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

Aminata Traore on the development of Africa

December 2006 -

Aminata Traore, author and former Minister of Culture from Mali, spoke about culture and development during the European Development Days in Brussels.

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CER conference: culture as a basic need

October 2006 -

"Ponder not only the consequences disasters have on culture, but also the impact culture has on humanitarian disasters," Jan Pronk urged the participants at the CER conference 'Culture is a basic need'.

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War and art practice in Lebanon

October 2006 -

Christine Tohme (1964, Libanon) is a cultural organiser, art activist and curator. She talks about the effects of the recent war on the art scene in Lebanon.

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Museum handbook translated for Portuguese African countries

September 2006 -

Professionalizing museums in the Lusofone countries of Africa was the objective of the work conference organised in Nairobi in late August.

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Culture is the fountain of our progress

July 2006 -

Abdul Sheriff on culture and development: "A narrow economistic interpretation of development is sterile, and has failed to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor within and between nations."

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"Hip Hop is the best way to reach large groups of young people"

June 2006 -

"I’m no expert on the Hip Hop culture in Gabon," says Brazilian Max Soares. "But my research in countries including Namibia, Angola, South Africa and Tanzania has taught met that Hip Hop is an extremely important part of today’s African culture.

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Dutch curators on a working visit to Africa

June 2006 -

"Art must first be presented in the corner of the eye. Then it gradually slides into main focus," says Guus Beumer. He is the director of Marres, a centre for contemporary art in the dutch town Maastricht. Early in May, he and about a dozen other curators from the Netherlands went to Senegal’s capital Dakar and Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa for a working visit.

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Lenin El-Ramly links humour and satire to drama and social involvement

June 2006 -

Egyptian author Lenin El-Ramly is a versatile writer who uses his work to link comedy to drama and social involvement. He utilizes a variety of genres, including parody, satire and the theatre of the absurd, in television series, films and plays.

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10 years Prince Claus Fund: Culture is not a luxury

June 2006 -

The Prince Claus Fund, platform for intercultural exchange, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Eleven people from the extensive network of the Fund explain why culture is not a luxury. Also, a speech on the topic of Culture and Development by Prince Claus, the inspirator of the Fund, is included in this special edition of the Power of Culture.

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