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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  • 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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  • Open Call: Contemporary Take, Beyond Cultural Heritage


    Open Call: Contemporary Take,...

    The Prince Claus Fund and the British Council announce a new joint Call for...

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  • In Memorium: Robert Loder (1934 – 2017)


    In Memorium: Robert Loder...

    The Prince Claus Fund was greatly saddened by the news that Robert Loder has...

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  • Closed Call: Film Talents – Voices from Pakistan and Afghanistan


    Closed Call: Film Talents...

    The Goethe-Institut and Prince Claus Fund are delighted to announce a new call...

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