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The second Princess Margriet Award was presented to two outstanding personalities in 2010: dramaturge and activist Borka Pavićević and theatre-maker Stefan Kaegi. The award ceremony took place in Brussels 'Royal Flemish Theatre' (KVS) on 26 January 2010 and was attend by HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands.
In the spring of 2009, ECF invited nominations from an extensive network of partners and experts in different regions and cultural practice disciplines. A shortlist was then drawn up on the basis of further research, and the jury reviewed it in late May 2009 and they selected the two recipients.
The jury for the second ECF Princess Margriet Award included:
- Rachida Azough, journalist, former Creative Director, Kosmopolis, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- Iara Boubnova, Founding Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Robert Palmer (Chair), Director of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
- Mike Philips, historian, novelist and curator, UK.
“Diversity acknowledges that we share space and time, but that our landscapes and histories differ...” — Borka Pavićević
Born on the Adriatic coast in Kotor, Montenegro, Borka Pavićević is a dramaturge and tireless cultural activist working across the region of former Yugoslavia. As the Director of Belgrade’s Centre for Cultural Decontamination, Pavićević has continued to sustain public discourse under truly difficult conditions. She has devoted her career to all art forms, and particularly theatre as a podium for debate and public expression that acts against intolerance and cultural homogenisation.
Read her moving speech here in full.
Born in Switzerland and living in Berlin and working in cities across Europe and the world, Stefan Kaegi has developed a documentary form of theatre that explores the unseen networks between different cultures, cities, countries and continents, revealing the hidden lives of globalisation. He investigates the realities and unexpected situations of everyday life beyond the headlines and behind the statistics. Theatre becomes a space for performers - not professional actors, but very diverse individuals - to tell something of their expertise and subjective experiences.
Kaegi chose to share his prize with two of his artistic collaborators, Juliane Männel and Jörg Karrenbauer - the latter for his work on “Cargo Sofia-X”. This was a project singled out for praise by the Princess Margriet Award Jury that tells the stories of truck drivers and their working lives on the road, along border-crossings, transit locations and urban peripheries, exploring how the transport of goods also reveals stories and places that cannot be seen on a map.
Download the Princess Margriet Routes publication 2009, with more information on laureates Borka Pavićević and Stefan Kaegi and images of the award ceremony. Interviews with Borka Pavićević and Stefan Kaegi by Steve Korver are also available.
The Princess Margriet Award is kindly supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands.