Indonesia and the Netherlands share a special cultural relationship, which is shaped by the historical ties between the two countries. In the framework of the Netherlands international cultural policy a priority is given to the cultural co-operation with Indonesia. Over the past years, the cultural co-operation between the two countries has grown in depth and volume. The cultural co-operation between Indonesia and The Netherlands is reflected in a great variety of cultural activities and projects. A number of these projects are financed by directly by Netherlands government departments.