On Tuesday 18 March 2014, the sixth ECF Princess Margriet Award will be presented to the Croatian cultural activist Teodor Celakoski and Teatro Valle Occupato, a diverse group of cultural workers from Rome who reclaimed and transformed Italy’s oldest theatre. The award ceremony will be held at BOZAR, the Centre of Fine Arts in Brussels.
Our former President HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, will present the Award named after her. Each laureate will receive €25,000 as part of their Award.
The award ceremony in Brussels will be preceded by a debate involving Teatro Valle Occupato and Teodor Celakoski alongside guest speakers moderated by Maria Hlavajová. This debate on ‘Culture, commons and beyond’ will address the role culture activism plays in reclaiming the public sphere and soliciting institutional change. Apart from the Award presentation, the Award ceremony will include a speech given by ECF President HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands; film portraits of the laureates and spoken reflections by Chris Dercon (Director Tate Modern, London), Ugo Mattei (Lawyer, Turin) and Emina Visnic (Director Pogon, Zagreb) which put the activities of Teodor Celakoski and Teatro Valle Occupato into a wider European perspective. Words of welcome and conclusion will be given by ECF Director Katherine Watson.
2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the European Cultural Foundation. It is also the first year of our partnership with BOZAR, our host for the award ceremony, with whom we share a strong belief in the power of culture as a space of debate and creative interaction.
For more information about the ECF Princess Margriet Award contact Wietske Maas.
The debate will be live streamed via the ECF website's homepage.