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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  • Sahel Opera Film premieres at documenta 14


    Sahel Opera Film premieres...

    ‘Bintou Were, a Sahel Opera’ is now on film and will premiere at...

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  • Call for Proposals: Arab Documentary Photography Program


    Call for Proposals: Arab Documentary...

    The Prince Claus Fund (PCF) and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) in...

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  • Members of Belarus Free Theatre arrested


    Members of Belarus Free Theatre...

    This week, five members of the Belarus Free Theatre, a Prince Claus Fund partner,...

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  • Vo Trong Nghia receives Prince Claus Award in Hanoi


    Vo Trong Nghia receives Prince...

    On Thursday 30 March, H.E. Ambassador Nienke Trooster presented the Prince Claus...

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  • Announcing the 2017 Magnum Foundation Fund Grantees


    Announcing the 2017 Magnum...

    The Prince Claus Fund is pleased to announce the 2017 grantees of the recently...

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