Nine cultural institutions start “Nalaten aan cultuur”

16 December 2020

First national platform for culturaL bequest

As of today, nine prominent cultural institutions are joining forces to jointly reach a wide audience and increase attention for bequeathing to a cultural charity. Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), Hermitage Amsterdam and De Nieuwe Kerk, Rembrandt Association, Mauritshuis, Van Gogh Museum, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, International Theater Amsterdam and Holland Festival launched the new initiative “Nalaten aan Cultuur” today. On the new website, the cultural institutions present themselves with information, with opportunities for advice and to enter into discussions about bequest. It is the first national multidisciplinary platform for cultural bequest in the Netherlands.

The study Giving in the Netherlands, which is carried out every two years at the VU in Amsterdam, shows that only 10% of people who include a charity in their will donate to culture by way of bequest. This research also shows that people are often not aware that bequest to culture is a possibility. To increase this awareness, the aforementioned institutions, as pioneers of this initiative, have started the platform “Nalaten aan Cultuur”.

The intention is that other cultural institutions, in different disciplines (performing arts, music, heritage, visual arts, cultural education, new media), can join this platform so that more national spread and cultural diversity is created. They cordially invite other cultural institutions to join this initiative.


I am very involved in the cultural sector because art and culture in particular provides depth and teaches you to look at each other and at other cultures with an open mind. Stories must be told. Now but also in the future. In this way, the cultural heritage of the Netherlands is preserved in all diversity. Donating ensures that our future generations will continue to hear those stories and learn from that open mind. It keeps history alive and contributes to society ‘

Noraly Beyer
Nalaten aan Cultuur ambassador

The corona crisis is threatening to collapse cultural institutions and there is a risk that supply will shrink. You may feel the need to help the sector, for example through a financial contribution. In that case, it is good to know that you can donate to culture. It is a great way to pass on what you have enjoyed to future generations. In this way you also contribute to a sustainable and varied cultural offer.

Haddasah de Boer
tv presenter and Nalaten aan Cultuur ambassador

Donating to art and culture is, I would think, a meaningful guarantee for the future. There is nothing better than that young (er) generations will soon also be able to experience how meaningful, comforting and connecting art and culture are, how much they provide an open mind and mutual understanding. And above all: how much more insight into daily life art and culture provide than the crushing issues of the day.  

Cornald Maas
tv presenter and Nalaten aan Cultuur ambassador

A legacy to NDT

A legacy to NDT gives you the unique opportunity to protect the future of the company you love so much. That it remains a voice for the art, artists, the audience and society, whatever the future holds. This will ensure that NDT, the company you cherish and inspire, continues to flourish. And you can work with us to find a destination that suits you.


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