Dutch Culture, Amsterdam

Conference International Culture for Kids

26 October 2018

The Netherlands is known as an international front runner in the creation of arts and culture specifically for children. Children’s Books by Annie M.G. Schmidt, Tonke Dragt and Dick Bruna for instance have been and continue to be translated worldwide. Apps like A Distant Journey, based on work by Toon Tellegen, and Puzzling Poetry received international critical acclaim.

Can we recognize specific characteristics of Dutch arts and culture for kids for instance in literature, museums, stage art, film and applied gaming? What lies at the heart of the international success of these products and activities? Which lessons can we learn from this?

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DutchCulture, together with Cinekid, NAPK, MuseumVereniging and the Dutch Foundation for Literature, welcomes you to the ‘International Culture for Kids’-conference on Friday 26 October 2018.


9.00-9.25 Opening- Barbera Wolfensberger, Director-General Culture and Media (Ministry OCW) & Cees de Graaff, director DutchCulture

9.25-9.45 Keynote speech ‘From Erasmus to Huizinga’ - Hans Luyckx, director IJsfontein

9.45-10.00 Break

10.00-10.15 Interview - Bart Hofstede, cultural attaché Beijing

10.15-10.45 Case study China – Annemies Broekgaarden, Rijksmuseum

10.45-11.00 Break

11.00-11.30 Case study Turkey – Maartje Nieuwind, BonteHond

11.30-12.00 Case study USA – Floor van Spaendonck, Cinekid

12.30-13.30 Optional: Cinekid Guided Tour

With this programme we aim to connect and exchange with experts in the field of art and culture for kids as well as to develop collaborations with which we can contribute to a stronger Dutch network. We will look at international collaborations in the field of arts and culture for kids based on three case studies in China, Turkey and USA.

Practical information

Date: 26 October 2018
Time: 9.00 – 12.00 hrs, followed by a Cinekid tour
Location: Westergastheater
Address: Pazzanistraat 15, 1014 DB Amsterdam
Admission: Free, only a registration with this webform is required.