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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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Syria - Omar Imam

Syria - Omar Imam

Syrian photographer and filmmaker, Omar Imam, fled his hometown, Damascus, in 2012. Now based in the Netherlands, Omar feels mainstream depictions of refugees do not do justice to their humanity. His project ‘Live, Love, Refugee’ captures refugee realities and aspirations in surprising, sometime humorous, thought-provoking ways. ‘Live Love Refugee’ was supported by the 2015...

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Libya - Haua Fteah

Libya - Haua Fteah

With Prince Claus Fund support, archeologists in Libya have been able to protect a cave that holds artefacts dating back 140,000 years. Experts believe that Haua Fteah, one of the largest caves in the world, was occupied by an exceptionally inventive and advanced group of Paleolithic hunters. The cave also contains rich evidence of how subsequent cultures moved from hunting-gathering to agriculture...

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Amsterdam Fund for the Arts

Amsterdam Fund for the Arts

The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) invests in the arts which enriches the experience of life in the city of Amsterdam. The AFK encourages the quality, dynamism and diversity of the arts in Amsterdam, and contributes to the city's strong and richly varied cultural climate. The fund is available to all disciplines...

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Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake

Marietje Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. She serves on the International Trade committee and is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Schaake also serves on the committee on Foreign...

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Nydia Gutierrez

Nydia Gutierrez

The Museo de Antioquia was established in 1881. It is located in the center of Medellín, one of the most conflictual cities in the world, and in a country that has long been affected with armed conflict and tremendous deficits in its development model. In its 120 years of existence, the Museum has developed an extensive art collection that focuses on Colombian history (from pre-Colombian to...

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