Amateo Award Finalists 2021

The five finalists for the 2021 Amateo Award have been announced!

We are delighted to introduce the five creative projects led by amateur arts groups across Europe that will participate in the 4th annual Amateo Award ceremony in:

Milan, Italy, on Friday 29 October, from 6pm CET!

Featuring a great mix of art forms, these projects have demonstrated resilience and innovative ways of delivering creative activities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 finalists are:

The jury members who selected the five finalists were: Anasa Cultural Centre – 2020 Amateo Award winner (Social Circus Athens project, Greece), Saša Strnad – 2018 Amateo Award finalist (Touching project) and Sophie Dowden, Project and Fundraising Manager at the European Choral Association (UK).  


PAMIS, promoting a more inclusive society, is the only charity that solely supports children, young people and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and their families to lead healthy, valued and included lives doing the things they want to do within their community. They offer a range of projects and programmes including our multi-sensory storytelling and performance work with the volunteer arts collective The Arts End of Somewhere

Drama Express provides young people with complex disabilities the opportunity to access the performing arts within Cornwall. Drama Express aims to end the isolation of many young people with complex disabilities, linking the benefits of drama to maintaining positive mental health. Through nurturing the individual talents of its members, Drama Express recognizes the importance of creating, developing and sustaining peer group friendships through a shared experience of drama.

Volksgarten: from rejection to dream spot: In the summer of 2020, maiz made an intervention at the “Volksgarten” park in Linz, Austria. It was an initiative of the self-organized association maiz, in cooperation with Sounding Linz. The project proposes a navigation through a transcultural space that from a hegemonic perspective is often seen as an area of conflict. Unemployed, migrants and refugees are present at Volksgarten from spring to autumn, representing a social class, which finds no hearing in society. In this walk, maiz proposes a reading of this space through the convergence of sound and imagination. At the end, through the multiple re-enactment of this walk, participants became part of a shared space.

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Toonspeak created three distinct but complementary projects to support the incredibly vulnerable young people throughout the city of Glasgow through: Creative Calm, Access to Digital Creativity and Projects by Post. In launching this response programme, the group wanted to maintain critical relationships with the young people and within Toonspeak’s community, to support digital creativity and to support the wellbeing and mental health of the young people.

People come to Europe from all over the world in search of a new life. This is particularly evident in Brussels. To celebrate this diversity and welcome asylum seekers, poet and author, Sarah Reader Harris, and musician and songwriter, Marieke Slovin Lewis created “On the Move: Poems and Songs of Migration”, a participatory arts project for creative and cultural exchange between longtime residents of Belgium and those who have just arrived.

The award ceremony will be a hybrid event, taking place in-person at Palazzo Castiglioni in Milan and online via our Facebook page. Make sure to set a reminder for the live streaming and join us from the comfort of your home… wherever you are in the world!

We’re wishing the best of luck to all five finalist groups! Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates from the awards ceremony on Friday 29 October, 6pm (CET)


The Amateo Award celebrates excellence in the voluntary and amateur arts, meaning those activities led by the community for their own benefit. Over the past three years, we have been shining a light on various groups and projects tackling social inclusion, innovation, diversity and local heritage through arts and creativity. 

Last year, 64 projects from 16 countries across Europe applied for the Amateo Award 2020 and featured activity focused on young people, older people (including those with dementia), those with different cultural or migrant backgrounds and projects to improve the community or environment. Five groups were shortlisted by the jury. Read more about the 2020 finalists.


CONNECT2021: Connect to the unexpected

Maribor (Slovenia), 12-14th November 2021

CONNECT is an interactive programme offering an opportunity for cross-cultural collaboration, developing projects with partners and creative exchange through interdisciplinary workshops.

In 2021, the theme is ‘CONNECT to the unexpected’, and the focus will be on all sorts of community arts. Join us 12th – 14th of November to explore these themes, develop collaborative Pioneer Projects and apply for one of three grants of €2500 to develop these with partners.

Parallel with this organisers’ programme, there is an active workshop programme for enthusiastic non-professional artists from all disciplines, all age groups and all kind of communities. This year we offer two workshops:

LIVING POSTCARDS – Tamás Bakó and Márton Debreczeni

What are our options for personal and complex messaging, storytelling in today’s digitally overwhelmed social context? We will play with the possibilities of GPS triggering, motion stills, multilayer audio scapes, photo spheres with hidden codes and messages, and find out our personal version of a digital postcard.
Tamás Bakó, dancer, teacher, choreographer. Member of numerous companies, Ismael Ivo, Marco Santi, Hodworks, Artus, freelance dancer and choreographer of many productions. Winner of Stuttgart Solo dance festival. Leading teacher of contemporary dance and contact dance improvisation in Budapest Dance Academy, teacher of professional contemporary dance schools, like SEAD / Salzburg, P.A.R.T.S. / Brussels, Manufacture HES-SO / Lausanne.
Márton Debreczeni director, teacher. Member and director of Kompania and Artus Contemporary Arts Studio. Cross-field artist working with dance, fine arts, film, augmented reality. Choreographer for Budapest Philharmonic, composer of music for theatre performances and sound installations. Drama, and theatre in education teacher.

Postcards from home Maribor – Photini Papahatzi

What is HOME? Where do you feel like HOME and why? How does it feel in your new home? What do you miss? Is there an object that makes you feel HOME? A gesture, a movement, something abstract? Where is home? What does home mean? What does it symbolize and how is it defined? What is the role that the home can play in people’s lives? Ηome as an origin, as a natural environment, as the body itself, as the neighbourhood, the place, the country, the nation…

The concept of home provides a framework for a wide variety of photographic studies. At a time when migration is a daily event globally, we are returning to the concept of home, and in particular of the Hestia (Mythology).

‘Postcards from home’ is an international art community that reflects and creates on the theme of home. Postcards from home brings together local communities, refugees, immigrants and artists to reflect, create and send a postcard on the idea of HOME. Each postcard has on one side the picture taken from the participant and on the back side of the postcard the story of the photo, along with the details of the participant, if he/she want to share them. Visit to see what home is for other people on this planet!

The overall vision with this workshop: To reflect, create and share your stories and photos of what home means for you and become a part of this international community. The workshop is addressed to everyone who wants to bring their experience, their thoughts and creativity on the concept of home: anything from the home tradition and customs that was left behind or brought forward, the family archive, the new home; a person that feels like home, an idea, an object or a memory.

Photini Papahatzi born in Athens, Greece is a cultural manager, certified non-formal learning adult trainer and a visual artist. Since 2016 she organizes the project “Postcards from home”, which she created during her fellow shop at START Create Cultural Change program (2016) and since then she organises the homonymous interdisciplinary workshop in collaboration with photographers, curators and organisations in various parts of the world.
In 2021 she implements the research project “Postcards from home: Geography of feelings” with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. In 2020-2021, as a founding member of NGO Artifactory, she is working on the implementation of the project “Art + Culture vs Xenophobia” in the framework of Active Citizens Fund, of the EEA grants. She is a partner of AMAKA with which they implement the topos: Lefkada in 2020-2021.
She has organised and participated in contemporary art exhibitions (most recent: 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2018, and The Provinces , TAF Athens 2019) and in photography exhibitions in NY, Cuba, UK, Germany, Greece, FYROM, Russia and Croatia. Her works are held in
private collections in Greece and abroad. Her book “Elevador” is in the collection of the New York & Beinecke International Book Collection & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, USA. She is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece. Website:

*Organisers are asked to follow ALL program except workshops
*Workshop participants are asked to follow ONLY the parts of the program marked in red

DAY 1: Friday 12th November

Before 18.00 Arrival
18.00 – 18.30 Welcome
18.30 – 19.30 Dinner
19.30 – 21.00 Evening programme

DAY 2: Saturday 13th of November

10.15 – 11.15 Organisers’ programme: Keynote speaker Karin Bürkert

Dr. Karin Bürkert

Dr. Karin Bürkert is senior lecturer at the department of Cultural and Historical Anthropology (Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft) at the University of Tübingen. She teaches and conducts research on the valuation of arts and culture in rural and urban areas, intangible cultural heritage, visual and material anthropology, popular culture, and historical ethnography.

False Friends and Best Buddies: Arts and Culture in Rural Areas

What do we actually mean by rurality? What ideas and discourses have historically accompanied the topic of culture in rural areas? The keynote gives a basic overview of discourses and practices around culture and rurality and discusses pitfalls of overly simplistic alliances and dichotomies.

Dr. Karin Bürkert

11:15-12:30 Connect Block 1
World Cafe – Creating “Community art” – Various tables and Speed dating
09:15-12:30 Workshop Block 1

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:45 Workshop Block 2
13:30 – 15:00 Connect Block 2
Presentations of the good practise examples

ANASA (Winner of the Amateo Award 2020):

Anasa Cultural Center is a nonprofit, grassroots, civil society organisation working to eliminate racism, exclusion and discrimination, and promote multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue among peoples, while focusing greatly on the art forms of the African continent and its diaspora. Anasa started operating in 2010 and acquired legal status as a non-profit organisation in 2012 based in Athens, Greece. Since the beginning of our actions we have been working on empowering and integrating, through arts and culture, Greeks and young people of migrant descent who were either born in Greece or came as immigrants or refugees. ANASA offers a wide range of arts, such as circus, music, dance, singing, literature, narration, theatre, painting and gastronomy, and implements pedagogical programs and solidarity actions throughout the school year. The founders of Anasa are youth of African descent who have been born and raised in Greece and who are constantly working towards racial equality in Greece, always through the powerful tools of performing and fine arts. Nowadays Anasa has built a wide audience from different cultural backgrounds and collaborates with young professionals of Greek and migrant descent regarding administration, social media, and artistic events. The Social Circus Project is an arts and culture initiative which uses circus techniques to share the beauty of skill, art, team work, and self-discipline to youth locals of Greek, migrant or refugee backgrounds. Trainers in circus arts, such as juggling, monocycling, acrobatics, stilt technique, and rhythm games have come together to share their knowledge with youth aged 12-18 who were born and/or grew up in Greece or who arrived in the country recently. Conceptualized in 2014 and trying out some local circus meetings with Roma youth, the social circus team officially started doing outreach programmes in 2018 in refugee shelters, asylum centres, and camps around Athens, Greece. This led to a weekly 3-hour training in 2019 open to all kids of migrant or Greek origin in Kerameikos area. In the summer of 2020 the Social Circus Project of Anasa won the Amateo Award for its voluntary aspects on amateur arts for youth. At the moment the project is trying to launch an online version with tutorials and virtual meetings.

The Yoram Loewenstein acting school

is located in the most neglected neighbourhood in Tel- Aviv, “the neighbourhood of hope”. The uniqueness of the school is in the combination between the highest level of professional acting studies with community work in the neighbourhood where the school is located. Few such institutions exist around the world. As part of the training to become professional actors, the acting students are committed to lead 300 participants in 19 drama groups within the community such as: children and youth at-risk, children with special needs and emotional problems, youth with mental problems, youth at risk youth from the religious sector, elementary schools in the neighbourhood, blinds and partly blinds, senior homeless youngsters, prisoners’ children and many more. Our youth at risk groups represented Israel in an international festival around the world. Our community works empower the neighbourhood residents and gives them tools for individual growth and development. Furthermore, the studio operates subscription project for the residents of our neighbourhood, who can attend the shows which are produced in our theatre hall. For most of the people in the community it is the first time in their lives to see theatre. By attending our shows (which are played by the third year acting students) they are exposed to the best classic and modern
theatre repertoire. Halil Itzhak graduated at the Yoram Loewenstein Acting Studio in 2000. He has featured in numerous television shows and commercials. He has performed in various theatres: Habima national theatre, Herzliya Theater, Tzavta Theater, Tmoona Theater and in various children’s theatres. Since 2003 he has been working at Yoram Loewenstein Performing Arts Studio as a Community Program Coordinator (working with children at risk, elderly, people with disabilities, youth at risk, migrants, homeless youngsters and more). Halil led international workshops – “from imagination to improvisation” (Thailand, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria and more).

Cultural society Stična

Cultural society Stična has over 100 members in its groups. It involves theatre, music, folklore and instrumental activity and Festival Stična, which is the society’s overall project. The theatre section has three groups: adult, youth and children group Drzne in lepi, in the last years each group does one theatre production and hosts with it throughout the year in the wider area. Since 2004 the Folklore group Stična has been extremely successful, which attracted a lot of youth; besides numerous performances in Slovenia and abroad the group also prepares an annual independent evening concert. In 2010 was formed also youth group. The singing section is increasingly re-developing. For several years a male vocal cast Boys Octet and mixed choir Zborallica are also a big part of the Cultural society Stična. In 2012 the String orchestra of Cultural society Stična was established which brings together musicians from the Ivančna Gorica municipality. The big band was established in 2017 and is led by the Slovenian musician Mr. Braco Doblekar. He played in well-known bands in Slovenia as are September, Hazard, The Generals and others. Two years later joined to society also etno folk group Gross upi. All members and all the sections of Cultural society Stična have Festival Stična in common. Festival Stična should marked its twentieth anniversary in 2019, but because of virus COVID-19 it was not possible. Since 2006 festival became international. More than 250 native and foreign artistic groups performed on the stages of Stična. Through theatre, music, art and other events Festival Stična educates and promotes creativity, innovation, multiculturalism and unrecognized local artists.

15:00 -15:45 Break
15:00 -15:45 Slow dates

15:15-18:30 Local Safari + coffee break
18:30-19:30 Dinner
19:30-21.00 Performance/concert/…

DAY 3: Sunday 14th of November

09.15 – 10.00 Designing of projects
09.15 – 12.30 Workshop Block 3
10.00 – 10.45 Organisers’ programme: Keynote speaker Branka Cvjetičanin

Branka Cvjetičanin

Branka Cvjetičanin, General Artistic Programme Manager of „27 Neighbourhoods“, a flagship program within Rijeka 2020 EcoC. She is an intermedia artist, curator and cultural worker. She is working on a different artistic and cultural programs in rural and post-industrial areas in Croatia and internationaly where she brings together artists and communities in creative practice, where dialogue and art practice meets social visibility. In 1999 she initiated the idea of the Polygon – an organisation as a format of experimenting the organisation structure and setting up the space for artistic-antropological research – Branka Cvjetičanin studied various forms of performing arts, site-specific theater direction and art production (MAPA Amsterdam, Internship @Oerol Festival Terschelling). She holds the PhD on UN Urbanism from the Bauhaus Kollege Dessau.

10:45-11:15 Break
11:15-12:30 Final work on project ideas

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Workshop – preparation for the final presentation
13:30 – 15:00 Presentation of the projects

14:30 -14:45 Break

15:00-15:30 Presentation of the workshop

*Amateo can make changes to the programme in the future due to practical and logistic reasons


To register, please complete this form. This will provide the introductory text for all participants and support you to link with potential partners.

Participation fees:

The cost will be € 200 per person for the organization’s programme / € 100,– per person for the creative workshop (this participation fee includes food and shared accommodation in Maribor, a small number of bursaries will be available for those unable to pay).
Online participation is €35
. Following payment, access to all conference materials and sessions will be provided.

We recognise that many organisations and individuals are struggling financially at this time, so we can offer a limited number of sponsored places.
If you would like to apply, please email:

CONNECT2021 is an initiative of Amateo’s Art Take Part Pioneers Projects, organized together with JSKD and with financial support of Creative Europe and the Culture of Solidarity fund

ReSTART: Amateo annual conference 2021


Milan, Italy & online
29–30 october 2021

Save the date for our thirteenth Amateo Annual Conference – reSTART – ‘European Culture’s Development (RE)STARTS from the PERIPHERIES’

As we approach the end of the fourth (and final) year of the Arts Take Part programme, we are pleased to let you know that we are proceeding with the Milan event as a ‘hybrid’ conference with both face to face and online access!

The conference on EUROPEAN CULTURE’S DEVELOPMENT (RE)STARTS FROM THE PERIPHERIES will take place from 29th-30th October 2021 in Milan, Italy and online.

Peripheries are not just a local, regional or national theme, but a global one and their creative industries do have the potential to thrive, contributing to the reshaping of the cities. Culture and amateur arts, for instance, can offer original approaches for tackling what are often referred to as social problems, developing positive relationships between people from different backgrounds, nationalities and neighborhoods and helping urban regeneration and social cohesion.

This will be the last conference before the end of our four-year “Arts Take Part” project, so it will be great if everyone can join and celebrate with us!

Conference locations:
DAY ONE: Palazzo Castiglioni (Orlando room), corso Venezia 47, Milano (Underground 1 Palestro)
DAY TWO: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Via S. Agnese, 2 (Underground 1 Cadorna)

[Please note: as you may expect, any arrangements with venues are subject to change due to coronavirus restrictions. We will update attendees if there are any changes to venues.]

Arrival date: Thursday, 28th October

Friday 29th October

10:00 – Opening & welcome

10:30 – Keynote speeches and discussion
Beate Kegler (Germany) – biography
Tamara Schoppert (Netherlands) – biography
Moderated by Jim Tough, Amateo

12:00 – Best practice examples of work from across Europe
– The common in community, Blaž Babnik Romaniuk (Slovenia)
– Project Oberhausen, KITEV (Germany)
– Towards a cultural system in the peripheries of Milan, CPM (Italy)

13:00 – Lunch

14:00 – Arts Take Part: Growing the Connections
– A presentation of the future plans of Amateo and opportunities to be involved in our work

15:00 – Cultural field trip in Milan

16:30 – Free time

18:00 – Amateo Award ceremony 2021 (special event)
– followed by dinner and social gathering

Saturday 30th October

10:00 – Workshops (choose one)
See details of the workshops

13:00 – Lunch

14:30 – Dream session
– Presentation of good ideas and proposals for cooperation

15:30 – Speed dating
– Networking opportunity to develop potential international cooperation

16:30 – Close

Departure date: Sunday 31st October


  • To register to attend in Milan or join online, please press the registration button below and complete the short form
  • In order to book workshop accommodation and secure the hotel accommodation, we need your response as soon as possible

We are able to subsidise at least 15 places for Amateo member organizations to attend the event. We can offer up to 80% of your travel, accommodation and subsistence costs to a maximum of €450. Please indicate in your application whether you require this support. 

If you are planning to attend please ensure that you meet all the travel requirements that you require for entry to Italy and return to your home nation.

Event hosted by:
Amateo – The European Network for Active Participation in Culture
Consulta Periferie Milano

DIY – Do It Yourself

Check out our video!

Amateo as the European network for active participation in arts and culture recognizes the great creative potential of people across Europe and wants these talents to be seen.
is a project, aimed at all of you, who want to present your artistic creativity and talent in a short video to help others learn new skills.
Summertime is a good time to try something new – after a long and difficult pandemic winter, now is a time to relax and find new inspiration!

Amateo invites you to try DIY – Do it Yourself videos!

It’s really easy to take part and show your artistic skills and creations:

  • Follow our instructions and make a short video (up to 2 minutes long).
  • Inspire people from all around Europe with your tips & tricks while practicing your artistic skills.
  • Fill in the google form and enclose the link to your video.

DIY project has different sections for music, dance, theatre and puppets, arts & craft and a lot more! So, whatever you are up to, you’ll find your space at DIY! All approved videos will be presented via Amateo communication channels.
The very best videos will also be presented at the Amateo conference in October in Milan, Italy!

Amateo General Secretary – Job Opportunity

We are excited to be announcing the recruitment of Amateo’s first ever
General Secretary

The position will have a key role working with the board of our growing network as we take forward a new Business Plan aiming to build on the success of the Arts Take Part project. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of a network that is committed to supporting active participation in culture for all of our citizens.

  • Deadline: 5pm, Friday 16th July 2021
  • Interviews (via Zoom): Thursday 22nd July 2021

The full details:

 If you want to have an informal chat about the role please contact

As part of our work to highlight and promote the importance of our network we have commissioned a new short film. Launched at our well-attended General Assembly on the 11th June, we would encourage you to share this within your own networks to help us to raise the profile of this vital aspect of European cultural life.

‘Connect, Challenge and Celebrate – participatory culture in Europe’

online event – Friday 11th June 2021
1:00pm – 2:30pm CEST (12:00pm – 1:30pm BST)

Amateo is pleased to invite you to attend an inspirational event that will share innovative thinking and practice from colleagues working in participatory arts in the European cultural sector!

Many of us feel that during the pandemic the opportunity for active participation in culture is more important than ever. Our speakers and performers will help inspire and celebrate this work – and look to the future. As part of our campaign to raise the profile of the work of our network we are inviting the culture ministers from European countries to join us and find out more about the impact and importance of this work. We know that they are busy people and this is an ambitious request, but every great movement starts somewhere!


1:00pm | Introductions and Welcome

1:10pm | Tania Banotti – Director of Creative Ireland

Tania Banotti holds a Master’s in film in television from Dublin City University and studied politics and economics in Trinity College Dublin. She is a founder and former Chief Executive of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI). She has also worked for the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA).

In June 2018, Tania Banotti was appointed as the Director of Creative Ireland, the Irish Government’s five-year plan to place the creative arts at the heart of communities throughout Ireland. The vision and intent of the Creative Ireland Programme is to promote collaboration between different levels of government and engagement with the broad cultural sector, creative practitioners, creative industries and the public. There is a need to encourage dialogue on how the Cultural and Creative sectors can engage the Irish public on climate change and in undertaking climate action, and to make themselves an essential part of the climate narrative.

1:25pm | Jasmina Ibrahimovic – Director of International Community Arts Festival

Jasmina Ibrahimovic (b. 1984) is a Bosnian-born theater director, dramaturge and teacher in the field of community arts, living and working in The Netherlands. In 2010 she obtained her Masters in Contemporary Theater and Dance Studies at Utrecht University. She previously worked as a practice researcher at Community Arts Lab XL (CAL-XL) and was involved in Domain for Art Criticism in the workgroup ‘the quality of community arts’. She also worked as advisor theater, amateur art and community arts at the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).

She is currently the artistic director of Rotterdam Community Theatre (Rotterdams Wijktheater) and the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF). She regularly gives lectures and workshops to art schools in the Netherlands about the essence of community art and the role of art in society. Since mid 2016 she has been a board member of the oldest community theatre group in the Netherlands; Stut Theater, and of one of the most renowned side specific theatre groups; PeerGroup. Jasmina is also a member of the international Leadership Circle of IMPACT-Imagining Together: Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation.

1:40pm | Plenary – a chance to share responses and ask questions

2:10pm | Live Performance from Amateo participants
A live performance event by groups that have been involved in Amateo’s Arts Take Part project

2:30pm | Ends

Amateo Award 2021 – open for entries!

Are you making an impact through your creative group?

Dance, theatre, street art and more – all participatory arts projects run by amateur groups across Europe are welcome to enter!

If your creative group could inspire others to try something different, this is the best way to spotlight your achievement!

Get the chance to win 1,000 euros and a trip to the beautiful city of Milan in October 2021. Help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity far and wide!

AMATEO AWARD 2021 open for entries until 31 May 2021!


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

The culture and creative sector has been severely challenged in recent times. In the year 2020 a lot of projects had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the creative sector has innovated rapidly, notably with accelerated digitization. We are even more determined now to put the spotlight on all the projects (both live and online) that have found solutions to give participants the chance to be creative, show off what they do and encourage others to take part.

Last year, 64 projects from 16 countries across Europe applied for the Amateo Award 2020 and featured activity focused on young people, older people (including those with dementia), those with different cultural or migrant backgrounds and projects to improve the community or environment. Five groups have been shortlisted by the jury. Read more about the 2020 finalists.

Read full Terms & Conditions for Amateo Award.


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 2021 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.

Throwback to 2020 Winners

The Social Circus project by Anasa Cultural Center in Greece has been awarded the 2020 Amateo Award in an online ceremony with participants from all over Europe. Read more about last year winner.

Amateo – the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities

Postcards from Home

Join our European exchange and connect across the continent

From NoVember 2020 – OCTOBER 2021
Amateo invites citizens from across Europe to take part and connect, through the creative exchange of ‘Postcards from Home‘.

The first postcard:
‘Home is…’

Sharing what home has meant for you currently through words and images

The second postcard: ‘Home was…’

Sharing a memory of home (an image, story, smell that brings back a person or place that meant home to you) in the past

The third postcard: ‘Home will be…’

Sharing your vision of home for the future

Join Postcards from Home creative workshops online

26-30 November 2020

LAUNCH conversation and THREE workshops including Lockdown Portraiture, Textile Landscapes and Postcard Journal Bookbinding broadcast live from Galway (Ireland), European Capital of Culture 2020


Online Creative Workshop, 15 December: Traditional Lithuanian ‘Sodai’ craft


Re-re-CONNECT: Join pioneer projects sharing their activity


Online Creative Workshop, 28 January: Picture Sonnets


Cut-out Animation: Animate postcards with a smart-phone or tablet


Online Creative Workshop, 1 March: Indo-persian Miniature Painting


CONNECT meeting prior to live event

JUNE 2021

‘CONNECT The Unexpected in our online residency from Maribor (Slovenia).

‘Home’ and the Postcards from Home contributions from across Europe, will inspire new participatory creative works that blend art-forms.

Find out more and register for CONNECT to the Unexpected

Take Part

Step 1

Post your first postcard….
Missed the NOVEMBER 2019 deadline?

Share it with us via Facebook
(See terms)


Receive your postal partners first postcard with their address

Join the creative workshops online (see below and register for updates)

Step 3

Continue your exchange of postcards.

Register for CONNECT to the Unexpected

Postcards from Home project is supported by funding from Culture of Solidarity programme led by European Cultural Foundation

Amateo Award Winner 2020



The Social Circus project by Anasa Cultural Center in Greece has been awarded the 2020
Amateo Award
in an online ceremony with participants from all over Europe. In the winner, the jury especially loved the great spirit and passion.

“The project is authentic and resonates right to the heart. It shows a mix of creativity and human aspects. A team of voluntary trainers work with all kind of different skills and artforms with young refugees from all over the world. The person we interviewed has experienced the power of the project itself.”

Social Circus (Greece)
Social Circus

The winners described what this project means to them:

“Social circus and circus skills in general always involve a challenge. You are challenged to learn to ride a unicycle. You are challenged to break your fear of heights and go on stilts… You are challenged to exceed yourself. You go beyond what you think your limits are.

We thought that the social circus is a way where youth can understand that there are enormous capabilities when you are trying. So through the medium of art you are learning to be persistent. To empower yourself. Because you see that the only thing that is stopping you is your mind.” 

– Social Circus

You can read more about Social Circus on

Some 64 projects from across Europe competed for the €1,000 prize which celebrates exceptional amateur arts projects. The finalists from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Slovenia and The Netherlands were all represented at the online announcement of the winner.

The Amateo Award is in its third year and was launched by Amateo, the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities in Europe. The Award has been part of the Arts Take Part project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The 2019 Amateo Award was won by Moving Ground from Belgium.

#Double4Culture Campaign

Amateo, the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities, is joining with other members of the Culture Action Europe network in calling for European Council to urgently consider substantial increases in the EU budgets supporting culture and the Creative Europe programme for the coming years.

Through our work supporting grassroots creative participation across Europe, we see the incredible positive effects this has for individuals and communities. Our network helps participants and professionals to connect through culture across borders and find common ground and mutual understanding. This kind of cultural unity is desperately needed to face the challenges of the coming years and adequately supporting Europe’s collaborative cultural sector is a necessary first step in ensuring that this important work can continue in challenging times.

Amateo supports the statement of Culture Action Europe calling for the doubling of the Creative Europe budget, and to ensure that funds from the Next Generation EU initiative support cultural activities and practitioners in the recovery from the current pandemic.

We encourage Amateo members and supporters to sign and share the new petition below or on the CAE website ahead of the European Council meeting on 19 June 2020.