A number of previously non-supported projects will now get new funds
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The Fries Landbouw Museum (Frisian Agriculture Museum) will no longer receive provincial support as part of the reshuffle, whilst the Natuurmuseum (Natural History Museum) will received 200,000 euros less between 2021 and 2024. The total for subsidies is 30 million euros, reports the Omrop Fryslân.
Some cultural institutions will be supported by grants for the first time; having not qualified before now. For example, the dance-duo Ivgy & Greben will receive 300,000 euros over the grant period, whilst the theatre company Pier21 will receive 250,000 euros per year.
The province wants to support a strong art and museum sector with its new round of funding, according to the report ‘Advice on Museums and Art infrastructure 2021-2024’. Various museum and art organisations put forward their plans to two advice commissions, who have reviewed the applications.
The Oranjewoud Festival will receive 100,000 euros of support (it had operated without support before), whilst the Eise Eisinga Planetarium and Museum Belvédère will also receive funds. Not all applications were supported; with the commission saying that it was faced with a ‘devils bargain’ in its report, meaning that it had to make ‘painful choices’. The Frisian Agricultural Museum, for example, will lose its 185,000 euro subsidy.
The commission did say that the museum must become part of the museum infrastructure in the province, suggesting that provincial leaders find other financial ways to support it. The Friesland Pop festival loses 155,000 euros in funding, whilst the Natural History Museum has seen its support fall from over 700,000 euros to 500,000.