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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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Iraq - Impossible Theatre

Iraq - Impossible Theatre

Years of bitter sectarian conflict in Iraq make it difficult for people from different groups to speak to each other. The Impossible Theatre established a form of wordless performance that allowed people of various ethnicities, regions and religions to perform together. With Prince Claus Fund support, they trained amateur actors and toured remote areas of the country, performing in five cities. Their...

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Iran - Newsha Tavakolian

Iran - Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian is an extraordinary Iranian photographer and photojournalist who challenges western stereotypes and oversimplifications of life in Iran. Her work captures the complexities and ambiguities of Iranian society and extends beyond to other countries in the Middle East and Africa.  She mentors young photographers and is a founding member of the EVE international collective of women...

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Yemen -  Cinema Club

Yemen - Cinema Club

In Yemen, civil conflict and conservative religious groups had closed down nearly all the cinema houses. Samah Nasr Alshagdari, a poet who loves movies, got together with friends and set up a temporary space in the capital Sana’a. With Prince Claus Fund support, they organized weekly screening of Arabic and international films followed by lively discussions of relevant themes that were raised...

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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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