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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Prince Claus

"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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  • 2017 Prince Claus Awards Ceremony at the Royal Palace Amsterdam


    2017 Prince Claus Awards Ceremony...

    On 6 December, the 2017 Prince Claus Awards ceremony will take place in the...

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  • A New Home for Pages Bookstore Café Amsterdam!


    A New Home for Pages Bookstore...

    Opeing at the Goethe Institute on 20 November at 17.30 - Pages Bookstore Cafe...

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  • ‘Louder than Words’ with the 2017 Prince Claus Laureates


    ‘Louder than Words’ with...

    On 7 December, join us for an inspiring evening with the 2017 Prince...

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  • El Anatsui exhibition at the Goodman Gallery


    El Anatsui exhibition at the...

    The work of El Anatsui, one of the most influential contemporary artists working...

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  • ‘Three Crossings: El-Salahi, Hammons, Brouwn’ opens in Amsterdam


    ‘Three Crossings: El-Salahi,...

    Starting 22 November, the Prince Claus Fund, together with the Amsterdam Fund...

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