The ACF Washington is proud to be a member of the global network European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).
EUNIC Washington, which is part of the global EUNIC network, is an association of numerous cultural institutes of EU Member States represented in Washington, DC. The aim of EUNIC Washington is to initiate and organize creative projects which demonstrate Europe's extraordinary richness and diversity in arts, culture and language in cooperation with the USA and international organizations.
An example for a successful EUNIC project of the EUNIC Washington cluster was the interactive film and performance event Digital Eye @BlindWhino for which 6 EU Embassies and Cultural Institutes joined forces together with local theaters. In May 2019 the local EUNIC cluster organized a European Theater Residency as part of the CrossCurrents Festival at the Georgetown University. Seven European artists from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and Sweden participated in this project, which was co-organized by The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics.
EUNIC was formed in 2006 and officially established in 2007 by 19 members. Austria is one of the network’s founding members and under its second President, the Austrian Ambassador Emil Brix, membership of EUNIC increased quickly. EUNIC implements joint projects in the field of inter-cultural dialogue, multilingualism, arts and civil society.
The objectives pursued by EUNIC include:
Establishing effective networks to increase the visibility of cultural diversity in the EU
Strengthening dialogue and cultural cooperation with non-EU Member States
Promoting the EU’s cohesion within Europe and sharing the Union’s values with third countries through cultural activities
Implementing cultural projects in partnership with the European Commission
Advocating the value of culture in international relations
Deepening understanding and respect between people from different /with different cultural backgrounds
At the moment, 36 cultural institutions from 28 EU Member States are members of EUNIC. Furthermore, 100 “clusters” around the globe are members of EUNIC, most of which are located in cities outside the EU. In general, clusters are set up by at least three local EUNIC members. EUNIC clusters have been established in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Activities launched by such clusters depend on the relevant local needs as well as the current situation and requirements in their host countries and may therefore vary from country to country.
In order to foster cooperation across the respective host country’s borders, regular strategic meetings are organised that bring together the clusters based in a certain geographic region. Since its inception EUNIC has developed into a key element of member countries’ cultural cooperation with the EU, the European Commission and particularly with the local EU delegations in third countries.
INVISIBLE CITY App
Recently, EUNIC launched a new smartphone app called Invisible City, developed in order to make culture easier accessible and more visible for everyone. Invisible City is a mobile app that curates the best of cultural events in major European and world cities, uniting them in one place. Featured events are located in the art and culture scene apart from the mainstream, which are usually more or less ‘invisible’ to the ordinary audience as they are not strongly promoted.
The project has been realized by EUNIC and is co-funded by Creative Europe and the Culture Program of The European Commission. The free non-profit app includes by now already more than 100 cities worldwide.
The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington and its events are also represented on the App. It can be downloaded on www.myinvisiblecity.eu.