Dutch International Cultural Activities 2016 (design: Catalogtree)

DutchCulture Database

The DutchCulture Database is a unique database which collects the data of Dutch cultural activities abroad in all art disciplines.

The DutchCulture Database offers an overview of the international activities of cultural organizations and artists from the Netherlands. It is also an important source for statements about the international scope of art and culture from the Netherlands.

In the database we register performances, tours, shows, exhibitions, loans, publications, workshops, residencies, screenings and more. The oldest activities in the database date from 1999. As of this year, data on events from 2017 onwards are now available online on the DutchCulture website. Events can be searched through the website search bar based on artist, location and discipline.


For the composition of the database we work together with a large group of informants, including the sector institutions, the cultural funds, the Dutch embassies and consulates and many cultural organizations.

A rich source of data

Every year we create a general overview of the Dutch cultural presence abroad, the so-called Buitengaats analysis. This overview includes a Top Fifty Country list and an overview of sectors and frequent travelers. 

On request we also make specific overviews, for example per country or sector. We also use the database for research and explorations.


We strive to make the DutchCulture Database as comprehensive as possible and collect information from as many sources as we can. However, we recognise that we are not able to capture every international cultural event and our database is not exhaustive. 

The number of events varies significantly per discipline. This is in large part due to the nature of different disciplines (for example, a 3 month exhibition at a museum and a small concert in a pub both count as one event). The number of events should therefore be considered per discipline rather than across disciplines.