Prince Claus Fund

Herengracht 603
1017 CE Amsterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0)20 344 9160

The Prince Claus Fund is a private fund with the objective of increasing the understanding of cultures and to encourage interaction between culture and development. The Prince Claus Fund supports activities in this field by granting subsidies, awarding prizes and publishing books.

In addition, the Fund supports and encourages networks and innovative cultural activities. The people of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean are eligible for grants.

More about the Prince Claus Fund at the Power of Culture

The African book sector is in trouble

July 2007 -

The African publishing industry is in danger of dying slowly as a result of poverty, a weak reading culture, stiff competition from better equipped multi-national companies, little or no support from the governments, the World Bank and donors. But there is still hope, says Kenyan publisher Dr Chakava.

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Reyum: welcoming institution for Cambodian culture

May 2007 -

Once an exhibition space for art teachers, Reyum in Phnom Penh developed itself into a renowned forum for research, documentation, management and promotion of both traditional and contemporary Cambodian art and culture.

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Enthusiastic reactions to Sahel Opera in Bamako

March 2007 -

After overcoming numerous obstacles, in part due to the sudden death of the producer late in 2006, Bintou Wéré, un Opéra du Sahel finally premiered in Mali’s capital Bamako on 17 February 2007. A few reactions from the audience.

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Musée National du Mali: Art conservation, research and prevention

March 2007 -

Mali's National Museum is a lively and active institution that plays a prominent part in combating art theft and cultural heritage trade in the region. A portrait of the winner of the Prince Claus Award in 2006.

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Cheick Oumar Sissoko on Mali's cultural policy

February 2007 -

In a Tuareg tent at the Festival au Desert, Minister of Culture Cheick Oumar Sissoko explains his policy.

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Premiere Sahel Opera

February 2007 -

Bintou Were, un Opéra du Sahel will premiere on 17 February 2007 in a specially designed open air theatre on the bank of the Niger in Bamako, Mali.

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Choreographer Germaine Acogny on contemporary African dance

February 2007 -

The Senegalese founder of modern African dance, Germaine Acogny, combines traditional and modern dance. Her newest production – Waxtaan, being performed on 1, 2 and 4 February in the Amsterdam Muziektheater – teases African politicians.

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Art in Afghanistan: the revealing of cruelty and banality

January 2007 -

Prince Claus Fund laureate 2006 Lida Abdul on the possible – and desirable – role of the arts in present Afghan society.

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Michael Mel: "I had to re-learn my own language"

December 2006 -

He is professor of visual arts at the University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea, and he writes plays. Michael Augustine Mel, laureate of the Prince Claus Fund, acquired fame for his writings which include Chanted Tales.

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Alternative Nobel Prize for international poetry festival Medellin

December 2006 -

The Right Livelihood Awards will be presented in the Swedish parliament on 8 December 2006, on the eve of the official presentation of the Nobel Prizes. One of the striking winners this year is the Festival Internacional de Poesia de Medellin (Colombia).

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