How we started, the European Cultural Centre

We, cultural entrepreneurs, philanthropists, mostly young people, who make things happen, who care, and even some paper-people, we as a collective group, we believe that there is a need for a dynamic organization, creating centres dedicated to the culture of Europe.

Centres, in different places of the world, devoted to cultural exchanges, meetings, exhibitions, creative projects, with Europeans and all others. To strengthen our cultural commons, to cherish our uniqueness and to learn about the beauty within our differences.

European Cultural Centre - Italy, why Venice?

Venice, since hundreds of years an important exporter of European culture, has always been a place of cultural exchange, it is a good place to come to understand who we are and how we as Europeans are seen. 

The historic centre of Venice is a place with an extraordinary concentration of facilities and organisations dedicated to culture. Many quality museums, theatres, cultural foundations, universities, a conservatory and an art academy. Regional offices of UNESCO, WHO and the Council of Europe as well as La Biennale di Venezia, which like us organises projects related to art, architecture, cinema, dance, theatre and music.   

Venice was chosen as the seat of the ECC-Italy for many reasons and, we must admit, it is amazing to work here. Although it is very touristic, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The quality of the city makes meetings, projects and exhibitions easy successful. The large number of tourists is also a good aspect, our exhibitions, VENICE DESIGN being one of them, are every year visited by over 600.000 people.


The exhibition VENICE DESIGN was created to present quality ideas in Design to a large public and in addition to connect international Designers with Designers based in Venice, for this we also created a special VENICE DESIGN city map. VENICE DESIGN can be seen each year from May to November at our ECC centre, Palazzo Michiel located on the Grand Canal, free of charge.