International Visitors' Programme
SICA and a number of Dutch cultural expertise institutions have an International Visitors' Programme. This programme is an excellent means of inviting people from key cultural organisations abroad to come to the Netherlands, meet Dutch cultural organisations and see Dutch cultural activities. Experience has shown that these visits are very fruitful for the visitor and for the Dutch cultural field. All visits should clearly benefit the Dutch cultural field as well as the cultural field of the country of origin of the visitor.
Visitors' profile general Visitors' programme SICA
SICA is responsible for the programmes for visitors who are active in several cultural sectors or cultural umbrella organisations. Past visitors include policy makers, journalists and managing directors of cultural centres and umbrella organisations. Visitors should be enthusiastic about learning more about overall Dutch culture and cultural policy and about meeting a broad range of Dutch culture organisations. It is essential that visitors speak and understand English quite well.
The programme is devised using the background and interests of the visitor as well as the interests of the Dutch cultural field as a starting point. The programme is composed in close co-operation with the visitor. Usually the programme is made up of a compact schedule of three to five working days.
Before any visit is confirmed, SICA asks the Dutch Embassy or Consulate of the visitors' country for advice. The Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs provides SICA with a budget to cover some of the costs of visits. This is not always sufficient to cover all costs, so visitors are sometimes asked to commit to the visit by making a small financial contribution as well.
New at SICA: Visitors' programme Cultural Heritage
In September 2011, the Netherlands Institute for Heritage transferred its visitors' programme for professionals in the field of cultural heritage to SICA. This transfer followed upon the announcement that the ministry for Culture is going to stop its financial contribution to this institute from 2013.
As part of the International Visitors' Programme Heritage, international heritage professionals are given the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the working methods of the Dutch heritage sector. The most important aims of the programme are to deepen and improve international cultural collaboration in the heritage field. In addition, the programme contributes to professionalization, capacitybuilding, market enlargement and the establishment of a sustainable network.
The programme is primarily intended for visitors from the mutual heritage partner countries, but can also be used for visitors from Europe.