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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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Jant Bi

Jant Bi

The Jant-Bi Company was set up in 1998. It consisted of dancers who had participated in the first professional workshop for traditional and contemporary African dance. This was held in Toubab Dialaw (Senegal) from January to March 1998 and was organized by Germaine Acogny, the artistic director of the Jant-Bi Association. The company is part of the École des Sables , the International Center...

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Triangle  Arts Trust

Triangle Arts Trust

The Triangle Arts Trust (TAT) is a network that encourages excellence in the visual arts. By promoting an exchange of practice and ideas, it provides stimuli and opportunities for artists to realise their potential. The Trust’s activities lie outside of the institutional frameworks of colleges, museums and galleries, and are focused on providing space where the creative process can develop through...

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Komunitas  Salihara

Komunitas Salihara

Komunitas Salihara started as Komunitas Utan Kayu, a small arts centre in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was founded by several patrons of the Tempo magazine, approximately one year after the magazine had been closed down by the government in 1994. Some authors, intellectuals, artists, and journalists were also involved in its establishment. The project director Ayu Utami was a Prince Claus Award Laureate...

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Associação  Cultural VideoBrasil

Associação Cultural VideoBrasil

Associação Cultural Videobrasil is a non-profit, Brazilian organization founded in 1991 by the organizers of the VideoBrasil International Electronic Art Festival and a group of artists interested in encouraging Brazilian experimental video. Today it is the centre of a major cultural network that aims at strengthening the exchange of experiences between Southern Hemisphere countries....

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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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