Culture is a basic need

Based on the principle that culture is a basic need, the Prince Claus Fund’s mission is to actively seek cultural collaborations founded on equality and trust, with partners of excellence, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited and cultural heritage is threatened.

The Prince Claus Fund is based in Amsterdam and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Postcode Lottery.


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"The decisive factor is the growing realisation that development and progress can be realised only by people themselves, in an environment where there is respect for one's own culture, own language and one’s own lifestyle. Without respect and trust in one’s own culture and traditions progress is difficult to achieve." 


  • The Prince Claus Fund invites students to apply for an internship at the Fund. The whole year there is a need for trainees to various activities:  - 
  • Please note this vacancy has been updated- We are now looking for a trainee September - December 2015 The Prince Claus...
  • Please note this vacancy is only available in Dutch. Het Prins Claus Prijzen programma is per direct tot eind december 2015...


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  • Successful benefit 'Amsterdam for Cultural Expression'


    Successful benefit 'Amsterdam...

    On 6 October 2015, the benefit ‘Amsterdam for Cultural Expression’...

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  • Ticket Fund Closed 15 Sept 2015- 1 February 2016


    Ticket Fund Closed 15 Sept...

    The Prince Claus Fund’s Ticket Fund supports the cross-cultural exchange...

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  • Announcing the 2015 Prince Claus Laureates


    Announcing the 2015 Prince...

    The 2015 Principal Prince Claus Award goes to Newsha Tavakolian. On 2 December...

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  • Return of the Soul at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery


    Return of the Soul at the...

    On 18 September the Prince Claus Fund Gallery celebrates the opening of the...

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  • Prince Claus Fund Announces New Director: Joumana El Zein Khoury


    Prince Claus Fund Announces...

    The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development announces the appointment...

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