The Prince Claus Fund is connected to an expansive global network of artists, cultural organisations and critical thinkers.


When asked what the Fund's motto 'Culture is a Basic Need' means to them, we received the following responses from various project partners:

"Culture is intricately linked to social and political questions; like food, shelter, health and education, we have an absolutely essential need to make our individual cultural expressions seen and heard; culture thus is a question of our survival. Hence, it is our right to be able to make our own cultural expressions, without having to succumb to the powers of cultural hegemonies." – Bhowmik, Bangladesh and India

"It means that Culture makes people look at each other like humans and not like numbers, not like consumers, not like machine components."  – Shahnoza Karimbabaeva, Uzbekistan

"Culture is the only factor that is universal to all societies and it connects us as a universal language. It’s the secret element that connects us to great collective unconscious. I also believe that it is as essential to us as the other well-established basic physical needs."                – Shehzad Chowdhury, Bangladesh

"To me, culture is human. A strong, free, real human will create a strong, free, real culture."    – Nguyen Phuong Linh, Vietnam

"The human need to express is the root of creativity." – Karen Ocampo Flores, Philippines

"Culture is a basic need because as a shared experience a group of people, nation or civilization, it mirrors the memory, spirit, struggles and the aspirations of humanity."       – Liza Maza, the Philippines

"No society can function without culture. Hence, culture is a basic need, and practicing it should be a basic right."  – Yuki Poudyal, Nepal


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Boris  Dittrich

Boris Dittrich

Former Member of the Board of the Prince Claus Fund (active 2009-2017) Advocacy Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender programme for Human Rights Watch, New York, USA

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Marjorie  Boston

Marjorie Boston

Former Member of the Board of the Prince Claus Fund (active 2009-2017)   

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Bregtje  van der Haak

Bregtje van der Haak

Former Board Member of the Prince Claus Fund Board (active 2009-2017) Former Chairperson Prince Claus Awards Committee. Documentary Filmmaker and Publicist. Bregtje van der Haak is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. Since 1997, she has been directing documentaries on social change with a focus on urban life and globalisation,...

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Lilian Gonçalves-Ho Kang You

Lilian Gonçalves-Ho Kang You

Lilian Gonçalves-Ho Kang You served as Chairperson of the Board of the Prince Claus Fund until May 2013.

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Marcel  Smits

Marcel Smits

CFO of Sara Lee Corporation, Chicago, USA

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