De Kracht van Cultuur
culture as the driving force behind developmentmay2004 nederlands

Culture focal point of donor conference

Culture in development formed the central theme of a donor conference held in Sweden's capital Stockholm on 26 and 27 February. During the meeting, which was organised by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), delegates presented the framework for cultural development cooperation of their countries, and discussed ways that would ensure better donor coordination and efficiency. >>>

Video workshop in Morocco gives people a look at themselves

How do the new media influence contemporary Moroccan art? And how can this art play a part in social change in this society? These questions were the starting point for the Media Art Workshop, held from 12 to 24 April 2004 in the Institut Français in Agadir, Morocco. >>>

Prince Claus fund supports performance of I La Galigo in Indonesia

The Prince Claus fund will be supporting the performances of the Indonesian music-theatre production I La Galigo in Indonesia because of the importance of this piece to the cultural heritage of the people of Sulawesi. >>>

Dak'Art portrays the influence of globalisation on African art

In May 2004 the sixth biennial for contemporary African art, 'Dak'Art', will commence in Dakar, Senegal. This event has become an important stage for African art. >>>

Culture Council gives negative recommendation regarding Tropenmuseum Junior

The Culture Council has advised the Netherlands' Junior Minister for Culture to stop structural OCW (Education, Culture and Science) subsidy for Tropenmuseum Junior. Museum staff members are astounded. >>>


Kanoon, Tropenmuseum Junior's partner

In September 2003, Tropenmuseum Junior opened Paradise and Co. about Iran. Continuing along this theme, the museum initiated thirty Dutch and thirty Iranian children learn about one another's cultures via Internet, video letters, photography, animation and art. The Iranian partner for this project is Kanoon. >>>


Circus in Ethiopia for street children and AIDS orphans

In Ethiopia, the circus is more than performing feats. Street children and AIDS orphans there are trained as performers, and their songs deal with topics including AIDS and children's rights. >>>


Sharing cultures in a larger Europe

One week before the European Union welcomed ten new member states, the European Cultural Foundation celebrated its fiftieth birthday under the title 'Fifty years of sharing cultures'. >>>



Culture is increasingly prominent on the international agenda. But the discussion about whether and how culture contributes to combating poverty and sustainable development has far to go. Part two in a series about culture and development policy by donor countries: Finland. >>>


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.



Migrantsoul displays photographs of migrants from Bangladesh, throughout Asia and Europe.


Culturally Coloured festival in Zeeland

The fifteenth edition of the 'Festival Cultureel Gekleurd' was held in the Dutch province of Zeeland from 23 April to 4 May 2004. >>>

Tentoonstelling over verplaatsing van kunstenaars

The Gate Foundation in Amsterdam is hosting the exposition 'Mappingsysteem' by Bülent Evren from 24 April through 29 May 2004. >>>

Book presentation at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten

On 12 May 2004 the Amsterdam Rijksakademie will host the presentation of the book Shifting Map: artists' platforms and strategies for cultural diversity. >>>


Archive 'Current Affairs'

'Current Affairs' since september 2001



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