Ełckie Centrum Kultury (ECK) is the biggest and oldest culture institution in Ełk District, established on the basis of the Inter-Enterprise Clubroom founded in 1949, subsequently transformed into a culture house. According to its statute ECK carries out tasks in the field of cultural education, education through art and promotion of culture and arts.
Cultural education and animation are carried out in various fields and on numerous levels – the cinema offer regular film education for all age groups, there are two regular theatre groups – 30 Minutes Theatre and Ełk Dance Theatre, using talents of non-professional actors, special interest is given to traditional dance and music. ECK exhibition rooms present Polish and world art.
One of ECK departments is an amateur art school offering a wide selection of workshops for all age groups, covering many channels of artistic expression: painting, drawing, architecture, ceramics, model-making, music or use of new technologies.
ECK also organizes a wide range of cultural events – concerts, festivals and theatre spectacles.