Transnational cultural projects

ENCATC is actively involved in transnational cultural projects on a variety of topics from training for cultural managers, museum audiences, digital exhibitions, artistic mobility and more! Scroll for information on: 2018 - 2020 Heritage Pro / 2018 - 2020 Traces, “TRansnational Accelerator for a Cultural and Creative EcoSystem” / 2017 Learning on intangible heritage: building teachers' capacity for a sustainable future... and more!

EU Heritage - Skills for promotion, valorisation, exploitation, mediation and interpretation of European Cultural Heritage (2019-2021)

EU HERITAGE is an Erasmus+ funded (Sector Skills Alliances) transnational initiative bringing together 10 partners from 7 EU countries. Through an interrelated set of eight WPs, partners will jointly address the shortage of transversal and transferableand digital skills in the field of heritage promotion, valorisation, exploitation, mediation and interpretation. 

The project partnership will work over the next 36 months (2019-2021)to create a new transnational curriculum for cultural heritage operators working in the field of heritage. The curriculum that will be jointly developed will focus in particular on digital skills, transferable and transversal competences, soft skills, and skills connected to “experience tourism” in the field of cultural heritage.

EU HERITAGE will focus on an experiential approach and will deploy a cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary methodology that will enhance the potentials of connecting the heritage sectors with other sectors.

2018 - 2020 Heritage Pro

ENCATC is proud to be part of a European consortium for a new project “Heritage Pro” selected for funding under the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Cultural heritage management all over Europe is done in silos of knowledge as the disciplines are neither trained nor experienced to cooperate in a pre-defined and professional way. The need is to develop an interdisciplinary approach based on professional disciplines as well as on social skills.  This was identified as an urgent need in the EU report “Skills, Training and Knowledge Transfer: traditional and emerging heritage” (published in 2017) linked to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Starting on 1 September 2018 and lasting for 24 months, this project aims at developing a curriculum and training scheme for public and private heritage managers who are not necessarily restorers or conservators by education, but have to manage tasks with very different professional groups, including “traditional” heritage preservation actors like art historians, restorers, conservators, architects and town planners as well as craftspeople, construction companies and real estate developers. A special need has risen during the last years by finding mechanisms for involving volunteers in the most satisfying way for both parties. The project will also strengthen new key competences in continuing VET and will focus on work-place learning by a particularly participative approach to heritage preservation.

The project consortium is composed of ENCATC along with Kultur und Arbeit e.V., a knowledge provider based in Germany; the Spanish Association of Cultural Heritage Managers, an Independent, non-profit organization in Spain; Uppsala University in Sweden; Entwicklungsagentur Rheinland-Pfalz, a Regional development agency in Germany; and the Institute for Property Research, a real-estate developer organisation based in Austria.

2018 - 2020 Traces, “TRansnational Accelerator for a Cultural and Creative EcoSystem”

The University of Salento - Department of Management and Economics, a member of ENCATC, is the lead beneficiary of this project in cooperation with two Italian partners, the Tecnopolis Science and Technology Park of Bari and the Creative Apulia Cluster Association, and two greek partners, the Hellenic Management Association and the Chamber of Achaia. Associated Partners are ENCATC – European Network on Cultural Management and Policy and the Foundation for Ethical Finance.

TRACES project, financed under Priority Axis 1 – Innovative and Competitiveness, with a budget of about 1 Million euro, takes place from 30 March 2018 - 30 March 2020. It  focuses on cultural and creative micro and small and medium enterprises (CC MSMEs) in Apulia and Western Greece regions and addresses the common challenge to promote creative entrepreneurship as a key contributor to competitiveness across all economic and social sectors.

Traces will develop a creative service exchange ICT platform, where creatives can share services between Greece and Italy. The project will implement 10 Local Atelier, 5 in Puglia and 5 in the Region of Western Greece as public spaces to reuse according to the Apulia Urban Lab Model to offer co-working and cross-fertilization services. In addition, the 1st edition of the creativity trade fair, as a biennal event, will be organized,  where creatives, entrepreneurs and stakeholders  will involve  in a creative networking business trip across Puglia and Greece.



Ufficio Comunicazione e URP - Università del Salento, Loredana De Vitis +39 0832 292247

 Regione Puglia - Joint Secretariat Communication Officer, Carmela Sfregola +39 3493916007;

Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme is an European Territorial Cooperation Programme that aims to help public institutions and local stakeholders to develop cross-border projects and pilot actions and to create new policy, products and services, with the final goal to improve the citizens’ quality of life. Strategically, the programme will enhance innovation in a number of fields such as blue growth, tourism and culture, agro food and cultural and creative industries. Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme aims to get maximum return from EUR 123 million financed per 85% by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and per 15% by the 2 member states through a national co-financing.

2017 Learning on intangible heritage: building teachers' capacity for a sustainable future

The project “Learning on intangible heritage: building teachers' capacity for a sustainable future” is implemented by ENCATC under UNESCO’s Participation Programme 2016-2017 and in partnership with 3Walks-Cultural Research, Training and Knowledge and Social Transference. 

A new vision of cultural heritage is gaining prominence. For this reason, UNESCO encourages integration of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) in training programmes for future decision-makers and professionals in related fields, such as heritage studies, cultural management or sustainable development. However, despite international recognition of ICH and its critical importance for sustainable development, the theme has been largely neglected in relevant studies in almost all the word regions. 

The aim of this project is to revisit the training programmes of universities, as well as to strengthen their capacity building in ICH and, by doing that, help UNESCO raise awareness about the 2003 Convention and its purpose. 

The main outcomes of this project are:

  • Map of the programmes currently offering education on cultural heritage and ICH in all European countries, at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level.
  • Report on the analysis of the mapping of higher education programmes offering education on cultural heritage and ICH, including recommendations for further insertion of ICH into higher education curricula.
  • UNESCO-ENCATC Round table “Learning on intangible heritage: building teachers' capacity for a sustainable future” (Milan, 5 December 2017), and proceedings of the Round table.
  • Special issue of the /encatcSCHOLAR on higher education and ICH.

2017 - 2019 CONNECT

CONNECT is a Knowledge Alliance that promotes innovative cooperation between universities and enterprises in the cultural sector across Europe.

During the project a new Twin-track programme in audience development for students and practitioners working in arts management will be designed and launched by a transnational team of 54 researchers, teachers and trainers in 5 national hubs in Spain, UK, Italy, Denmark and Poland, each one composed by higher education institutions and private cultural organisations. The programme is based on multidisciplinary training modules mixing formal and informal learning methodologies and digital resources. Parallel running sessions will introduce audience development theory, practice and philosophy, transfer management and strategic skills, and develop entrepreneurial skills through a mentoring and coaching scheme matching students and professionals in practice-based learning activities.

Over the course of 36 months, 3 universities from ES, PL, UK, 5 private organisations from IT, ES, DK and UK, 1 public body, the City of Warsaw and 1 major EU network from BE, will join efforts to CONNECT students and practitioners to the real-world job market by developing entrepreneurship and leadership skills.

CONNECT will achieve the following results:

  • A new Programme with a Mentoring and Coaching Scheme for the development of transversal skills, reflective practice, entrepreneurial mind-set to adapt to continuous change in the labour market.
  • 2 Summer Schools and 2 EU forums in audience development.
  •  Impact: 100 staff professionals, up to 80 researchers/teachers/trainers for up to 500 learners.
  • A EU platform with new digital resources supporting audience development internationally, by drawing on academic sources and in-work practice.
  • A mutually supportive network and learning community of academics, practitioners and students in the arts management field.
  • An innovative model of cooperation between universities and cultural organisations.

2014 - 2016 European Cultural Leadership

The aim of European Cultural Leadership is to develop an educational program that provides an increase in capacity, skills and knowledge for leaders in the European cultural field. Using three dimensions of cultural leadership – operational, contextual and processual – as a frame or starting point we will prioritise a number of strategic areas and use this as a basis for developing the course in cultural leadership.

2013-2016 ADESTE: Audience DEveloper: Skills and Training in Europe

Bringing in new audiences and retaining loyal followers is crucial for the health and sustainability of the cultural sector. With the complexity of such a challenge how can Europe support cultural managers and practitioners responsible for attracting audience development? What are the skills and attributes these “audience developers” need to successfully expand their institution’s reach? How can they implement audience development policies while keeping their current cultural consumers loyal and happy? How can “audience developer” skills, attributes and best practice be adapted and transferred to different cultural sectors and countries in Europe?

These are some of the questions explored by the ADESTE (Audience DEveloper: Skills and Training in Europe) project. 

2013-2015 -Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe

Europe’s cultural heritage – built and natural ‐ has a huge value for Europe’s economy, society and environment. To this end there is a need to develop an EU strategy for cultural and natural heritage ‐ a strategy that values heritage as a crucial asset and resource. Such a strategy should be fully integrated within the EU’s key economic priorities as set out in the overall EU strategy for 2020. It should also enable heritage’s contribution to the EU agendas on sustainability, Creative Europe, research and innovation, climate change, energy saving, regional and rural development and territorial cohesion.

2011-2013 CREA.M - Creative blended mentoring for cultural managers

CREA.M - Creative blended mentoring for cultural managers

The CREA.M project (2011-2013) is supported by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning programme under the Leonardo da Vinci development of Innovation programme and aims at mapping the competences needed in the cultural sector by involving different stakeholders and from there elaborating a creative blended mentoring system deployed into learning outcomes to foster creativity, entrepreneurship, and intercultural skills for the beneficiaries.

Download the CREA.M brochure: English // Français

2010: May to December Museums and Municipalities

An initiative of the ENCATC Thematic Area ‘Museums in Europe’ funded by the European Commission under the budget line Policy Grouping.  It aims to reflect on the role of museums Future in Europe.

2009-2013: Trans Europe Express

In partnership with ENCATC member, Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France, TEE was launched in 2009 with the aim to give international experience to cultural management students. Students prepare a 10 day tour in another European city to meet with cultural operators and professionals, establish contacts and organise study visits to deepen their understanding around a chosen theme. Taking the European Union’s 2011 European Year of Volunteering as their inspiration, 19 cultural management students began preparing their itineraries, meetings, and visits to one of 8 European cities to have a better understanding of youth engagement and volunteering in the cultural sector. TEE blends practical skills of fundraising and project organisation with a methodological component needed for theme content development and research analysis. TEE students will travel and carry out their fieldwork in January 2012 to be followed by a publication of their findings and experiences

  • TEE 2012 (N° of pages: 15 - Language: French)
  • TEE 2013 (N° of pages: 13 - Language: French)

2008-2010 Artists Moving & Learning

"Artists moving & learning" (October 2008- October 2010), is a project financed by the European Commission under the framework of the Lifelong Learning Program, - Multilateral Projects, Networks, Accompanying measures.
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