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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 51 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 🇧🇪

Muziekmozaïek vzw
Vlamo [Interview]
Lasso [Interview]

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 [Interview]
Post Bellum [Interview]

Denmark 🇩🇰

Joint Council of Voluntary Arts Association AKKS

Estonia 🇪🇪

Sillamäe Society for Child Welfare [Interview]

Finland 🇫🇮

Finlands Svenska Ungdomsförbund [Interview]

France 🇫🇷

Maison des Pratiques Artistiques Amateurs

Germany 🇩🇪

kubia – Kompetenzzentrum für Kulturelle Bildung im Alter und inklusive Kultur | Centre for Creative Ageing and Inclusive Arts [Interview]
Landesverband Amateurtheater Baden-Württemberg e.V. (LABW)
Bundesmusikverband Chor & Orchester

Greece GR

To Spiti tou Theatrou / Theatrehouse network


Creative Lives [Interview]
Dublin City University – Age-Friendly

Italy 🇮🇹

Consulta Periferie Milano [Interview] 
Theaterpädagogisches Zentrum Brixen TPZ

The Netherlands 🇳🇱

National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA) [Interview]
Cultuurconnectie [Interview]
Stichting Bewegend Beeld (Moving Image)
Organisatie van Muziekverenigingen in Fryslân (O.M.F.)
Art-Fact [Interview]
Music Generations
PRA Muziektheater

North Macedonia 🇲🇰

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


CulturFACE – Associação Cultural Para o Desenvolvimento
Ideias do Levante – Associação Cultural [Interview]

Serbia 🇷🇸

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

Slovakia 🇸🇰

Národné osvetové centrum [Interview]

Slovenia 🇸🇮

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



Sweden 🇸🇪

The Swedish Amateur Culture Council AX [Interview]

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Creative Lives [Interview]
Fèisean nan Gàidheal
Making Music . [Interview]
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland [Interview]
The Yellow House
PAMIS [Interview]
Luminate [Interview]

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