The ACP-EU CULTURE program, towards a viable cultural industry in the ACP countries

Implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and funded by the European Union, the « ACP-EU towards a viable cultural industry » programme (ACP-EU CULTURE) intends to boost the potential of the cultural and creative sector and its contribution to the social and economic development of the ACP countries. With a budget of 40 million € for the period 2018-2021, the programme aims at:

  • Encouraging entrepreneurship and cultural innovation, as well as the participation of the youth
  • Creating new jobs and increasing artists’ and cultural professionals’ revenues
  • Raising the quality of the ACP cultural productions,
  • Valorizing the cultural productions and artists from the ACP countries on international markets.

Actions and tools in the service of culture and innovation

The programme will support the culture sector through the following actions and tools:

  • 3 calls for proposals in the sectors of audiovisual coproduction, culture and creation in the ACP countries
  • Multiple partnerships across the ACP countries
  • A dedicated team of experts and the staffs from the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and the European Union/DEVCO in charge of the programme’s daily management in Brussels
  • A web-based platform enabling culture professionals from ACP countries to meet, network, exchange information and share projects (www.culturexchange.eu)
  • A communication and visibility strategy and toolkit


From 2008 to 2017, two generations of cultural programmes for the ACP countries

Over the period 2008-2017, three programmes have contributed in supporting culture and creativity in the ACP countries. With a global budget of 45 million €, the ACP Films, ACP Cultures (2008-2011) and ACP Culture+ programmes (2012-2017) have enabled talent to surface, initiatives to be set-up, partnerships to be created and developed and cultural policies and funds to be put in place.

The 3 programmes in a nutshell:

  • 32,3 M € granted
  • 82 projects supported (cinema, audiovisual, cultural and creative industries, cultural heritage)
  • 600 cultural operators involved
  • 8600 trained people (80% of whom are young people)
  • 5000 paid jobs during projects
  • 1145 works produced
  • 3800 cultural events organised in ACP countries
  • 000 people who attended cultural events (ACP countries and Europe)
  • 000.000 people reached via social networks / VOD / youtube / TV / radio

Discover the projects realized through the previous programs

Technical assistance

A technical assistance for the management of the ACP-EU CULTURE program

A dedicated team of experts from the cultural sector provides support to the Secretariat of the ACP Group of Countries and the European Union. Based in Brussels, it is in charge of:

  • Provide to the ACP Secretariat, in charge of the programme’s implementation, technical assistance and expertise in the administrative and financial management of the grant contracts
  • Ensure the coordination of the programme’s activities, together with their communication and visibility in the ACP countries and in the EU
  • Maintain and develop the specialized digital platform “culturexchange”

The team is composed of the following experts:

Gian Giuseppe Simeone, Team Leader
Maryse Henry, Communication Expert
Lamberto Orilia, Administration and Finances Expert
Julien Jacques, Program Assistant

Cultural sectors

The programme addresses the whole cultural and creative sector.

This includes

  • Audiovisual (including film, television, radio, videogames and multimedia)
  • Performing arts (music, dance, theater…)
  • Visual arts (painting, sculpture, graphic arts…)
  • Architecture
  • Design, fashion, arts and crafts
  • Tangible and intangible cultural heritage, including museums, libraries and archives
  • Literature, publishing
  • Festivals…