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2018 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture

24 Jul 2018

On 16 May, the European Cultural Foundation presented two laureates with the 2018 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture: cultural centre Borderland (PL) and multidisciplinary research agency Forensic Architecture (UK).

With the 10th anniversary of the Award, we took a journey across the continent: From the cultural traditions of local communities in Poland to the field of experimental new media and architectural research operating from the capital of England.

We celebrated courageous citizens: Those rethinking and reframing how culture can bring about positive social change.

Both laureates have been recognised for their outstanding work addressing urgent contemporary challenges through a cultural lens. Their work shows us that we need to create generous and daring cultural concepts based on humanity, inclusion and empathy in order to generate a culture of coexistence in Europe.Both Borderland and Forensic Architecture see art as a way of exposing injustice in our communities, to help us recover and rethink the past in order to change the world. They also teach us the importance of working critically with memory and tangible matter to create a common story and means to be able to tell history in new and different ways.

The award was presented at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and includes a sum of € 25.000 per laureate.

Read our in-depth interviews with the 2018 laureates

2018 Jury

An international and interdisciplinary Jury convened in January 2018 to assess the nominations and select the two laureates of 2018.
The Jury members are:

  • Tessa Boerman (filmmaker, Amsterdam)
  • Andreas Broeckmann (curator, Leuphana Arts Program, Lüneburg/Berlin)
  • Juan Freire (Academic Dean, Tecnológico de Monterrey Business School, Mexico City)
  • Ivan Krastev (chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia)
  • Ruth Mackenzie (artistic leader, Holland Festival, Amsterdam and artistic director, Châtelet Theatre, Paris)

The Award Shortlist of 2018

This year, we also highlight the extraordinary candidates selected for the shortlist of the 2018 Award. In the summer months, we will introduce these candidates to you through a series of interviews. Candidates for the 2018 Award shortlist include: Association Krokodil, Kaos GL, Kuratorisk Aktion, Marika Schmiedt, Teatr Powszechny, and Teatr.Doc.


European Cultural Challenge 2018

Prior to the festive award ceremony the first European Cultural Challenge took place. A two-day advocacy retreat that brought together laureates, grantees, partners, researchers, foundations, media-makers and policy-makers to work on tangible cases that fuel positive change through culture.

Through this challenge the European Cultural Foundation connects changemakers and contribute to rethinking and building Europe as an open, inclusive and democratic space. Outcomes of the European Cultural Challenge may vary from exploring cultural solutions to imagining campaigns and developing concrete advocacy proposals.

The event took place on 15 and 16 May at Hotel Arena, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

New publication Courageous Citizens: How Culture Contributes to Social Change

This book is published on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture. It is an advocate for the change-making capacity of culture. It is also a source of inspiration for renegotiating our understanding of the world and affirming culture as a critical space to practice courage and perseverance amid complex societal reconfigurations.

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