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.

Watch the highlights of the Ceremony. Video by Thomas Sykora. Photo by Xander Remkes

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. The 2017 Award Ceremony will take place in Amsterdam on 9 May, Europe Day. 

Selection Process

For the 2017 edition ECF invited nominations from two groups:

  • Experts in different regions with broad perspectives on cultural practice, including professionals from within and beyond ECF’s broader network
  • Groups of individuals and organisations who through various programmes and grant schemes were part of ECF’s community of practice in past years.

Each nominator was invited to make one proposal. ECF staff then researched and assembled portfolios of the nominees which were sent to the Jury in advance of the Jury meeting in November. The Jury select three laureates.

2016 Award Jury

An international, interdisciplinary Jury , chaired by ECF Director Katherine Watson, will convene in November to select next year’s laureates.

The five members of the 2017 Jury are:

  • Andreas Broeckmann (Curator, Leuphana Arts Program, Lüneburg/Berlin)
  • Juan Freire (Founding Partner, Teamlabs and mmodulUS, Madrid)
  • Ivan Krastev (Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia)
  • Ruth Mackenzie (Artistic Director Holland Festival, Amsterdam)
  • Saskia van Stein (Director of Bureau Europa, platform for architecture & design, Maastricht)

History of the Award

The award was initiated by ECF in 2008 in honour of the organisation’s former President, HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, who has shown enormous dedication to the important role of culture in invigorating democracy in Europe. The Award was established in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


We host a growing archive specifically dedicated to the ECF Princess Margriet Awards for Culture in our Library, including yearly publications, interviews with past laureates, speeches, videos, audio recordings, press releases and media coverage.  

All the Awards

Krétakör | Medialab-Prado

Athens Biennale | Visual Culture Research Center

Teodor Celakoski | Teatro Valle Occupato  

Yoel Gamzou | Lia & Dan Perjovschi

Charles Esche | John Akomfrah

Kutluğ Ataman | Šejla Kamerić

Borka Pavićević | Stefan Kaegi

Stuart Hall | Jerôme Bel & Pichet Klunchun

Download the Award's overview brochure.

Download the Award's overview brochure.

ECF is grateful for the longstanding partnership with the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. As a result of this partnership ECF acknowledges the annual financial contribution – via the Cultuurfonds – from the BankGiro Loterij and the Lotto.