The Council for Culture is a body established by law to advise the Dutch Government and Parliament on the arts, culture and media. The Council provides recommendations regarding the cultural policy in the Netherlands, whether it is requested of them or not.
Usually, the Council provides a recommendation at the request of the Minister of the OCW (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science). Every four years, the Council presents its recommendations on the perennial, government-subsidised, cultural institutions. The recommendation is not binding; the Minister has the final decision about which institutes are eligible for subsidy.
The Council for Culture is made up of eight members. They all come from the cultural sector, media and the sciences. The members are selected on the basis of their broad expertise in the field of cultural policy. They are elected every four years, at the recommendation of an independent nominations committee.
In preparation of its recommendations the Council sets up temporary committees that are tailor-made. Because of a number of statutory tasks, the Council also has three permanent committees engaged in the assessment of applications for the status of professional heritage conservation organization, the nomination of sites for the European Heritage Label and nominations for the list of intangible heritage at UNESCO.
Circle of advisors
A circle of advisors is attached to the Council. The Council may appeal to the members of this circle for specific advisory programs and for the assessment and monitoring of government-subsidised institutions.
The Bureau is the official support for the Council and the committees. At the head of the Bureau is the director.
Summary of report Advisory Committee on the National Policy Framework for Colonial Collections
Demonstrate a willingness to return colonial looted art The recognition of injustice and the willingness to rectify it as far as ...
Committee appointed to evaluate Dutch restitution policy on Nazi-looted art
Advisory report Audiovisual (Summary and recommendations from: 'Zicht op zo veel meer')
In this advisory report, the Netherlands Council for Culture investigates current media developments and formulates ...
Advisory report Valuing passion
In January 2016, the Social and Economic Council (SER) and the Council for Culture (RvC) published the Verkenning arbeidsmarkt ...
The Cultural Survey
This publication of the Council for Culture is not advisory, but exploratory. The Council is forming an overview of the cultural ...
Advice for a future-proof public broadcasting service
The Secretary of State for Education, Culture and Science has asked the Council for Culture for advice regarding the future of ...
Advice on cultural representation in France
The Counsel for Culture advised on the future structure of the bilateral cultural relationship with France. The reason for this ...
Recommendation for Dutch museums in overview
The reorganisation of the Dutch museum system from 2017 will result in a sustainable, future-focused museological sector with an ...
Recommendations Cultural sector cutbacks 2013 – 2016
The following are the recommendations of the Council for Culture for a new infrastructure for cultural organisations, for which ...
Succeeding in Culture
The process that is completed by the publication of this advice by the Council has made clear to which extent the austerity ...
Advice European Cultural Capital 2018
By decree of the European Parliament and the Council (1419/1999/EG, reviewed in 1662/2006/EG) the Netherlands, as well as Malta, ...