There will be both national and local support available
The province of Drenthe has asked Minister Ingrid Van Engelshoven (D66) of Culture, Science, and Education for an amount of € 1 million from the national emergency support fund for vital regional cultural institutions. The Province then wants to contribute the same amount, in collaboration with the municipalities in Drenthe. In addition, the province is establishing a Drenthe emergency fund for museums and stages. As reported by the Dagblad van het Noorden.
Drenthe has an extensive regional cultural infrastructure, that is often subsidised by public funds- with several organisations clubbing together to ask for help in April. In recent weeks, the province and municipalities have jointly examined cultural institutions to determine how emergency aid can best be deployed in the Province. The conclusion is that museums and theatres in particular need support.
With the Drents Museum at the forefront, the major museums in Drenthe are national and international crowd pullers, with exhibitions of national importance. Aside from artistic and performing institutions, there are incredibly important European Heritage sites in Drenthe, at Camp Westerbork Remembrance Center and the museums in the Colonies of Benevolence or the Hunebed Center.
Drenthe’s four large theaters not only fulfill a regional function, but are also of great importance as a stage and employer for national and international cultural makers.
It is to be expected that not all museums and theatres in Drenthe can claim national emergency support. That is why the province is setting up a Drenthe emergency fund, too. The province will discuss the further implementation of this fund with the municipalities and cultural organisations in Drenthe.
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