Creative Twinning: government promotes international cooperation on culture

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is making €5.2 million available for multiannual partnerships between Dutch and foreign cultural organisations. This is set out in the Creative Twinning Fund 2018-2020 grant regulations published today. The programme is part of central government’s international cultural policy efforts.

Creative Twinning offers cultural consortia the chance to apply their knowledge and expertise to projects in countries bordering the EU. The aim is to use culture to promote social innovation and cohesion. Culture will also strengthen trust and dialogue between the Netherlands and the countries in question.

Security and stability

Closer cooperation with the cultural and creative sectors in countries along Europe’s borders will help boost security and stability. This is especially the case in countries with large numbers of refugees, migrants and disadvantaged young people. Artists and creative entrepreneurs are often the drivers of local initiatives in such areas as social innovation and enterprise, sustainable preservation of local cultural heritage, urban improvement and promoting dialogue between population groups. Reaching young people is a key part of the programme.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( is responsible for implementing the programme. Funding is available to consortia formed by non-profit organisations and businesses in the cultural domain. The full details of the programme (including the conditions) will be published today on is holding an information meeting for interested parties on Monday 22 January 2018 in Utrecht.