Are you making an impact through your creative group?

Apply for the Amateo Award 2020

Are you bringing people together with dance? Do people sing themselves happy in your choir? Is your craft circle breaking down barriers to inclusion?

If your creative group could inspire others to try something different, enter the Amateo Award and you could win 1,000 euros and a trip to the beautiful city of Vienna on 18 June 2020. Please share the call for applications far and wide.

AMATEO AWARD 2020 – open for entries until 31 March 2020  



Inspiring creative projects that are having a powerful, positive impact on their community.

In 2019 all 64 projects from 10 different nations were judged – from large scale events to first-time projects led by individuals. Previous finalists have included a Scottish group drumming to improve their mental health, a theatre production from Belgium involving amateur actors exploring the experience of aging, life-enhancing musical summer camps in Denmark and a project from Slovenia involving paintings based on fingerprints created by artists living with muscle-wasting conditions.


Completing the short Application Form will not take much time. If you know of other inspiring projects, please share this invitation or encourage them to apply. 

The Amateo Award 2020 is an opportunity for you to profile your amateur arts group or creative project to an international audience and, in turn, to make connections with participants, policy makers and funders from across Europe. Previous applicants have also found the Amateo Award gave increased recognition and support at a local level.

Hear more from previous winners Evelyn from Moving Ground in Belgium, the Amateo Award winner 2019, and Ingrid from OpRoet in The Netherlands, the Amateo Award winner 2018.

Ed Van Hoorn, F*** the System’ won the first Award in 2018, an amazing project from the Dutch city of Hoorn which united newcomers from Syria, Eritrea and Palestine. “We were very, very proud and honoured,” said Lyda Tijsen from Op Roet, the theatrical group which created the project.

The production had a profound impact on all those who took part including cast member Ayat from Syria: “Before Ed van Hoorn I was afraid, I was alone all the time, it was like living in the dark. But afterwards, my life is sunny. I met many Dutch people and made new friends.”

Evelyn, Moving Ground, Belgium – winner of the Amateo Award in 2019:

“After winning the Amateo Award we have gotten a lot of positive feedback from our community and a lot more support from the municipality. However, most of all, we gained a lot of confidence. Being a little, local project that got European recognition made us think bigger. In the near future we are starting up a festival where we want to network with different organizations that use dance as a tool for empowerment in the community.”

Amateo – the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities