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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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Goethe Institut

Goethe Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global network in 90 countries. It is an independent association funded by the German Foreign Office, fostering international cultural cooperation since 66 years. Their cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue...

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Angus Mol

Angus Mol

Network Coordinator (interim)

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Lavinia Leahy

Lavinia Leahy

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Heleen de Hoog

Heleen de Hoog

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Lutfia Rabbani Foundation

Lutfia Rabbani Foundation

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