Culture is a basic need

Based on the principle that culture is a basic need, the Prince Claus Fund’s mission is to actively seek cultural collaborations founded on equality and trust, with partners of excellence, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited and cultural heritage is threatened.

The Prince Claus Fund is based in Amsterdam and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Postcode Lottery.


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"The decisive factor is the growing realisation that development and progress can be realised only by people themselves, in an environment where there is respect for one's own culture, own language and one’s own lifestyle. Without respect and trust in one’s own culture and traditions progress is difficult to achieve." 



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  • Bosnia after the War: With Ziyah Gafić & Chris Keulemans


    Bosnia after the War: With...

    The Prince Claus Fund Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) welcome you...

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  • Announcing the 2017 Prince Claus Laureates


    Announcing the 2017 Prince...

    The Prince Claus Fund is very excited to announce the 2017 Prince Claus Laureates! 

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  • Three Crossings: El-Salahi, Hammons, Brouwn


    Three Crossings: El-Salahi,...

    The Prince Claus Fund, together with the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) present...

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  • Launch of film and book on the Sahel Opera at the EYE


    Launch of film and book on...

    On 7 September 2017, the film An Opera of the World by Manthia Diawara, and...

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  • 2016 ADPP Grantees share their work


    2016 ADPP Grantees share their...

    Completed projects by Arab Documentary Photography Programme grantees: The Prince...

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