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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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Vasyl Cherepanyn

Vasyl Cherepanyn

Vasyl Cherepanyn (1980, Ukraine) is Head of the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC, Kyiv) and an editor of the Political Critique magazine (Ukrainian edition). He works as a lecturer at the Cultural Studies Department of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy (aesthetics). Also he worked as a guest lecturer at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder),...

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Visual Culture Research Centre - VCRC

Visual Culture Research Centre - VCRC

Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC) is an interdisciplinary organization that works on the intersections of art, knowledge and politics. Its main cultural operations are in the fields of exhibition-making, publishing, organizing public debates and video production. VCRC was founded in 2008 as a joint initiative of young faculty, post-graduate and graduate students at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla...

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Eroll Bilibani

Eroll Bilibani

Eroll Bilibani is a producer, photographer and communications manager – currently the executive director of DokuFest. He is extensively involved in developing programs that use cinema and storytelling as platforms for social change, through creative educational packages designed to inspire young people. His current emphasis is development of methodical manuals aligned with the curriculum for...

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DokuFest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival

DokuFest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival

DokuFest is the largest cultural organization in Kosovo. Established in 2003 as an NGO it has achieved considerable success over 15 years to become the leading cultural organization in Kosovo running the largest cultural event in Kosovo. In addition the organization implements multiple projects throughout the year at the national and international level. Although its focus is film, the majority of...

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Goethe Institut

Goethe Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global network in 90 countries. It is an independent association funded by the German Foreign Office, fostering international cultural cooperation since 66 years. Their cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue...

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