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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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The Whiting Foundation

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The Whiting Foundation supports literature and the humanities. We believe that it is imperative that the collective treasures of history and memory be passed on to the future with as little loss as we can manage. Recognizing that irreplaceable cultural heritage is being destroyed at an alarming rate around the globe, we are committed to supporting the urgent fight to save the fruits of human civilization.

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Rosa  Schinkelshoek

Rosa Schinkelshoek

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Alexander Ribbink

Alexander Ribbink

Member of the Board of the Prince Claus Fund General Partner at Keen Venture Partners Alexander has over 20 years in international marketing, sales and general management. He was most recently general partner at Prime Ventures where he invested in, and served as board member to: Cint, Greetz, Layar, Takeaway.com and Bright Computing. Prior Alexander was board member and Chief Operating Officer...

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Sudan - Ibrahim el-Salahi

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The seeds of Ibrahim el-Salahi’s career as an artist were planted when he was a schoolboy, practicing Arabic calligraphy in his father’s Qur’anic school. After studying art in Sudan, scholarships to study in the United States broadened his artistic horizons. He began incorporating modernist expression with elements from his Islamic culture. Back in Sudan, he served as a diplomat and...

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Somalia-Somaliland - Hargeysa International Book Fair

Somalia-Somaliland - Hargeysa International Book Fair

Somaliland is tucked away in the northeast corner of the horn of Africa. Its efforts at getting international recognition as an independent, peaceful nation separate from Somalia have been in vain, but that setback has not hindered a yearly celebration of their literature and culture. It was started in 2008 by Director Jama Musse Jama and since that initial fair, which drew 200 participants, the Hargeysa...

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