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Noorderslag, ADE lose out on subsidies

Amsterdam Dance Event and Noorderslag are among those Dutch festivals denied FPK funding for 2017–2020, with the latter additionally losing its current grant of €130,400

By IQ on 02 Aug 2016

Thijs Boontjes Dans, Noorderslag, Renata Szostek

Thijs Boontjes Dans perform at Noorderslag 2016

image © Renata Szostek

Noorderslag has lost over £100,000 in funding following a decision by the Dutch Performing Arts Fund (Fonds Podiumkunsten, FPK) to axe the festival’s six-figure public subsidy.

Noorderslag, the portion of the Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) conference/showcase festival focusing on Dutch acts, received €130,400 from FPK from 2013 to 2016, and applied for an increase in funding to €300,000 for the 2017–2020 period.

However, FPK announced today that Noorderslag would lose its subsidy altogether.

Others losers include Amsterdam Dance Event, which applied for €300,000; world music festival Mundial, which asked for €150,000; Into the Great Wide Open in Vlieland, which requested €125,000; and Leeuwarden’s Welcome to the Village, which also asked for €125,000.

“We expect the government will provide the fund with a bigger budget so that they can honour our application – it is important but not essential for us”

Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? fared better, being granted the €125,000 it requested (which may put some strain on the nascent United Performing Arts Festivals association, of which Le Guess Who? and ESNS are both members).

A spokesman for Noorderslag tells IQ: “We had a positive response to our application to the Performing Arts Fund but they do not have the budget for all festivals [that applied]. We expect the government will provide the fund with a bigger budget so that they can honour our application; it is important but not essential for us.”

FPK had at its disposal €2.1m; nearly four times as much – €8.04m – was requested by 52 music, dance, theatre and performing arts events.


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