Viktorien van Hulst becomes Executive Director of Fonds Podiumkunsten

Viktorien van Hulst (1972) becomes the new Executive Director of Fonds Podiumkunsten, the Dutch Performing Arts Fund. From 1 July she will be taking over from Henriëtte Post (1956), who announced her departure last year after having led the fund for over 13 years.

Van Hulst currently directs Theaterfestival Boulevard in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, which received the Prijs van de Kritiek (Dutch Critics Award) in 2020. She has worked with the FPK as manager of the Fast Forward programme, which helps talented artists spread their wings internationally. Kete Kervezee, Chair of the Supervisory Board: “Viktorien van Hulst is a widely experienced professional within the field, as Executive Director at Theaterfestival Boulevard, a member of the board at Kunsten ’92, her involvement with the Verenigde Podiumkunstenfestivals, and in other capacities both locally and nationally. We thank Henriëtte Post for her inspiring and professional efforts for the performing arts and we trust that Viktorien van Hulst will keep the fund on course in her own way.”

Viktorien van Hulst: “I firmly believe in the active role the performing arts play within the social arena; in the power of the artists and their relationships with audiences, thinkers and doers. I love the diversity within the field that the Fund represents and will do my best to promote its full width: the different perspectives, genres and generations.
The corona crisis has uncovered the existing difficulties with which the arts are struggling. Policy makers and the sector should join forces and find new forms, to create a field that is characterised by solidarity and inclusivity. It is my aim as Executive Director of the Fonds Podiumkunsten to contribute to this strengthening of the sector.”

The Fonds Podiumkunsten is the Dutch cultural fund for music, music theatre, dance, theatre and festivals. It has an annual budget of EUR 62 million. The Fund supports all forms of professional performing arts on behalf of the Dutch government and implements a range of covid support measures.

Photo: Karin Jonkers