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Director Tessa Smeulers leaves Boulevard after 15 years

This summer, the fortieth edition of Theatre Festival Boulevard will be celebrated in 's-Hertogenbosch, with new names and old acquaintances. For director-director Tessa Smeulers, this special anniversary year is a moment to change her tack. After 15 years, she will bid farewell to Boulevard on 1 September. Head and heart "For years, my head and heart have been linked to Theatre Festival Boulevard. With great... 

Nominate new members for the Academy of Arts

Wie worden de nieuwe leden van de Akademie van Kunsten? Voor 2025 is de Akademie weer op zoek naar vooraanstaande kunstenaars uit alle disciplines die zich op basis van aantoonbare artistieke prestaties hebben onderscheiden. Kent u kunstenaars die hiervoor in aanmerking komen? Nomineer hen! Nominatie deadline is 15 september 2024, 23:59 uur. Nieuwe leden De Akademie van Kunsten brengt vooraanstaande… 

International Theatre Amsterdam makes report on sickened working climate public 

"Regarding the victims, it was mainly employees with managerial duties who experienced the cross-border behaviour. This seemingly contradictory result with the discussed hierarchy is explicable from the fact that the perpetrator of the transgressive behaviour in the majority of these cases is (a) board member(s) or other manager(s)." Ivo van Hove suddenly left as director last year 

Boulevard on the Parade

Positive opinions for Theatre Festival Boulevard

This week, Fonds Podiumkunsten and the Province of North Brabant announced that Theatre Festival Boulevard will also receive subsidies for the next four years. On Wednesday 3 July, the Performing Arts Fund issued its advice on national cultural subsidies for the period 2025-2028. Theatre Festival Boulevard is extremely proud of the Fund's positive advice. Thank you to the committee who gave us... 

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NAPK launches campaign 1TP5Don't drop the cloth

Amsterdam, 4 July 2024 - Yesterday, the decisions and opinions of the Performing Arts Fund, Fund for Cultural Participation and the Council for Culture were announced. Besides a huge budget over-demand, we see major shifts in terms of new inflow and disciplines. This affects more than 50 companies affiliated to the Dutch Association for the Performing Arts (NAPK). If there is no budget... 

We remain the most humble theatre group in the world!

Theatre Group Alum welcomes the many newcomers in the new Arts Plan. That this is at the expense of Aluin, among others, we find surprising and of course very unfortunate. Of course, we can now report on our bewilderment at so much injustice but, after all, getting a subsidy is not a right. Although it sometimes feels that way when you have so many talented... 

Granting multiannual subsidy Fonds Podiumkunsten for Delft Fringe Festival

Delft Fringe Festival receives positive advice for policy period 2025 - 2028 by Fonds Podiumkunsten Delft, Thursday 4 July, 2024 - On Wednesday 3 July, the opinions of the Council for Culture and the State Cultural Funds were published. Delft Fringe Festival received a positive advice for the policy period 2025 - 2028 by Fonds Podiumkunsten. This means a four-year grant award.... 


Maas receives positive advice for arts plan 2025-2028. On Wednesday 3 July, Maas theatre and dance received the redeeming word from the State: for the next four years, Maas will remain part of the Dutch Basic Infrastructure (BIS). More money was applied for and granted for this arts plan than the previous one. The week before, the positive advice had already come from the Municipality of Rotterdam,... 

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The Performing Arts Fund again awards Multiannual Production Grant 2025-2028 to MATZER Theaterproducties

's-Hertogenbosch, 3 July 2024 - MATZER is extremely happy with the award of the multi-year production subsidy 2025 - 2028 from the Fonds Podiumkunsten. "We see this as a great compliment for our work and for our innovative plans for the next four years and as a great encouragement to develop MATZER into a multi-voiced house of makers," said artistic director Madeleine Matzer.... 

Bafflement at Silence over Culture Council's negative opinion

Today, completely unexpectedly, dance company de Stilte received a negative opinion from the Youth Performing Arts Committee of the Council for Culture. From January 2025, the company will no longer receive a subsidy from the Ministry of OC&W. Like a bolt from the blue, the assessment fell on the mat. In 2023, the company still had a positive monitor interview with the Youth Performing Arts Committee in which... 

Performing Arts Fund publishes decisions on multiannual grants 2025-2028 

On Wednesday 3 July, the Performing Arts Fund will present its decisions on applications for multiannual grants for the period 2025-2028; 52 festivals and 127 companies, makers (collectives) and ensembles will receive an award for multiannual support from the Fund. The annual total is €7.3 million and €40.2 million respectively. The Fund thus invests in making topical and distinctive... 

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Outcome assessment council: room for newcomers and region

Basic Cultural Infrastructure (BIS) 2025-2028 Twelve newcomers and 54 cultural institutions in the regions outside the Randstad will get a place in the Basic Cultural Infrastructure. That is the outcome of the assessment of subsidy applications by the Council for Culture. Today, the council is presenting its advice on the BIS applications to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. On Prinsjesdag, the... 

The stakes of Schoof 1 are clear: Culture, Sports and Leisure. 

With the new far-right cabinet, a new reality has also arrived for the arts. As before in Brabant, where the provincial councils no longer placed arts and culture under science and education, Schoof-1, despite an NSC minister on Education, Culture and Science, puts culture under the heading 'Culture, Sports and Leisure'. This is evident from the new classification of the... 

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IN PERSPECTIVE #22: What does the Performing Arts Fund sound like for composers?

In the series In Perspective, Erik Akkermans looks back and ahead at developments in cultural policy and practice. Today: from noise around the Fonds Scheppende Toonkunst to laurel wreath for the Dutch Composer The adagissimo of windmills Like two bedraggled schoolboys, we sat In the meeting room opposite Reinbert de Leeuw, chairman of the Society of Dutch Composers (GeNeCo). We, Cas Smithuijsen... 

The European Pavilion 2024: Liquid Becomings announces artists and boat itineraries

On 29 June, the curators and the consortium of The European Pavilion 2024: Liquid Becomings in Belgrade announced the participating artists and the boat routes. The artists were selected after an open call in March 2024 to join the curators on four boat trips on four European rivers: the Danube, Vistula, Rhine and Tagus. Each team ... 

Marieke Hopman new artistic director November Music

Marieke Hopman will be appointed November Music's new artistic director from 1 August 2024. She succeeds Bert Palinckx, who has been associated with the festival since 1999. Together with business director Theo van Dooremalen, Hopman will form November Music's board of directors. 'We are very happy with Marieke's arrival,' says board chairman Karen Neervoort. 'She has a lot of... 

Business leader Jannet van Lange leaves NUT 

Utrecht, 26 June 2024 - Jannet van Lange (1982) will step down as business director of NUT (Nieuw Utrechts Toneel) in October 2024. She worked together with theatre producer and artistic director of NUT Greg Nottrot for more than 16 years. Van Lange and Nottrot have worked together since 2008. As a freelance dramaturge, Jannet was involved in his work and stood... 

Business director Jan Baanstra leaves after 21 years at the Silence

Business director Jan Baanstra will leave Silence in autumn 2024. His successor will be recruited soon. Baanstra has been with the company since 2003. In 2008, Baanstra was appointed business director at de Stilte. Under his leadership, in collaboration with artistic director Jack Timmermans, de Stilte was included as the only newcomer in the Basic Infrastructure in 2009. Also... 

Available from now on: Bookman #139 on culture in the region

Amsterdam, 13 June 2024 - Culture in the region was a recurring theme during the Lower House elections. The Council for Culture also pays attention to this. The council suggests distributing subsidies more evenly across the country. But how should this be achieved? How is the money distributed now? And how do different regions look at the plans? On these and other... 

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Imara Limon new head of curators Amsterdam Museum

Curator and art historian Imara Limon (Leiden, 1988) will become head of curators and member of the Amsterdam Museum's management team from 1 July. Limon has been with the museum since 2017 and was winner of the National Museum Talent Award in the same year. She made a name for herself with projects such as the New Narratives programme line, the biennial art event Refresh Amsterdam and the current exhibition Manahahtáanung or New Amsterdam? In addition to her... 


On Friday 7 June, Touria Meliani, Amsterdam's Alderman of Culture, visited the recently renovated Theatre Studio Artist Space. This studio serves as a rehearsal, creation and presentation space for new creators and is equipped with new lighting technology, sponsored by Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC), among others. During her visit, the councillor and invited guests attended performances by Elsemarijn, among others... 

Dutch Film Festival, BAK and Holland Opera among those duped: Utrecht advisory committee settles old scores

Utrecht was the first of the big cities to announce the opinions issued on cultural institutions' grant applications for the next four years. Large and well-known players like the Dutch Film Festival, visual arts institutions like BAK and IMPAKT and youth opera company Holland Opera saw their applications rejected, as did Het Huis Utrecht. At the same time, the advisory committee does recommend... 

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Unique cooperation against VAT intentions. And now move on. 

The far-right coalition Schoof 1 has - even before there is a cabinet - created a first. Never before has there been such a wide protest against a proposed tax measure. An advertisement against the plans to increase VAT on sports, culture, events and media from 9% to 21% appeared in all daily newspapers. So we take those here... 

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Bring in 953 million with a VAT increase on culture? Wilders' protocabinet certainly can't do maths.

The new far-right cabinet is not going to cut back on cultural subsidies, even though ending subsidies for art altogether was one of Wilders party's sacred points. That those subsidies are virtually untouched should really be the big news after the presentation of the agreement between PVV, VVD, BBB and NSC, on Thursday, 16 May. That was the news only... 

WIPES FOR THE BLOOD? - Municipal choice stress; the case of Leeuwarden (IN PERSPECTIVE #21)

In the series In Perspective, Erik Akkermans looks back and ahead at developments in cultural policy and practice. Today: how can the municipality deal with culture in a businesslike way? The alderman was delayed. It gave me a brief opportunity to visit the toilet. But in the beautiful historic building where Leeuwarden still housed the mayors and aldermen at the time, the guest toilet was cramped.... 

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