About

The European Folk Culture Organisation

Working in partnership with the European Union and the Council of Europe

EFCO is a network of European Cultural and Youth federations, organistations, institutions, associations and groups, developing an East-West network of Cooperation Partnerships.

EFCO has a Network of More than 36 Member Countries, building the structure for a united Europe and a civil society with a strong foundation of knowledge, experience, goodwill and friendship.

EFCO is a united voice in Europe for folk art and culture, working with the Council of Europe, the European Parliament , the European Union and all European Cultural non-government organisations , foundations, associations, state and semi-state bodies.

EFCO is a European civil society organisation

The seat of EFCO is in Strasbourg

We Are Not Preserving The Ashes But Keeping The Flame Alive

EFCO Aims

EFCO stands for the understanding of all cultures in the European community.

Contributing to the structure of an enlarged United Europe and the development of a civil society for all citizens of Europe.

EFCO to build bridges between East and West, to extend the hand of friendship to all Europeans, to help overcome prejudices by inter-cultural learning, to respect and appreciate each others cultures, to show greater tolerance and respect for all European citizens, the idea of Europe growing together and to stand up for peace.

EFCO acknowledges the right and the need of all European Citizens to preserve and enrich their national and cultural identity in a developing European community of nations.

EFCO sees culture as a source of human creativity and its main form of expression in the creation of an individual life in social communities.

EFCO supports in particular the cause of children and young people.

EFCO endeavours to contribute to a deeper understanding of the importance of cultural roots and the further development of existing cultures

EFCO Supports

All efforts which lead to the unification of Europe under the restriction that the cultural identity of its different ethnic groups is maintained.

The qualification and acknowledgement of cultural education and cultural activities with regard to children and young people in particular.

The provision of opportunities for children and youth to learn about and experience cultural activities in each European state.

Cultural exchanges as a means to develop greater understanding between the citizens of Europe because cultural co-operation helps contribute towards peaceful coexistence.

The recognition and promotion of human rights amongst all European citizens especially to our children and youth.

The fostering of intercultural dialogue and mutual exchange between European and non -European cultures.

The improved access to and participation in culture in all countries of Europe for as many citizens as possible.

Priorities for the future

(1) To bring together the citizens of Europe by building bridges between Eastern and Western countries and promoting intercultural dialogue and exchange between all European cultures by encouraging co-operation on topics of common interest between Cultural Institutions, Organisations and Networks in all European Countries.

(2) To organise research projects, activities for teaching and the dissemination of knowledge,seminars, conferences, workshops, meetings, exhibitions and public awareness campaigns on folk art and cultural topics of European importance.

(3) To develop a greater mutual understanding of all cultures, history, roots and common cultural values in the European Community as well as forging links between citizens, especially youth and children.

(4) To encourage the development and growth of new forms of folk art and cultural expression, within and alongside the traditional forms of folk art and culture.

(5) To support co-operation projects, seminars, workshops, camps and meetings designed to preserve , share, promote and protect all European folk art and cultural heritage of European importance.

(6) To see culture as a source of human creativity and its main form of expression in the creation of an individual life in European social communities.

(7) To endeavour to contribute to a deeper understanding of the importance of cultural roots and the further development of the existing cultures.

(8) To help overcome prejudices by inter-cultural learning, to respect and appreciate each others cultures, to support the idea of people learning to show tolerance while growing together in a peaceful European Community.

(9) To acknowledge the right and the need of all European citizens to preserve and enrich their national and cultural identity in a developing European community of nations.

(10) To have as a priority at all times the integration of young people especially those who are disadvantaged in all development and training programs.