From 'Explanatory statement regarding the Arts Act', December
"11º By large institutions, we mean a number of institutions
which have been set up by the Flemish government (and other bodies)
... They are large-scale initiatives with a national and
international significance. These institutions fulfil an important
symbolic function in the entire cultural policy and thus have an
important sensitising role with respect to the populace ... In the
decree for the arts, the following organisations are recognized as
large-scale institutions: deFilharmonie, deSingel, the Vlaams Radio
Orkest en Koor, the Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen (ballet
department) and the Vlaamse Opera..."
The central role which deSingel occupies in respect to its
cultural contributions is of crucial importance for the Flemish
government. deSingel will be mainly subsidised by the Flemish
Community , to ensure its functioning.
Besides this, deSingel also enjoys the support of the Province of
Antwerp and the City of Antwerp.
deSingel has been created through the initiative of the Flemish
The Flemish Government convenes the General Assembly on a motion
by the minister responsible for culture.
The Flemish Government appoints government commissioners for
Culture, Finances and Education.