The Prince Claus Fund is connected to an expansive global network of artists, cultural organisations and critical thinkers.


When asked what the Fund's motto 'Culture is a Basic Need' means to them, we received the following responses from various project partners:

"Culture is intricately linked to social and political questions; like food, shelter, health and education, we have an absolutely essential need to make our individual cultural expressions seen and heard; culture thus is a question of our survival. Hence, it is our right to be able to make our own cultural expressions, without having to succumb to the powers of cultural hegemonies." – Bhowmik, Bangladesh and India

"It means that Culture makes people look at each other like humans and not like numbers, not like consumers, not like machine components."  – Shahnoza Karimbabaeva, Uzbekistan

"Culture is the only factor that is universal to all societies and it connects us as a universal language. It’s the secret element that connects us to great collective unconscious. I also believe that it is as essential to us as the other well-established basic physical needs."                – Shehzad Chowdhury, Bangladesh

"To me, culture is human. A strong, free, real human will create a strong, free, real culture."    – Nguyen Phuong Linh, Vietnam

"The human need to express is the root of creativity." – Karen Ocampo Flores, Philippines

"Culture is a basic need because as a shared experience a group of people, nation or civilization, it mirrors the memory, spirit, struggles and the aspirations of humanity."       – Liza Maza, the Philippines

"No society can function without culture. Hence, culture is a basic need, and practicing it should be a basic right."  – Yuki Poudyal, Nepal


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Drik  Picture Library

Drik Picture Library

Drik: Profile Drik, Bangladesh is a distinctive multimedia organisation that has made challenging social inequality its central driving force. Over the last two decades Drik has successfully partnered with national and international organisations to conduct several successful socially responsible programs. Investigative reporting is an essential part of these programs. Credibility of information combined...

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Mathare Youth  Sports Association

Mathare Youth Sports Association

Since 1987, MYSA has pioneered many innovations in youth sports, environmental improvement and community development. The MYSA football league, with over 1000 teams from Mathare and the engulfing slums of Nairobi, does more than simply keep the kids physically fit and off the street; every weekend, 25-30 teams from MYSA clear the garbage and ditches around their homes. In August 1997, the Shootback...

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REYUM  Institute of Arts and Culture

REYUM Institute of Arts and Culture

In December 1998, as Cambodia was still struggling with political conflicts and social instability, an exhibition of contemporary Cambodian art entitled “Communication: Channel of Hope” opened at Situations, “a make-shift gallery” in the front room of KIDS, the first internet cafe in Phnom Penh. A large crowd gathered for the opening. For most, it was strange and unusual that...

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UCAD University Centre for Arts and Drama

UCAD University Centre for Arts and Drama

Rwanda is a small central African country that has unfortunately gained notoriety for its problems spanning for a period longer than half a century. It is against this back drop, that on the 17th of December 1999 the decision was made to create the University Centre for Arts and Drama at the National University of Rwanda. 
 Physically distanced from the main university premises, UCAD, stands on...

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Hri Institute

Hri Institute

The Southasia Trust was established in 1996 with the mission of promoting cultural exchange in the volatile region of South Asia, which has been divided by geopolitics and intercommunity estrangement. The Southasia Trust (SaT) publishes Himal Southasian: South Asia’s first and only regional magazine serving an area that stretches from Afghanistan to Burma, and from Tibet to the Maldives. Over...

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