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Here you can find information about activities, organisations and individuals supported by the Prince Claus Fund with extra information on the often complicated context in which activities are realised or partners of the Fund work in.
The articles are written in the context of the Fund’s two guiding themes for its support and activities – Zones of Silence and Beauty in Context. For the period of 2011-2015 Culture and Conflict is selected as a special theme. Previous themes - Creating Spaces of Freedom and Living Together - are integrated in the Fund’s conception of the two guiding themes.
Zones of Silence
The Prince Claus Fund creates space for people and activities that are hidden and silenced through exclusion, displacement, war and/or unjust local or national governments. Zones of silence which lack possibilities for individual and cultural expression require special attention because alternatives to the mainstream are of crucial importance in the functioning of a society. This theme transcends geographical boundaries and local opportunities are stimulated against the Fund’s background of the international network. (tag: zones of silence).
Beauty in Context
The Prince Claus Fund researches and analyses beauty in various environments and circumstances. The concept of beauty is indefinable, yet appealing to every individual. In international circles it is often considered to be elitist and undemocratic, as it is so culturally and socially related. However, the feelings connected to experiencing beauty are crucial in people’s daily lives. Therefore one of the Prince Claus Fund’s major themes is titled Beauty in Context. Because in the most challenging and complicated circumstances, beauty can still be of defining importance. (tag: beauty in context).
Special Focus 2011-2015: Culture and Conflict
Culture and Conflict is the Prince Claus Fund’s special focus between 2011 and 2015. The underlying notion for this focus is the recognition of the need for culture in the processing and prevention of conflict situations as they occur. In addition to food, shelter and medical care, culture is important in rebuilding a post-conflict society. Providing a sense of belonging and meaningfulness to daily life, cultural heritage forms a fundament on which societies are built. (tag: culture conflict).