Post Cultuur: Nederlandse ambassades met budget voor cultuur en ontwikkeling

Egypte

ANJA VAN DE PUT: "There isn’t much interest in art in Egypt yet, but it’s growing. Egypt doesn't really have a middle class. The rich are often abroad, but people from lower income classes are slowly starting to discover art and culture. Culture is used here as a means of social innovation.

The cultural sector is mainly state-organized, bureaucratic and not very innovative, but the number of independent organizations is growing. Plenty is happening, increasingly so, but the audience is small; to most people art is new and strange.

We are mainly working together with the new independent organizations and that is going really well. They know how to find the embassy, also because most embassies only give subsidies to bilateral projects. Most of the projects that we support are applied for by local organizations, we don't usually take the initiative ourselves. We support all kinds of projects including major archaeological projects, contemporary art, intercultural cooperation and exchange.

Exchanges with the Netherlands are mainly part of the major archaeological projects, but sometimes Dutch visual artists come to work here in Egypt for extensive periods of time.

What really appeals to me personally is the fact that a cultural infrastructure is being created to make things happen – for and by the local population. That way a new form of culture is created while maintaining or incorporating a renewed knowledge of old culture as in, for example, the project for traditional music."

 

 

Culture Budget 200.000 euro (C&D fund, LCF en PKP)   Since1996

 

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