The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria, on Monday, has announced its first cultural exchange project and a supportive budget to outstanding Nigerian artists.
Mr. Michel Deleen who’s the Head of Delegation disclosed this in Lagos, saying the budget was meant to promote exchanges between Dutch and Nigerian artists.
According to Deleen, the country has realised that there are huge cultural exchange opportunities in Nigeria that should be harnessed.
In his statement, the Head of the Netherlands Delegation said:
“For the very first time, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria will be engaging in a cultural exchange with Nigeria.
“Let me announce that under our international cultural budget, we are now going to be promoting a link between individual artists from Nigeria and the Netherlands, to enhance our cultural exchanges.
“We have realised that there are huge cultural exchange opportunities in Nigeria that should be harnessed.
“We now have a small budget for supporting exchanges between Dutch and Nigerian artists,’’ he said. Deleen, who enjoined Nigerian artists to avail themselves of the budget, however, said that the grant was meant for outstanding Nigerian artists.
Deleen also said that there would be criteria for the selection of the benefiting artists.
“We have standards for would-be Nigerian artists to benefit from the grant.
“They really need to be credible, transparent and outstanding, to fit into our criteria for selecting artists abroad,’’ he said.
Already, an exhibitor from the Netherlands, Mr Kadir Van Lohuizen, would be participating in this month’s Lagos Photo exhibition.
The exhibitor, he said, would be doing an exhibition on “Where shall we go? The human consequences of the rising sea level’’.
Deleen also said that another Dutch artist, Ms Anja Sijben, would be coming to Lagos in December, to participate at the Iwaya Cultural Arts Festival.