Amateo is the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities that serves and promotes people’s participation in the voluntary and amateur arts. Founded in 2008 it includes today 50 national and regional umbrellas and associations from EU member states and programme countries. Amateo sees active participation in the arts as a core value for a free and open society as enshrined in Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Active participation in arts and cultural activities empowers individuals to freely express themselves and promotes cultural cohesion, social inclusion and active citizenship with an added value for humanistic and democratic values.

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The current members of the Amateo network are…

Austria 🇦🇹

IG Kultur Österreich[Interview]

Belgium 🇧🇪

Fédération Pluraliste des Centres d’Expression et de Créativité
Muziekmozaïek vzw
So! Art Association
Zinnema .

Bosnia and Hercegovina

Association of amateur cultural-artistic societies of Republika Srpska / Savez amaterskih kulturno-umjetničkih društava Republike Srpske (SAKUD RS)

Croatia 🇭🇷

Croatian cultural association[Interview]

Czech Republic 🇨🇿

National Information and Consulting Centre for Culture / NIPOS
Post Bellum
The House of Children and Youth of the Capital City Prague (DDM hl. m. Prahy)

Denmark 🇩🇰

Joint Council of Voluntary Arts Association
National Association of Voluntary Cultural Councils (KSD)
Music in the North, MIN
Musisk Oplysnings Forbund – DK (MOF-DK)
Danish Amateur Theatre Association
Interfolk, Institute for Civil Society

Estonia 🇪🇪

Sillamäe Society for Child Welfare

Finland 🇫🇮

Finlands Svenska Ungdomsförbund

France 🇫🇷

Maison des Pratiques Artistiques Amateurs

Germany 🇩🇪

kubia – Kompetenzzentrum für Kulturelle Bildung im Alter und Inklusion
Landesverband Amateurtheater Baden-Württemberg e.V. (LABW)


Voluntary Creativity CLG

Italy 🇮🇹

Consulta Periferie Milano

Montenegro 🇲🇪

The folklore ensebles association of Montenegro / Udruzenje folklornih ansambala Crne Gore (UFACG)

The Netherlands 🇳🇱

National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA)
Stichting Bewegend Beeld (Moving Image)
Factorium Podiumkunsten
Organisatie van Muziekverenigingen in Fryslân (O.M.F.)
Music Generations

North Macedonia 🇲🇰

Association for culture & art models / Youth Cultural Centre Ohrid (YCC)


CulturFACE – Associação Cultural Para o Desenvolvimento
Ideias do Levante – Associação Cultural

Serbia 🇷🇸

Amateur Art Association of Vojvodina / Savez umetnickog stvaralastva amatera Vojvodine (SUSAV)
Association Kulturanova

Slovakia 🇸🇰

Národné osvetové centrum

Slovenia 🇸🇮

Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities – JSKD Javni sklad RS za kulturne dejavnosti
Association (Union) of Cultural Societies of Slovenia Zveza kulturnih društev Slovenije


GEST, Plataforma Balear de Teatre Amateur

Sweden 🇸🇪

The Swedish Amateur Culture Council

United Kingdom 🇬🇧 

Fèisean nan Gàidheal
Fife Cultural Trust (ONFife)
Making Music [Interview]
Verd de Gris
Voluntary Arts[Interview]

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