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Netherlands/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

In 2004, the governments of Flanders and the Netherlands set up a joint venture in order to ensure that Dutch Flemish culture would be firmly rooted in the concept of a Europe of many cultures. Together, they created the Flemish-Dutch House, which opened in June 2004. In Brussels, the house, called The Neighbours' [Huis deBuren], was given the task of presenting and documenting the culture of the Low Countries on a permanent basis, as well as providing a platform for debate on culture, society and politics in the Netherlands, Flanders and Europe (see also chapter 4.2.2).

Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development

The Prince Claus Fund, set up in 1996 by the late Royal Highness Prince Claus, operates on an intercontinental scale and aims at increasing cultural awareness and promoting the exchange between culture and development, thereby focussing especially on developing countries. As well as granting subsidies and giving awards to mainly non-European artists and intellectuals, the Prince Claus Fund creates platforms for debate and stimulates  creative processes and artistic productions.

As a platform for intercultural exchange, the Prince Claus Fund works jointly with individuals and organisations mainly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean on the realisation of activities and publications which reflect a contemporary approach to the themes of culture and development. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Postcode Lottery support the Prince Claus Fund.

For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section

Chapter published: 13-03-2017

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