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10 YEARS PDZ

Future perspective

Deciding on the city of the future at Nacht van de Stad van de Toekomst, 2016 © Joep Kroes

>> If this all may sound too good to be true, it is in a sense.

The appreciation society and governments have for Pakhuis de Zwijger has not been expressed in financial support. Trying to get structural funding has turned out to be very difficult, as it is hard to label the organisation. It doesn’t fit into the existing structures of the cultural funds. Its success has also been used against them: funds will tell them they don’t need funding because they can hold their own. At the moment, Pakhuis de Zwijger generates 90 percent of its income by itself. Fransen would like to work to 30 percent structural funding by the Municipality and national government. ‘So we can create public space for research and development. Right now, we have to push our boundaries too far. It is an unhealthy situation.’

The couple has its work cut out for the next ten years. ‘We’re at a point where we have to try to sustain what we have built up so far’, Tiggelhoven says. ‘This whole thing has grown much bigger than just Egbert and me.’ ‘Our main goal was and is to bring people together, exchanging know-how and creating an impact together’, Fransen concludes. ‘For now, this is the best place to do just that. This level of energy, engagement and connection is hard to find anywhere else.’ •• You can find the manifest VOOR AMSTERDAM here:

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Nicole Santé freelance editor

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