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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Prince Claus

"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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  • Prince Claus Fund Gallery Opening with Invisible Borders


    Prince Claus Fund Gallery...

    Join us 19 September for the opening of the renovated Prince Claus Fund Gallery!...

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  • Philippines, San Guillero de Aquitana Parish Church


    Philippines, San Guillero...

    San Guillero de Aquitana Paris Church is located on Bohol Island, where one...

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  • Emergency repair Husn (fort) of Qarn Majid, in Wadi Daw'an, Hadramut


    Emergency repair Husn (fort)...

    The Husn of Qarn Majid, a beautiful historical fort in Yemen, suffered...

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  • Training in First Aid to Cultural Heritage - Call for applicants


    Training in First Aid to Cultural...

    Are you looking to become a cultural heritage first-responder? Apply before...

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  • Reconstruction of traditional step wells in India


    Reconstruction of traditional...

    This year Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response programme supported...

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