Government Subsidises Islamic Department Store Exhibition
The controversial Islam-friendly exhibition El Hema is to travel to various Dutch towns thanks to a government subsidy.
El Hema could be seen in Amsterdam until last year. It is a parody of the department store chain Hema, one of the oldest Dutch retail formulas. El Hema shows a store that is completely converted according to the wishes of Muslims. All products are allowed by Sharia law; alcohol and pork are not for sale.
The 'multimedia platform' Kosmopolis has provided a subsidy to set up the exhibition for two months in Utrecht (from May), The Hague (from June) and Rotterdam (from September). El Hema was "a great success" earlier in Amsterdam, explained Kosmopolis.
Kosmopolis was set up in November 2006 by the cabinet to function as a 'House of Cultural Dialogue'. Former Media and Culture State Secretary Medy van der Laan chairs Kosmopolis.
1) Government Subsidises Islamic Department Store Exhibition