Cultural Emergency Response (CER)

The Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme of the Prince Claus Fund provides first aid to cultural heritage damaged by man-made or natural disaster. CER was launched in 2003 in reaction to the looting and demolition of artworks from the National Museum of Iraq. Rescuing cultural heritage provides hope and consolation to affected communities and thereby contributes to restoring human dignity, continuity and a sense of identity. Culture is a basic need and cultural emergency relief should therefore be an integral part of humanitarian aid. 

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New Publication

How to safely evacuate at risk heritage objects?  Endangered Heritage: emergency evacuation of heritage collections is a self-help publication that illustrates a simple work-flow for documenting and moving threatened collections to temporary safe havens.

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ICC Landmark Case

The Prince Claus Fund has closely followed the groundbreaking ICC trial of Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi and welcomes his conviction for the deliberate destruction of nine mausoleums and a mosque in northern Mali. The Fund was asked by the BBC to comment on the importance of heritage in Timbuktu in light of the conviction

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Focus on Yemen 2016

Due to the urgent cultural needs in Yemen, the Cultural Emergency Response programme (CER) is activating its network in the country to support well-placed, local partners in a position to deliver solutions that prevent the destruction of heritage. 

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Expert Meeting

Libyans passionate about the country’s cultural heritage came together in early May 2016 for the International Expert Meeting on the Safeguard of Libyan Cultural Heritage. The three-day workshop sought to identify practical actions to engage civil society, customs and security services in protecting Libya’s numerous cultural heritage sites and in combating illicit trafficking through projects designed to safeguard the country’s shared cultural assets.  

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Training in Iraq

In partnership with the Universityof Pennsylvania, the Smithsonian Institution and ICCROM, the Cultural Emergency Response programme (CER) supported a ‘Cultural Heritage, Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Training’ in Iraq. The course, which was taught by the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH), trained seventeen local heritage professionals for a period of four weeks and was the first of its kind in Iraq. 

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Talukder's Collection

In partnership with the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF Maastricht), the Prince Claus Fund's Cultural Emergency Response programme (CER) recently supported the immediate safeguarding of a virtual memoir of one of the most acclaimed photographers of Bangladesh, the late Mr Rashid Talukder. His collection embodies the photographic, journalistic, socio-cultural and historical values of the nation.

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contact

For organisations or individuals seeking support from the Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response Programme, please contact Deborah Stolk, Coordinator Cultural Emergency Response at cer@princeclausfund.nl for more information or a blank project proposal form to be completed.

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procedure

For more information about CER’s criteria and procedures please click below

 

 

 

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latest CER activities

Screening of ‘The Destruction of Memory’

Thursday the 6th of April 2017, the Prince Claus Fund co-organizes a screening of the highly acclaimed documentary ‘The Destruction of Memory’ by filmmaker... read more


Prince Claus Fund at TEFAF Maastricht Fair...

As a partner of The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF), the Prince Claus Fund will have a visual presence at the art fair, starting 10 March 2017. TEFAF has supported... read more


Free Publication: how to safely evacuate...

Endangered Heritage: emergency evacuation of heritage collections, is a self-help... read more


2016 Prince Claus Awards presented in Amsterdam

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Why is culture so important?

We all take culture for granted sometimes. A movie, a concert, a play, a museum, a novel - culture is part of our lives. But in many places, access to culture can be difficult and being... read more