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Presentation Okwui Enwezor at ECF conference on engaged art

From 11 to 14 March, the European cultural Foundation (ECF) organised the conference Almost Real in Utrecht. Some one hundred and fifty visitors from Europe and the rest of the world participated in workshops and debates about art and social changes. The high point of the conference was a presentation by Okwui Enwezor titled The Artist as Producer in Times of Crisis. >>>

Conference Cairo and Beyond about the role of culture

Experts from fifty countries met in Amsterdam in March 2004 for the conference Cairo and Beyond - Reproductive Rights and Culture. Special focus was placed on the power of culture. >>>

Subsidy for youth theatre group Het Waterhuis

Theatre group Het Waterhuis will receive a structural annual of one hundred thousand euros from the Dutch Ministry of Development Cooperation. This troupe is often active in Africa with youth performances about subjects such as Aids and child soldiers. >>>

Fórum Cultural Mundial: super debate on art and culture

What part does art play in society and in the interests of the world's artists? Has globalisation destroyed or strengthened cultural diversity? >>>


Artist initiatives worldwide: exchanging ideas

Shifting Map is a publication by and about RAIN, a network of artists' platforms in Africa, Asia and Latin American. >>> 

Make Dutch culture mandatory for newcomers

Sixty percent of the population of the Netherlands believe that the country's culture should be mandatory for newcomers. That is the striking outcome of a survey performed by research institute TNS NIPO. >>>


Aga Khan Trust for Central Asia's musical heritage

The fourth edition of Strictly Mundial will be in Istanbul, Turkey on 21 April. The four-day world music fair is an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, partner of various Dutch organisations. >>>


CER pays part of furnishings for Baghdad university library

With the first gift from the Cultural Emergency Response (CER) fund, the reading room in the university library in Baghdad has been refurbished. >>>


South Africa's Freedom Day: an international festivity

Exactly one decade ago, South Africa elected Nelson Mandela as its first black president, liberating itself from apartheid for all time. In these months, cultural events throughout the world are highlighting South Africa's ten years of democracy. >>>



Since the 1990s, culture has occupied an increasingly prominent place on the international agenda. But the discussion about whether and how culture contributes to combating poverty and sustainable development has far to go. Part one in a series about culture and development policy in donor countries. >>>


South Africa Special

Interviews with Andries Oliphant (Arts and Culture Trust) and Magriet Leemhuis (Dutch Embassy Pretoria).
Articles on Dance Factory, Market Theatre Laboratory, Bag Factory and Film Resource Unit.


Eternal Egypt

An interactive website about the Egyptian civilisation, which is more than five thousand years old.


Amnesty International Filmfestival

The sixth edition of the Amnesty International Film Festival. >>>

European Cultural Foundation - 50 years

The European Cultural Foundation will celebrate its fiftieth birthday. >>>

Creative Clusters Conference in Brighton

Brighton (UK) will host the Creative Clusters Conference from 28 April to 1 May. >>>

Visible Visions exposition

Eleven modern artists from South Africa, Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands will respond to photographs and stories of twenty South African women. >>>


Archive 'Current Affairs'

'Current Affairs' since september 2001



The Power of Culture is an initiative by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, Cultural Collaboration, Education and Research Department.

with the co-operation of :
Hivos Cultuurfonds
Prins Claus Fonds
Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen
RAIN Artists Initiatives Network
European Cultural Foundation


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