We believe in the best of people, in the power of hope, curiosity and optimism.

Your legacy

Our founding fathers passionately believed that culture is the key to build a united Europe. They wanted us to feel proudly European, to live, dream, work and express ourselves freely, in diversity and harmony.

Europe itself is unique. Many different languages, cultural habits, collective memories, beliefs and perspectives coexist close to each other. Being European means to make the most of this variety and diversity.

Europe has changed over the past decades, continually facing new challenges. A lot of the things that we believe in are at stake: identity, democracy, freedom and the future of a European model.

Our belief remains the same: Culture is the antidote to polarisation and divide and the key that helps us discover what we have in common with each other.

Our work remains the same: To create spaces, connect people across borders and make sure we all can share our stories. We strive to keep culture and cultural policies high on the European political agenda.

Thousands of artists and cultural workers have crossed European borders through our programmes over the past decades. We once helped set up the Erasmus programme, that has allowed millions of students to study abroad. We continue creating spaces for new European experiences and memories.

What we do today will benefit future generations. With continued support, we can prevent that people, communities and countries end up living in isolation from each other.

If you think you can help and want to talk to someone about how to mention ECF in your testament, please contact communications manager Friso Wiersum.

Information for the notary

European Cultural Foundation has its registered office in Amsterdam, at Jan van Goyenkade 5. Our registration number at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce is: 41199699