|SICA - Service Centre for International Cultural Activities|
The SICA serves as an independent information and co-ordination point for international cultural activities and was established in 1999. It distributes information on cultural funding and practical aspects of international cultural policy for organisations involved in different cultural disciplines, both within the Netherlands and abroad. As part of the SICA, the Cultural Contact Point the Netherlands (CCP) serves as the helpdesk for the EU Culture programme and other EU funding opportunities.
The SICA aims to promote and co-ordinate the exchange of information and expertise between different cultural sectors, to improve co-ordination of activities and to encourage a lively interchange of expertise and experience within the field of international culture.
In order to attain its objectives, the SICA is continually developing a wide range of activities and data carriers such as: daily expert advice by consultants, information and discussion workshops, a magazine, a website and fact sheets. Through the website, magazine and workshops the exchange of information on specific countries and themes is being stimulated.
The Cultural Contact Point in the Netherlands (CCP) encourages and assists Dutch organisations involved in the arts and heritage field, in making successful applications for the EU Culture programme. www.sica.nl/ccp
The SICA publishes a Dutch (-language) quarterly magazine, SICAmag, with in-depth articles on international projects and events. It also includes a calendar of events, Buitengaats, with information on performances and exhibitions of Dutch artists abroad. In June 2008 a special international edition was published in English: From The Netherlands With Attitude.
Culture Action Europe contact: Yvette Gieles (Strategy & Development Manager)
1016 EZ Amsterdam
T. +31 20 6164 225
F. +31 20 6128 152