About Felix Meritis


Felix Meritis: House of the Citizen
A European Public Space in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Tbilisi, Novosibirsk, Brussels and beyond...

Felix Meritis is an independent European centre for art, culture, science as well as an (inter)national meeting place in Amsterdam.  In Felix Meritis art, culture, philosophy and politics are matters of everyday life. It continues the values of the Enlightenment that led its founders (40 citizens) to erect one of the grandest buildings on the Keizersgracht with Holland's oldest purpose-built concert hall (opened in 1788).

It provides the European public with a space for reflection and connection, a home in which to network and be surprised. We believe in (the need for) cultural diversity in Europe as an engine of progress and social cohesion. Under the motto "Connecting Cultures" we foster the European dialogue and take part in national and international cultural networks.

Through deeper understanding and dialogue with different groups in Europe and the world, we strengthen the insight into and understanding of the European cultural integration process among citizens of Amsterdam, Europe and the world. Central topics are active (European) cotizenship, freedom and democtacy and the rule of law (constitutional state).

Felix Meritis has initiated many international projects, such as Gulliver Connect, Essay International,  The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University, Kuhnya, the Network of Centres for European Culture and Debate (NCECD) and many others.

Felix Meritis cooperates with the following institutions:


Academy of Arts, Berlin        
Alte Arte initiative, Chisinau        
Art Workshop Lazareti, Dubrovnik      
ARTE TV, Strasbourg        
A Soul for Europe          
Avrupa Kultur Dernegi - European Cultural Association, Istanbul  
Bunker, Ljubljana          
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon      
Caucasus Foundation, Tbilisi        
Citizens of Culture, Istanbul        
Ernst-Bloch-Zentrum, Ludwigshafen      
European Cultural Parliament, Berlin      
European Festivals Association (EFA), Gent    
European House for Culture, Brussels      
European House for Culture, Tbilisi      
Federculture, Rome          
Foundation Robert Bosch, Stuttgart      
Goethe-Institut Amsterdam        
GRAD, Belgrade          
Image Aiguë, Lyon          
International network for contemporary performing arts (item), Brussels

Kulturni Front Beograd, Belgrade

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Essen   
Network of European Foundations (NEF), Brussels    
Notre Europe, Paris          
ODA Theatre, Priština        
Power Station Ljubljana / Bunker, Ljubljana    
Presseurop, Paris          
ReKult, Rome          
RUHR.2010, Essen          
SETEPÉS - projectos artístico-culturais, Porto    
Southeast European Cooperative Initiative - SECI, Vienna  
Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Stockholm    
Stiftung Zukunft Berlin, Berlin        
The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), Amsterdam  
The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia    
Zagreb Cultural Capital 3000 initiative, Zagreb    
Zahrada, Prague




Amsterdam Dance Event (http://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/)
Stichting Globaliseringslezing (http://www.globaliseringslezing.nl/)
Stichting Kamermuziek Amsterdam (http://www.kamconcerten.nl/)
Stichting Maand van de Filosofie (http://www.maandvandefilosofie.nl/)
Vereniging van Nederlandse Debatcentra (http://www.debatcentra.nl/)



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