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European Diploma in Cultural Project Management

Call for Applications

Organized and managed by the Fondation Marcel Hicter and supported by the Council of Europe, the European Diploma in Cultural Project Management is a pan-European training programme arising from the will to foster cultural diversity as well as transregional and transnational cultural exchanges. Each year, around 25 professionals from 20 countries take part in the European Diploma. Since 1989, 400 cultural managers from 41 countries (from Europe, the Middle East, Canada, etc) followed this course. Its objective is threefold:

  • to strengthen the knowledge of cultural managers about European, national and regional cultural policies;
  • to improve the cultural managersí skills to run cultural co-operation projects; and
  • panel discussions, and
  • to develop a network of European cultural managers.

The training is best suited for cultural managers from public and private organizations who are actively involved in the management of cultural and artistic projects in their region, with at least 3 years experience. The age limit of applicants is 45. The programme is organized so that the participants carry on with their professional activities. It lasts for one year and is organized in 3 phases: 2 residential sessions, a comparative study and an evaluation plus seminar phase:

  • Residential Sessions - Two sessions of a fortnight each take place in two different countries each year. The next training session, will be organised in Berlin (2 weeks in May 2007) and in Sicily (to be confirmed) in October 2007. The themes to be discussed, are: Europe and culture; project management, cultural cooperation, operational management of cultural projects, fund raising etc.
  • Back to the Field - Between the residential sessions and the evaluation phase, the trainees return to their jobs in their countries, and in parallel work on their own project. They also have to do a comparative study visit in another region of Europe.
  • Evaluation/Seminar Phase - This one-week phase takes place each year at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi (Greece). It includes the presentation of the participantsí projects and the organization of a thematic seminar. It will take place in June 2008.

Most of the expenses for this training programme are covered by the organizer and its partners. Each participant or the organisation he/she works for, will pay a fee of 3.000 EUR. The training languages being English and French, applicants must be fluent in one of these two working languages and have a good passive knowledge of the other.

The deadline for application is 15 January 2007. Application forms are available at www.fondation-hicter.org.

Contact: Fondation Hicter asbl, 2 Place M. Van Meenen, 1060 Brussels, Belgium; tel.: +32-2-6418980; fax: +32-2-6418981; e-mail: contact@fondation-hicter.org; www.fondation-hicter.org