The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands focuses its cultural activities on Kyoto in 2019. Holland-Kyoto’s aim is to strengthen the ties between the cultural scene of Kyoto and that of the Netherlands and establish a lasting, reciprocical exchange. Holland-Kyoto will create new chances for makers from the Netherlands in Kyoto, but also invite and encourage the cultural scene in Kyoto to link up with these creatives and to come to the Netherlands.
Kyoto – the ancient capital of Japan for over a thousand years – was chosen as our new destination, because many artists, designers, architects, etc. from the Netherlands visit Kyoto for inspiration, to create new work or participate in one of the many international cultural festivals. Holland-Kyoto finds its origin in the embassy’s International Cultural Policy for Japan entitled ‘opportunities beyond Tokyo’ and follows our first regional program Holland-Kyushu implemented in 2016-2017.