RECcORD is a research and action project that invites people with a strong connection to a cultural centre to participate in the collection and creation of new knowledge about cultural centres. As a participant you will - as a part of a team of 20 colleagues - be trained by researchers and then posted in a cultural center in another country for at least 10 days. Equipped with the right tools and a clear mission you will have to seek out and document important new information about participatory activities in both the cultural centre that you visit and the centre you come from.

Practical information

If you want to participate in the RECcORD project as a Cultural Recorder you can read about all the practical issues here.
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The RECcORD researh project and the European Network of Cultural Centres is about understanding and developing cultural participation and therefore also open for cooperation with new partners on European level.
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Who are we

The Reccord project has been developed by four partners who represent cultural centres on local, regional, national and European level. The project is a European Capital of Culture - Aarhus 2017 - Denmark project
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Everyone with a strong connection to a Cultural Centre in Europe can apply for participation. And if your cultural center would like to host a Cultural Recorder that is of course possible to.
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RECcORD … a research and action project

Reccord is a research project that invites people with a connection to cultural centres to participate in the collection and creation of new knowledge about… participation! As a participant you will be trained by researchers and then posted in a cultural center in another country for at least 10 days. Equipped with the right tools and a clear mission you will have to seek out and document important new information about participatory activities in the cultural centre you come from and the one you visit.

Being a Cultural Recorder… and part of the team

In total 20 persons from all over Europe will be chosen as ‘Cultural Recorders’ and all of you will be sent on a mission in order to gather information on behalf of researchers connected to the University of Aarhus in Denmark. Before your mission you will all meet for a 3 day intensive training course in the huge cultural center Godsbanen in Aarhus - Denmark. Here you will meet the researchers and the partners in the project and they will brief you in on the objectives of your mission and equip you with all the tools and skills you need to accomplish it.

Researching cultural participation, inclusion, identity … or ?

When working in a cultural centre you tend to think that you know all there is to know about cultural centres. But fundamental and important questions are still to be answered more clearly by you, your colleagues and the researchers. What is a cultural centre in Europe actually about? Are they as important institutions as we like to think? Are they too different to be compared? What kind of participatory activity is the best, and how can professionals in cultural centres learn from one another? These are some of the questions we hope to find the answers to, and together with the team and the researchers you will present the results in a three day conference at the cultural productioncentre Godsbanen in Aarhus, Denmark the 17th to 19th of May 2017.

Who can join?

In order to be a part of the project you need to have a close connection to a cultural centre and you need to be able to speak and write English. You can be a volunteer or an employee but your cultural centre needs to officially approve your participation and to pay a deposit that will be returned when your mission is accomplished. At the same time your cultural centre needs to agree to host a cultural recorder. There is no guarantee that someone will actually come to stay in your centre, but the centre needs to be available in case it is chosen to be researched by a cultural recorder.



"European network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) ENCC currently comprises 14 national networks from 12 countries (included three sub national networks Belgium) plus 10 associated members (local networks and individual cultural centres). Together they represent 3000 cultural centres with more than 15.000 employees, thousands of volunteers and 40 million visitors per year. The ENCC was founded in 1994 and has its administrative office in Brussels and are supported by the EU Creative Europe Program. ENCC takes a unique position in the global field of European networks: Representing a large range of local cultural institutes, in rural, urban and metropolitan areas; Supporting networking between cultural centres on all levels and build bridges between cultural workers. What all members have in common is the commitment to arts and culture as a possibility for individual and communal development in society and the belief that networking in support of this development brings strength and solidarity to organisations across borders - be they local, regional or national."

"European network of Cultural Centres (ENCC) "

"The national association of Danish cultural centres "Kulturhusene i Danmark” is an NGO with 90 cultural centres as members. The association was established in 1987 with all activities funded by the members and since 1999 partly funded by the Danish Ministry of Culture. The general aim of the society is to strengthen and develop local artistic and cultural activity based on democratic and participatory qualities. Kulturhusene i Danmark distributes relevant information to and between the members, politicians, civil servants, experts and others with an interest in the area. This is mainly done by organizing public meetings and conferences of current interest. Kulturhusene i Danmark furthermore provides consultancy to members of the society as well as to local authorities regarding all sorts of problems in connection with management or establishing of cultural centres."

"Kulturhusene i Danmark"


"Cultural Production Center Godsbanen (GB) With open workshops, studios, project rooms, theatre stages, auditoriums, dance halls and much more, Godsbanen provides every opportunity; whether you want to stage a week long theatre festival, practice your dance moves or perhaps host a meeting. If you don’t have any interest in culture at all, you are also very welcome. We have an excellent and very affordable café/restaurant, which is open for everybody at all hours, and our roof is open access and provides an amazing view. The buildings used to host one of Denmark’s largest train freight yards, and the old buildings are renovated with respect for their history. In GB you will also find artist residencies for up to approx. 30 persons at the same time."

"Cultural Productioncenter Godsbanen"

"Aarhus University (AU) is a Top 100 university with more than 11000 full time employees and 38.000 students contributing to the development of national and global welfare via outstanding research and world-class degree programmes. AU is organized into 26 interdisciplinary schools/departments including The School of Communication and Culture (CC). With about 150 researchers and 50 PhD-students, CC is a strong and fruitful base for internationally wellknown research in arts and humanities. The Reccord-project will be carried out by researchers from CC’s interdisciplinary research programme in Cultural Transformations. Cultural Transformations is a highly dynamic and advanced research programme hosting several international projects and networks for junior and senior scholars. It further plays a leading role in AU’s cooperation with the European Capital of Culture in Aarhus (2017), exploring cultural participation and art as a transformative generator for cultural, social and democratic innovation."

"Aarhus University"