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BAK also makes a mistake here

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Although Tweetakt and the Dutch Film Festival (NFF) no longer receive support from the municipality of Utrecht, both organizations are likely to receive money from the state. This does not apply to the BAK foundation for contemporary art, when after the municipality’s advisory board, the culture committee also now advises not to grant support.

The municipality announced last month which cultural institutions and festivals will receive support for the next four years, and who will be left behind. The Dutch film festival, Tweetakt, Het Huis Utrecht, De Coöperatie, BAK, IMPAKT, Museum van Zuilen and dozens of other parties no longer receive money from the municipality.

The municipality of Utrecht has been advised of this decision by an independent committee that evaluates all applications. Such a party also advises the government. The Cultural Council published a report with recommendations available on Wednesday afternoon.

NFF and Tweetakt

It states that NFF has applied for a grant of 1,265,000 euros and the council recommends granting 1,252,253 euros. Festival Tweetakt’s application also received a positive assessment from the Cultural Council. Neither organization will receive grants from the municipality in the next few years.

“At this time, this positive advice is a huge recognition where the Board’s Advisory Committee provides important value to the NFF in many ways,” says NFF Business Director Marjolijn Bronkhuyzen. “It shows that our festival, long held in its hometown of Utrecht, has a significant place in the national cultural ecosystem.”

In addition to NFF and Tweetakt, the applications of Het Filiaal theater makers, Centraal Museum, Het Literatuurhuis, DOX, Knowledge Institute for Cultural Education and Amateur Art, Dutch Chamber Choir, Dutch Bach Society, Old Music Organization and Storm also received a positive evaluation. cultural council. All these organizations are registered in Utrecht.


There are also parties that the council is against. This applies to BAK, among others. “Unfortunately, BAK (…) has submitted an application in which it describes and explains its core mission so briefly that it cannot actually be assessed,” the report states. SETUP, the Crafts Council Netherlands and the Holland Baroque Society, again organizations registered in Utrecht, are unlikely to receive support from The Hague.

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