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Please note: we are currently updating the information below for the new policy period 2021-2024.

France is a priority country in Dutch International Cultural Policy 2017 - 2020. Its capital, Paris, is a global hotspot for photography, fashion, art-dealing, heritage and theatre. Cities like Avignon (theatre), Cannes (film), Marseille, Lyon and Arles (photography) are also cultural magnets. What’s more, France is not far from the Netherlands and therefore it is attractive for the Dutch cultural field to work with the French.

Cultural Cooperation
We detect Dutch-French cooperation in all creative disciplines and industries. The market is especially fruitful for Dutch architects and urban planners, thanks to transparency in the French public tenders system. There is also a high level of lending traffic between our museums and Dutch literature and performing arts can count on more and more interest.
The joint, comprehensive multi-year strategy for 2017-2020 focuses on fields in which the Netherlands is strong and that also offer opportunities in France: photography, books, the design disciplines, film and the performing arts. Accordingly there is special emphasis on talent development. Furthermore, recently the Van Doesburghuis in Meudon reopend as residency for Dutch artists.

Atelier Néerlandais
The Atelier Néerlandais, founded by the Netherlands Embassy in Paris in 2014, is a central locale for Dutch artists and organisations. The Atelier offers a springboard to France, practical support, and advice on exploring the French culture and market. It functions as the Dutch base during fairs and festival weeks such as Paris Photo, D’Days, FIAC, Futur en Seine, Paris Design Week and the spring and fall fashion weeks in Paris.

In order to promote Dutch culture in France, the Netherlands Embassy in Paris is partnering with the EYE Film Institute, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Performing Arts Fund NL and Dutch Performing Arts, the Mondriaan Fund, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, Creative Industries Fund NL, Netherlands Enterprise Agency , Topteam Creatieve Industrie , Het Nieuwe Instituut and DutchCulture.


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France at a glance

281 registered activities in 2020
featuring 129 artists

Number of activities
12 months (2020)

Activities by
discipline in 2020


Frequently asked questions

FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Where can I find funding in the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands the means for international cultural cooperation are delegated to the national funds. The fund that works for your art form or discipline, has one or several subsidy schemes for internationalisation. To make sure the program fits your project, contact the advisors of the fund before starting the process of application. These are the funds:

Creative Industries Fund NL for Design, Creative Industries, Architecture, Digital Culture
> Grant Program for Internationalisation

Mondriaan Fund for Visual Arts
> Subsidy for foreign contemporary art platforms to present work by Dutch(-based) living artists. Invited artists can also apply.
> Travel grants to travel to foreign contemporary art platforms for a lecture, workshop or performance.

Performing Arts Fund 
Performing Arts (theater, dance, music, opera)
> Grants for foreign organisations to invite Dutch(-based) artists
> Internationalisation grants for Dutch(-based) artists

Dutch Film Fund for Audiovisual media, film, documentary
The Film Fund has several subsidy schemes to support co-productions and distribution (film & documentary).

Dutch Foundation for Literature
The Dutch Foundation for Literature has several subsidies for internationalisation:
> Translation grants for foreign publishers
> Travel grants

Cultural Participation Fund for communal arts, cooperation, projects with non-professionals
> The development grant within the international cooperation scheme by the Cultural Participation Fund is available for all disciplines and designated for finding partners abroad.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency is not a national fund but also offers on behalf of various ministries and the European Union subsidies for companies in the creative industries.

Check for other funding options, such as regional and private funding, the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide for the Netherlands 2019/2020.

Where can I find funding within France?

In France the cultural policy is formulated by the Ministry of Culture (Ministère de la Culture). Here you find their subventions and other aides. Please note these are eligible only to artists and artistic organisations in France.

The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministère des affaires étrangères) jointly framed an International Cultural Policy. The policy aims to promote French culture abroad and build international relations through cultural exchange. Bilateral exchange happens often in special projects, such as the organisation of a ‘year of France’ in another country or by inviting a guest country to organise a ‘season’ in France.

The national and international cultural policies are executed by the Institut français de Paris. The network of French cultural institutes abroad (both Institut français and Alliance française) diffuse the French language and culture at a local level. In the Netherlands, an Institut français is located in Amsterdam and Groningen. This cultural institution can act as a partner for cultural projects with a French component in the Netherlands, or provide aid if you want to invite French (speaking) artists.

On the website of On the move you find elaborate cultural mobility funding guides for France. Here an overview of the public sector and here one of private funds.

Are there funding opportunities within Europe?

Creative Europe

Creative Europe (2014-2020) is the seven-year support program by the European commission for the cultural and audio-visual sector, and consists of two subprograms: Culture and MEDIA. The Creative Europe Desk of the Netherlands is part of DutchCulture. Be aware that there are many strict conditions to be considerate before applying for this program. The project has to be a cooperation between at least three European countries, a Belgian-Dutch cooperation is therefore not eligible.

Europe for Citizens

Europe for Citizens is the European Union's funding programme to support cooperation projects by citizens, local governments and civil society organizations in the EU. From 2014-2020, 185 million euro is available to support European projects where citizens meet, discuss the future of Europe and remember the (recent) turbulent past of the EU. Europe for Citizens Point NL promotes awareness and understanding of the programme, and provides free advice and support for applicants from the Netherlands. Every participating country has such a contact point. More about Europe for Citizens in Dutch can be found here.

Besides these two programmes of the European Commissions, there are more European funding opportunities, and within the two programmes, there are different calls and subprograms. This funding guide can help you on your way.

How can I promote my work in France?

It is a good idea to engage local publicists, that have an understanding of your art discipline, audience and region. The cultural department of the Dutch Embassy in Paris can help you find network or promote your work through their channels. By becoming a member of the Atelier Neerlandais, a cultural space founded by the Dutch Embassy in the centre of Paris, you can use the space and facilities to show work or meet French peers. The Atelier also has a large network and connects Dutch to French artists and creatives.

Lastly, don't forget to let DutchCulture know! This way you will be included in our database and become part of our network.

What rules and regulations do I need to consider?


EU citizens do not need a visa to work in France. If you have a passport from outside the EU, it is wise to check the rules with your country's representatives in the Netherlands. The French organisation MobiCulture offers information for cultural professionals in France. Read more here on visa regulations when visiting France as a non-EU artist.

Disclaimer: The information given above is mainly provided by the French authorities. In case of any doubt or further questions, please contact the French Embassy in The Hague. 

Social security

PEARLE* Live Performance Europe, a European performing arts employers’ organisation, wrote a guide on social security in an international context, as part of their series The Ultimate Cookbook for Cultural Managers in 2016. The guide offers a detailed but accessible explanation of how social security works for namely those working in the performing arts within the EU, with a wealth of practical tips and illustrative examples. The guide can be found here.

The website of the Dutch Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB) offers a lot of information on social security when working internationally, with specific information for artists. The information is available in five languages.

Your Europe. Your Europe is an extensive knowledge database about living and working in the EU, with specific information on working across borders available in all 24 official European. Specific information on social security cover in the EU can be found here, as well as a very useful Frequently Asked Questions page. Direct enquiries can be submitted to the team of legal experts from Your Europe Advice.


As artists are highly mobile these days, there are specific rules to avoid that one would not pay taxes. Everyone needs to pay income taxes, but when you have earned your income in different countries in which country should you pay? And how can you avoid double taxation? The above mentioned organisation PEARLE also published a guide on artist taxation in an international context. This booklet provides information on special tax rules for (performing) artists, both for the country of work or performance and the country of residence.

Above that, the Netherlands has tax treaties with a number of countries. In many cases this means that the taxes you pay in one of the countries are deductible from the taxes you owe in another country, or that you are exempt from paying certain taxes. Here you can find an overview of the countries with which the Netherlands has a treaty. Very many matters in the EU are centrally regulated, but taxes differ in each country, and some countries have signed bilateral tax treaties. For information about existing tax treaties between specific European countries, go to the website of Your Europe.

How can I find a residency, stage to perform, exhibition space?

Browse trough the DutchCulture Database and figure out which artists from the Netherlands have worked at which venues, and start your research this way. Go to the search icon on the upperleft corner of the website, and search by discipline, country and city.

For residencies, the organisation Transartists, which is also part of DutchCulture, is a great research tool. In order to successfully build an international career, and in order to find sustainable partners in a country, it always wise to spend more than a few days somewhere. Residencies, ranging from a couple of weeks until several months, can help you to achieve that.