Culture Arcade A playful way to explore and connect

Galli Cricket From The Series Pakistanc Omar Gilani

Galli Cricket from the series Pakistan+

(c) Omar Gilani

Join us! Culture Arcade is taking over the Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam through 12 October 2018. Come play in our interactive exhibition and game room. Culture Arcade features games with cultural themes that offer creative insights into the value of cultural heritage around the world. Get an impression by checking out our online photo album

Admission is free

Location:  Prince Claus Fund Gallery - Herengracht 603, Amsterdam

Dates: 31 August - 12 October 2018

Open gaming hours: Wednesdays 13:00 - 17: 00, Thursdays 13:00 - 17:00, Saturdays 10:00 - 17:00

We're hosting events at Culture Arcade:

Tuesday 4 September 17.00-19.00 Preparing for Disaster - with heritage Experts Lama Abboud and Samuel Franco 

Friday 21 September 17.15- 19.00 Digital artist extraordinaire Omar Gilani discusses his sci-fi vision of Pakistan’s future 

Monday 1 October 18.00- 19.30 tRASHY CLOTHING founder Shukri Lawerence from Palestine/Lebanon on fashion as expression

Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays  09.00-13.00 (Re)building Heritage with Minecraft Workshops- Visit the Culture Arcade to reconstruct lost heritage using Minecraft. The reconstructions are inspired by the Prince Claus Fund’s previous rescue operations of heritage threatened by natural disasters or conflict situations. 

About the Culture Arcade

The Prince Claus Fund together with the VALUE Foundation have opened Culture Arcade to draw attention to games as a creative means to understanding other cultures. Through video games and narratives, players can enter the reality of people they may know little about, particularly in the countries where the Fund is active, in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Also at Culture Arcade, lose yourself in sci-fi works by Omar Gilani, a young digital artist from Pakistan, whose imagination takes his country into a fantasy future.

Omar is a digital artist, illustrator and designer from Peshawar, Pakistan. He was trained as an engineer, with an MSc in Mechanical Design and an MPhil in Robotics. He decided to build a career that is more in line with his interests and started working as a visual designer and consultant in various fields including corporate design, mobile games and apps, animated TV series and product marketing campaigns. Gilani was supported by the Prince Claus Fund in 2017.

“I wanted to explore Pakistan in an alternate reality, within genres I was personally interested in, which are science fiction and fantasy. I wanted to show how things remain the same no matter how much they may appear to change. And, of course, I just wanted to make trucks fly.” – Omar Gilani 

About the Prince Claus Fund

The Prince Claus Fund supports, connects and celebrates artists and cultural practitioners where cultural expression is under pressure.


VALUE is a Dutch Foundation that works internationally to design, facilitate, and conduct research, development, and outreach on the crossroads of gaming and academia.