DutchCulture is the network and knowledge organisation for international cultural cooperation. We support the Dutch cultural and creative sector, public authorities and diplomatic posts in the pursuit of their international ambitions.
If you have international cultural ambitions, DutchCulture can help you gain a footing on the international stage. We give information, advice and training on international cultural cooperation. We connect cultural and creative professionals, organisations, public authorities and networks with each other and with international partners in the context of international cultural cooperation. We identify developments and investigate themes and domains that are relevant to successful collaboration. We share the knowledge and insights with the cultural and creative sector.
Our vision and mission
We believe that international cultural cooperation and exchange can be a driving force for artistic and professional development, for stronger international relationships and for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We envision a world in which international cultural cooperation and exchange enriches society.
DutchCulture stands for the importance of international cooperation and exchange based on reciprocity, inclusivity and sustainability. As an active and involved partner we primarily support the cultural and creative sector. It is our mission to take professionals further in realising their international cultural ambitions.
International cultural policy
DutchCulture is the Dutch government’s partner in the implementation of international cultural policy (2021-2024). We receive a four-year subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement our activity plans 2021-2024 (in Dutch only). We also receive a contribution from the European Commission for our European activities.
The cultural and creative sector, artists and makers
We work for cultural and creative professionals and organisations within the art and design sector as well as for heritage institutions and professionals. We are available for those who routinely engage in international cooperation, as well as for those who are just starting out.
The Dutch diplomatic network worldwide
We work with the Dutch diplomatic missions abroad to implement the Dutch international cultural policy. We engage most intensively with the missions in the 23 focal countries.
The provincial and municipal governments
Within the Netherlands, we are currently intensifying our services to provincial and municipal governments since internationalisation is an important aspect of their cultural policies as well. This way, we contribute to cooperation between cities and regions internationally.
Our services and activities
Our website is your first source of information on programmes and opportunities for international cultural cooperation. Our news page offers background articles and special publications in addition to the latest news on international cultural cooperation and the Netherlands. We have a database of Dutch cultural activities abroad for contacts, collaborations or trends per year, country and more.
We organise different types of events for information, exchange and networking related to international cultural cooperation. This includes our visitor's programmes to the Netherlands for non-Dutch cultural professionals and/or heritage professionals and our biennial international Forum on European Culture to engage citizens with Europe. Our advisors can be contacted directly for tailored advice:
- Our Mobility Info Point assists individual artists and cultural organisations with questions regarding the planning of international activities, mobility and collaboration. The Mobility Info Point also functions as Helpdesk COVID-19 for international cultural cooperation.
- We give information on specific thematic, disciplinary and/or networking opportunities for the 23 focal countries in current international cultural policy. We manage a matching fund for projects concerning International Heritage Cooperation and projects related to Europe + Heritage.
- DutchCulture hosts the Creative Europe Desk NL to share information on international calls and on available support for projects and activities with European partners.
- Our TransArtists platform helps artists find suitable artist residencies abroad or in the Netherlands, as well as potential financial support and international contacts.
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We cooperate with Dutch partners to implement the Dutch international cultural policy. Partners include the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, the National Archives of the Netherlands, EYE Film Institute NL, Het Nieuwe Instituut, the six public cultural funds (Performing Arts Fund NL, Fund for Cultural Participation, Mondriaan Fund, Netherlands Film Fund, Dutch Foundation for Literature and Creative Industries Fund NL) and the Dutch diplomatic missions. Within this infrastructure, DutchCulture has a coordinating, advisory and informative role, in particular for the 23 focal countries in the current policy.
We also work with the national European cultural institutes and different cultural organisations in the focal countries and elsewhere. We are a member of several international networks such as IETM, On the Move, IFACCA and EUNIC.
DutchCulture currently employs around forty dedicated cultural professionals of various backgrounds, nationalities, ethnic origin, ages, gender, sexual orientation and faith. DutchCulture endorses the Fair Practice Code, the Cultural Governance Code and the Diversity & Inclusion Code.
We are always glad to answer your questions regarding international cultural cooperation, our services and activities. Due to the COVID-19 situation, most consultations and meetings are currently conducted online or by phone, but we hope to welcome you to our office again in the near future and/or to meet you at one of our events.