The ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture is a platform for showing those whose creative work can truly make a difference. The annual award honours inspiring examples of people and organizations who, with courage and creative force, imagine new paths for Europe.


10th anniversary in 2018

On 16 May, we will celebrate ten years of courageous cultural contributions – honouring two new beacons of cultural change! The names of the 2018 laureates will be announced mid-February.


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. 


Award Archive

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 awards

Aslı Erdoğan | Navid Kermani | Luc Mishalle | Marina Naprushkina

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