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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  • Presentation of the 2015 Prince Claus Awards


    Presentation of the 2015 Prince...

    On 2 December, the 2015 Prince Claus Awards will take place in the presence...

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  • New Grantees for Syrian Beyond Arts Programme


    New Grantees for Syrian Beyond...

    The Prince Claus Fund and the British Council would like to congratulate the...

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  • First Aid training for Malian heritage professionals


    First Aid training for Malian...

        The Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response programme...

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  • Exhibition 'I know why the rebel sings'


    Exhibition 'I know why the...

    On 27 November join us for the opening of Newsha Tavakolian's exhibition  'I...

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  • Newsha Tavakolian in Conversation


    Newsha Tavakolian in Conversation

    The Prince Claus Fund and World Press Photo host a discussion with Principal...

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