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Netherlands/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.2 Cultural houses and community cultural clubs

Most larger cities host artists' societies. There is a long tradition of such organisations, which were mainly founded in the 18th and 19th centuries. Examples are the Amsterdam visual arts society Arti et Amicitiae, or its counterpart in The Hague, Pulchri. A limited number of non-artists are taken in as members; however, they pay a higher membership fee. Smaller cities or villages often have culture houses which accommodate activities ranging from language and art courses to exhibitions, performances and films. Culture houses often have facilities for children, cafés, restaurants and rooms for reading societies, etc. Municipalities are the main source of funding for cultural houses.

Chapter published: 19-03-2017

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