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ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture 2015 - Conversation and Ceremony

  • BOZAR Rue Ravenstein Bruxelles, Bruxelles, 1000 Belgium (map)

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

Watch an overview of the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture Laureates from 2008 to 2015.  


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 


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 

18:45 Reception

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