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

Living between hope and fear

May 2006 -

The world is in the grip of fear. According to the compilers of Culture of Hope, however, there is true hope in the life of many people in regions where living conditions are difficult.

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African opera on the rise

May 2006 -

The combination of Africa and opera is less alien that it would appear. The main ingredients - oration, song, dance, music and drama - form the core of African culture. The striking aspect is that it has taken so long for African opera to come into being.

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Indian publishing house Navayana against caste

April 2006 -

Navayana (Pali for 'new vehicle'), an independent Indian publishing house, seeks to forefront caste as the central faultline of Indian society. Navayana seeks to understand caste and the manner in which it animates aspects of everyday life, so that one can evolve strategies to fight it.

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The Changing Face of African Literature

April 2006 -

From 21 to 23 March 2006, the Centre for African Literary Studies organized a conference entitled "The Changing Face of African Literature" at the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. This conference was held in conjunction with the "Time of the Writer" festival in Durban.

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Debate on Beauty in the Philippines

March 2006 -

The conference The Politics of Beauty brought experts and artists from the entire world together in Manila to talk about what beauty is and how political developments affect what people experience as beauty. But beauty is also closely related to love.

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International discourse on non-Western Cultures in art

March 2006 -

One of the outcomes of globalization has been a greater engagement with art from non- Western centers. The cultural specificities of these locations and issues related to the process of assimilation into the mainstream were the focus of a recent seminar held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Audio archaeology on the Antilles

March 2006 -

His fascination for the music of the Antilles started with his hobby of collecting records and a high-school sweetheart from Curaçao. Years later, Tim de Wolf, historian and 'audio-archaeologist', stumbled upon an abandoned warehouse in Curaçao; after brushing away the cockroaches and feces he found lost Antillean culture.

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CinemAsia Film Festival attracts a wide, young audience

maart 2006 -

The CinemAsaia Film Festival is strikingly popular among young Dutch people with Asian roots, a group that is active within their own closed circuit in particular and therefore difficult to reach.

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Iranian photographer saves cultural heritage after Bam earthquake

februari 2006 -

After the destructive earthquake that struck Bam, photographer Parisa Damandan was able to save thousands of negatives from the rubble. Two years after the earthquake, the Iranian is still busy completing the project.

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The Sahel Opera’s artistic team gets to work

January 2006 -

"It’s challenging and stimulating but also very complex. We are four composers and over the next few days will discuss who is going to compose what." Tunde Jegede is a cellist, kora player and composer. He is of Nigerian stock and lives in London, where he pursues musical projects that span African and European cultures. Jegede is a member of the artistic team that is busy creating the Sahel Opera, the ambitious project conceived by Prince Claus as a top-notch showcase for the presentation of African talent to European audiences.

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