The Netherlands and Suriname have a rich historical relationship, that also continues in the mutual interest in cultural cooperation.
Suriname is known as the country where people live in harmony with each other. All population groups are reflected on all layers of the social ladder. The (religious) holidays of the various population groups are collectively celebrated, and one of Suriname’s best known facts is that a mosque, and a synagogue are neighbors and support each other for decades.
The Netherlands and Suriname are inseparably linked by more than 300 years of history. The shared history, the common language, an very active diaspora and the social networks between the two countries form the basis for a strong relationship between the two countries. The interest in cultural cooperation is therefore great.
Identity formation, and emancipation are important theme’s within the program for Suriname. The Netherlands gives priority to the exchange in performing arts, music and the diaspora.
The ambitions are mainly aimed at increasing the appreciation and visibility of Dutch art in Suriname; promoting the sense of ownership of shared cultural heritage; connecting various population groups in Suriname with each other, and with the diaspora in the Netherlands.
Shared Cultural Heritage
The Dutch embassy in Paramaribo mainly supports projects relating to historical inner cities, and image / identity through the shared cultural heritage policy. The old town of Paramaribo is on the Unesco World Heritage List. Redevelopment of the city and redevelopment of heritage sites (also outside the city, eg Commewijne) contribute to the preservation and promotion of heritage tourism and ensure positive image formation. The Dutch embassy in Paramaribo and Dutch Culture jointly implement these policy plans.
Suriname at a glance
featuring 17 artists
12 months (2019)
discipline in 2019
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I find funding within 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 internationalization. To make sure the program fits your project, contact the advisors of the fund before starting the process of application. These are funds:
for Design, Creative Industries, Architecture, Digital Culture
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.
for Performing Arts (theater, dance, music, opera)
> Grants for foreign organizations to invite Dutch(-based) artists
> Internationalization grants for Dutch(-based) artists
for Audiovisual media, Film, Documentary
The Film Fund has several subsidy schemes to support co-productions and distribution (film & documentary).
The Dutch Foundation for Literature has several subsidies for internationalization:
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.
for 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 Surinam?
The funding possibilities within Surinam are limited. However, the Dutch embassy in Surinam has some budget available for cultural makers. It is also advisable to contact the DutchCulture advisor on Surinam for more information on this.
- How can I promote my work in Surinam?
It is advisable to connect with local professionals working in your discipline in Surinam to broaden your network and share experiences and knowledge. Also, many cultural professionals from The Netherlands have working experience in Surinam, so it might be useful to contact them and hear about their experiences. For connections and recommendations you can always get in touch with DutchCulture.
Make sure to contact the Dutch Embassy in Paramaribo to inform them about your projects, and do not forget to let DutchCulture know! This way you will be included in our Database and become part of our network.
- What sort of visa do I need for travelling to Surinam?
To enter Surinam you need an E-visa. You can only purchase the E-visa online via the Surinamese consulate. Visit this website for all the topical information about visa application.
- How can I find a residency, stage to peform, exhibition space?
DutchCulture has an online database that makers can turn to for details about Dutch cultural events that took place internationally. This, of course, also includes Dutch events that took place within Surinam. This database could be a good starting point to find interesting venues and exhibition spaces, professionals in the Surinamese cultural field and Dutch makers who have experience with organizing projects in Surinam.
Transartists is a great research tool for finding residencies in Surinam. Transartists is a program that was developed by DutchCulture and it monitors the worldwide network of residencies, including Surinam. Find the link to Transartists here.
In order to successfully build an international career, and in order to find sustainable partners in a country, it is always wise to spend more than a few days somewhere. Residencies, that can last from a couple of weeks up to several months, can help you achieve this. Tembe Art Studio and Art Center Botopasi are interesting residencies in Surinam to check out.
In case you want to accomplish a project within the discipline of theatre and dance, On Stage Performing Arts is an interesting venue to look up. This is a great spot for exchange and building your network within the field of dance and theatre. On a smaller scale this also counts for the cultural Surinamese organization ArtLab.