New culture fund for non-Western culture

January 2005 -

Hivos and NCDO are jointly supporting initiatives in the Netherlands that offer scope for the expression of visions and artistic works from non-Western cultures. To this end, on 20 December 2004 they signed a covenant that runs until 2006. The new fund believes that art and culture are key aspects of modern cosmopolitanism.

The HIVOS–NCDO Culture Fund concentrates on Dutch cultural organisations that stimulate cultural productions in the South and that put on similar productions in the Netherlands. The fund also supports exchange activities and debate on cultural issues. In future, the fund will organise activities for the general public and for artists, journalists and filmmakers. The fund is managed by Hivos.

Hivos and NCDO want to pool their knowledge and resources to work more efficiently and transparently. Hivos is experienced in the financial and programme-related support of cultural organisations in the South, whereas NCDO’s expertise lies in reaching the public with international joint ventures and cultural manifestations in the Netherlands that give a voice to the South.