19 March 2013
(Read by Jury member Els van der Plas)
Your Royal Highnesses, excellencies, distinguished guests, and, on behalf of the Award jury, dear laureates:
This evening we honour three exceptional individuals whose work reveals to us the role of culture in shaping Europe’s future.
Dan and Lia Perjovschi are artists who have dedicated their lives to forming a truly open space for dialogue between different cultures in Romania and Europe. They are community builders, tackling social issues through art and with an engaged attitude. How do they do this? By turning their own studio —in Bucharest and now Sibiu —into a platform for cultural reflection, in which artists, students, philosophers, politicians, journalists and others dare to ask difficult questions, and to speak truth to power. Their Centre for Art Analysis was born out of a desire to share and teach as a survival strategy. It is a place where people are invited to participate and to become aware of their lived environments. Built with little money, yet with untold generosity of time, trust and transparency, the centre is an exemplary space of art, knowledge and resistance.
Yoel Gamzou is a dynamic and courageous young conductor whose interpretations of classical music provide startling insights into musical and social experiences. Yoel opens new pathways to the so-called ‘old’ music of European heritage, exposing us to the full spectrum of human emotions and experiences in music that speaks of, and is full of, life. He takes a democratic approach both to the making and the reception of music. With untiring energy, Yoel and the orchestras he works with help us to regain the ability to listen, to counter the prevailing deafness of what Yoel calls ‘a society so full of output but incapable of input’. Yoel is, as music is, constantly evolving, but what remains true over time is his defiance of conventional ideas about how music ‘ought to be played’. For musicians and audiences across Europe, he shows that classical music needn’t be an art form stuck in time, but one that is fully expressive of our lives and selves in the here and now.
Like the previous recipients of this award, these three laureates have set out to instruct us, to teach us and to intrigue us. We learn, through them, a poetic and unorthodox knowledge which positively transforms our imaginations and the societies in which we live.
In 2015, Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC) in Kyiv received the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture. In this Featured People, we talk to VCRC’s Director Vasyl Cherepanyn about the aftermath of Maidan, what the Award meant for the collective and the upcoming Ukraine referendum in the Netherlands on 6 April.
On 15 March 2016, the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture was awarded to theatre-makers and community developers Krétakör (Budapest, Hungary) and citizen laboratory for digital culture Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain) during a ceremony that took place at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. You can watch videos of presentations by participants to various projects by the two laureates.
Watch the highlights of the 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture Ceremony that took place on 15 March 2016 at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, celebrating the laureates Krétakör and Medialab-Prado.
Local initiative is key [...], focused on the will to make a difference in people’s everyday lives, using culture and imagination. Both laureates are pioneers in their field. Through innovative teaching methods in theatre and media they use culture to bring people together, to foster dialogue, to raise awareness and to enhance opportunities for change. Change towards a more stable, more secure and more sustainable society.
On 16 March, as part of the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture side programme, Árpád Schilling – the Director of Kretakör joined the Art and Activism debate at De Balie in conversation with Teodor Celakoski (Culture 2 Commons, Croatia) and Igor Stokfiszewski (Krytyka Polityczna, Poland) about the political and social reality that activists and cultural operators are forced to work under in their countries.
The Jury report read by Chris Dercon, Jury Member of 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture, during the ceremony on 15 March.
PDF version - Today, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) awarded the 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture to socially-engaged theatre-makers Krétakör (Budapest, Hungary) and citizen laboratory for digital culture Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain). The laureates received the Award for their exceptional bodies of artistic and cultural work in developing critical spaces of social participation and political experimentation through culture.
PDF Versie - Vandaag heeft de European Cultural Foundation (ECF) de ECF Princess Margriet Award uitgereikt aan de sociaal geëngageerde theatermakers Krétakör (Budapest, Hongarije) en platform voor digitale cultuur Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spanje). De laureaten ontvangen de Award voor hun uitzonderlijk artistiek werk waarmee zij een essentiële bijdrage leveren aan een open en democratische samenleving, waarin burgerparticipatie centraal staat.
On 14 March, 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture laureate Medialab-Prado, represented by its Director Marcos García, delved into the world of the commons and citizens engaging in the change of public institutions and cultural policies.
The 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture took place on 15 March 2016 at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. We have shown two films presenting the 2016 laureates Medialab-Prado (Spain) and Kretakör (Hungary), which you can now watch in our Library.
Opening speech of HRH Princess Laurentien at the ECF Princess Margriet Award Ceremony on 15 March 2016.
The letter from Arpad Schilling read at the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture 2016, by his wife.
The Transformation of a Theatre Group into a Social Workshop. In this feature, we present you the work of one of our 2016 ECF Princess Margriet Award for culture laureate: theatre-makers and community developers Krétakör, based in Budapest, Hungary.
Op dinsdag 15 maart wordt de ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture voor het eerst in Nederland uitgereikt. De ceremonie vindt plaats in de Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. De Award zal dan in aanwezigheid van Hunne Koninklijke Hoogheden Prinses Margriet der Nederlanden en Prinses Laurentien der Nederlanden worden uitgereikt aan theatergroep Krétakör (Boedapest, Hongarije) en platform voor digitale cultuur Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spanje). Het prijzengeld bedraagt in totaal € 50.000.
The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is proud to announce the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture laureates for 2016: socially-engaged theatre-makers Krétakör (Budapest, Hungary) and citizen laboratory for digital culture Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain).
De European Cultural Foundation (ECF) kondigt met trots de laureaten voor de ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture 2016 aan: theatergroep Krétakör (Boedapest, Hongarije) en platform voor digitale cultuur Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spanje).
The ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture 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. You can download the brochure presenting the Award and the laureates from 2008 to 2015.
This article, Kreativiteten gror i krisens Grekland (Creativity grows in crisis Greece) by Hugo Lindkvist has been published on the Swedish daily news site, dn.se, mentioning the Athens Biennale and the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture.
On 25 June 2015, ECF President HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands was in Athens to speak at the event announcing the partnership between the Municipality of Athens and 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award Laureate Athens Bienniale. The event took place at the Municipality of Athens, where the Mayor of Athens Mr Yorgos Kaminis made the official announcement.
Teatro Valle Occupato was awarded the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture (PMA) in 2014. We invite you to read this essay by theorist and writer Massimiliano Mollona.
For the 2016 edition of the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture, ECF is inviting a group of 30 nominators to make proposals following the 2016 award guidelines. You can download these guidelines from our Library.
More than 350 people crowded into the Centre of Fine Arts, BOZAR, in the heart of Brussels on 31 March to see two courageous cultural initiatives from different corners of Europe – the Athens Biennale (Greece) and the Visual Culture Research Center (Ukraine) – receive the prestigious 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture.
On Tuesday 31 March 2015 took place the presentation of the 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture honouring Athens Biennale (GR) and the Visual Culture Research Center (UA). You can watch these two films which were shown at the ceremony, presenting the work of both laureates.
We've gathered the media coverage about the 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture.
The Visual Culture Research Center was founded in the Ukraine capital of Kiev in 2008 as a platform for collaboration between academics, artists and activists. It is making an unprecedented contribution to the regional cultural debate at a time of enormous political and economic upheaval. Read our feature length overview.
The Athens Biennale is one of two ground-breaking cultural initiatives in Europe to be selected for the 2015 Princess Margriet Award for Culture. In the face of severe austerity measures that have left Greek society reeling, the Athens Biennale has demonstrated the power of self-organisation and building common ground through culture in the face of challenging political and economic circumstances. Read our feature length overview.
Bulgarian political scientist Ivan Krastev will give an introduction on 26 February during the Conflicting Memories: Ukraine event at Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam. In his work, Krastev focuses on the numerous challenges faced by the European community, especially in Eastern Europe. In his analyses on the interaction between liberalism and democracy, Krastev explores the potential limits and promises of a democratic society given the growing mistrust against institutions on local, national and supranational levels. We invite you to learn more about him.
ECF director visited Athens and talked to Athinorama about the organisation’s decision to award the Athens Biennale, as well as about new directions in cultural management.