European Diploma in Cultural project management 2017/2018

The European Diploma in Cultural Project Management is a training and learning experience fostering cultural diversity and interregional exchanges as a way of giving culture a stronger place in Europe and abroad. Through its content and methodology, this pan-European programme is specific in the way that it does not only aim at improving the skills of cultural managers in the field of cultural management, but also at helping participants to develop understanding of these fields in a changing Europe.Its main…

The European Diploma in Cultural Project Management is a training and learning experience fostering cultural diversity and interregional exchanges as a way of giving culture a stronger place in Europe and abroad.

 Through its content and methodology, this pan-European programme is specific in the way that it does not only aim at improving the skills of cultural managers in the field of cultural management, but also at helping participants to develop understanding of these fields in a changing Europe.

Its main aims are to empower the participants and to develop capacities and tools needed for creative cultural cooperation in Europe and abroad

I – Objectives of the european diploma

Since the establishment of the European Diploma in 1989, as a follow-up of the Council of Europe’s programme “Culture and Regions”, 570 professionals from 45 European and world countries, active in the field of cultural project management, took part to this training programme which is characterised by its innovative methodological approach and European open-mindedness.

The main objective of the programme is twofold:

– To enable cultural managers, having already good management capacities, to better integrate their co-operation projects – which link identity, culture and economy – in a European perspective.

– To insert European projects in regional cultural development policies.

 To achieve this objective, the european diploma focuses on:

• Strengthening skills and competencies in the field of cultural policies and cultural management.

• Forging a framework open to other cultural ways of thinking/doing which constitute a source of mutual enrichment.

• Developing a network of European cultural managers, as well as attitudes and skills related to networking. Building strong relations among participants from various regions of Europe and other continents in order to facilitate subsequent co-operation – multiplying the impact and the added value of the training.

• Promoting transnational co-operation and professional mobility bringing Europe closer to its citizens and enhancing their role in the creation and diffusion of cultural projects.

Who is the training for?

The programme is designed for project-oriented European cultural managers from public and private organizations. Applicants must have at least two years of professional experience in developing and spreading artistic / cultural projects.

Participants should have a good knowledge of European, national and regional cultural policies and developed skills in the management of cultural projects.

The selection is based on existing qualifications and relevant professional experience, as well as on the quality of the submitted project.

The training is conducted mainly in English; sometimes in French. If needed, simultaneous translation is provided during the plenary sessions.

Applicants must therefore have a fluent knowledge of English.

During the evaluation phase, the communication is only in English.


Permanent partners

Council of europe federation wallonie-bruxelles

Council for Cultural Co-operation

Avenue de l’Europe

F-67000 Strasbourg


Wallonie-Bruxelles International

Place Sainctelette, 2

B – 1080 Brussels



European Cultural Centre of Delphi

 Frynihou, 9

GR-10558 Athens


 II – European diploma 2017/2018

The European Diploma 2017/2018 is the 27th edition of this pan-European training programme. It is organized by the ASSOCIATION MARCEL HICTER

In collaboration with



Region Västra Götaland



Ramallah Municipality


III. Content, organization and schedule

The training includes three elements – theory, practice and evaluation – which are organized in five stages: two residential phases that last 9 days in the partner countries of the Diploma, interspersed by a phase of field work in the participant’s home country and a one week period spent in another European region, plus one week evaluation phase.

 A – The residential phases (two times nine days)

The residential phases have four main objectives:

1. Provide theoretical and practical references as well as information on European cultural policies and practices;

2. Give participants from different regions the opportunity to benefit from the contact with other participants and experts in various cultural fields;

3. Create conditions in which the participants’ own projects are critically reviewed;

4. Foster exchanges of information at various levels and cultural operators networking’s skills.

The issues which are addressed during these periods concern:

– Europe and Culture (key concepts of culture, European cultural institutions and their policies, etc.);

– Territorial development (regional / local / urban strategies);

– Strategic planning and operational management of cultural projects

The methodology of these residential phases includes theoretical and practical inputs by experts, roundtable discussions, debates, working groups, as well as visits of cultural institutions in the host regions.

Work on the participants’ projects – and “confrontation” with other participants’ projects – are part of an ongoing process, which is monitored throughout the training.


B – The practical phase

The practical training takes place over two periods of 5 months (when participants are back to their jobs) and consists of two parts :

 1. Field experimentation: in the framework of his/her activities, each participant is asked to further develop his/her project, using the knowledge acquired and the analytical tools and methods developed during the residential phases.

2. Comparative study visit : each participant does a one week case study in another region of Europe. The aim is to enable participants to temporarily distance themselves from the problems they face daily; to compare different practices; and to enhance the European dimension of their own projects. The practical organization and costs of this phase are borne by the trainees.


C – Drafting of a report :

 The project’s report will integrate theoretical and methodological inputs as well as practical elements. The report will include a study of the problems encountered while implementing it; its reappraisal; an analysis of the actions taken and the results obtained as well as a first evaluation.

The document should demonstrate the participant’s capacity to put into practice the acquired knowledge and skills with his own creativity.


 D – The evaluation phase: Presentation of the projects and Seminar

Before and during this phase, the trainee should demonstrate his/her :

– Ability to relate his project to cultural challenges in Europe and internationally;

– Skills to co-ordinate actions which connect different “transnational” partners;

– Ability to evaluate his action and to propose a strategy for future actions;

– Active participation to the seminar groups.

The evaluation phase will include two elements:

– a cluster discussion on the future of both projects and personal career

– the organisation of a seminar around challenges facing cultural operators today and tomorrow.



May 2017 : from the 12th (arrival) till the 21st


First residential phase in Sweden/Västra Götaland

From May till October 2017

Back to job and work on the project in home country + comparative study in another region

October 2017: from the 7th (arrival) till the 16th


Second residential phase in Palestine

From October 2017 till May 2018

Back to job and further development of the project in home country

June 2018

Evaluation phase of one week in Delphi


To take part to the evaluation phase, participants have to attend the complete residential training sessions, without exception.


IV – Contributors to the training

Various cultural experts contribute to the European Diploma in Cultural Project Management. They are active:

 – in the Orientation Board : which is responsible for the quality and continuity of the European Diploma. It establishes the guidelines and assessment criteria: Christopher Gordon (Chair), Milena Dragicevic-Sesic, Lluis Bonet, Pascal Brunet, Vanessa Reed, Costis Dallas.

– in the training team : which manages and co-ordinates the training process and the on-going evaluation.

– as lecturers : they present topical issues relevant to the European Diploma and interact with the participants on their projects.

– as tutors : they act as resource persons and help the participants in the conceptual and methodological development of their project.

Contribute and / or contributed to European Diploma sessions :

Ugo Bacchella, Director, Artlab/Fitzcarraldo, Turin, Italy; Franco Bianchini, University of Hull, UK; Anne Biéler, Geneva, Switzerland; Paul Bogen, Director of Olivearte Culture Agency, UK; Pascal Brunet, Director of Relais Culture Europe, Paris; Eric Corijn, Director, Programme in European Leisure Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussels; Trevor Davies, Director of the Copenhagen International Theatre, Denmark; Eduard Delgado, former Director of Interarts, Barcelona; Mercedes Giovinazzo, Director, Interarts, Barcelona; Milena Dragicevic-Sesic, Professor, University of Arts Belgrade, Serbia; Rod Fisher, Goldsmith University, London; Christopher Gordon, Cultural Consultant, UK; Etienne Grosjean, ancien Directeur Général adjoint, DG Culture, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles; Dragan Klaic, Permanent Fellow; Felix Meritis Amsterdam; Philippe Langevin, Professor, Aix-Marseille University; Arian Leka, President of Poeteka, Tirana; Sonja Licht, director, Center for Political Excellence, Serbia; Jerzy Limon, Director, Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre, Poland; Brian Martin, former Professor, Herriot Watt University, Scotland/UK; Ritva Mitchell, Director of Research, Cupore, Foundation for Cultural Policy Research, Helsinki; Bernard Loughlin, Director, SmART INNS Ltd, Lleida, Spain; Kim Oosterlinck, Professor of Cultural Management, ULB Brussels; Robert Palmer, former Director of Culture, Council of Europe; Michael Quine, Professor City University London; Kiril Razlogov, Director, Russian Institute for Cultural Research, Russia; Gerald Raunig, European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Vienna; Ferdinand Richard, Directeur, Aide aux Musiques Innovatrices, Marseille; Tarja Richard, Chief of Unit, Euromed, Marseille; Gilles Roussel, Professeur, Lubumbashi; Julia Rowntree, cultural fund raising consultant, London; Pier Luigi Sacco, Dean of Cultural Economics, IULM University, Milan, Louise Scott, Consultant, Media Antenna, Scotland; Ljiljana Simic, consultant and intercultural trainer, Brussels; Michel Simonot, écrivain et metteur en scène; Boguslaw Sonik, former Director, Commitee of European cultural towns, Krakow; Chris Torch, artistic director, Intercult, Stockholm; Claudio Torres, Director, Campo Arqueologico, Mertola, Portugal; Herman Voesgen, Subject leader of Kulturarbeit, Fachhoschule Potsdam; Raymond Weber, President of the Association Marcel Hicter; Andreas Wiesand, Director of Zentrum für Kulturforschung, Bonn; Sergey Zuev, Director, Centre for Cultural Technologies, Moscow etc.

The names of the experts who will take part in the 2017/2018 European Diploma will be confirmed soon

V. Application procedure & financial participation

Application procedure

1. To apply to the European Diploma in Cultural Project Management, you have to fill in the attached application form, including the description of the cultural project you want to develop during the training. The complete file must be sent before January 15th 2017 to the Association Marcel Hicter, by e.mail and by post.

2. The Selection Committee will communicate its decisions by end January 2017. Successful applicants and the organizations that sponsor them will be advised without delay.

3. Upon reception of this notice, the applicants shall confirm their participation by fax (+32 2 641 89 81) or e-mail ([email protected]).

4. At the same time, the sponsoring body or the applicant shall pay the tuition fee of 3.500€ by bank transfer to the Association Marcel Hicter :



Flagey Branch,

Place Flagey,

B-1050 Brussels,

 Account n° 001-0839697-44

IBAN: BE 55 00 10 83 96 97 44



Financial participation

The training programme is partly financed by partners.

– Each participant will pay a financial contribution of 3.500 Euros.

– The costs of the residential and evaluation phases (lodging, meals, internal trips, training costs, documents, copies, translation, etc.) are supported by the organizers.

-Personal expenses, costs of the practical phase as well as travel expenses between the participant’s country of residence and the three residential training locations are borne by the participants.

Note 1: In case of financial difficulties, quickly contact the Association. We could, for instance, agree to split the fee into two or three instalments.

Note 2: In case of obvious and serious difficulty in finding funds covering the travel expenses, these might be partly covered by the Association Marcel Hicter. This should be clarified with the organizers as soon as the candidate is accepted. No later request will be taken into account.

Note 3: No refund will be made in case of cancellation.


>> The application form is on the link below

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