The presentation of the 2015 Princess Margriet Award for Culture honouring Athens Biennale (GR) and the Visual Culture Research Center (UA) will take place in Brussels at BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, on Tuesday 31 March 2015.
The ECF Princess Margriet for Culture Award is a platform for showing those whose creative work can truly make a difference to Europe’s varied societies, underlining ECF’s belief that social and political change requires artistic and cultural engagement. The Award was launched in 2008 in honour of ECF’s former President, HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. The total prize money for both laureates is € 50,000.
2015 Jury: Bojana Cvejić, Chris Dercon, Christian Esch, Saskia van Stein and Rana Zincir Celal
For further information about the 2015 laureates, visit our ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture page.
AFTERNOON PROGRAMME - Terarken Hall
Public event - Register here.
14:00 - Doors open
14:30 - Conversation with the laureates, moderated by Massimiliano Mollona
Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC) and Athens Biennale courageously show
how culture can be a means of resistance and creative subversion. Their practices of solidarity and inventive models of self-organisation redefine the notion of ‘agora’ in their respective urban contexts. This conversation will reflect on situations of crisis and the way their cultural practices are a means for rethinking Europe’s public sphere from its so-called peripheries.
Conversation with Vasyl Cherepanyn and Nataliia Neshevets (VCRC), Xenia Kalpaktsoglou and Poka-yio (Athens Biennale), moderated by Massimiliano Mollona
Discussion with audience
EVENING PROGRAMME - Horta Hall
Upon invitation only.
17:00 - Award Ceremony
Welcome by Katherine Watson, host and ECF Director
Opening speech by HRH Princess Laurentien of the Nederlands, ECF President
Introduction by Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President, European Commission
Jury Report by jury member Rana Zincir Celal
Award laureate film Visual Culture Research Center
Reflection on work of VCRC by Georg Schöllhammer
Award laureate film Athens Biennale
Reflection on work of Athens Biennale by Adam Szymczyk
Award presentation by HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
Closing remarks by Katherine Watson
Musical interventions performed throughout the ceremony by Ictus Ensemble are Aphasia by Mark Applebaum; Rebonds A & B by Iannis Xenakis; Clapping Music by Steve Reich