Cultural Playing Field

Meeting the Netherlands Cultural Participation Fund by Robin Simpson
June 12, 2013, 3:56 pm
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I was back in London on Wednesday to meet Femie Willems and Julia Terlunen from the Netherlands Cultural Participation Fund. In the Netherlands, rather than having a single Arts Council, Government funding for the arts is distributed through several thematic funding organisations. The Netherlands Cultural Participation Fund supports work to encourage participation in schools education, in the amateur arts sector and to develop emerging professional talent. It also operates an international strand of funding focussed on the neighbouring countries (Belgian Flanders, Germany and the UK). Femie and Julia had been spending a few days in London meeting representatives of Arts Council England, the Crafts Council, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and others to discuss the potential for working with the UK to develop and support arts participation. We spoke about the UK voluntary arts sector, the links between our Voluntary Arts Week and the Week of Amateur Arts in Flanders and the Netherlands and possible areas for further co-operation.

Robin Simpson.

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