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.
Opening remarks by HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands at the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture ceremony in Amsterdam, 16 May 2018
In this Featured People interview, we talk to Eyal Weizman, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University, London, and founder of Forensic Architecture. This international multidisciplinary research group is one of the 2018 laureates for the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture.
In this Featured People interview, we talk to Krzysztof Czyzewski, one of the founders of the Borderland Foundation and Centre. The group is one of the 2018 laureates for the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture for their work in Sejny – a small community in North-Eastern Poland close to the Lithuanian border. Revitalising lost memories and building bridges between the past and possible futures plays a central role in Borderland’s work.
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Polish Press Release announcing the 2018 Award laureates.
Dutch Press Release announcing the 2018 Award Laureates.
Polish Press Release announcing the 2018 Award laureates.
On Europe Day (9 May), the European Cultural Foundation has presented four outstanding laureates with the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture. Have a look at the Media Coverage.
The 2017 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture has been presented on 9 May 2017 (Europe Day) in cultural centre Paradiso, Amsterdam. Download a copy of the Jury report.
On Europe Day (9 May), the European Cultural Foundation has presented four outstanding laureates with the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture. Read HRH Princess Laurentien's speech from the Award Ceremony.
In the light of the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture, ECF has organised an interactive dialogue called Peace through Culture – a citizens’ dialogue, on 10 May in the Peace Palace, The Hague. Read the detailed report by Bas Lafleur.
2017 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture presented to four laureates
ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture 2017 aan vier baanbrekende Europese cultuurmakers uitgereik
Novelist, orientalist scholar and journalist Navid Kermani’s writing spans many forms. His exceptional contribution to cultural debate has been to challenge increasingly extremist narratives of discrimination and racism, arguing instead for greater solidarity in the face of fragmentation.
In this feature, we talk to writer and columnist Aslı Erdoğan, whose literary oeuvre includes novels, novellas and short stories, all of which engage readers as they display humanity in all its fragility. Hers is a defiant literary voice in Turkey, contributing to a vision of a 21st-century society with political and cultural inclusivity at its centre. On 16 August 2016, she was arrested and remained in pre-trial detention until her release in January. She is unable to leave Turkey as her trial continues. This is an edited version of the conversation that took place on 6 March 2017 in Istanbul.
Saxophonist and composer Luc Mishalle juggles many roles, most of which converge in his artistic directorship of MET-X. Based in Brussels, this house of music makers performs music and provides educational programmes that are inspired by a range of musical genres and traditions, from brass to folk, from electronic to jazz, and involving musicians from all generations. His projects are always about community building, whether in Brussels neighbourhoods, across Europe or in North or West Africa. ECF Princess Margriet Award curator Wietske Maas talked to Mishalle about his early influences, his work and how culture can offer a response in the current climate of polarisation.
Watch the trailer of the 2017 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture
Amsterdam, 18 april 2017 – Vier baanbrekende, Europese cultuurmakers worden op Europadag 9 mei in Paradiso Amsterdam onderscheiden met de Princess Margriet Award for Culture 2017. De schrijfster Aslı Erdoğan (Istanbul), schrijver en wetenschapper Navid Kermani (Keulen), musicus en componist Luc Mishalle (Brussel) en kunstenaar Marina Naprushkina (Berlijn) ontvangen hun prijs uit handen van HKH Prinses Margriet der Nederlanden, na de openingsspeech van HKH Prinses Laurentien, president van de European Cultural Foundation (ECF).
Façonner les sociétés par la culture.
Lors de la Journée de l’Europe (9 mai), la Fondation Européenne de la Culture remettra à quatre lauréats exceptionnels le Prix Princesse Margriet pour la Culture 2017 : l’écrivaine et journaliste Aslı Erdoğan (Istanbul), l’écrivain et intellectuel Navid Kermani (Cologne), le musicien Luc Mishalle (Bruxelles), et l’artiste visuelle Marina Naprushkina (Berlin).
Cultuur maakt het verschil.
Op Europadag (9 mei) zal de European Cultural Foundation vier laureaten onderscheiden met de ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture 2017: schrijfster en journaliste Aslı Erdoğan (Istanbul), schrijver en wetenschapper Navid Kermani (Keulen), musicus Luc Mishalle (Brussel), en beeldend kunstenaar Marina Naprushkina (Berlijn).
Geleceğin toplumunu kültür şekillendirir.
Avrupa’nın içinden geçtiği bu çalkantılı zamanlarda, Avrupa Kültür Vakfı (European Cultural Foundation – ECF), 2017 ECF Prenses Margriet Kültür Ödülü’nü ilk kez, başarılarıyla öne çıkan dört isme vermeyi kararlaştırdı: gazeteci-yazar Aslı Erdoğan (Türkiye), akademisyen-yazar Navid Kermani (Almanya), müzisyen Luc Mishalle (Belçika) ve görsel sanatçı Marina Napruşkina (Almanya).
Shaping societies through culture. On Europe Day (9 May) the European Cultural Foundation will present four outstanding laureates with the 2017 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture: writer and journalist Aslı Erdoğan (Turkey), writer and scholar Navid Kermani (Germany), musician Luc Mishalle (Belgium), and visual artist Marina Naprushkina (Germany).
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.