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, Lyons 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.


France at a glance

915 registered activities in 2018
featuring 385 artists

Number of activities
12 months (2018)

Activities by
discipline in 2018



1 - 18 of 2383 activities
Performing ArtsDance / Performance - Stage
Marseille, France

18 Dec 2019
Performing ArtsTheatre / Performance - Stage
Forbach, France

12 Dec 2019
Performing ArtsTheatre / Performance - Stage
Blois, France

27 Nov 2019

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