and European context.


DENMARK – Kulturelle Samråd i Danmark, KSD

Kulturelle Samråd i Danmark, KSD, is the national association for local voluntary cultural councils which you find in most of the Danish municipalities.
The aim for the national association is to improve the conditions for the voluntary cultural sector. KSD assists in establishing new local councils, perform advisory services to the local cultural councils, arrange courses, meetings and conferences, and manage different development and mapping projects in a Danish, Nordic and European context. In addition to that, KSD handle the contact to the authorities and participate actively in the cultural debate, publish newsletters, a journal twice a year and books about the voluntary cultural sector.

KSD also cooperate on a national basis closely with the rest of the cultural voluntary associations and is represented in many boards, assemblies and committees.



Voluntary Arts works to promote and support active participation in creative cultural activities across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Across the UK and the Republic of Ireland there are at least 63,000 voluntary arts groups, regularly involving more than 10 million people participating voluntarily in creative cultural activities: this activity is, and will continue to be, a critical part of both the bedrock and the grass roots of the cultural life of our communities and nations.

Voluntary Arts was created in 1991, in response to a need identified by government and the voluntary arts sector, to provide a universal voice for the voluntary arts across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Today Voluntary Arts has about 20 staff and more than 60 volunteers working across five nations. It provides information and advice services, undertakes lobbying and advocacy work and delivers, and support the delivery of, projects to develop participation in creative cultural activities.

Voluntary Arts manages and hosts the annual Epic Awards – an opportunity to shine a light on groups and projects which exemplify excellence within the sector. It is a key partner in running the Get Creative Festival – a new merger of the former Voluntary Arts Festival and the Get Creative campaign. This new festival is delivered in collaboration with the BBC, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland, Arts Council Wales, Crafts Council, Fun Palaces, 64 Million Artists, Creative People & Places and Family Arts Campaign.

It is a founding member of Amateo, the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities, which is currently delivering a four-year project within the Networks strand of the Creative Europe programme.



Fundacja Alternatywnych Inicjatyw Edukacyjnych (FAIE)
Foundation of Alternative Educational Initiatives

FAIE is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 2011. The main goal is Life Long Learning promoting – developing one’s own abilities, predispositions, interests – both in personal and professional life. Another goal is to promote and support vocational and personal development through culture and art, also to protect and keep the cultural heritage as a part of national identity.

From the beginning FAIE supports development of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by designing, developing, conducting and testing training and advisory programmes aimed at preparing and realizing quality international projects. FAIE realizes advisory for NGOs on possibilities of their development and development of their members/ workers/ volunteers. On regular basis there are also on-line researches realized to design and test new support programmes for supporting international, partner cooperation of NGOs.

Another group strongly supported by FAIE the seniors, Third Age Universities and other organisations & informal groups gathering seniors and working for the benefit of seniors. FAIE cooperates with several Third Age Universities on regular basis.

FAIE also works in the field of democratic empowerment realizing research and proposing solutions.

In the field of arts & culture FAIE develops support for craftsmen at promoting their works and keeping the cultural heritage, also, in modern forms. There is a cooperation with several craftsmen associations established. Most of them are active in the rural areas. FAIE has also started to prepare a guide for alternative culture places in the region (private museums, art galleries run by NGOs etc.).



EDUCULT is an independent, non-profit research institute with a long expertise in the analysis, evaluation and assessment of Austrian and European educational and cultural policy. Through research EDUCULT aspires to initiate discussion and raise new questions. Dialogue is essential – therefore we include discussion-based methods and involve relevant stakeholders into our work whenever applicable. Our interdisciplinary competences and our international network of experts allow us to design tailor-made concepts.

Therefore EDUCULT supports:

  • Cooperation between education, arts, culture and scientific institutions on the individual, institutional and political level
  • Knowledge-exchange in the field of cultural education, cultural participation and access to culture between different levels and institutions
  • Awareness-raising for the importance of cultural education and participation through public discussion and dissemination activities

These aims are reached by:

  • Methodological research, analysis and evaluation of projects, programmes and initiatives
  • Service and consultation activities for the implementation and development of programmes
  • Exchange and dissemination of research results

EDUCULT carries out national and international cultural policy research projects in the area of arts and cultural education, with the aim to provide reliable data for evidence based policy. Besides, we implement participative projects.



JSKD (Javni sklad Republike Slovenije za kulturne dejavnosti / Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities) was established in 1998 as a national organization in the field of amateur culture. In Slovenia there are approximately 5000 cultural societies, associations and groups, which reunite over 100.000 adult members engaged in cultural activities. JSKD is a nationwide network (59 regional branch offices and the headquarters with an expert unit) and a professional service enabling multidirectional interaction between cultural societies, local communities and public institutions.

Regional offices are combined into 10 regional units (in all major cities), which coordinate and implement regional programs. The spatial dispersion and integration into the local environment are key to balanced development and crucial for networking on the regional, national and international level.

JSKD supervices the implementation of the national cultural program for various activities ranging from vocal and instrumental music, theater and puppets, folklore, dance and film to visual art and literary activity. Work in these areas also includes cultural education and introduction of new practices. In addition, JSKD carries out the procedures for co-financing of amateur cultural programs and projects, organizes events (festivals, competitions, concerts, exhibitions, etc.) and publishes professional literature (books, magazines, music collections, …) covering all topics of creativity in amateur art. The majority of the programs are carried out through a pyramid scheme (local, regional and state level) – systematic selection that promotes qualitative development.

JSKD provides advocacy for active participation in culture and is involved in the preparation of the legal bases and guidelines in all interest areas.

On the international level JSKD cooperates with other national organizations in various EU programs and projects. It is also a member of numerous international professional organizations and networks dealing with amateur culture. From 2011 onwards JSKD has headed the Secretariat of the Union for Choral competition Gran Prix of Europe. JSKD is a member of the European Network for active participation in cultural activities AMATEO. The network acts as a representative body and an information platform at the European level and linking socio-cultural organizations representing the interests of amateur cultural organizations across Europe and promotes their integration into the European cultural programs.



The Latvian Association of Castles, Palaces and Manors (LACPM) was founded on June 6, 2000 and currently brings together 105 members. The main objectives of the Association are:

  • to preserve the Latvian cultural heritage and promote the unique cultural heritage value and environment of the estates by research, renewal, maintenance, and adaptation for use;
  • to promote the development of tourism, cultural and creative industries and the related infrastructure and services in the castles and estates;
  • to expand the availability of castles and manors to the public and to strengthen the awareness of the cultural heritage of society and to promote public participation in the protection of cultural heritage.

Members of the LACPM may be legal and natural persons whose work, property or interests are related to the preservation of the cultural heritage, the management of castles and manors in Latvia.

LACPM is an institutional member of the association “ICOMOS Latvia”.



National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA)

Who do we work for?

LKCA is for everyone who is committed to education and participation in culture and the arts, both within the education system and beyond. Anyone working in or involved with these sectors can benefit from the expertise and opportunities for active knowledge exchange that LKCA offers.
We help a wide range of people, including art teachers, internal culture coordinators and coaches, education officers within cultural institutions, policy officers, politicians, researchers, school managers, and administrators in the education sector and in umbrella organisations for the amateur arts. Volunteers working in areas such as the amateur arts can also consult LKCA for information.

Our ambitions:

  • facilitating high-quality, active cultural education, both inside and outside school
  • encouraging active cultural participation that is available and accessible to all
  • increasing support for cultural education and participation
  • connecting cultural education and active cultural participation with society as a whole.

Our activities:

  • Meeting fellow professionals through LKCA. LKCA organises conferences and network meetings on specific topics and brings professionals, policy makers and administrators into contact with each other.
  • Knowledge development and exchange: website, publications, social media. The LKCA website provides independent information on cultural education and participation in the broadest sense of the term.
  • LKCA conducts independent research on developments in cultural education and participation. The institute can undertake this research on behalf of all decision-makers in this field. We help shape political and public opinion by providing stakeholders with information, both unsolicited and on request.

LKCA is located in Utrecht and employs 66 people (48 FTEs). It is organised as a foundation, with a board of directors and a board of supervisors. The director of LKCA is Sanne Scholten. LKCA is part of the Dutch Cultural System and receives funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for its nationwide support of the education and amateur arts sectors. LKCA adheres to the Cultural Governance Code.