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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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The 2017  Prince Claus Laureates

The 2017 Prince Claus Laureates

Documentary filmmaker Vincent Carelli (Brazil) and new media designer and environmentalist Ma Jun (China) will jointly receive the Principal Prince Claus Award from HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands.    Five additional Prince Claus Awards will be presented to: Khadija Al-Salami (documentary filmmaker,...

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Diébédo Francis Kéré

Diébédo Francis Kéré

Diébédo Francis Kéré (1965, Gando, Burkina Faso) is an architect who creates buildings of great beauty that meet people’s needs. He shows that architecture can be a generous profession dedicated to increasing people’s well-being. His designs are based on ecological principles and sustainability. He uses local materials and merges local building...

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Amar Kanwar

Amar Kanwar

Amar Kanwar (1964, New Delhi, India) is a visual artist and social activist committed to developing art as a vehicle for social justice. He documents such difficult topics as oppression, sexual violence, poverty and the appropriation of land and resources. He draws on poetic imagery, archival material and the voices of those affected to create a multilayered narrative at the interface...

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Brigitte Baptiste

Brigitte Baptiste

Brigitte Baptiste (1963, Bogota, Colombia) is a scientist, an advocate of gender diversity and an inspiring public intellectual. She has been an important contributor to the concept of socio-ecosystems, which takes an integrated approach to nature and society, a concept successfully applied in protecting Colombia’s wetlands. She is director of the Alexander von Humboldt Biological...

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L’Art Rue

L’Art Rue

L’Art Rue (2006, Tunis, Tunisia) is an association that is transforming life in Tunis through reappropriating public space for creative expression and public participation. Founded in 2006 by choreographers and dancers Selma and Sofiane Ouissi, L’Art Rue runs a range of activities. It takes art to children and teenagers in schools, organises workshops for artists and urban...

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