The Power of Culture


No money for Havana Biennial because of increased repression in Cuba

The Prince Claus Fund and Hivos will not provide financial support to the 2003 Havana Biennial this year because of increased repression by the Cuban government. What considerations prompted this decision? >>>

PULSE: artists in social projects

The South African collective PULSE has invited artists to participate in Hive, a project for Aids victims. >>>

International conference wants to protect cultural diversity

Specialists from non-western countries will meet this month in Amsterdam for the Reclaiming Cultural Diversity conference. Three public debates will be conducted simultaneously. >>>

Art in the 'new' Angola

A group of young artists in the Angolan coastal city of Benguela sees an important role for itself in the ‘new’ Angola. >>>

Brazilian girls learn to break through taboos with photos and video

Photographing their living environment forces girls to think about the role patterns in which they grew up. That is the idea behind this new initiative. >>>

Festival designed to refine the Danish image of Asia

The Images of Asia festival will be held in Denmark from 8 August through 26 September. About 450 Asiatic artists and intellectuals are participating in the event. >>>

Achievements of the Tunisian Woman

Leïla Ben Ali, wife of the Tunisian president, opened The Tunisian Woman, partner with equal rights conference in August. >>>

Locarno Festival: Top prizes for Hubert Bals Fund films and symposium about films from developing countries

Two films to which the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) has contributed won first and second prize at the 56th Locarno Film Festival. >>>

Stillness in the African film Abouna

Abouna tells the story of two boys in West-Africa longing for their vanished father. >>>

Next 5 Minutes links art and politics

The Next 5 Minutes festival, to be held from 11 through 14 September in the Balie in Amsterdam, continually blurs the interface between art/culture, development, activism and media technology. >>>


 Two movements in the non-western policy of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.

Africa in the picture


Largest African film festival in Europe
The Africa in the Picture film festival shows a unique cross-section of recent films, short films and documentaries from Africa and the African diaspora that are seldom or never seen in the Netherlands. The seventh edition of this biennial festival will be held from 3 through 14 September 2003 in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht and Eindhoven. More information can be found on the Africa in the Picture web site,
Read our review of Abouna, as well.

You can find more exhibitions, cultural events and gatherings in 'World in action', the schedule on the International Collaboration web site.


september 2003