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Dates of visit

14–17 December 2015

Purpose of visit

Christian Esch is visiting the Netherlands to assess interest among cultural organizations and funds for a collaboration programme for artists and institutes from Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Netherlands and Belgium in the field of digital art and diversity. He is also having discussions about the possible establishment of a fund for this purpose.

In two days he will encounter a cross-section of the cultural world through conversations with, among others, the HipHopHuis, TENT, Showroom MAMA, Witte de WithHet Verhalenhuis, Het Nieuwe Instituut (all in Rotterdam) and De Brakke GrondPakhuis de Zwijger, Waag Society and various new media festivals (in Amsterdam). He will also meet with representatives from the main Dutch cultural funds, among them the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Mondriaan Fund and the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

This visit is organized by DutchCulture in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut.


Christian Esch is director of NRW Kultur, a fund and sector institute supported by the major cities in the German federal state of Nordrhein-Westfalen and the government. NRW Kultur facilitates and organizes all sorts of cultural initiatives.