The Dutch Cultural Diversity Code
To reach out to the culturally diverse part of society, the Dutch cultural sector has launched in 2011 the Code Cultural Diversity (CCD).
A large part of the Dutch cultural sector seems to reflect only a certain part of society. The audience, viewers and buyers, are predominantly white native Dutch. The partners and staff that are involved are seldom heterogeneous in terms of cultural background. Applications submitted to the cultural funds rarely come from culturally diverse organizations.
To reach out to the culturally diverse part of society, the Dutch cultural sector has launched in 2011 the Code Cultural Diversity (CCD). The Dutch population, after all, consists of more than 1.9 million people of non-Western origin. In the major cities these percentages are significantly higher (around 35%) discounting from this rate the third generation of migrants. This is a relatively large population segment of which about 80 percent are younger than 15 years: a distinct group that definitely should be taken into account.
The Code provides a stepping-stone to develop comprehensive diversity policy in the area of Personnel, Public, Programme and Partners. The institutions themselves are responsible for whether or not to apply the Code. In practice, this happens relatively infrequently. Because of the cuts and the restructuring in the past policy period, this tool was not on everyone’s agenda. In 2015 Dutch Ministry of Culture (Ministerie OCW) has asked Dutch Federation of Culture (FC) to bring the Code again in the crosshairs of the sector. This resulted in a roadmap that has been formed in cooperation with binoq atana.
You can learn more about The Code here.