The Power of Culture

The Power of Culture is a website about culture and development. Culture is not a peripheral matter. The ideas, ideals and creativity of people are the driving force behind development towards more political, economic and social freedom. The Power of Culture reviews art and cultural expressions in conjunction with human rights, education, the environment, emancipation and democratisation. The site offers a list of projects, initiatives and objectives of Dutch organisations active in this area.
The site also reports on the part played by cultural organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and South-east Europe. News and background information illustrate how culture is inextricably entwined with ethics and policy. The Power of Culture also points the way to other internet sources, media and organisations. 


The Power of Culture
Herengracht 162
1016 BP Amsterdam
Tel +31 20 6386200


The Power of Culture is made on behalf of NCDO

With the co-operation of

Centre For International Heritage Activities
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
DOEN Foundation
European Cultural Foundation
Hivos Culture Fund
Hivos-NCDO Cultuurfonds
Mundial Productions
Prince Claus Fund
Royal Tropical Institute
Service Centre for International Cultural Activities / SICA
Theatre Embassy

Design, editing and production

Zeezeilen, Amsterdam

The editors

Alfred Marseille
Inge Ruigrok
Jos Schuring 
Marjan Terpstra
Marieke van der Velden


See the index of authors in the archive.

You can send press releases to


Atalanta, Utrecht
Christy de Back, Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel

The editors have done their best to arrange for the copyrights for the texts, photos and illustrations that appear on the site. If you believe you have rights to any of these items, which you wish to assert, we request that you contact the editors.