Open Call: Encounters with Dutch design

Each year, dozens of international professionals working in the fields of architecture, design, fashion and e-culture come to the Netherlands on invitation of Het Nieuwe Instituut to get acquainted with the multidisciplinary way of working that characterises Dutch design.

The International Visitors Programme fosters international dialogue, cultural exchange, market expansion, and broadening of the international professional network. The institute creates custom schedules that enable its guests to quickly get to know a large number of organisations and individuals working in the Dutch design field.

Some visits are connected with Het Nieuwe Instituut’s programme tracks; others are hosted in collaboration with partner cultural organisations and Dutch embassies. Visitors hail from all over the world, with a focus on the priority countries named in the government’s international cultural policy: Germany, Belgium (specifically Flanders), the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Spain, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, China, India, South Africa, Indonesia and Japan.

The International Visitors Programme is made possible in part by support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For more information about the International Visitors Programme, please contact Joyce Hanssen at