We are a network of grassroots cultural centers, comprising two distinctive membership categories: Full and Associate Members. Together, we encompass at present, a total of 162 organisations spanning across 40+ countries, reaching beyond the borders of Europe.

Our meetings

Twice a year we come together to exchange knowledge, connect with fellow cultural changemakers & of course, revel in some well-deserved enjoyment. Each meeting is hosted by one of our diverse members, enabling us to forge closer connections with our

network and gain insights into the unique challenges across various regions. These gatherings celebrate our diversity and delve into topics of universal significance. Our collaborative efforts extend both regionally and thematically through our Hubs. Together, we initiate exciting projects and foster partnerships grounded in shared interests, goals, and innovative ideas.


Throughout the year, we organise training workshops and seminars. We are specifically interested in the sustainable innovation and  organisational development of our member centres. We strive for the professional development of our staff so they can offer the best support possible to all our members. We offer them opportunities to increase their leadership potential and to learn from their peers. Besides the support that we provide to our member centres, we also support emerging cultural initiatives in the Balkans, Eastern Partnership countries and South Mediterranean through our mentorship programme.


Our mission is to amplify the voice of the cultural and creative sector in Europe by actively shaping policy-making processes. We cultivate strategic partnerships with businesses, public administrations, and academia, actively engaging in events that hold the power to influence public policies.In unity with like-minded networks such as OnTheMove, Res Artis, European Music Council, NEMO, and others, we collaborate to co-sign position papers, declarations, and petitions directed at policymakers. We maintain a continuous dialogue with local, national, and regional policymakers, presenting our work and mission.

Membership in practice

You are welcome to apply to become a member of Trans Europe Halles if your organisation meets the following criteria:

  • A non-governmental organisation or private enterprise operating in a repurposed space/building
  • A centre/organisation with a legal entity structure. i.e., has legal rights and responsibilities, including tax filling
  • Must be at least two years old
  • A community-led independent international grassroots centre/organisation arising from a citizen’s initiative
  • Has autonomous, multidisciplinary social and cultural programming
  • Supports and advocates for a democratic and pluralistic society
  • Shows a strong commitment to equity, sustainability, diversity and equal opportunities
  • Strong motivation and willingness to be actively engaged
  • Should be from any of these eligible 46 countries.

Becoming a member of TEH, you will be joining a community of artists and cultural professionals who are united by their exceptional ability to understand and seize the potential of abandoned urban and rural spaces and transform them into places full of life and creativity.

Full member will get the following benefits:

  • Direct access to all the networking opportunities, programmes and resources offered by Trans Europe Halles
  • Community of peers from 160+ organisations from 40+ countries across Europe and beyond that share their passion for buildings, social justice and arts and culture
  • Possibility to shape the future of the network through voting rights or joining the Executive Committee – our governing body
  • Advocacy for specific needs such as anti-eviction, urgent response to crisis and solidarity efforts within the network
  • Funding opportunities, grant writing consultancy, and matchmaking for project partners
  • Monthly internal newsletter
  • Possibility to build or join international consortiums and take an active part in EU-funded projects
  • Opportunity to join specialized working groups (HUBS) on specific topics or geographical areas
  • Access to all TEH training and capacity building programs and mobility support opportunities
  • Discounted prices for all TEH events
  • Access to all publications and catalogues produced for over 40 years!

You can still become an associate member. Apply if you share Trans Europe Halles values and are interested in our activities.

Find below examples of organisations that can apply:

  • National networks
  • Cultural businesses, social enterprises and cooperatives
  • Government-run institutions (State cultural institutions and agencies, private-public institutions, regions and cities, etc.)
  • Sustainable urban development agencies
  • NGOs, associations, civil society groups
  • Universities and research institutes
  • Alternative media.
  • Experts in renewable energy
  • Preservation and management of heritage sites
  • Hacker spaces
  • Advocacy groups

Associate member will get the following benefits:

  • Access to Trans Europe Halles’ Annual conference. Community of 160+ organisations from 40+ countries across Europe and beyond that share passion for buildings, social justice, arts and culture
  • Advocacy for specific needs, urgent response to crisis & solidarity efforts within the network.
  • Monthly internal newsletter
  • Opportunity of joining specialised working groups (HUBS) on specific topics or geographical areas
  • Access to some of TEH training & capacity building programs
  • Discounted prices for all TEH events
  • Access to publications and catalogues produced for over 40 years!

To ensure that your organisation/centre gets the most out of joining Trans Europe Halles network, and verify that your values align with ours – a mutual beneficial partnership – we have put together the following membership application procedures:

  1. Fill out the online application form during the open application period (December 2023 – 29 February 2024
  2. Screening of application at the end of the application period and email feedback to all applicants (March/April 2024)
  3. Selected applications continue the process by receiving an invitation to attend an online presentation for in-depth information about Trans Europe Halles (March/April)
  4. Selected applications get an invitation to attend TEH conference (Mandatory) and newcomers ‘session where they meet other members of the network (May/June)
    - We provide invitation letters for organisations that need to apply for visa to enable them to attend the conference
  5. Visit by one of the Executive Committee members to your centre/organisation for assessment and report after the conference (June/July)
  6. The Executive Committee reaches a decision on your application (July)
  7. If the application is approved, you get an invitation (July) to present your centre/organisation at the next Camp meeting in October
  8. After your presentation and during the General Assembly at the Camp meeting, other members of the network vote to either accept or reject your membership application
  9. A welcome email is sent after the Camp meeting if the application gets a ‘yes’ vote at the General Assembly.

The next round opens on 1 December 2024. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Project and Membership Relations Manager at

Membership Fees

The membership fee is based on your organisation’s annual turnover, i.e. your total income per year: total of grants and subsidies + total income from activities such as ticket sales, catering services, renting of facilities, etc.

Membership Fees
Membership Category Organisation’s Annual Turnover Yearly Fee
TEH Member Less than 250.000€
250.000 – 500.000€
500.000 – 750.000€
750.000 – 1M€
1M – 1,25M€
1,25M – 2M€
More than 2M€
TEH Associate Not applicable 200€

Something on your mind? Contact us and lets have a chat

If you have any questions contact our Project and Membership Relations Manager Femi