What is Offshore?
Offshore (Buitengaats in Dutch) provides a current overview of Dutch activities abroad and is updated on a weekly basis. To compile Offshore, SICA works with a large group of informants, including the sector institutes, Dutch embassies and consulates and a large number of cultural organisations.
A rich source of data
Apart from this general overview of the Netherlands’ cultural presence abroad, including a list of the top fifty countries and an overview of the sectors, SICA also supplies more specific overviews upon request, according to a specific sector or country, for instance. SICA also uses the data for research and explorative studies.
Cultural institutions and artists with international plans use Offshore as a tool for networking and promotion. It shows them at a glance which colleagues have already gathered experience in a particular country. Inclusion in the agenda increases the visibility of their activities.
For the Ministries of Education, Culture and Science and of Economic Affairs, Offshore provides an excellent insight into how and where Dutch culture is represented abroad and through the database it provides information for further policy development.
The supportive institutions in the Dutch cultural field, such as the culture funds, sector institutes and umbrella organisations, are users of Offshore as well as information providers. They consult the database as a comprehensive overview.