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." 



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  • 2014 Prince Claus Fund Annual Report


    2014 Prince Claus Fund Annual...

    The Prince Claus Fund is proud to present the results of its activities in 2014.

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  • Tran Luong receives the Prince Claus Award in Vietnam


    Tran Luong receives the Prince...

    Tran Luong received the Prince Claus Award in Vietnam on 9 April 2015 from Dutch...

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  • Rosina Cazali Receives Prince Claus Award in Guatemala


    Rosina Cazali Receives Prince...

    Congratulations to Rosina Cazali on receiving her Prince Claus Award this week...

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  • Open Call: Drama, Diversity and Development


    Open Call: Drama, Diversity...

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  • First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis


    First Aid to Cultural Heritage...

    From 30 March to 24 April 2015, 21 professionals from risk-prone areas such...

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