On this page you find information on our international culture policy 2021-2024  and funding possibilities.

Cultural Affairs

We have possibilities to support projects in Turkey, to give advice to organizations, desginers and artists and to facilitate visitors programs in the Netherlands, in cooperation with Dutch partners.

We are active all around Turkey and have offices both at the Consulate General in Istanbul and the Embassy in Ankara.

You can contact us directly via (Istanbul) and (Ankara).

Policy Framework 2021-2024

Turkey is one of the priority countries for culture for the period 2021-2024. Read more about the International Cultural Policty Framework here.

The following principles apply to the international cultural policy 2021-2024

  • The Dutch cultural sector will occupy a strong position abroad through visibility, exchanges and long-term partnerships.
  • Dutch cultural expression will be used to support bilateral relationships with other countries, as culture provides opportunities to promote mutual understanding and trust.
  • We will harness the power of the cultural sector and creative industries in efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The right to cultural expression, as an element of freedom of opinion, is a principle that deserves to be internationally recognized and defended.
  • International cooperation on cultural heritage contributes to solutions to social issues in the Netherlands and abroad, and ties in with the governments's aim of increasing knowledge about our shared history, values and freedoms.

Priorities of the Netherlands in Turkey

With the overall aim to contribute to sustainable connections, the priorities of the Embassy in Ankara and Consulate General in Istanbul for the period 2021-2024 are:

1) Supporting the presence of Dutch arts and culture in Turkey and stimulating cooperation between Dutch and Turkish artists, designers, experts and cultural organizations, with a focus on:

  • Performing arts (including music)
  • Film (fesitvals)
  • Visuals arts (including photography)
  • Design (all disciplines, including architecture, digital cultural)

This objective encourages international exchange of cultural events, artists, knowledge and expertise, and to preserve and provide access to culture.

For this objective we collaborate closely with the Performing Arts Fund and Dutch Performing Arts, the Film Fund, Eye film institute, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the Mondriaan Fund, DutchCulture and several other parties from Netherlands. Together, we also inform the Dutch and Turkish cultural fields about possibilities in both countries and about the added benefits of cooperation.

2) Making connections through arts, cultural heritage and culture.

In this way we want to contribute to dialogue and exchange between the Netherlands and Turkey and between diverse groups and cultural organizations in the Netherland and Turkey.

In the period 2021-2024 we continue to stimulating the role culture can have in connecting people and organizations, on a local, national and international level. Culture can contribute to mutual understanding and trust through shared cultural experiences – not only between communities but also between countries.

Important remarks

  • Please keep in mind that you need to hand in your application form at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of your project.
  • Projects which include a deeper and longer term artistic/cultural exchange (such as capacity building, workshops, masterclasses or train the trainer programs) or/and programming in more than one cities (like a tour) score higher during evaluation.
  • There must be a clear link with Dutch culture, cultural institutes and/or Dutch (based) artists;
  • A detailed budget should be attached in the application and items above 1000 euro need to be explained.
  • It is important for the applicant to have a clear financial coverage plan which includes a self-investment within the budget. Service sponsorships, financial sponsorships and/or extra funds received for a project need to be clearly stated within the detailed budget.
  • There are several funds available in the Netherlands that are open to support cultural projects in Turkey and/or with Turkish partners. Here you can find an overview of funds, residencies and mobility programs: Dutch Culture Cultural Mobility Funding Guide.
  • Please keep in mind that you need to hand in your application for these kind of funds a couple of months before the starting date (in general). You can find the deadlines for the diffferent funds and grants in the document.

What is a good project?

To review a project we use the following questions:

  • What is the quality of the project proposal?
  • Which experience, quality and capacity do the involved artists/designers/organizations bring in the project
  • Is there a balanced collaboration between the Dutch and the local partner?
  • Is the project locally embedded?
  • Is the project inclusive? Are people from different social backgrounds involved in the project? Projects for children and young people are within our priority;
  • Does the project connect cultural centers such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir to the rest of the country and the Netherlands?
  • Is the project sustainable? Is it a long term project? Are there long term effects? (social, artistic, cultural, ecological ect.).

On this website you will be able to apply directly via the application form. But we prefer that you contact us prior to application via

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