Scene from 'We'll do it ourselves' (2015) by Wunderbaum.

Photo: Anke Teunissen, Wunderbaum

Mobility Info Point

The Mobility Info Point can advise you when you have plans to go abroad or when you are working with foreign artists, performers and intermediaries.

The Mobility Info Point at DutchCulture can advise you when you have plans to go abroad, when you are working with foreign artists, performers and intermediaries here in the Netherlands, or when you yourself are a foreign artist or performer working here.

Aside from giving advise, we also conduct research on best practices and frequently occurring obstacles in international cultural movement. The Mobility Info Point participates on behalf of DutchCulture in the international network for cultural mobility On the Move.

International projects are often a complex mix of working with well-known and lesser-known partners and a variety of financial challenges. You may also have to deal with the rules and regulations of other countries. We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the financial possibilities, the relevant networks and the experiences of your colleagues in the Netherlands and abroad. Being informed about international opportunities and prepared for possible administrative obstacles is essential for uncomplicated mobility.

On this page you will find information about the Dutch rules and regulations, the Dutch cultural infrastructure, and financial possibilities for covering expenses associated with international cultural travel and presentation.

Being informed about international opportunities and prepared for possible administrative obstacles is essential for uncomplicated mobility
Government Rules and Regulations in the Netherlands

Are you an artist planning to have an exhibition in the Netherlands? A dancer temporarily working with a Dutch dance company? Have you been invited to do research at a Dutch institute? No matter whether you are working on your own, with a Dutch partner or are part of a larger project, international cultural projects are always subject to rules and regulations. On these pages we cover the most important topics.

Visas and Staying in the Netherlands
Whether you are planning to come to the Netherlands for a short visit or to stay for a longer period of time, you might be required to apply for a visa to enter the Netherlands. At the link above you will find information about when to apply for a visa, the different kinds of visa and the responsibilities of organisations based in the Netherlands towards the visa applications of artists and cultural practitioners invited from abroad.

Working in the Netherlands
Everyone from outside the Netherlands or from outside the EU who has been invited to work in the Netherlands or comes to work here independently must comply with the Dutch and European work regulations. Learn about work permits, exceptions to these work permits and find links to all the relevant government agencies.

Social security
In principle, the social security legislation of the country where you are working applies. Therefore, individuals who are temporarily working abroad must take action in order to remain under the social security coverage of one's home country. Read here what you need to do in order to always work safely abroad.

When working across borders you might have tax obligations to different countries. Oftentimes this results in individuals and organisations being unnecessarily double taxed. This page seeks to make individuals and organizations aware of double taxation pitfalls and provides links to relevant sources of information on the websites of the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration and other organisations.

Financial opportunities

DutchCulture is an information and knowledge institute and does not provide mobility-related funding for artists and creative professionals. However, on our Funding page we provide more information on where to find funding for international mobility. For more information on how international funding works in the Netherlands, we recommed reading our publication At What Cost? Understanding funding for international cultural cooperation. Finally, you can download our Cultural Mobility Funding Guide for an overview of public and private funding for international artistic endeavours, fellowships, visitors programmes and artist residencies in the Netherlands.

Contact Mobility Info Point

For more information and tailored advice, you always give us a call (T +3120 616 4225) or send us an e-mail.