European Cultural Association
European Cultural Association (Avrupa Kültür Derneği) is an independent non-profit NGO based in Istanbul aiming at strengthening cultural communication, cooperation and exchange at local national and international levels for raising cultural awareness and development of the society.
European Cultural Association has been established in March 2003 by individual members of diverse professions who give great importance to the roles of culture within the society.
Since its establishment, European Cultural Association has been dealing with the issues of cultural management and policies and focussing on strengthening the role of the non-profit, independent cultural actors within the sector by networking among themselves, by means of creating links with other disciplines and sectors; building international links, integrating into European networks, producing and exchanging knowledge as well as advocacating. The tools to achieve those objectives are meetings, conferences, seminars, forums, artistic, cultural and educational projects.
European Cultural Association has lead in 2003 the foundation of a platform of cultural representatives of the European countries in Istanbul, namely Europist Multinational Cooperation Platform aiming to develop and implement joint projects with European perspective in collaboration with Turkish organizations and institutions. The platform which has developed several projects with European Cultural Association still meets regularly.