Network for those who believe that

Active Participation in Cultural Activities

  • should be better acknowledged for its importance to art, society, and individuals by politicians, bureaucrats, researchers, opinion leaders, and professional artists
  • should be recognised as worthy of support from national and EU institutions
  • should be encouraged by the reduction of bureaucratic obstacles.

AMATEO Conference and General Assembly 2015 in Finland

'Youth! Arts! Sharing Youth Arts Models of Practice Across Europe'

The 2015 AMATEO Conference and General Assembly was held in Helsinki, Finland from May 25th - 27th. The conference Youth! Arts! Sharing Youth Arts Models of Practice Across Europe was embedded in a larger "Seminar on Cultural Youth Work and its development". It was arranged by six different independent and municipal organisations in Helsinki and nationwide. The aim of the conference was to bring together best practices on cultural youth work and art education and also develop concepts even further. At the seminar, around 100 active planners and executors from all around Finland were present.

Speakers from different member countries brought good practices on amateur arts and art education for children and youngsters.

Click HERE to find more information and to consult the presentations of the workshops and speakers.


AMATEO memorandum april 2014

This memorandum reflects the input and support of the members of our organisation and is intended to give profile to a largely undervalued part of society that is pretty much taken for granted.

We ask that policy makers and politicians recognise the role that the local choir, town jazz band, amateur theatre group play within civil society and accept your responsibility towards supporting amateur arts and culture. You have the chance to provide the tools to citizens and communities to use the amateur arts and culture to create, define identity, speak out and shape society.

As the European network for amateur arts we are committed to stimulate the debate and dialogue on the value and role of amateur arts and culture in society.

We invite you to reflect on this memorandum and encourage you to contact us to engage in conversation on its content.

You can read the memorandum here.

Please contact us through our secretariat in Belgium:
AMATEO c/o Forum voor Amateurkunsten, Abrahamstraat 13, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium E-mail address:

International Conference On Culture, Health, and Well?being in Stockholm, 
May 8th ? 10th 2014

Amateo’s 7th conference on culture and cultural practices was held in Stockholm, Sweden, in May 2014; on the theme Culture, Health, and Well?being. The host for the arrangement was ax – The Swedish Amateur Culture Council. Click here to read more!

Amateur Arts Forum in Flanders, Belgium will host the next Amateo Board Meeting.

The Board meeting will take place on Thursday 20th March and the morning of Friday 21st March in Ghent. You can find the draft agenda here.

Annual Programme Amateo 2011-2012
  • The board will publish and circulate a manual on the Week of Amateur Arts (WAA) Europe 2011
  • The board will develop partnerships with a view to preparing a potential application for a EU Grant to support the movement of amateur artists as part of the Week of Amateur Arts
  • The board will establish contact with European Research Organisations with the goal to set up pan-European quantitative research in the field of the Amateur Arts
  • The board will organise in co-operation with Voluntary Arts UK + Republic of Ireland the AMATEO Conference and General Assembly June 2012 in London
  • The board will secure communication between the members of Amateo through the Amateo website and newsletters

The latest initiative

From the 8th till 10th of June, the international congress about "active cultural participation in Europe" was held in Ghent. In arts centre "De Vooruit" gathered a hundred of participants from all over Europe. The Amateo network, as well as the compendium authors and other interested people grabbed their chance to learn more about active cultural participation and to enrich their network with most interesting people. Here you can find all the reports and presentations of the congress, as well as some very nice pictures and the participants list.

Manifesto of the Europe-wide arts advocacy campaign we are more

  • We are many individuals that value and shape contemporary European cultures. We are more than many. We are more than producers and consumers. We are committed to cultural rights, education and active citizenship.
  • We believe that the strong tradition of public funding of the arts across Europe makes a difference to the diversity, accessibility and quality of the arts available to us all.
  • The arts, culture and the humanities engage and inspire us, and stimulate us to challenge the world we live in. Investing in the arts from kindergarten to old age builds societies that are creative, innovative, democratic and diverse.
  • Let us re-imagine long-term public investment that contributes to human, social and environmental progress.

National governments and EU policymakers are currently taking decisions on the next EU budget that will influence the next ten years of support to cultural activities that benefit everyone who lives in Europe.

NOW IS THE TIME to make your voice heard - Sign the we are more manifesto:

To national governments – to European decision-makers:
We call on you to strengthen the recognition of the role of arts and culture in
the development of our European societies by increasing the support to culture in the next EU budget.

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